2019年10月30日星期三

Ask the Expert – Wedding Expenses: Who Pays for What?

Marisa Manna Ferrel, So Eventful’s owner and lead planner, recently experienced planning her own wedding. As a wedding & event planner herself with more than 300 + weddings to her name, Marisa understands both traditional expenses, as well as what she has seen her own couples (including herself) do when it comes to splitting the wedding bill. She’s here today to give us some tips and advice on how to organize your wedding finances. However, we would like to mention that everyone divvy’s up wedding expenses differently. These are not “rules”, just an explanation of how wedding expenses are traditionally divided – not to say there’s anything wrong with deviating from tradition!
The largest expenses for a wedding are:
  • Catering (i.e. food and beverage)
  • Transportation
  • Florals/Decor Elements
  • Band
From Marisa – “All of the above are traditionally expenses for the bride. Transportation is only a large expense if you plan on using shuttles for ALL guest transportation. If a bride is paying for the entire wedding and the groom’s family wants to contribute, this is a good one to hand off.”
Traditional expenses for the groom are:
  • The bride’s engagement and wedding rings
  • Marriage license
  • Groomsmen gifts
  • Rehearsal dinner costs
  • Honeymoon costs
  • Most of the transportation for his own party and family
  • The officiant’s fee
  • Liquor at the reception
Traditional expenses for the bride are:
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Bridesmaid gifts
  • The wedding gown and accessories
  • Invitations, save the dates, place cards, etc. (all paper goods)
  • The bridal shower
  • Transportation for the bridal part and bride’s guests
  • Ceremony and reception costs (this includes photography, videography, rentals, etc.)
  • Wedding planner
So Eventful even has a handy dandy worksheet for couples planning their wedding. While this is just a guide, and you don’t have to follow it precisely, it does help to have a starting point for planning your wedding expenses.
Marisa also mentions that flowers are a tricky element of the wedding. Traditionally, the groom pays for the bride’s bouquet, corsages, and boutonnieres for the groom’s side of the bridal party (including his father). The bride pays for the groom’s boutonniere, bridesmaid’s bouquets, and floral design surrounding the ceremony and reception spaces.
Once again, this is just an outline. Marisa says that people will offer to pay for certain costs of the wedding, and everyone’s situation is vastly different. To find someone like Marisa, who knows what he/she is talking about when it comes to weddings, check out our 5 Reasons to Hire an Expert Wedding Planner.
Thanks so much to So Eventful for filling us in on some much needed advice! cheap ball dresses auckland



Wedding Websites from Riley & Grey

Setting up a wedding website is a must in today’s digital world. However, finding a good website service that understands weddings is a little tricky. If you want your website to look and feel like the real deal, stay away from the free themes and templates, and upgrade to a website provider that understands aesthetics, weddings, and how to build websites that work flawlessly.
We are excited to announce our collaboration with Riley & Grey, a luxury wedding website service that offers couples easy-to-use and stylish websites. We are also super happy to announce that Riley & Grey is offering the first 100 Junebug readers who sign up a 50% discount on a Riley & Grey website using the discount code: JUNEBUGSEPT. If you’re a newly engaged couple in need of a beautiful website, head on over to Riley & Grey and sign up today. Make sure to use the code JUNEBUGSEPT to get your 50% discount. Now for some beautiful website designs from Riley & Grey:

With luxury, limited-edition wedding websites, inspired by fashion and interior design, Riley & Grey is all about finding inspiration in unusual places and helping couples reflect their personal style. Purchasing a Riley & Grey website means you will benefit from their hands-on customer service on top of owning a beautifully designed website, they’ll even walk you through the set-up of your site– how great is that?! Having recently added even more stylish designs to their collection, Riley & Grey is the mecca of modern, eye-catching wedding website designs.


 Completely mobile friendly, Riley & Grey websites can do just about anything, including collecting guest addresses and managing RSVPs.

Personalize your website to fit your wedding. We are loving this tropical theme for a beach/destination wedding. How cute?!

With an easy-to-use interface, setting up and personalizing your Riley & Grey website is a breeze!
Make sure to follow the Riley Grey blog for inspiration and fun design tips. You can also follow their stylish Instagram account (@rileyandgrey) for daily bits of inspiration and more!
Thanks Riley & Grey for giving couples the best option out their when it comes to wedding websites.






2019年10月22日星期二

Ask the Expert – Wedding Expenses: Who Pays for What?

Marisa Manna Ferrel, So Eventful’s owner and lead planner, recently experienced planning her own wedding. As a wedding & event planner herself with more than 300 + weddings to her name, Marisa understands both traditional expenses, as well as what she has seen her own couples (including herself) do when it comes to splitting the wedding bill. She’s here today to give us some tips and advice on how to organize your wedding finances. However, we would like to mention that everyone divvy’s up wedding expenses differently. These are not “rules”, just an explanation of how wedding expenses are traditionally divided – not to say there’s anything wrong with deviating from tradition!

The largest expenses for a wedding are:
  • Catering (i.e. food and beverage)
  • Transportation
  • Florals/Decor Elements
  • Band
From Marisa – “All of the above are traditionally expenses for the bride. Transportation is only a large expense if you plan on using shuttles for ALL guest transportation. If a bride is paying for the entire wedding and the groom’s family wants to contribute, this is a good one to hand off.”
Traditional expenses for the groom are:
  • The bride’s engagement and wedding rings
  • Marriage license
  • Groomsmen gifts
  • Rehearsal dinner costs
  • Honeymoon costs
  • Most of the transportation for his own party and family
  • The officiant’s fee
  • Liquor at the reception
Traditional expenses for the bride are:
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Bridesmaid gifts
  • The wedding gown and accessories
  • Invitations, save the dates, place cards, etc. (all paper goods)
  • The bridal shower
  • Transportation for the bridal part and bride’s guests
  • Ceremony and reception costs (this includes photography, videography, rentals, etc.)
  • Wedding planner
So Eventful even has a handy dandy worksheet for couples planning their wedding. While this is just a guide, and you don’t have to follow it precisely, it does help to have a starting point for planning your wedding expenses.
Marisa also mentions that flowers are a tricky element of the wedding. Traditionally, the groom pays for the bride’s bouquet, corsages, and boutonnieres for the groom’s side of the bridal party (including his father). The bride pays for the groom’s boutonniere, bridesmaid’s bouquets, and floral design surrounding the ceremony and reception spaces.
Once again, this is just an outline. Marisa says that people will offer to pay for certain costs of the wedding, and everyone’s situation is vastly different. To find someone like Marisa, who knows what he/she is talking about when it comes to weddings, cheap formal dresses australia



Wedding Planning 101 – How to Write Your Own Vows

Here at Junebug, we love featuring weddings with extra special personal touches that highlight the bride and groom on their wedding day. One of the most significant ways to express your unique love on your day is writing your own vows to share at your ceremony. The task of putting your whole relationship and all the love you promise for your future together into writing can be daunting, so we’re here to help you learn how to write your own vows.

Start Early. Starting a journal or list of ideas for your vows is a great way to build them over time. Keeping up with special memories and sweet sentiments will help your vows encompass your whole relationship leading up to the wedding day, as well as your future together. You wouldn’t wait until the last minute to plan your floral design or pick your dress, so give your vows the same importance.

Get on the Same Page. Even though you may feel like you and your soulmate are the only people in the room, your friends and family are watching the ceremony too! To make sure this personal part of your ceremony runs smoothly, it’s important to have a conversation with your partner about the tone, format, and time for your vows. Coming up with a composition for your vows keeps everything cohesive while also making it easier for you to write. Are you trying to make your guests laugh, or do you envision a more serious take on the tradition? Will you vow, promise, or pledge your love, for better or worse? Even if you want your vows to be a surprise on the big day, agreeing on key elements of your vows will ensure that your words have the attention they deserve.

Find a Balance. Some vows are cliché for a reason: I vow to always be supportive, I vow to always be your best friend, I vow to always take care of you when you are sick. These general ideas are significant sentiments to express. However, this day is special because it’s yours, so be sure to balance the customary vows with more personal promises you want to make to your partner. Whether you pledge to not complain about dirty socks or to always ask how their day was after work depends on what is meaningful to your unique relationship.

Don’t Forget to Practice! Some couples choose to memorize their vows, while others read them, but you should feel comfortable articulating them either way. Practice reciting your vows in front of your mirror, your maid of honor, or your mom so that your promises can be heard loud and clear during your ceremony.
Ultimately, sharing what’s true for you and your partner will be the most beautiful thing, so don’t worry about making your vows sound like someone else wrote them. Your wedding is a celebration of who you are as a couple, and there’s nothing more beautiful than that.






2019年10月16日星期三

Favorite Bridal Beauty Products from Los Angeles Makeup Artist Tammy Yi

We hope you enjoyed Tuesday’s article on beauty advice for brides – we had so much fun putting it together with Los Angeles makeup artist Tammy Yi. Today, in part 2 of her guest post series, Tammy is sharing some of her all-time favorite, must-have bridal beauty products, not to mention more fabulous advice for getting a glowing complexion and a radiant wedding look.


Tammy‘s decade of experience in the bridal beauty realm prove one thing beyond a shadow of a doubt – she knows her beauty products! Let’s hear from her why she never leaves her brides without these beauty essentials…
In the Primer of Life: Hydration and skin balance is key to how your makeup is going to wear. If your skin is too dry, it will eat up your makeup and if your skin is too oily, it will break up your makeup. There are so many great primers and moisturizers out there, so find what works best with your skin type. My suggestion is if you are oily try Hourglass – Veil Mineral Primer from Barneys New York, and if you are dry try Laura Mercier ‘Hydrating’ Foundation Primer from Nordstrom.
A Solid Foundation: Your foundation is so crucial to the overall look of your makeup. To look flawless, yet not over done, foundation plays a big part. I love Dior ‘Diorskin Airflash’ Spray Foundation from Nordstrom.
Beauty in the Blend: BeautyBlender ‘Pure’ Makeup Sponge Applicator & Cleanser from Nordstrom is a great tool for applying foundation and blending.

Matters of Contour: For a light contour you can use powder bronzers, but for serious contour you will need to use foundation sticks or concealer sticks. Pick one that is at least three shades darker then your skin tone and one that is at least three shades lighter than your skin tone for highlighting. I suggest Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick from Nordstrom.
Hitting the Highlights: A highlighting concealer is your best friend in your makeup bag. Use one that is light weight so it doesn’t crease around the eyes. It works as an eraser around the eyes and lips. I suggest Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touche Éclat’ Radiant Touch from Nordstrom.
We’re All Set: Use a setting powder that is light weight. You need to set your makeup before applying any pigment or color on your face to ensure wear power and blendability. I suggest NARS ‘Light Reflecting’ Loose Setting Powder or NARS ‘Light Reflecting’ Pressed Setting Powder both from Nordstrom. It is talc free and doesn’t matte you out too much.

Hey There Bright Eyes: A nude or flesh tone eyeliner in the inner rim of your eye will give a more open look to your eye. Try Chanel Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil from Nordstrom.
Raising a Few Brows: When filling in your brow, use a tone that matches the lightest tone in your hair. That will give a natural effect to your brows. Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’ Mechanical Brow Pencil from Nordstrom has a good variety of colors.
Walk the Tight Line: Tight lining the eye is one of my favorite eye tricks. Fill in the liner at the root of the lashes – it will give you a natural line and a full lash look. Laura Mercier ‘Tightline’ Cake Eyeliner from Nordstrom works great for this.

A huge thank you to our beauty expert from the City of Angels – Tammy is beyond amazing and we love her incredible work!








Wedding Planning 101 – How to Choose a Reception Site for Your Wedding

Selecting the best location for your reception is one of the biggest decisions, and most pivotal, you’ll make when planning your wedding. A stylish venue can set the tone for your entire wedding day, and with the most popular sites often booking far in advance, it’s important to secure your venue early in your planning process. Whether you’re envisioning a traditional ballroom wedding, a uniquely modern celebration, or a destination wedding and honeymoon, consider these tips to ensure the venue you choose is the place that feels just right for you

Choosing Your Reception Venue
When choosing your reception site, you’ll want to love the look and feel of the space itself, and you’ll want to be sure that the venue is the perfect size to accommodate your guests gracefully as your wedding day unfolds. To get started, choose several top venues you’re interested in or have your wedding planner help you create a list of your best options. Call and make appointments with their on-site coordinator or catering manager and bring this list of questions with you on your visits.

Top Questions to Ask Your Reception Venue
  1. What services does the venue provide as part of your package? Many reception sites provide complete packages: catering, cake, staff, tableware and linens, which can be helpful if you love what they offer. Other sites charge a simple rental fee for their space, and leave the rest of the details up to you. To find the option that works best for your wedding, ask yourself how much you would like to personalize your celebration and what that will entail, or decide on a more all-inclusive approach. You’ll also want to ask about what is not included, but may be available.
  2. Does the venue have a preferred vendor list? Many venues have a list of exemplary caterers and professionals that they choose to work with, and they may charge an additional fee for a wedding professional who is not on that list. Some venues require that you work with their exclusive list, and still others will allow you to choose any professionals you desire. If you’re set on hiring a particular caterer or florist be sure that your venue will welcome your choice.
  3. How does the venue work as your day unfolds? To answer this, ask for a tour of the site as if it was your wedding day. In addition to your ceremony and reception site ask to see getting ready rooms, parking areas, restrooms and all areas your guests will access. If you are using any areas for more than one purpose, have your guide explain how those transitions will unfold and how much time it will take for break down and set-up.
  4. How many hours will the space be available? It’s typical for venues to rent out the space for a certain time block of time. You’ll want to have ample time for your ceremony and reception, so be sure you secure all the time you desire.
  5. What is your beverage and food minimum? If the venue itself is providing your food and drinks, they will likely have a minimum amount you are required to spend. Keep in mind this is a minimum and you should think about your guest count for a better idea of overall cost.
  6. Will there be a day-of coordinator on site? Many locations will have staff on hand to help turn rooms as needed and assist you or your planner with the last-minute arrangements. They are there to ensure that everything that the venue has been contracted to provide is delivered smoothly and that you have all your questions answered as they arise. Keep in mind that they work for the venue, so it is usually helpful if not critical to have your own planner and/or designer on board to take care of your priorities.

Matching Your Venue To Your Wedding Style
Whether you choose a world-class destination resort, a charming garden, private estate, or rustic barn – the possibilities are seemingly endless. Read on and get inspired to find perfect spot that reflects your personality.

Classic Wedding Style
  • If your guest list is long and you want the feel of classic elegance, a grand hotel ballroom may be your ideal choice. Most have plenty of space, and some can be incredibly ornate in their style and decor, making it easy for you to create an impressive backdrop for your guests.
  • For a unique wedding site that still give off a sophisticated vibe, think mansions, historical buildings or castles. Many of these venues are privately owned, and many have an intimate and personal feel.
  • For an exclusive setting and picturesque backdrop, private clubs and golf courses are typically immaculately maintained and well-staffed. Choosing one can give your guests entrance to a location they wouldn’t be able to visit otherwise, while offering stunning backdrops options for your photographer.

Relaxed Wedding Style
  • A beautiful garden or park can offer an abundance of natural decor for your ceremony. If you can visit the location at the time of year when you will be getting married to get an idea of the colors and flowers in bloom at that time.
  • For a comfortable event with a bit of a cowboy vibe, choose a ranch or country farm. Rustic, elegant barn settings have been all the rage for years and many couples and designers have found super creative ways to make barns look beautiful.
  • Private estates are available for rent all over the world, and no matter your style you can find one that’s ideal for your wedding. If you own, or have access to a large house with entertainment spaces getting married at your own home, or that of a close friend of family member, can help make your wedding memorable and especially sentimental.

Modern Wedding Style
  • If your style is modern and you prefer an urban setting, try a local art museum or gallery, a hip restaurant, or an industrial loft space.
  • If you live near the water, check out large tour boats and cruise ships available for rent. Choose a beautiful boat with plenty of cabin space in case it rains, so your guests can revel in the view regardless of the weather.
  • Do you two share a love of wine and wide-open scenery? Then consider getting married at a winery. There are lots of fabulous wineries who specialize in weddings, and many are well-known for their world-class food and wine.

Destination Weddings
  • If you aren’t completely familiar with your far-away wedding location, hire a planner who is based in that area or who specializes in it. You’ll save on stress and confusion if you have a connection to your chosen locale.
  • A private beach wedding can be utterly romantic and picturesque – when choosing the best possible spot, utilize the natural landmarks like rock formations or overlooks to frame your ceremony and be sure your decor is built to handle ocean breezes.
  • Traveling to a far-away wedding is exciting but also calls for plenty of prep time. Send your guests save-the-dates at least six months in advance and provide them with detailed travel info around the same time you send out your final invitations.

Whatever your wedding style, be sure to visit our World’s Best Wedding Venues Hotlist which showcases both local and destination venues around the world. We have hidden gems and luxury resorts, sparkling city ballrooms and elegant country estates; all chosen for the high level of service and the quality experiences they provide!








2019年10月9日星期三

Wedding Planning 101 – Hiring Your Wedding Planner

Over the last few years the Junebug team has frequently asked our brides, “What is the best decision you made when planning your wedding?” By far the most popular answer is, hiring a wedding planner! With a substantial financial investment, and between 200 to 400 hours allocated to planning the average size wedding, it’s no wonder so many couples are grateful to wedding planners for helping them navigate the many details of their wedding planning process.

What does a wedding planner provide?
An experienced wedding planner offers you sound budget and management advice, contract negotiation, timeline creation, vetted vendor and location selection, along with stylish design aesthetic and execution. Contrary to popular belief, wedding planners can actually save you substantial amounts of time and money while ensuring you and your guests are delighted with your decisions.

What does a wedding designer provide?
Designers are experts at creating atmospheres that blend complementary decor concepts throughout your entire celebration and they generally work with your planner, lighting crew, decor rental companies, and photographer to transform your venue into an unforgettable experience. Celebrity couples and couples looking to make a one-of-a-kind statement frequently employ wedding designers. The wedding planner you choose may also be an experienced wedding designer, and if not, you may decide to hire a designer separately to create the overall visual aesthetic of your wedding.

Top Tips for Hiring Your Wedding Planner:
Whether you choose to hire a planner, designer, or both, here are five tips for choosing the professional that’s right for you.
  •  Look to your friends, family, co-workers, and highly-vetted resources like Junebug Weddings to create your own list of wedding professionals. Visit their websites and blogs, and read client reviews. Be sure the companies you’re considering have orchestrated numerous weddings from start to finish before you trust them with yours (we ask our members to have at least 50 weddings completed before they join Junebug Weddings).
  •  Choose 3 to 5 planners to interview, and pay attention to how well they listen, and how comfortable you feel with their ideas and responses. Ask them for multiple references and check them. Trust is the most important component of a great working relationship, so choose someone who you believe will keep your best interests at heart, and who you are looking forward to spending time with in the months ahead.
  • Set a budget upfront and let your wedding planner and/or designer make the most of it. Your budget will include your wedding planner so keep in mind that wedding planners charge for their services in several different ways. Some charge by the hour, others charge a percentage of your overall budget (generally 10-20%) and still others charge a flat rate. Be sure the pricing structure you agree to fits your needs and desires best.
  • Share your style, history, and dreams with your planner, and let them know how involved you would like to be in the planning process. After all, you want your wedding to fit you to a tee so the more your planner and designer knows about you and your expectations, the more likely they will be to exceed them.
  • Keep in mind that your wedding will be much more than a party. Chances are your guests will vary in age and interests, (and even dietary restrictions) and the scope of your celebration from the days leading up to your wedding and the days after will be full of details, logistics, and frequently unforeseen changes that can cause you unnecessary stress. If you decide to plan your wedding yourself, or if you’re going to let your friends and family do it, you may want to consider having a day-of coordinator with you on your wedding day; a professional to help you manage logistics and last minute details so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day unencumbered with worry, and overjoyed by the all the little moments that will never come again.

Junebug Weddings has spent years compiling our World’s Best Wedding Planners and Designers Hotlist. Every planner and designer we recommend is highly sought after and trusted for their talent and expertise, and every one of them is ready to make your wedding planning more fun and easier than it could ever be without them. Don’t miss it!

Don’t forget to stop by our coveted World’s Best Wedding Planners and Designers Hotlist to find your planner today!