5 Clever Tricks To Get Your Groom Involved In The Planning Process

Planning a wedding is a huge task - there is absolutely no reason you should have to do it all by yourself! Your mom, mother-in-law, maid of honor, bridesmaids, and/or other female friends can be hugely helpful, but don't leave out another equally valuable asset: your fiancé. The team at WhereBridesGo.com is here to help you out with some of these brilliant ideas for getting your groom involved.

5 Clever Tricks To Get Your Groom Involved In The Planning Process

1.  Ask His Opinion.
Your big days is just as much about the groom as it is about you - he should get to have equal say in the planning process. Not only that, but people are more apt to help out with something that they feel like they have some control over. If your groom feels like his opinion is valued and appreciated, he will be more invested and more likely to step up and take on some extra responsibilities.

2.  Give Him Tasks He Wants To Do.
Nothing inspires procrastination more than being assigned a job you don't want to do. Rather than simply assigning specific tasks to your groom and expecting him to do them with a smile, ask him which tasks sound the most appealing to him. If he volunteers to coordinate with the caterer and set up tastings, let him!

3.  Divide The Work Evenly.
Planning a wedding together is like a crash course in marriage - it's means taking on a huge project that will require you and your fiancé to work together in order to succeed. Marriage works the same way; the best ones owe their success to constant cooperation between the husband and the wife. You can get your marriage started off on the right foot by evenly dividing the work of wedding planning between you and your fiancé.

4.  Maximize His Strengths.
We all have different strengths. You can make your planning process easier on everyone by identifying your and your partner's strengths and dividing tasks accordingly. If he has an affinity for math, let him oversee the wedding budget. If he has a creative streak, ask him to design the announcements or the invitations. By maximizing each of your strengths, the planning process will go much more smoothly for everyone involved.

5.  Communicate, Communicate, Communicate.
Almost every argument you will ever have with your partner will stem from a misunderstanding. It won't be fair to hold your fiancé to certain expectations if he is not aware of what those expectations are! Try not to expect your fiancé to do certain tasks or make specific decisions without communicating your desires to him (and making sure he agrees with them) first. 

Happy Planning!

By coming together as a team, you and your fiancé can create the wedding of your dreams. If you find yourself in need of some wedding planning inspiration or unique wedding accessories, be sure to visit WhereBridesGo.com. We have a great selection of wedding gifts, decorations, and more. Happy shopping!

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
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Are You THAT Wedding Guest?

We've all been to a wedding where at least one or two of the guests got a little out of line. Whether you're in the bridal party or there as a guest, dealing with difficult guests can be incredibly frustrating. If you're going to a wedding, you'll probably try to be on your best behavior - but what if you commit one of these classic wedding guest faux pas without even trying to? 

The team at WhereBridesGo.com has compiled a quick list of some of the most common (and annoying) wedding guest faux pas. Don't get caught doing one of these!

1.  Not Controlling Your Children
Misbehaving children can ruin an event faster than almost anything else. As a result, it's not uncommon for brides and grooms to ask that children not attend the ceremony or reception. If you have kids that will be coming with you to the wedding (and they should only be coming with you if they were specifically invited), make sure you keep them on their best behavior.

2.  Crowding The Dressing Room
Of course you want to see the bride and groom to congratulate them and extend your best wishes before the ceremony starts, but swarming the dressing room creates a great deal of unnecessary stress and extra hassles for everyone involved. Save your hugs and well wishes for the reception.

3.  Disrupting The Photos
The photographers only have a set amount of time to take the pictures that the bride and groom will cherish for a lifetime. Don't complicate the process by trying to take pictures of your own or asking the couple to hold that pose a little bit longer.

4.  Using Your Cell Phone
There's a reason they ask you to turn your phones off in the theatre! When you're in a quiet, focused environment, cell phones are distracting to everyone around you. Turn yours off before the ceremony begins.

5.  Discussing Exes
It doesn't matter if the bride or groom has been engaged or married before, nor does it matter how their exes are doing. The wedding day is all about the couple at hand - don't stir the pot by mentioning past relationships.

6.  Not RSVPing
The guest count plays a crucial role in the wedding planning process. Without an accurate number, the bride and groom won't know how much food to order or how many tables/chairs to set up. Do everyone a favor and return the RSVP card in a timely manner, regardless of whether or not you can attend.

7.  Asking To Bring A Guest
If you have been given the opportunity to bring a "plus one," great. If not, leave it at that! The bride and groom probably have a good reason for not inviting you to bring a guest (such as keeping costs down). Don't create unnecessary stress by asking to bring an uninvited guest.

8.  Drinking Too Much
It doesn't matter if there is an open bar or not - no one likes an intoxicated wedding guest. Feel free to enjoy a few drinks, but know your limits and stick to them.

9.  Bringing A Big Gift To The Wedding
Bringing your gift with you may seem convenient, but there is probably limited space at the reception and the gift table may fill up quickly. Not only that, but someone will have to haul all the gifts back to the bride and groom's home after the reception. Do everyone a favor and have large gifts delivered to the bride or groom before the wedding.

10.  Chatting During The Toasts
Toasting is a special ritual during every wedding. It's a chance for chosen parties to express their affection for the happy couple and wish them all the best for their future together. Don't disrupt the process by whispering with your neighbor! (As a side note - if you were not invited to give a toast, don't surprise everyone by delivering one anyway.)

11.  Dancing Before The First Dance
The first dance is another very special ritual. Even if you're not one for traditions yourself, respect the bride and groom by saving your epic dance moves until after happy couple has had their first dance.

Keep The Event Fun For Everyone!
Ignoring the common rules of wedding etiquette can make the special day less pleasant for everyone involved. You don't want to be the one who causes a scene at the wedding! By making sure you don't commit any of these etiquette crimes, you'll be able to help everyone around you relax and enjoy the special day.

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
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10 Beautiful, Romantic, and Inspirational Quotes To Jazz Up Your Wedding Ceremony

When it comes to your wedding ceremony, anything goes! You can design your ceremony to be anything you want it to be. Some couples choose to keep their ceremonies very traditional, but an increasing number of brides and grooms are opting for unique ceremonies that reflect their personalities and lifestyles. 

No matter what type of wedding ceremony you choose, sprinkling some romantic quotes or insightful little words of wisdom throughout the ceremony can be a great way to make the event more memorable. Couples who decide to write their own vows also frequently use quotes as inspirational springboards from which to write the rest of their vows, or they may include a few quotes to help round out their completed vows.

No matter what your purposes, romantic quotes are always a beautiful addition to any wedding ceremony. If you're looking for some quote inspiration, you've come to the right place! In this blog post, the team at WhereBridesgo.com compiled a list of some of our favorite quotes to include in your wedding ceremony.

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."
~ Maya Angelou

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."
~ Audrey Hepburn

"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds." 
~ Nicholas Sparks

"Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you."
~ Loretta Young

"You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not." 
~ Jodi Picoult

"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul."
~ Judy Garland

"Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning, a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."
~ Bruce Lee

"A soulmate is the one person whose love is powerful enough to motivate you to meet your soul, to do the emotional work of self-discovery, of awakening."
~ Kenny Loggins

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep, because reality is finally better than your dreams."
~ Dr. Seuss

"A successful relationship requires falling in love many times - always with the same person, but deeper and deeper every time."
~ Unknown

What are your other favorite love quotes about love? Leave us a comment below or tweet @WhereBridesGo and let us know!

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
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