8 Tips to Save Money on Your Wedding Flowers

Yes, you CAN have a beautiful wedding with wonderful flowers -- without breaking the bank. All you need is a little creativity and these eight tips to help cut your floral costs.

  1. Integrate festive balloons with your floral arrangements.
    Balloons are decidedly less expensive than flowers and they can be used at your reception venue to provide an elegant and festive atmosphere. Many balloon artists are now mixing balloons with pretty white lights for evening weddings. These are beautiful!

  2. Select flowers that are in season.
    Selecting flowers in season will dramatically cut your costs. If you have your heart set on exotic flowers that either out-of-season or hard to get in your region, consider using silk flowers instead.

  3. Limit the size of your wedding party.
    The math is simple ... fewer bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ushers means less money spent on corsages, bouquets, and boutonnieres.

  4. Use fewer, but larger and more dramatic floral displays.
    The overall cost will likely be less, AND your flowers will get more attention. Be sure to arrange for someone to transport the arrangements from the ceremony venue to the reception venue so you can enjoy them the entire day.

  5. Use silk flowers.
    This is a nice idea if you want to keep your bouquet. If you are creative and willing to learn, you can buy a floral book and make your own wedding flowers with silks. Any craft store will have these readily on hand. If you have plenty of lead time before the wedding, watch for sales at the craft shops. You'll often see sales of up to 50% off seasonal silk flowers.

  6. Use greenery and twinkling lights.
    Greenery is far less expensive than fresh flowers. If you use live plants, you can keep them for years to come. You can also rent live plants from local nurseries or silk plants from local rental companies.

  7. Have your wedding outdoors.
    You can save money on floral decorations by using the natural beauty of the outdoors. Some places have elaborate gardens or nice atriums for your ceremony. Parks are also a nice choice!

  8. Opt for less expensive flowers.
    Rather than exotic and expensive buds, opt for less expensive flowers (like carnations) for your cake table, gift table, and other decorative arrangement. You can still use the more expensive flowers in your bouquet and save a lot of money at the same time.
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Popular Wedding Flowers & Their Meanings


A rose is a rose ... but what does it symbolize? When you understand the meaning of the flowers you select, you can use your wedding to send a special message through your floral arrangements. Highlight your selection and its meaning in your wedding program to share with your guests.

Here are some of the more popular wedding flowers and their meanings.
A

Adonis
Recollection of Life's Pleasure
Alyssum (sweet)
Worth beyond beauty
Aster
Daintiness, Symbol of Love
Azalea
Fragile and Ephemeral Passion
B

Baby's Breath
Happiness
Buttercup
Childishness
C

Camellia
Excellence and Steadfastness
Carnation, White
Pure Love, Sweet Love, Innocence
Chrysanthemum, Red
I love you
Coreopsis
Always cheerful
D

Daisy
Gentleness, Innocence, Loyal love
Day Lily
Emblem Of The Mother
E

Edelweiss
Daring & Noble Courage
Everlasting
Constancy
F

Fern
Sincerity, Magic, Fascination, Confidence, Shelter
Fir
Time & Evaluation
Forget-me-not
Faithful Love, Memories
G

Gillyflower, Pink
Bonds Of Affection
Gladiolus
Strength Of Character
H

Heather, Purple
Admiration, Beauty and Solitude
Heliotrope
Devotion, Eternal Love
Honeysuckle
Sweetness Of Disposition
I

Iris
Faith, Wisdom, Valor, Your Friendship means so much to me
Ivy
Friendship, Wedded love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
J

Jasmine, Red
Folly and Glee
Jasmine, White
Amiability and Cheerfulness
Jasmine, Yellow
Timidity and Modesty
L

Lady's Slipper
Capricious Beauty
Lily, Calla
Majestic Beauty
Lily, White
Majesty and Purity, Virginity
Lily-Of-The-Valley
Purity and Humility, Sweetness
Love-In-The-Mist
Delicacy and Perplexity
M

Magnolia
Dignity, Splendid Beauty
Marvel-Of-Peru
Flame of Love
Mimosa
Sensitivity
N

Narcissus
Egotism, Formality
O

Orange Blossom
Your Purity Equals Your Loveliness, Innocence, Eternal Love
Orchid
Magnificence, Love, Beauty, Refinement
P

Pansy
Thoughtful Recollection
Passionflower
Faith and Piety
Peach Blossom
Generosity and Bridal Hope
Pear Blossom
Health and Hope
Peony
Healing, Life, Happy Marriage
Periwinkle, Blue
Early Friendship
Primrose
Young Love, I cannot live without you
Q

Queen Anne's Lace
Fantasy
R

Rose, Bridal
Happy Love
Rose, Christmas
Peace and Tranquility
Rose, Coral/Orange
Enthusiasm, Desire
Rose, Dark Pink
Thank you
Rose, Light Pink
Admiration
Rose, Musk
Capricious Beauty
Rose, Pale
Friendship
Rose, Peach
Let's get together, Closing of the deal
Rose, Pink
Love, Grace, Gentility, You're so Lovely, Perfect Happiness, Please believe me
Rose, Pink & White
I love you still and always will
Rose, Red
Love, Desire, Respect, Courage
Rose, Red & Yellow
Congratulations
Rose, White
Charm, Secrecy, Silence, You're Heavenly, Reverence, Humility, Youthfulness and Innocence
Rose, Yellow
Infidelity, Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Jealousy, Welcome Back
Rose, Yellow & Orange
Passionate thoughts
S

Stephanotis
Happiness in marriage
Sunflower
Homage and Devotion
Sweet Pea
Departure, Blissful pleasure, Thanks for a lovely time
T

Tiger Lily
Wealth and Pride
Tulip
Symbol of The Perfect Lover
Tulip, Red
Believe me, Declaration of love
Tulip, Variegated
Beautiful eyes
V

Violet
Modesty and Simplicity
Viscaria
Will you dance with me?
W

Wisteria
Youth and Poetry
X

Xeranthemum
Eternity and Immortality
Z

Zinnia
Thoughts of Absent Friends
Zinnia, Pink
Lasting Affection
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Wedding Flower Checklist

When it comes to wedding flowers, it can quickly become confusing (and a little overwhelming) trying to keep track of what type of arrangements you need, where they go, and who gets what. We hope to make it a little easier with this wedding flower checklist. This is a common checklist of the wedding flower arrangements you should consider for your event, but should be customized to meet your budget.

Print this checklist and take it with you when you meet with your florists. This can help you get an idea of what your total cost will be for each floral arrangement and may help you narrow down your "must have" arrangements versus your "nice to have" arrangements.

Item Cost
Wedding Party
Bride's Bouquet
Maid (Matron) of Honor's Bouquet
Bridesmaid's Bouquets
Flower Girl's Bouquet/Basket
Floral Headpieces
Groom's Boutonniere
Best Man's Boutonniere
Groomsmen's Boutonnieres
Usher's Boutonnieres
Ring Bearer's Pillow
Family
Mother's Corsages
Grandmother's Corsages
Father's Boutonnieres
Grandfather's Boutonnieres
Ceremony Site Flowers
Altar or Chuppah Flowers
Standing Arrangements
Aisle or Pew Decorations
Entryway Flowers
Reception Site Flowers
Head Table Centerpiece
Guest Table Centerpieces
Cake Top Flowers
Cake Table Flowers
Guest Book Table Flowers
Tossing Bouquet
Your Own Creative Touches

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Frequent Questions About Wedding Videography

Can't a friend or family member videotape my wedding?
Yes, but don't expect professional results. Most friends and relatives don't have the training, experience or the equipment of a professional videographer. Camera technique is more involved than knowing how to point and shoot. A wedding can't be re- staged for the camera if sound on the tape is inaudible, a battery runs out of power, or the videographer hasn't planned his camera placement and misses key parts of the ceremony. A professional videographer offers digital mastering, titling, special effects, editing equipment, professional microphones, tripods, lighting and sufficient back-up equipment to produce a high quality production.

Also, keep in mind that a friend or family member who is intent upon recording your wedding day cannot enjoy this occasion as a guest...he is too busy working for you. And if the video does not meet your expectations will you feel comfortable expressing your disappointment? Will your displeasure affect your relationship?

Is there much difference between video services?
Why shouldn't I necessarily choose the company with the lowest price? You should be aware that many people in the business of videotaping weddings are amateurs. As with relatives or friends, such well-meaning individuals often do not have the technical background, experience or equipment to do the job well. Professional videographers work under very challenging conditions. By the very nature of a wedding they cannot control the lighting, the composition or physical positions of the participants. They are literally at the mercy of their environment and only through experience do they know how to adapt to variable situations and still capture the emotions and facial expressions that an amateur might miss. The individual you hire should also be skilled at working with people: you, your family, the wedding party, the presiding official and your photographer.

How do I find the right wedding videographer?
It's a fact of life that price plays a key role in determining your selection of vendors. Once you determine your spending limit, then you can begin to appraise videographers in the four areas that differentiate them: equipment, experience, style and individual personality. Equipment and experience must meet a certain minimum level before you can evaluate style.

Most professionals now use digital cameras and digital editing equipment. But the equipment doesn't do all the work. That's where video experience, and more specifically, wedding video experience comes into play. Wedding experience means how long the videographer has been shooting weddings and how many he has done.

When looking for a professional videography service, we suggest you personally meet with three videographers and view their demo tapes and parts of a full-length video they have made for a client. Decide if your personalities mesh and you feel comfortable working with this person...you are going to be spending most of your wedding day with him/her. Assure yourself they offer professional quality and value. Is the camera held steady? Is the edit smooth from one sequence to the next? How well is the emotion of the day reflected in the video? Is the audio quality good? How clearly can you hear the vows? Realize that producing a wedding video is a creative process...each professional videographer has his own style and you must decide which style best meets your expectations. When viewing a videographer's work, you will become aware of the many subjective intangibles that come together to create a videographer's unique style. You will instinctively know when a particular videographer's artistic genre clicks with your own



How much should I expect to pay for a professional video?
On average, the cost of a professional wedding videographer is 10 percent of your total wedding budget. That is a small fraction of the cost of your reception! Yet with the exception of your photos, your video is all you have after your wedding day...it is the ultimate permanent record of this memorable event. Fees are determined by the experience of the videographer, technical/professional level of equipment, number of cameras, length of time at your event and the selection of additional premium services (elaborate photo montages, personalized endings, etc). Let your overall wedding budget and the amount set aside for photos be your guide. Quality video requires an investment equal to quality photography.

Is it necessary to sign a contract/agreement with my wedding videographer?
Yes! Hiring a wedding videographer is a business arrangement and it is essential to sign a contract. This contract/agreement should delineate:

• The services selected
• The cost of services
• The schedule of payments
• Any special requests
• Expected time of delivery

Will the video equipment be distracting during the ceremony?
Because modern video equipment is compact, portable and silent, the most important consideration is whether or not the videographer has the skill to avoid intruding on the ceremony. The camera should remain stationary on its tripod. He should be sensitive to your needs, the requirements of the church and officiant. He should do his best to stay out of the way, yet cover all-important events.

I want to be sure to hear our vows on the video. Will this be possible?
If the ceremony was to be recorded using the camera's built-in microphone, your vows would most likely be inaudible . . . these microphones lose clarity at distances beyond 7-10 feet. A knowledgeable videographer will utilize professional wireless and wired microphones, generally worn by the groom and minister and/or placed near musicians and readers.

Should I consider multiple camera coverage for my ceremony and reception?
Yes, if your budget permits . . . it is worth the expense. A two (or more) camera production gives different views of the same event or allows each videographer to capture different activities that may be occurring simultaneously to create a more interesting video. Good editing integrates the camera footage together . . . selecting the best views from each camera . . . to make your wedding story more dramatic and compelling.

Where are multiple cameras placed at the ceremony?
One possible camera placement is on the groom's side of the altar, slightly behind the officiant performing the ceremony. This position usually can get good close- ups of the bride during the vows and ring exchange. Another good location is a second floor loft or balcony overlooking the altar area and giving an overview of the entire church . . . or placed at the back of the center aisle to provide a wide angle overview of the ceremony as seen by your guests. A third camera could be situated on the bride's side of the altar to provide close-up shots of the groom. Camera placement outdoors or in a hotel will depend on the physical layout of the particular venue.

If my ceremony or reception location is dimly lit, how will my video look?
Lighting will determine the quality of your video. Most churches have sufficient lighting to produce acceptable video. For best results the lighting should be balanced and uniform. While experienced wedding videographers usually have professional grade, low light digital cameras, it is wise to make maximum use of the interior lighting to ensure the best quality recording. Although ceremony lighting is often selected to create the appropriate atmosphere or mood, you will want to consider how a low light ceremony will affect your video and then decide on the best light level for your personal needs and priorities.

If the house lights are insufficient, your videographer should light your reception events with a low-wattage, on-camera light. This compromise solution allows him to provide adequate lighting, yet remain unobtrusive.

Should I expect my videographer to attend my rehearsal?Whenever possible, your videographer should attend your rehearsal. This enables him to avoid unpleasant surprises, such as having attendants, candles and flowers blocking the camera's view during the vows and ring exchange. His familiarity with your ceremony location does not necessarily ensure proper placement of cameras and microphones for your particular wedding ceremony. This is also an opportunity for the videographer to meet with the officiant to discuss any concerns each may have as well as meet the wedding party and members of the wedding families.

How much video is actually recorded and what is the average length of a wedding video?
About 4-6 hours of raw, unedited footage is typically recorded for a two-camera ceremony/reception. Ceremony only coverage would be in the 2-3 hour range. A tightly edited video of the ceremony and reception runs anywhere from one to two hours depending on the length of the ceremony and the amount of time you have hired the videographer to cover your reception. Professional videographers shoot a lot of footage to make certain they capture all the special moments and then use their post-production editing capabilities to condense the raw footage, adding music, titles, and special effects. Post production is the most time consuming part of their job...much more so than the time they spend recording your wedding day. It is not unusual for a videographer to spend 30 to 40 hours to create your wedding heirloom.

Is editing necessary since I want to see everything that was recorded?
Editing typically means combining the best footage from all cameras to produce an unparalleled memory of your day. It eliminates unnecessary duplication that is boring and involves the addition of titles, music, still photos and special effects (fades, dissolves, etc.). Editing is used creatively, to give your wedding production better pacing and capture the natural beauty and personality of your event.

What kind of coverage does the 'typical' wedding video include?
A wedding video usually begins with introductory titles. This may be followed by exterior and interior views of your wedding location. The more elaborate video packages contain pre-ceremony coverage to include part of your photo session (with the permission of your photographer) and last minute preparations before you actually go down the aisle. Next, the entire ceremony is recorded from the processional to recessional and everything in between. Post ceremony footage may show you signing your wedding license and/or departing in your limo.

Should you select ceremony/reception coverage, your videographer will continue to your reception location and tape the customary activities: your introduction into the reception, first dance, toasts, cake cutting, father/daughter dance, bouquet and garter toss; and ...at your request... personal messages from guests.

Other popular, premium services which increase editing time and add to the cost of your video are: pre-ceremony coverage at bride's home, photo montages, love stories, highlight montages, the short-form wedding edit, Hollywood style movie credit presentation of your wedding party, a personalized ending and your wedding video on DVDs.

What about the restrictive policies some churches have?
Most professional videographers respect and abide by the existing rules of a church or ceremony venue. While they can readily provide you with professional expertise to explain your video concerns to the church coordinator, it is the client's responsibility to request any changes to these policies. If the restrictions are too rigid and limiting you may want to consider searching out another wedding location.

What will happen if my videographer is ill, injured or has some family emergency? This is a potential problem for any date/time specific event. If you have selected a wedding videographer who belongs to professional associations and networks with other local videographers, it is likely a back-up arrangement can resolve this risk. Most professionals limit their liability to returning money paid by the client in the event of non- performance and state this in their contract with you.

Should I provide a meal for the video crew at my reception?
It is a welcome courtesy if you provide a meal for your videographers. Wedding videography is a physically demanding job...and the workday can often start early, and last well into the night. Proper nourishment is critical to quality work. It need not be a full-course meal but something that can be provided quickly so that they are ready to work again at a moments notice. Many reception venues include the option for you to purchase vendor meals. It's also thoughtful to ask your caterer to set up a small table in the corner of the reception room or a side room for your vendors to eat. Normally your wedding service providers eat their meals while the guests eat.

How can I assure that my videographer will perform his best work for me?
Excellent video doesn't happen by chance. Assuming a videographer can work around bridal party obstructions, poor lighting, and severely restricted camera placement, will put the quality of your video at risk. Let him know all the details of your event...provide him with a written schedule, when possible. Your cooperation to overcome foreseeable problems is vital to receiving a quality video. A final planning session with your videographer, usually within two weeks of your ceremony, to discuss these details is advantageous for all concerned. Other considerations are also important:

Inform your officiant that you intend to have your ceremony videotaped. Discuss your wishes concerning video during the initial meeting with church/ceremony personnel to clarify existing policy. You need to be aware of any restrictions and video guidelines.

Furnish all information needed to complete your wedding video on time.

Consider providing a light meal when your videographer is working for you five hours or more.

If parking is at a premium, designate a parking space for your videographer ... time searching for a parking place is time away from working for you.

Make your payments on time as defined in your contract.


How long should it take to get my finished video after the wedding?
This usually depends on the time of year and your timeliness in delivering needed materials to complete the video. Weddings tend to be seasonal. Most occur on weekends from May through October...the warmer months in many areas of the country. Videos that are developed and refined in post production can take from one to six months after the event to complete. The more lengthy production time is due to the combination of seasonal workload and the labor-intensive editing process.

Article Courtesy of:
A Pinetree Video Production
Colorado Springs, CO

Sample Wedding Reception Schedule

Whether you are planning a formal dinner reception or an informal gathering of well-wishers, it is important to establish a schedule of events to prevent confusion on the big day!  Don't get too hung up on exact times — the idea is to keep the party moving in the right direction.


 While the order of events is entirely up to you, here's a sample of a traditional reception schedule.
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  1. Cocktail Hour. 
    This is the time between the wedding ceremony and the reception in which guests are served champagne and hors d’oeuvres while the wedding party is having formal photographs made. 
  2. Grand Entrance. 
    This signals to everyone that the wedding party has arrived.  The traditional order of entrance is
    1. Groom's Parents
    2. Bride's Parents
    3. Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
    4. Bridesmaids escorted by Ushers
    5. Maid of Honor escorted by Best Man
    6. Bride and Groom
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  3. Wedding Couple's First Dance. 
    Because traditionally guests are not supposed to dance before the bride and groom, the bride and groom may proceed directly to the dance floor for the traditional first dance to encourage guests to start dancing early.
  4. Champagne Toasts/Speeches. 
    This marks the end of the cocktail hour and signifies that dinner is about to be served.
  5. Dinner.
  6. Special Dancing. 
    The traditional order of special dances is
    1. Bride with her Father
    2. Groom with his Mother
    3. Wedding Party
  7. Cake Cutting.  This signifies to the guests that the party is winding down and that it is okay to leave.  Take care not to do this too soon or your party may end before you're ready!
  8. Garter/Bouquet Toss. 
  9. Last Dance by Bride and Groom. 
  10. Grand Exit. 
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    Have guests send you off in a big way!  Exit through tossed rose petals, bird seed, or bubbles!

A great wedding DJ will serve as your event MC and will guide you through events and keep the wedding reception flowing. 

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Selecting the Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

Choosing a wedding reception location can be a little daunting.  It doesn't have to be, though. By considering the following, you will save yourself time by quickly narrowing down the choices.
  • Availability
    Ascertain which venues are available to you on your wedding date. It doesn't matter if the location is perfect but not available.

  • Budget
    Your wedding reception budget is the single biggest thing to consider when choosing a location. It is far better to choose a less expensive venue with excellent food and entertainment than to opt for the fancy local only to scrimp on the catering.  Another budget saving idea is to hold your wedding and reception in the same place.

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  • Central Location
    If your wedding reception is going to be somewhere other than where you are getting married, choose a location that is centrally located. This will be greatly appreciated by your out of town guests who may be unfamiliar with the area. It may also save you money if your caterer and florists don't have to travel quite so far. If you live in a city that offers subway or other light rail service, a centrally located wedding reception is perfect in that your guests can have a few drinks without worrying about having to drive home. For towns without convenient mass transit, you might consider providing a shuttle if you have several guests staying in a nearby hotel.

  • Size
    The number of guests and type of reception will dictate the size of the venue you need. Be sure to choose a location that is large enough to accommodate your wedding party but not so large that romance is lost. Keep in mind that you will want to have room for your guests to dance and mingle comfortably.

  • Décor : Choosing a reception location that is already beautifully decorated can save you a lot of money. The ambiance is also important. Can you envision your wedding party and guests in the space? Pay attention to the lighting the room, as well. Is there enough light? Are there dimmers? Is there lighted greenery? The money you save on décor can be used to upgrade the menu or the entertainment.  

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Once you've narrowed the list down to two or three locations, plan to visit each of them.  Speak with the events manager and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Be as specific as you can and be sure to jot down notes to help you later as you make your final decision.


There are several things you should consider that are often forgotten:
  1. Room access for older guests and handicapped guests
  2. Restroom availability, convenience, and access
  3. Dance floor location
  4. Lines of sight across the room
    (i.e. are there huge pillars that will be blocking the view of your guests?)
  5. Bar location(s), if alcohol is being served.
By considering all the obvious requirement and not-so-obvious details ahead of time, making the perfect choice for your reception venue will be easy!

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10 Ways to Get the Groom Involved

Planning the wedding is no longer the sole responsibility of the bride and her mother. If
your fiance is happily going about his life while you are out talking to the florist, caterer, wedding cake baker, and  DJ,  it's time to get him involved in the planning. After all, planning your wedding will probably be the first major project of your life together. It's important for both of you to feel connected to this process.


10 Ways to Get the Groom Involved

  1. Request His Help. This may sound like a "no-brainer," but often the groom doesn't get involved because he has been under the mistaken impression that his help wasn't desired. Sit down with your fiance and ask him what he would like to have at the wedding/reception. Tell him what you would like and develop a plan together.

  2. Give Him The Knowledge. The fact that almost every bridal magazine is directed at brides is
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    not lost on your fiance. He may be hesitant to help with planning because he simply doesn't know what's expected of him. Give him a checklist with dates that tasks need to be accomplished. Offer suggestions for each area. Remember, he may not do things exactly the way you might, but that's okay. He's getting the job done.

  3. Enticements. Finding the most delicious wedding cake or most bubbly champagne can be a good way to have your fiance have input into the wedding plans. Spending a few afternoons or evenings eating delicious desserts and sipping on champagne isn't work; it's fun!

  4. Gift Registry. Remind your man that the gift registry isn't just for china and crystal. While he may genuinely care about those types of gifts, today's gift registries are much more diverse. If he's had his eye on a great barbecue set or barware, remind him that the wedding gift registry is the way to go.

  5. Entertainment. Choosing the entertainment for your reception may be just the ticket for getting your fiance involved. Chances are he has very definite opinions in this area. Put those tastes to good use. Have him "audition" the various bands or DJ's your considering. Spending a few evenings together going to clubs listening to music is a date not wedding planning! Point him to our directory of local DJs and Bands for an easy start!

  6. Invitations. Chances are you haven't met everyone in your fiance's family or group of friends, yet it is important that they be included in the guest list. Ask him to make a list of people he wants to invite. Better yet, ask him to address the envelopes of his guest list. Don't worry if his handwriting is illegible, there are many computer programs available for printing labels.

  7. Keeping Track. If your fiance is a natural organizer, ask him to keep track of receipts, schedules, contracts, and appointments. Not only will this lighten your load, but also he'll be involved in the planning process.

  8. Accommodations. Asking your fiance to arrange for accommodations for out-of-town guests can be a good way for him to stay involved. Just give him a list of acceptable hotels, and let him do the arranging. Better yet, point him to our directory of local accommodations for a quick and easy start!

  9. Rehearsal Dinner. Your fiance probably knows that this dinner has traditionally been the
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    groom (or groom's family's) responsibility. If he doesn't already have ideas for this event, give him a few suggestions, and let him have at it. Don't worry if his ideas of fun for all differ from yours. It's his wedding, too!

  10. Honeymoon Planning. If your guy doesn't already have a plan for your honeymoon, give him a few suggestions. Let him know the type of hotel you would find acceptable and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Point him to our directory of local travel agents as a resource.
With these suggestions, you'll be more relaxed and you will have already accomplished a goal of marriage—you've become partners!

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The Ultimate Wedding Party Responsibilities Checklist


Planning a wedding and participating in a wedding can be a daunting task. Traditionally, wedding party members all have very distinct roles to help with the process and make life easier on the bride and groom. This wedding party responsibilities checklist can serve as a guideline to help you get a grip on who does what. Customize this list to meet the unique needs for your wedding party.

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  • Decide on your budget. Consult with your parents, if they are paying for or contributing to the wedding.
  • Decide on and set the style, wedding theme, date, time, and the place of ceremony and reception. Make the reservations and deposits.
  • Meet with your wedding officiate and participate in any premarital counseling required.
  • Order your Save-the-Date cards, wedding invitations, and thank you notes.
  • Choose your attendants and their attire.
  • Purchase gifts to honor your Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, and children in the wedding party (flower girl and ring bearer). Present those gifts at the rehearsal dinner or at a private gathering with your wedding party prior to the wedding.
  • Acknowledge all bridal shower and wedding gifts you receive with a handwritten personalized
    thank-you note from both of you.
  • Purchase gifts for your parents.
  • Obtain your marriage license and any needed blood tests.
  • Attends the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Attend the ceremony and reception.
  • Dance the first dance at the reception.
  • Greet everyone at the reception, either with a receiving line or by mingling.
Bride 
Wedding Jewelry
  • Discuss your budget with parents and fiancé.
  • Choose your wedding gown and hair decor.
  • Select your wedding day jewelry (necklace, bracelet, and earrings)
  • Book your coordinator, caterer, DJ, florist, photographer, videographer, wedding cake baker, and other wedding industry professional you need for your big day.
  • Help compile guest list.
  • Address invitations.
  • Shop for trousseau.
  • Pack for honeymoon.
  • Obtain all necessary travel documents for honeymoon (i.e. passport, birth certificate, visa).
  • Purchase groom's wedding ring and have it engraved.
  • Purchase wedding gift for groom.
  • Complete paperwork necessary for name change on bank accounts, credit cards, insurance, etc.
  • Stand to the right of the groom during the receiving line.

Groom
  • Help compile guest list. Present list to bride at least 3 months before the wedding.
  • Purchase bride's engagement and wedding rings and arranges engraving.
  • Rent or purchase wedding attire.
  • Choose all wedding attire and accessories for the male bridal party members.
  • Plan and pay for honeymoon.
  • Get traveler's checks for honeymoon.
  • Obtain all necessary travel documents for honeymoon (i.e. passport, birth certificate, visa).
  • Assist in any and all planning of ceremony and reception.
  • Purchase wedding gift for bride.
  • Pay for the bridal bouquet and all corsages and boutonnières for wedding party.
  • Scout out hotels for out-of-town guests.
  • Send out rehearsal dinner invitations.
  • Arrive at ceremony site at least 1 hour early.
  • Bring marriage license to ceremony site.
  • Make payments to officiate and musicians.
  • Stand to the left of the bride in the receiving line.
Maid (Matron) of Honor
  • Assists bride in choosing a bridal gown as well as in choosing attendants' gowns and jewelry.
  • Purchase gown and accessories that she will be wearing.
  • Helps bride address invitations.
  • Plan and host bridal shower.
  • Plan and host the bachelorette party.
  • Records gifts received at showers as well as collecting all ribbons and bows for making the rehearsal bouquets.
  • Helps the bride assemble and decorate wedding favors.
  • Helps bride and bride's family decorate the reception hall, if necessary.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive with at least 2 hours early to assist the bride in dressing.
  • Organize bridesmaids and their gowns.
  • Arrange bride's veil and train before and throughout the ceremony.
  • Hold groom's ring during the ceremony if its not being carried by the ring bearer.
  • Signs the wedding certificate as an official witness.
  • Stands to the left of the groom in the receiving line.
  • Dances when the music starts at the reception and asks other guests to dance.
  • Be gracious and serve as an auxiliary hostess at the reception.
Best Man
  • Plan and host the bachelor party.
  • Rent or purchase wedding attire that is the same as the groom's.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrange for transportation to ceremony for self and groom.
  • Arrange for transportation of the couple as well as self to the reception.
  • Arrives with the groom at least 1 hour before the ceremony.
  • Helps keep the groom calm.
  • Supervises groomsmen and ushers.
  • Holds bride's wedding ring if not being carried by the ring bearer.
  • Escorts the Maid (Matron) of Honor during the recessional.
  • Forwards payment to musicians and officiate from the groom.
  • Stands to the right of the bride in the receiving line.
  • Makes the first toast at the reception and reads congratulations telegrams.
  • Dances when the music starts and asks other guests to dance.
  • Transport newlyweds to the honeymoon suite or airport after the reception.
  • Organize the return of any rented wedding attire for all men in the wedding.
Bridesmaids
Groomsman Gifts

Groomsmen and Ushers
  • Purchase or rent wedding attire.
  • Assist in planning and financing the bachelor party.
  • Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive dressed at least 1 hour before the wedding.
  • Fold and distribute wedding programs.
  • Ensure that all family members have corsages/boutonnières before being seated.
  • Seat guests as follows:
    • Single females are escorted on the right.
    • Single males should walk along the left side.
    • Escort the female of a couple on the right with her date walking behind.
    • Guests of the bride are seated on the left.
    • Guests of the groom are seated on the right.
    • Leave first few rows unseated to accommodate family members.
    • Seat the mother of the groom.
    • Seat the mother of the bride.
    • Roll out the aisle runner.
  • Light candelabras, as needed.
  • Escort bridesmaids during the recessional.
  • Check for any items left by guests at the ceremony site.
  • Collect ceremony decorative items such as baskets, pew bows, and aisle runner.
  • Dance when music starts and ask other guests to dance.
  • Decorate the newlywed's car.
Father of the Groom
  • Assist in compiling guest list.
  • Purchase or rent wedding attire.
  • Pay for and host the rehearsal dinner.
  • Propose the first toast at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive dressed 1 hour before the wedding.
  • Stand to the left of the mother of the groom in the receiving line.
  • Pay for all beverages at the wedding reception.
Mother of the Groom
  • Assist in compiling guest list.
  • Purchase a dress that is complementary in color and style to the mother of the bride's dress.
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive dressed 1 hour before the wedding.
  • Stand to the left of the bride's parents in the receiving line.
Mother of the Bride
  • Assist bride in the selection of wedding gown and accessories as well as the color and style of the attendants' gowns.
  • Help prepare guest list.
  • Help record gifts received.
  • Select a dress that will complement the color scheme of the wedding and inform the mother of the groom of the choice.
  • Assist in details of ceremony and reception (i.e. caterer, DJ, photographer, etc.).
  • Arrive dressed before the bride and the bridal party.
  • Bring the wedding guest book and unity candle to the ceremony and then to the reception.
  • Stand at the head of the receiving line.
  • Serve as official hostess at the wedding and reception.
  • Gather the gifts after the reception and hold for the couple until after the honeymoon.
Father of the Bride
  • Assist in preparing the guest list.
  • Purchase or rent wedding attire that matches that of the groom and other male wedding attendants.
  • Ride with the bride to the ceremony.
  • Escort bride down the aisle on left arm.
  • Stands to the left of the mother of the bride in the receiving line.
  • Co-hosts the reception.
  • Dances second dance with the bride at the reception.
  • Helps gather gifts after the reception.
  • Last to leave reception.
Flower Girl 
Flower Girl Baskets
  • Parents pay for dress and any alterations needed.
  • Attends rehearsal and, depending on age, attends the rehearsal dinner with her parents.
  • Arrives dressed 1 hour before the ceremony. (If very young, 30 minute early may be more appropriate.)
  • Precedes the bride and her father in the processional, while scattering flower petals in the bride's path.
  • Attends the reception with parents.
Ring Bearer
  • Parents pay for attire that matches or complements the groom's attire.
  • Attends rehearsal and, depending on age, attends the rehearsal dinner with her parents.
  • Arrives dressed 1 hour before the ceremony. (If very young, 30 minute early may be more appropriate.)
  • Precedes the flower girl in the processional carrying the wedding rings on a pillow.
  • Attends the reception with parents.

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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