March 17, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: Is it possible to find a meal that meets everyone's needs?

TAGS: DISTINCT OCCASIONS, WEDDING ADVICE, WEDDING TIPS, WEDDING PLANNING, CATERING, CUISINE, DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

Dietary Restrictions


One of the very first questions that I ask couples regarding catering and food is, "are there any dietary restrictions we should be aware of?" These restrictions can play a big part in the meal you choose to serve your guests. If you live with dietary restrictions due to allergies, medical conditions, or personal dietary choices, your wedding day is NOT the day to "forget about it".


Distinct Occasions Dinner Setting

Photo Courtesty of Distinct Occasions

First, what is the restriction? Simple things like vegetarianism or low salt diets are easy to accommodate with any typical wedding menu. Medical conditions like celiac disease, diabetes, and serious allergies to shellfish and peanuts for example, require a little more management to ensure guest safety. The first step is to be open and honest about these restrictions with your planner and caterer to ensure they can make adjustments as necessary.

April 9, 2010, noon by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Day Survival Guide for Smart Brides

TAGS: SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR BRIDES, MACGYVER BRIDE, WEDDING TIPS, DAY-OF ADVICE


You’ve planned, you’ve organized and you’ve probably even agonized, and now your big day has just about arrived!


While we can't prevent every wedding day mishap (watch the video below - and you'll have a whole new perspective on disaster weddings), we CAN help you prevent the little things that can sometimes derail your big day.


We've compiled a list of 20 MUST HAVE ITEMS that every bride needs close by on her wedding day!




Now on to our favorite wedding day must haves!

April 8, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Green Weddings: Eco-Chic Wedding Favors

TAGS: GREEN WEDDINGS, WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING TIPS, CARBON FOOTPRINT, GREEN HONEYMOONS

Good wedding favors can be hard to find. This is especially true if you're looking for favors that:


  • reflect you as a couple
  • are eco-friendly, and
  • are both functional and useful for your guests.


Wild Flower Scatter Seeds From Dream Green Weddings


Photo Courtesy of Dream Green Weddings


March 31, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: Food for thought: Should you feed your vendors?

TAGS: DISTINCT OCCASIONS, WEDDING ADVICE, WEDDING TIPS, WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING VENDORS

Any couple planning a wedding knows that expenses can add up quickly. First it's $100 here, then $1000 there, and in no time at all your big day becomes very expensive. That said, what's the value of a vendor to you on your big day?



Should you feed your vendors?

Photo Courtesty of HRM Photography


I'm not trying to bully you into doing things one way or another, but my role as a Wedding Planner is to guide you through the process. So, consider the time, energy, and effort your vendors are putting into making your big day run as smoothly as possible. They work countless hours before, during, and after your wedding to ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime.


April 14, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: Let Them Eat Cake, Pie, Ice Cream or Anything They Desire!

TAGS: DISTINCT OCCASIONS, WEDDING ADVICE, WEDDING TIPS, WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING CATERING

Ahhh the wedding cake! Such a sentimental and delectable treat that, if we’re being honest, rarely gets eaten! In recent times, couples have opted to reduce down the cakes to mini petit fours or even cupcakes in a bid to save the budget and tempt guests to sample these sweet sensations.


Create the wedding of your dreams with the help of a wedding planner


Photo Courtesty of Jennifer Images



Personally, I’m over the cupcake, while it’s sweet for a shower the cake reigns supreme at the wedding reception for both style and substance!