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8 Tips to Keep Your Wedding Clean on the Big Day

You'll be in the spotlight ALL day, so it's important to keep your wedding gown clean and fresh looking. We've got 8 great tips to help you do just that!
Drink Water.
Before the event as you are getting ready, opt for water instead of soda or coffee.  Not only will it help keep you hydrated, it won't stain like coffee or soda in the event you spill you a little.
Have someone make sure the car you are riding in is clean.
Check the seats, floor, and running boards carefully for dirt and debris that can be picked up by your gown as you get in and out of the car.  Consider covering the seat and floor with a sheet.Remove the stamens from the flowers in your bouquet.
If the flowers you've chosen for your bouquet have stamens, it's possible they could stain your dress.  Ask your florist to remove remove them before assembling your bouquet.Pack a towel in your bridal bag.
As you touch up your makeup throughout the day and evening, use the towel to cover yo…

The Essential Honeymoon Travel Checklist

Organized and advanced planning for your honeymoon can save you a lot of travel headaches, especially in today's travel environment. Save this checklist of important items to ensure a smooth travel experience!
Must Haves: Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation (note flight number and departure/arrival time)Cruise tickets (note cabin number and departure/arrival time)Resort/Hotel address, phone, and confirmation numberPassport/VisasDriver's license(make name on ID matches name on passport/visa)Credit cards (take only those you will need) Phone number(s) to report lost/stolen cards (pack separately from wallet or purse!) Traveler's checks Phone Cards (especially if traveling internationally) Medicines & Prescriptions (make sure they are in their original bottles and that you have enough to last your entire trip) Doctor's phone number (packed separately from your wallet/purse)Contraception Extra contact lenses and/or glassesPhone number(s) for your house sitter and/or…

Updating Your Name After the Wedding

60-80% of brides take their husband's last name after the wedding. If you are taking your husband's surname, it's generally advised that you wait until you return from your honeymoon ... especially if a passport is involved. This ensures the last name on your ID matches the name on your passport, airline or cruise tickets, and your credit cards.
One you return, make a checklist  list of all the places you need to update your last name. This will help ensure you don't miss anything!
Here's a short list to get you started:
Auto RegistrationAuto Insurance Policy Bank AccountsCredit Card AccountsDeeds & TitlesDental Records Driver's LicenseEmployee RecordsInvestment AccountsLife Insurance PolicyMedical RecordsMembershipsOnline Accounts PassportPost Office RecordsSocial Security RecordsStock CertificatesTax Agencies (State and Federal)Voter Registration CardWill / Trust
Did we miss anything?  
Tell us where else you need to update your name and we'll update our l…

Who Pays for the Engagement Party?

The engagement party is a fun way for both families and close friends to get to know one another before the wedding. Engagement parties can range from high-end celebrations to low key family cookouts and they are typically hosted within three months of the engagement.
Traditionally, the bride's parents host the engagement party. However, today just about anyone can do the honor, including the bride and groom!  An engagement party is really an optional piece of the wedding pie, but since you can really make it informal and inexpensive, you don't have to let budget drive your decision.

A few fun ideas for low cost engagement parties:

1. At the right time of year, host an outdoor cookout.  Anything from succulent ribs, to grilled veggies, or simple burgers and brauts will do! If your backyard isn't large enough, host it at a local park.




2. If you are a wine lover, consider a wine tasting engagement party. Ask each guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine. Setup the tasting …