March 23, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bride-To-Be: What's The Magic Number?

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDE TO BE, WEDDING GUEST LIST

One of the first things you need to do when planning a wedding is decide on the perfect number of guests. My fiancé and I decided that 100 was our magic number before we formally created a guest list.


Wedding Guest List

Photo Courtesty of The Wedding Caligrapher

Looking back, I can't remember how we came up with this number, but we quickly realized it was far too low! We then sat down together and created a list of the people we wanted to invite. Facebook was a handy tool for quickly referencing our lists of friends online and helped us remember to include everyone we thought was important to have at our wedding.


March 3, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: Combining different cultural traditions for your wedding

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING EXPERTS, MULTICULTURAL WEDDINGS, WEDDING CEREMONY, WEDDING RITUAL

Are you a couple with two very different backgrounds wondering how to combine your cultural wedding traditions? If so, read on!


Today more than ever, love is colour-blind and culture-blind and multicultural weddings are on the rise!


Often when couples from different cultural or religious backgrounds decide to tie the knot there can be subtle and dramatic differences of opinion when it comes to planning the marriage ceremony.


My first piece of advice for those of you who are engaged to someone from a different cultural background is to EMBRACE IT!


Different Bridesmaids
Photo courtesy of mimmo+naz


Feb. 23, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bride-to-Be: Making the Most of a Venue in a Small Town

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING DATE, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDE TO BE

Once my fiancé and I set a date, I was on the search for a venue. My fiancé and I chose my hometown for our wedding since it was most convenient for all of our guests and it meant a lot to me to be married in my childhood church.


Since our wedding is taking place in a small town, the venue options are quite limited – making the search for a venue a lot easier!


There are about three venue options in my home town including the hall I chose, a hotel, and a golf course. I ruled out the golf course quickly since it is outside of the city and we wanted to make our wedding location convenient for as many of our guests as possible.


Wedding Calendar
Photo courtesy of Southgate Centre

May 18, 2010, 1 p.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bride-To-Be: Fun and Games and a Trip to Jamaica?

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDE TO BE, BUCK AND DOE

This past weekend my fiancé and I had our Buck and Doe and it was an incredible success!


Guest Blogging Bride Alicia, and her Groom at their Buck and Doe


Our Buck and Doe Timeline. It Wasn't Always Fun and Games:


  • Friday: We spent the evening before our party making signs and jell-o shooters. I stayed up until 2:30 a.m. to get everything done on time. It was hectic!


  • Saturday: In the morning we brought the alcohol to the hall. We returned at 5 p.m. to set up. Thanks to our amazing wedding party set up went smoothly, but it still took 3 hours to get everything in order. Before we knew it the clock struck 8:00 p.m. and our guests were beginning to arrive.

June 8, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bride-To-Be: An Economical and Earth Friendly Map Alternative

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDE TO BE, ROAD MAP

As I’m nearing the time to send out my invitations, I started noticing how much ‘stuff’ we’re mailing out. The mail-out pieces include the invitation itself, the reply card and envelope, and registry cards for 3 separate places!


This doesn't even include the map of locations and accommodations we need to send to guests! I really wasn’t interested in spending money (and wasting paper) on printing maps and accommodation cards that would need to be stuffed into the already crammed invitation package, so I started to search for alternatives.


Wedding Mapper Map


I came across www.weddingmapper.com, which is a great website that allows brides and grooms to create their own wedding website and online map, as well as manage guest lists and vendor payments. I wasn’t interested in creating a complete website dedicated to our wedding, but I thought that an interactive online map would be interesting.