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Questions To Ask Yourself Before Booking Your Venue

Choosing the actual space where you will hold your ceremony and your reception is one of the key decisions you will have to make before wedding planning begins in earnest. Often the specific date will be contingent on the availability of your dream venue. The venue will also affect the style, size, and everything else about your big day. But you need to answer a few basic questions before you begin the venue hunt.

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Where do you want to get married?

Do you want to get married in the city you live in? The one you grew up in? Where the groom’s parents live? An exotic beach destination? The Elvis Chapel of Love in Las Vegas? The answer to this question is the foundation for all the rest of your wedding planning, so sit down with your groom and talk it out!

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How  many guests will you have?

At this stage in the game, it’ll be impossible to put an exact number on your guest list, but you need to decide on the general size of your wedding. Will it be a small and intimate ceremony with 20 of your closest family and friends – or a lavish affair with 400+ guests? These are two vastly different options that call for entirely different types of venues, so make a decision and stick to it before you start putting down deposits.

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What will the style of your wedding be?

This is a more general question, but an important one to answer before booking a venue! Do you want a modern wedding or a traditional one? Do you want to go vintage or glamorous? In terms of wedding style, your venue will be one element in the overall design, just like your dress and your flowers. Make sure you know what you want before you book!

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How To Keep Your Wedding Eco-Friendly!

There’s no getting around it, the average wedding is incredibly hard on the environment. A few small changes, though, can make a big difference! Read on for tips on how to keep your wedding ceremony and reception eco-friendly!

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Source local, seasonal, organic foods.

This only sounds difficult, darling bride! Most caterers are amenable to this, especially now that they’re receiving the request so frequently. Your menu plan doesn’t have to be vegetarian, and your meat choices can range from organic, cruelty-free beef to humanely farmed salmon, depending on where you live.

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Print your invitations on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

It’s much easier to make your own invitations these days! With home printers matching the quality of most print shops, investing in a good one might cut your invitation costs in half. Source 100% post-consumer recycled paper and you’re all set! If you’re not the DIY type – or you have a large guest list – find a printer who uses recycled paper and vegetable inks. (Take it a step further and ask that your guests recycle the invites when they’re done!)

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Find an eco-friendly wedding photographer.

Most photos are developed and printed using harsh chemicals, making it worth it to look for a photographer who uses vegetable inks to create your prints. If you can’t find one, make sure that your photographer offers online proofing so you can choose which prints you want without additional waste.

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Go vintage with your wedding dress.

The wedding dress industry is filled with Earth-damaging processes. It takes so much energy to produce a garment, let alone ship it, and while it’s got little to do with the planet – not all of those workers are being treated very well either. If vintage or buying second-hand isn’t for you, look for a local designer who oversees the production or makes the dress themselves.

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Go green with your wedding favors.

There’s few things that are less harmful to the Earth than something you made yourself! Bake cookies and package them in 100% post-consumer recycled packages that will biodegrade. If you’re looking for something with even less of a footprint, have a tree planted for each one of your guests and make an announcement at your reception instead of giving cards.

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Conflict Free Wedding Ring

Conflict Free Wedding Rings

A symbol of the bond you share with your handsome groom, when purchasing your setting, choose a stone that reflects your values! Many stored claim to offer “conflict free diamonds” or “blood free diamonds” – but only provide a minimal guarantee that their diamonds do not contribute to bloody civil wars in Africa.

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Conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds, are known to finance rebel movements against governments and retailers only provide limited guarantee that their diamonds do not finance these violent groups. That in mind, when looking for the perfect ring to symbolize the love you share with your partner, consider a symbol that does not have child labor, poverty, corruption, and environmental devastation attached to it.

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Little actions can make a huge difference! There are many eco-friendly, conflict free wedding ring manufacturers available and many of them exist in the United States. Retailers such as Brilliant Earth, whose diamonds originate from two mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Their Canadian diamonds are mined in accordance with Canada’s strict labor and environmental laws, which are among the most rigorous in the world. Brilliant Earth also use recycled gold, making their rings purely ethical.

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Companies to consider when looking for beautiful conflict free wedding rings are:

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Wedding Ceremony Seating Arrangements

Tips of the trade run rampant for wedding reception seating arrangements - but what about the wedding ceremony? Do parents and grandparents sit in the same row? What happens if the ring bearer and flower girl are too young to stand with the bridesmaids and groomsmen throughout the nuptials?

In any situation, be it a dinner party at home or your wedding ceremony, guests feel most comfortable when they know where to seat themselves. While it is considered common knowledge that the first four to five rows are generally reserved for immediate and extended family (or parents of children in the wedding), it helps to create a seating arrangement plan to help avoid potentially sensitive seating issues!

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First things first, the basics:

When facing the altar, in Christian weddings, the bride’s family is seated on the left and the groom’s family on the right. In Jewish ceremonies, the opposite is true.

Just before the ceremony begins, the immediate family of the bride and groom are seated – beginning with the groom’s family. The bride and groom’s parents are seated in the first row along with any siblings not in the wedding party, while grandparents and great-grandparents are seated in the second row. The bride and groom’s mothers are generally escorted in via usher, with the bride’s mother being the last person seated. Once she, the bride’s mother, is settled – the ceremony is officially underway!

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In the case of divorced parents, there are two options: they can either sit together in the first row, or, the parent who was the primary caregiver sits in the first row accompanied by his/her spouse, while the other parent and spouse sits in the third row.

Additional rows are generally reserved for extended family and any step-relatives, who are to be seated behind birth relatives, who are seated directly behind the immediate family.

Guests known to be on crutches or in a wheelchair can have a spot at the end of the pew or aisle saved for them, while elderly guests are to be seated near the front.

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Interactive Wedding Photos and Videos!

Every woman wants her wedding to be the talk of the town – in the best of ways. Give your guests a night they’ll never forget by letting them in on the fun! Interactive wedding photography and videography options are picking up steam across the country because they offer each and every wedding guest the ability to add their own flair and style to your wedding memories!

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Your first option is for a wedding video that will showcase you and your wedding party as your most natural selves! WedIt has made the process delightfully easy: simply enter your information – and they’ll immediately ship five WedIt HD cameras to you at least three days prior to your walk down the aisle.

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Pass the cameras out to whomever you please, let them snap away, and when the festivities are over – slip the cameras into WedIt’s handy prepaid, pre-addressed box and ship them right back! WedIt will upload all the data and work with you to edit and piece together a beautifully candid wedding video.

If you have videography covered and want to focus on wedding photos, look no further than Wedding Party! without even having to ask, your guests will be taking photos throughout your big day – Wedding Party gives you the ability gather those moments! Email a special link for your wedding album or put the address in your ceremony program and all photos uploaded by your guests will immediately be viewable by all!

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Thou Shalt Not…Commit These Bridal Sins!

Darling bride-to-be, I’ve helped plan dozens of ceremonies and receptions over the years and have studied weddings near-obsessively for over a decade - but when my guy proposed, everything I’d learned flew right out the window! If you’re like me and feel like a kindergartener taking a college-level course as wedding information is thrown at you from all sides, make sure to read on for bridal sins to (try really hard to) not commit!

It’s easy to get caught up in the glow of being newly engaged and somehow forget the world exists every time you catch a glint of diamond shine, but in the hopes of not having your bridesmaids walking on eggshells around you (Bridezilla, anyone?), the following may help!

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Bridal Sin #1: We touched on this in our discussion about how to keep your bridesmaids happy, but it’s worth being reiterated: make an effort to talk about things unrelated to your wedding!

You may have fifty million wedding thoughts running through your head and it helps to talk it out, but as a soon-to-be Mrs. myself, I can see my bridesmaid’s eyes get a little glazed around the 90-second mark when I haven’t paused for a breath as I rant about the wedding photographer who’s already booked for my big day. Make sure you keep in touch with what is happening in your bridesmaids lives and support them as they support you!

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Bridal Sin #2: Before taking that argument with your mother about seating arrangements to the next level – put yourself in her shoes. While you may be gleefully rejoicing over your soon-to-be new last name or the upcoming honeymoon, it’s important to remember that your wedding is a day of change and transition for more than just you and your groom.

You may find one (or both) of your parents striking out, starting silly fights over nothing, or stepping away from helping with wedding plans. Start an open conversation about how they feel and try to not be hurt or offended if they say they’re afraid of losing you…honesty is always preferred over silence or shouting matches! If your family is naturally filled with  strong and silent types, don’t push it. Just know for yourself that you have their support and love and radiate that back to them.

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Bridal Sin #3: Becoming a diva-fied Bridezillas is such an epidemic – it’s become a reality TV show! Your wedding is YOUR day, bride, no ifs, ands, or buts about it…but if you realize family and friends are tiptoeing around you or there’s a full-blown war with your mother-in-law over hors d’oeuvres – you may want to take a step back and look at your behavior since beginning wedding planning.

More often than not, a bride doesn’t demand more attention, more gifts, more, more, more, “just because”. Sometimes, wary of friendships changing after vows are shared, a bride may become more forceful in an attempt to pull friends closer. Take a deep breath, darling bride, because this plan will cause nothing but resentment between you and your best girls. Instead of demanding more for yourself, give of yourself and know that time and love shared with those you care for does nothing but come back to you tenfold.

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White Pines Golf Club and Banquets

White Pines Golf Club and Banquets, A Chicago Wedding Venue

Just 10 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, the banquet facility at White Pines Golf Club and Banquets in Bensenville has been host to many beautiful wedding events. Situated on over 240 beautiful acres, White Pines Golf Club offers a magnificent setting sure to make their guests feel like they are “away from it all”.

Boasting a gorgeous banquet hall, the entire White Pines staff will make your wedding a truly exclusive affair! Vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a wrap-around balcony offer a unique location for your perfect day. Beautiful are grounds accented by a pond with waterfall and fountain to complete your ideal setting.

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A four-course meal, four-hour premium open bar, wine service with dinner, champagne toast for all guests, buttercream wedding cake prepared to your specifications, white linen tablecloths, colored poplin napkins, custom skirted head, cake, place card, and gift tables, use of our centerpieces, and all tax and gratuities, are included into costs so there are no surprises for your wedding budget!

White Pines also provide background music, public address system, wooden dance floor, coatroom facilities, and a Bride’s Room! Wedding packages also include a personal bridal consultant before and during your reception – so any potential worries are lifted from your shoulders!

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For more information and to reserve your wedding day at White Pines Golf Club and Banquets, contact their banquet office at 630-766-0304, ext. 2, or email: banquets@whitepinesgolf.com.

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2014 Wedding Flower Trends

Owner-designer of Nola Flora in Louisiana, Ashley Bateman creates floral arrangements for everything from memorials to Mardi Gras parties, but says preparing wedding flowers is her first love. “There’s nothing more fun than seeing that sparkle in a bride’s eye as she really starts to get a vision of the look she wants,” Bateman says. “There are so many different styles, varieties and colors in the floral world. Flowers can bring in that special touch – that reflection of the couple’s personality.”

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Bateman notes that flowers add more than just atmosphere and ambiance, explaining that “flowers can represent the couple’s history or the family’s history. Using favorite flowers, flowers the groom has always given the bride, or a special flower that the bride’s mother and grandmother may have also used is another way to add meaning to the wedding.”

2014 brides can expect their wedding flowers to take on a life of their own through bridal protea – a softer and a more petite version of the original, vining jasmine – which comes in Radiant Orchid, the Pantone color of the year, and Japanese mums – a full bloom that will be seen in sleek, modern weddings.

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Individual Wedding Cakes For Each Wedding Guest!

We’ve spoken about small wedding cakes over on My Inspired Wedding, but let’s take it a step further and review the perks of individual wedding cakes! First spotted as one of the hottest new trend in 2012 weddings, industry sources are noting that brides are still raving about the upsides of hosting their wedding reception with individual wedding cakes!

Don’t think this is just another wedding cupcake trend, darling bride-to-be; we’re talking about actual wedding cakes with fondant and tiers and sugar roses…in miniature! The idea is that each one  is a single serving of wedding cake, one per guest, instead of one big wedding cake from which guests are served slices.

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Beauty and fun aside, a roomful of these tiny individual wedding cakes could very well blow your wedding budget out of the water. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning for a small or large wedding, keeping with your budget is very likely an acute consideration for you.

If cost isn’t a concern for you, I suggest offering individual wedding cakes made to look like a miniature version of your larger wedding reception cake! Your wedding reception cake will be perfect for cake cutting photos, while the individual wedding cakes will be the talk of the party.

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WedAlert’s Wedding Flower Glossary, A – C

Are you trying to study up before meeting with your florist, dear bride-to-be? There are hundreds of different types of flowers and it can be difficult to prepare a bouquet that is both beautiful and meaningful; that difficulty is quadrupled when you see a photo online of the perfect flower for your wedding bouquet – but don’t know the name of it to give to your florist!

Last year around this time, over on My Inspired Wedding, a wedding flower glossary was compiled to help you learn the difference between magnolias and sweet pea by putting a ‘face to the name’ so you can speak knowledgeably with your wedding flower specialist about the perfect floral arrangements for your ceremony!

AFRICAN LILY (also known as Agapanthus)

Wedding Flower Glossary - African Lily

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AMARYLLIS

Wedding Flower Glossary - Amaryllis

Wedding Flower Glossary - Amaryllis 2

BABY’S BREATH

Wedding Flower Glossary - Babys Breath

Wedding Flower Glossary - Babys Breath

BUPLEURUM

Wedding Flower Glossary - BUPLEURUM

Wedding Flower Glossary - BUPLEURUM

CAMELLIA

Wedding Flower Glossary - CAMELLIA

Wedding Flower Glossary - CAMELLIA

COXCOMB

Wedding Flower Glossary - COXCOMB

Wedding Flower Glossary - COXCOMB

For the full list of wedding flowers beginning with the letters A – C, head on over to My Inspired Wedding!

Tune in to My Inspired Wedding and click here review the wedding flower glossary for floral options from dahlias to irises, here for everything from jasmine to poppies, and here for Queen Anne’s Lace to Zinnia blooms!

Have you fallen in love with a bouquet but can’t decode what blooms are being used? Leave a comment below and email a photo to JamieGipson.LoveInspired at gmail for a swift reply to bring to your florist!

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