::11 Ways to Manage a Wedding Guest List::

Wedding guest lists are often the first thing that causes stress between families in what is otherwise a really exciting time. Headcounts either determine what is realistic within a certain budget or perhaps they dictate what a budget has to be in order to invite everyone. There is so much to consider when deciding who makes the final invitation list so without further to do, here are some tips and tricks I offer to my clients so they feel like they can manage that daunting wedding planning task.

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::Character flaws- fix and change or just be aware?::

Unfortunately, our flaws can create conflict within relationships so as I’m talking about this, I’m bearing in mind that maybe there is a characteristic that is driving a wedge between you and your fiancé. Perhaps it’s putting a damper on the engagement and wedding planning. Be encouraged, though!

Just because we can’t change how we are wired doesn’t mean we can’t have healthy relationships. Being aware of our weaknesses can actually be our biggest strength.

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::The ONE Reason You Need to Have Wedding Videography::

I’m often asked my opinion about doing video and I have to remind couples that it’s all relative. I don’t have the answer on how many times you may or may not watch it. Some really may watch it all the time and others, rarely, if only ever the one time. Will you have a little girl that will play dress up in mommy’s gown while watching daddy kiss mommy on video? I just really don’t know.

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::The Art of Apologizing::

Apologizing requires making a choice but having some strategies can help! Pride comes before the fall but our goal is to avoid that fall. Let's chat!

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::Six Things to Consider When Hiring a Wedding Band::

So you want the best wedding singer that money can buy? Awesome. Here are some things you need to consider when you are talking to different bands, especially in relation to the venue you have booked. Any oversight in these items could alter your wedding budget or cause conflicts in your wedding day timeline. All of these things should be in band contracts but their importance is often lost on couples that haven’t done this before. That’s okay, I’m here to help with that. Here are six things to consider when hiring a wedding band. 

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::2017 Wedding Trends::

Each year, we reflect on trends of the year before and awe at what is to come. 2017 has me particularly excited. I had the pleasure of attending Wedding MBA in the fall and according to WPIC, these are the trends that are going to get all of your Instagram hearts and comments.

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::Real Wedding- Anna + Benjamin::

Having had a few very young couples this year, I'm seeing the advantage they have going into marriage that some of us may not have had! Anna and Benjamin make this list and I wish them many years of fulfillment!.

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::Passion Project #1- Marriage Curriculum::

The combination of feeling equipped in my own marriage and having a unique audience of engaged couples has given me passion to speak about relationships! I want to talk about avoiding the pitfalls of engagement. I also want to present tools and resources that allow my couples to have open conversation and successful marriages. I think you all have known for a long time that I may plan weddings but it's always been about much more to me. 

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::How to have a wedding on a smaller budget.::

Who cares what your budget is.... your wedding will be awesome no matter the price tag! Don't let anyone tell you it can't be awesome. Sure, you may have to adjust that champagne taste on a beer budget but whatever, isn't craft beer all the rage these days anyway??? 

Today, I share about my wedding (on a lower budget) and the compromises I made to make that work. 

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::Are Weddings Over the Top?::

It's about attitude, not money. Come over and have some real talk with me. By now, you've learned I say what no one else is willing to say. It's a gut check, but it will save your relationships and sanity. 

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::Alcohol- Serving Responsibly::

Your wedding should most definitely be the best day of your life but alcohol can ruin it pretty quickly. Today, I'm sharing my experience and advice on how to approach this responsibly without killing all the fun of the day. There is a reason the State of Texas has laws around this, a 'why' behind your venue putting their foot down and context on why your catering / bartenders are doing what they do. No one is a jerk here. We want the best for you. So listen up! 

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::Why hire a Wedding Planner?::

There is a lot of information out there and it can be really overwhelming. Whether you think it's a sales pitch or not, the truth of the matter is that you need a leader. My wedding day was nuts! I was a corporate event planner and I thought I had it under control. I'm now a professional wedding planner to help other sweet souls avoid the train wreck of stress that I experienced.

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::The Pros and Cons of a First Look::

Deciding on doing a First Look or not can be a really emotional decision and no one should pressure you either way. There are some things to consider so join me as guest blogger, Justin Douglas, shares his perspective on the pros and cons. 

*Photo credit for all images: Justin Douglas Photography

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::Why is my Vendor a Jerk?::

Why is your vendor a jerk? Well, they likely aren't but I totally get why it can feel that way sometimes. Let's talk about what may be going on and then go over your feelings and how to address them! 

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