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It’s Bridal Show Season!!!

August 9, 2017
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Well that special time of year has come……

IT’S BRIDAL SHOW SEASON!! 

The biggest and most well known event in our area for more than two decades is Bridal Spectacular, and we are so excited to be there again at

Booth #109 this August 18th and 19th.

Bridal conventions and show are a great opportunity to get some serious day dreaming and planning done in a short amount of time, but with all those vendors and attendants the job can be a bit over whelming.

So we’ve put together some tips on how to get the most out of your time there.

HAVE A PLAN

When you first walk on to the bridal show floor it can be a little bit overwhelming. The space is gigantic, the crowds can be crazy and there are literally hundreds of different vendors there that provide dozens of different wedding services- from caterers to makeup artist……they are all going to be there.  

Have an idea of your the colors you are loving at the moment. Are you wanting to be a spring bride and planning for possible showers or envisioning your first kiss under the trees as the fall colors change to deep reds and yellow? 

What about your budget? Is this something that you and your partner are going to foot the bill for? How many guests are you thinking? A small ceremony with a few dozen guests enjoying an intimate dinner? Or a rocking party with hundreds taking over the dance floor.

It will help you tremendously to keep some of these things in mind. 

ENLIST YOUR A TEAM

Unless you’re planning private and romantic elopement  (which so many of our clients do as well) you’re almost guaranteed to have a “team” or “squad” of people in your life that want to be part of your day and will do just about anything to see you and your future spouse happy at your wedding.  

Whether it’s your mom, aunt, cousins, soon-to-be-mother/sister-in-law, best girlfriend or……heck……even your brother or dad!!!!! Make these folks feel special and ask for their help and support. Walking up and down the seemingly endless aisles can be intimidating and daunting to say the least- having people by your side, who love you and have been filled in on your vision for the wedding will help keep you focused and eliminate a lot of the of the extra noise. 

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS 

In the days leading up to the bridal show, before you even step foot in the convention center, think of what you are going there for. Great questions to ask your self are “What have I already got planned/booked/paid a deposit on?” , “What am I still missing?” , “What is my over all budget?” and “What are my “splurge” items/services?

By asking your self these questions (and really thinking about the answers) you can save a HUGE amount of time and focus your efforts at the bridal show.  If you’ve already booked your dream photog, then you can easily eliminate a few booths. If you are ordering a delicious custom cake to be delivered from your favorite bakery in your home town, then make sure to keep that in mind.

MAKE REAL CONNECTIONS

As has been mentioned, there are A LOT of vendors to see and people to meet at these mega shows, there is absolutely no possible way you are going to get to know and connect with all of them. 

Just like a networking event it’s easy to make your rounds at a bridal show, shake plenty of hands, collect lots of business cards and then get home to start looking over your look and realize you don’t even remember any of those names or what it is that they do.Makeup In The 702 Lipstick Bar-Casey Jade Photography

Once you’ve asked your self about your budget, time line, colors, theme- make the most of your time by focusing on the vendors that meet your remaining needs but are also people you genuinely like!!! As there are dozens of different services offered to brides there are also dozens of different personalities, its important to work with vendors that you vibe with. Those that see the vision for your special day. 

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS 

In the days leading up to the bridal show, before you even step foot in the convention center, think of what you are going there for. Great questions to ask are “What have I already planned/booked/paid a deposit on?” , “What am I still missing?” , “What is my over all budget?” and “What are my “splurge” items/services?

By asking your self these questions (and really thinking about the answers) you can save a HUGE amount of time and focus your efforts at the bridal show.  If you’ve already booked your dream photog, then you can easily eliminate a few booths. If you are ordering a delicious custom cake to be delivered from your favorite bakery in your home town, then make sure to keep that in mind.

 

ENJOY YOUR SELF!!!

There are countless resources- be they magazines, blogs, forums or bridal shows- go mine through while you are planning your wedding. It is important to remember what the whole celebration is about. While planning a fabulous party is always at the front of mind the most vital part of this experience is remembering that two people who love each other endlessly are coming together to celebrate that devotion. 

Don’t rush it. Don’t stress it. Take a breath and take it all in. These moments will absolutely fly by, so be sure to slow down and absorb the moment that you are currently in. 

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Happy Birthday America!!!

July 3, 2017
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4th 1Whether it’s lounging by the pool, splashing in the waves at the beach, a back yard cook out or an epic firework celebration the 4th of July is THE event of the summer!! Here are a few of the hottest and funnest looks for you to try our over the the holiday while celebrating in style.

MAKEUP

Make sure to swipe on bright popping red lipstick for a truly explosive smile.

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The brighter the better. Cherry looks great on just about every single skin tone and has the added bonus of making your teeth super white too!!

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HAIR

There is not much thats more iconic to American Patriotism than the Classic beloved  pin-up. And what’s a pin up with out her bandana?!

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Bandanas and scarfs are a great option for summer hair not only because they are absolutely adorable, but also for the practicality- get that hot heavy hair off the back of your neck and pulled off of your face. So grab a red, white or blue bandana and check out these tutorials before you head out to the pool or bbq!

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Swim Suites

This may be the Native Floridian/ born-beach-worshiper in me, but I don’t think you even need a good reason to pick up another swim suit and when it come to ones sporting a TEAM America theme there are most as many options as there are different body types.

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2 Piece Bathing Suit on Amazon

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Blue Red Patriotic  1-piece on AMI Clubwear

I think this ones retro vibe would be PERFECT with a bandana!!

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Lace Up Patriotic Halter on Gamiss

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American Flag Print Ruffle on Dress Lilly

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Fourth of July Celebration!!!

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You can find inspiration in any thing!!  And if you can’t, then look again!

June 6, 2017
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Upon the start of your appointment, if you were to ask anyone on the Makeup In The 702 team what their goal for you was, any one of them would say “To make you look and feel like you on your most beautiful day”.

But when we turn that question around and ask our clients what they are looking to get out of their appointment or even what makes them feel beautiful on a given day, the answers don’t come as easily. So today we wanted to share a few places we find inspiration and think you will too for your wedding day hair and makeup look.

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Instagram

Instagram or social media in general are in invaluable took for scrolling through beautiful images from photoshoots and real weddings a like. Whether you are looking for ideas for decor, dishes or dresses, there is no shortage of beautiful things to be found there.

A few of our current favorites:

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The Red Carpet

Next time you’re planning on parking it in front of the TV to watch all that is hot and happening on the red carpet with your girlfriends, make sure you add “note pad and paper” to your list of supplies along with champaign and pop corn.

Take a look at the various cuts and neck lines of the dresses- is there something that looks similar to the what you have our heart set on? How are the celebrities and stars wearing their hair with those dresses? What new trends in jewelry and accessories are you seeing?

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Pinterest

I want to be on the record as saying, HOW ON EARTH DID WE PLANB WEDDINGS WITH OUT PINTEREST?!?! My goodness!!! Not only is is an endless resource for gorgeous inspiration and unique images, if you’ve got a few minutes you can also find instructions and directions on how to create the wonderful things you find and make our wedding dreams come true.

As you get closer to your wedding date, save your favorite images to your phone photo roll in a special album so they are easily accessible (if you are getting ready for the wedding in one of the hotels on the Las Vegas strip WiFi is notoriously bad).

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Celebrities and Magazines

Much like scoping out the red carpet to see what the newest trends are, so much great inspiration can come from keeping an eye on celebrity magazines.

Is there an actress or singer that you’ve heard you that you look just like? How many times have people said that you remind them of Naomi Campbell or Megan Fox? Is Beyonce or Kate Moss your forever hair crush? Look for photos of those lovely ladies in the rolls they play and in formal settings. Use those as a guide for what direction you go in for your wedding day look.

When you think of beautiful things, remember to think of your self as well!

This is just a short list of places were ideas can be sparked when you are looking for how to proceed with your wedding planning. We hope that these are able to help you find the the inspiration that leads to your perfect look on the day of your wedding!!

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Mackenzie and John: A Real Wedding

May 30, 2017
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It is almost every day that I’m reminded that I have the best job in the world and that I’m lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the Las Vegas valley and the wedding industry on a daily basis.

This weekend, the absolutely charming Miss Jessie, from The Emerics photography sent me these lovely photos that she captured of our gorgeous bride Mackenzie and her new hubby John at their breath taking wedding at Springs Preserve.MackenzieJohnWed_photosbyTheEmerics-005

Mackenzie choose a muted earth tone for her brides maids to wear for the event. The subtle color choice allowed for natural beauty of the location to really take center stage.

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Mackenzies elegant dress hangs in the dressing suite at Springs Preserve.

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In almost every photo of sweet Mackenzie on that day she looks like she is just bursting with love and laughter- that’s what EVERY bride should feel like on her day!!

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By using wands and streamers the couple encouraged their guests to participate in a bit of fun and whimsy to their event.

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Springs Preserve provides such a breath taking back drop to capture some truly tender moments of the new husband and wife.

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Both John and Mackenzie mothers played a roll in their ceremony, as to be expected there was not dry eye in attendance.

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And another congratulations to Mackenzie and John, it was a beautiful wedding and we were absolutely touched to play a part in it.

Best wishes to the both of you for a happy and healthy future together!!!

 

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Spring Lip COLORS That Pop

May 16, 2017
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At the moment we are loving the celebration of all that is fresh, new and spring. From chopping a few inches of your locks for a lighter feel and look, freshening up with balayage and highlights or revamping your makeup look, spring is the PERFECT time to try something new and daring.

Today we are sharing one of our favorite new makeup trends and the quickest ways to freshen up your look.

Magnificent magenta and tarty tangerine lips are on the scene this season in a big way and we are really digging the fun fruity vibe of the both of them but what we LOVE about them is that both the berry- tint and the citrus option look FABULOUS on just about every skin tone!!

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Actress: Nikki Reed

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If you’ve got to have these new shades here are a few of our favorites-

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1. Shiseido Perfect Rouge in RS 452

2. NYC New York Color Expert Last Lipstick in Air Kiss

3. Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Apocaliptic

4. Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Crianza

5. Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté in 206

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Tangerine

1. M.A.C. Lipstick in Morange

2. Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Tropical

3. Illamasqua Lip Color in Soaked

4. Dior Lipstick in Rendez-Vous

5. Maybelline Lipstick in Electric Orange

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A Round Up of Our Favorite Spring Trends

May 9, 2017
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From umbrellas & rubber rain boots, to garden party & brunch receptions and bikes, birds & bees incorporated into the wedding decor, Spring most certainly has sprung and couples are embracing all that this season has to offer!!

Here’s a round up of a few of our favorite nods to spring through personal touches and trends we’ve spotted over the last few weeks.

Flower Crowns

It can’t possibly be a surprise that these delicate floral details would be at the very top of our list!! Goodness- we even did a WHOLE blog about them a few months ago!!

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This brides beautiful head piece tied her wedding day hair look together with the custom boutonnière that her groom is sporting.

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By topping her loose beach waves with a gorgeous floral crown the brides adds a bit of elegance to a more laid back and casual wedding hair style. She also gets to use more of those fabulous pink and white peonies from her bridal bouquet!

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I just love the garden goddess vibe that this bride and her wedding party have with their simple but elegant crowns.

Umbrellas

Every one in the wedding industry has heard and said a million times that its good luck to have it rain on your wedding day. How much of that is truth and how mush of that is trying to reassure a stressed out bride that a few rain drops will NOT ruin their day…..I just don’t know. But seeing umbrellas pop up in wedding planning and decor is both a relief and brilliant!!

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If you want to get married in the spring, the possibility of rain is a real threat, but if you’ve got a plan it will all work out.

This savvy and forward thinking couple provided umbrellas for their guest with a cute little note letting guests know that whether “rain or shine” the show would still go on!!

Click here to see a some fantastic photos of couples to made it work during a rain storm!!

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Umbrellas don’t always mean thunder storms and rain puddles. If you are saying your “I-Do”s our side in a garden or at the beach, providing shade from the sun is a sweet way to let your guests know you care!

Vespas and Scooters

There is something so fun and carefree about zipping around during the spring time on a scooter, and when they are incorporated into wedding decorating and transport it adds all of that laughter and whimsy to an already festive day.

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How adorable is this thumbprint guest book by bleu de toi ?!

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I LOVE the idea of riding away from the ceremony on a vespa (and how perfect is it that this one is their something blue!!) but if you pick this mode of transportation you better make sure your wedding day hair style is properly pinned in place!!!

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A Real Wedding- Natalie and Mark!

September 30, 2016
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Natalie and Mark were married in a truly splendid event at the Mandarin Oriental, and their sweet four legged fur baby Miss Abby was prominently featured front and center with her happy parents.

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The ceremony and reception came together flawlessly with the guidance of the wedding coordinator genius that is Andrea Eppolito Events. No detail was left unattended, and from start to finish the guest, and most importantly the happy couple were completely at ease and in love!

 

 

 

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When ever a bride tells us that she is working with the team at Alt F Photographers, we do a bit of a happy dance here. We just KNOW that they are going to get some really exquisite images of their special day.

 

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Best wishes to Natalie and Mark!!

Wishing you the both a life time full of love, laughter and light!!

Wedding Planner: Andrea Eppolito
Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston
Hair and Makeup: Makeup in the 702
Venue: Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Floral and Decor: Naakiti Floral
Furniture Rentals: Sit on This, Inc.
Disc Jockey: Mike Fox
Video: Bryan Bratt

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7 Signs You’re at a Millennial Wedding

September 16, 2016
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(Article originally appeared here at Huffington Post by Stephanie Herbst)

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They don’t make weddings like they used to anymore. With a smartphone in everyone’s pocket and constant interaction with peers through social media, technology is changing almost every aspect of society. The Millennial generation (that’s people born between 1980 and 2000) are a generation that’s grown up with this technology, and embraces its presence in almost every aspect of their lives. More and more Millennials are on their way to the altar, and that means the weddings you’ll be attending now and for the next few years aren’t going to be your typical wedding soiree. How can you tell that you’re definitely at (or will be going to) a Millennial wedding? Here are seven surefire signs to look for:

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1. You heard about their engagement on Facebook, and saw their engagement photos in a Facebook album before receiving their Save the Date.

 

2. They didn’t build a wedding website using a site like TheKnot.com or mywedding.com — their custom wedding website was built by the best man (or some other close friend) who’s a professional software engineer that specializes in cutting-edge UI.

 

3. Their wedding invitation included one of the following:
– An infographic design of their love story
– A QR code
– A wedding hashtag

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4. Their wedding registry has items like a Nest Thermostat, a Lockitron, an iPad, or some other cutting-edge tech. O
r, they’ve eschewed traditional registry wares entirely and are just asking for contributions to their honeymoon with a digital honeymoon registry.

 

 

 

 

5. They’ve set up an app for their wedding. Or at least, they’re using their personal hashtag on Instagram to keep track of all their guests’ photos.

6. They didn’t have to decide between getting a DJ or a band — they just used Spotify and put together a playlist. Or, they hired that one friend that likes to pretend that he’s a DJ in his spare time.

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7. There’s DIY everywhere, because the bride decided to make a few of her favorite projects from her “Wedding Inspiration” Pinterest board. Which, by the way, she’s been adding Pins to since college.

 

 

 

Have you been to a Millennial wedding with these following attributes? How did it compare to a wedding you’ve been to with less of an emphasis on social media or tech?

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Your Wedding Vendor Tipping Cheat Sheet

September 2, 2016
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When you’re already dipping deep into your (or your parents’) savings for wedding expenses, allotting room in your budget for gratuities on top of that can be hard to handle. And even though service charges may be spelled out in your contract, tipping—although not mandatory—is always appreciated for a job well done, not to mention a kind and thoughtful gesture.

Since some vendors will expect a gratuity, and other gratuities will need to be considered on a case-by-case scenario, there are a few things to consider.

 Traditionally, business owners of larger companies don’t get tipped—just their employees—but you can and should tip an owner when the service exceeds expectations. Small business owners should never be overlooked either, since their businesses are often run by just one person.

Tip vendors who offer exceptional service, write thank-you notes (they’re always appreciated), and assign the responsibility to a trusted deputy such as your wedding planner, a parent or wedding party member. Here’s helpful a breakdown of what’s customary for each vendor.

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Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything, but if yours did a great job, you can always offer a token of appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) About 50 percent of couples do tip their planners—typically those with more opulent weddings.

Protocol:  Optional

The Standard:  10–20 percent, up to $500, or a nice gift

When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

Wedding Hairstylist and Makeup Artist

This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 to 25 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis, like one of your bridesmaids has a meltdown over her curls and it requires a redo at the last minute.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–25 percent, depending upon the quality of service

When to Tip: Tip your beauty stylists at the end of your service.

Wedding Delivery and Setup Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site such as the wedding cake, flowers or sound system. If a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs or porta-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: $5–$10 per person

When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

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Wedding Ceremony Officiant

If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member, you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. Tipping the officiant, both nondenominational and denominational, is also appreciated.

Protocol: Expected (depending on officiant)

The Standard: Donate $100–$500 to the church or synagogue, and for the officiant, an optional tip of $50-$100

When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

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worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $15–$20 per musician

When to Tip: Ceremony musicians should receive a tip at the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer and Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any money beyond their normal fees. But if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $50–$200 per vendor

When to Tip: Tip your photographer and videographer at the end of the reception.

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This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maître d’ and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200–$300 for the maître d’

When to Tip: If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maître d’ at the end of the reception, since you’ll need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom and coatroom attendants, the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.

Protocol: Optional, based on contract

The Standard: 10–20 percent of the liquor or food bill to be split among bartenders or waiters respectively, $1 per guest for coatroom, and $1 per car for parking attendants

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, alternately, you could distribute them at the beginning of the evening to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire a 12-piece swing band or a single DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional, depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist. Don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them too.

Protocol: Optional, yet preferred

The Standard: $20–$25 per musician; $50–$150 for DJs

When to Tip: The best man should tip the musicians or DJ at the end of the reception.

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Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–20 percent of the total bill

When to Tip: Tip transportation pros at the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise this duty falls to the best man.

 

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10 Mistakes Brides Make on Their Wedding Day

August 26, 2016
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No wedding day is completely perfect, and there are bound to be some flubs or forgotten details along the wedding planning journey. But to help avoid unnecessary bumps in the road, here are 10 common mistakes brides make leading up to the big day

1Brush 3. Not carving out enough time for hair and makeup

Many make the mistake of only hiring one hair & makeup artist for the entire bridal party. Yes, it’s economical, but you’ll find yourself stressing big time as everyone has to wait hours for their turn! If you have more than four ladies to do hair and makeup for, you should consider hiring at least two makeup artists and two hair stylists. Make sure they have met each other beforehand and have pictures of the makeup and hair looks so that the process goes smoothly on the day of.

 

2. Drinking the night before

Even if it’s just a glass of wine to calm the nerves, try to refrain from drinking the night before the wedding. Alcohol can make you puffy the next day, and if you are sensitive to the stuff you may even get a mild headache. Trade in a cocktail or glass of wine for some sparkling water and lemon – you’ll be thanking us later.

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3. Ruling out a wedding planner early

Even if you’ve managed to plan everything yourself thus far, the week before your wedding often way more stressful than brides expect. If you hire a planner for even just a few days before and during the event, you’ll be able to take some time to relax and enjoy the moment leading up to such an important day. It’s not obligatory, but it can save from a lot of running around keeping track of final payments to vendors, confirming floral deliveries, giving directions…need us continue?

4. Not accounting for hidden costs

This is a big one that gets overlooked far too often. Tipping your vendors is a must unless it’s already included in their contract. You also have to remember the marriage licence, postage for “Thank you” cards, meals on wedding day, and the infamous emergency fund – this is for when the power goes out and you have to buy 200 candles, or the groom forgets to pack his shoes and needs to hail a cab!

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On the day of your wedding, you are the center of attention – everyone will be stopping you to say a word or give a hug. But don’t forget to take a few quiet moments with your parents outside of pictures. It will be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle and it will give you some one-on one-time with them that both they and you will appreciate once it’s all said and done.

6. Forgetting to eat

Yes, we know you need to fit into your wedding dress as snug as a bug the day of, however, we don’t need a dramatic Scarlett O’Hara fainting moment because you didn’t eat anything. A light breakfast with a few carbs for energy will suffice, along with lots of water and some snacks while getting ready and during pictures.

7. Sunless tanning

Have some practice sessions please! I can’t stress this enough. Sunless tanning can work if you find the right place to go, but be sure to go for a shade that isn’t so far off your natural skin tone. Instead, aim for a subtle pre-wedding glow. If you overdo it or go too dark, you will be in your bathroom two days before your wedding with half a cup of lemon juice, a quarter cup of sugar, and a whole lot of scrubbing.

8. Not feeding vendors

Your vendors work hard and rightly so; this is what they do! However, if you have hired a band to entertain your guests, a planner running around behind the scenes, and a photographer or videographer, it’s important to remember to give them a dinner break on the day of. This is customary, but also practical – no one can perform their best on an empty stomach!

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Take into consideration that your bridal party has spend a ton of time and money over the past year helping you plan your wedding. From wedding gifts to bachelor/bachelorette parties to outfits and dinners, they’ve done so much. Be sure to budget a decent amount (considering how large your bridal party is) so they can feel the love and appreciation you have for all they have done.

10. Mistreating single friends

I’ve been one of the single gals at a table full of couples, and trust me – not all guests in that position are going to find the situation ideal. To ease the pressure off, try to put them with at least one person at the same table that they know. That way, it’s not quite so awkward when the slow dancing begins and all couples migrate to the dance floor!

We hope these tips were useful for beginning your wedding planning journey! For the seasoned bride or bride-to-be, let us know what mistakes you think can be avoided in the comments!

 

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