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Engaged - Now What? | Wedding Planning Tips | Where to start with planning a wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
Cat Cutillo Photography

In order to relieve much of the stress associated with planning for a wedding, it is essential to maintaining accurate on-going records covering all important aspects in preparing for your wedding. 

Regardless of hiring a Professional Wedding Planner or not, it is strongly recommended that you either purchase a good “Wedding Planner Book” or create a “Personalized Wedding Planner Manual” that you can customize to your particular needs.   Whatever your preference may be, it is critical to maintain good records for everything of significance pertaining to your wedding.

Below are two easy options for creating a “Personalized Wedding Planner Manual” using a 1-2” 11.5” x 9.5” Binder of your choice; available in many nice pastel colors.   Most binders have a clear front sheet protector that will allow you to decorate it as desired.

  • The first recommended and easiest option is to purchase a package of Avery A-Z Ready Index Dividers and insert them into your binder. Behind each Alphabetical Tab, file appropriately titled information; i.e., Section A, Activity Schedule; Section B, Bride’s Wedding Gown; Section C, Catering Services; Section D, Daily To-Do-List; etc.  With these dividers, Avery provides a website whereby you can create a Customized Table of Content.  
  • The second recommended option is to purchase several packages of either Avery’s Write-On-Tab Dividers (8 per package) or Insertable Plastic Label Tab Dividers (5 per package.  Insert them into your binder.  Next prepare a categorized list for each appropriate section of your binder; including those applicable of the recommended “18 Categories of Planning for a Wedding” of our March 30, 2016 Blog.   You can also create sub-sections; i.e., “Bride’s Wedding Gown”, “Bride Maids’ Gowns”, etc.  Next, label your section dividers in order of your created categorized list.   

In each case, all written reports should be filed behind appropriate category sections along with information relative to agreements, contacts, contracts, estimates, maps, pertinent articles, samples, quotations, schedules, special requests, etc; customized to your personal needs.  Add Sheet Protectors behind category sections to protect important documents such as contracts or to hold printed material. 

Start out your binder with a “Personalized Sheet” providing names of the Bride and Groom.  Also list both sets of Parents/Grandparents, the Maid of Honor, the Best Man, the Bride Maids, and other Family/Friends involved in your wedding.

Make up a “Proposal/Engagement Sheet” consisting of important information pertaining to this m0omentous occasion; i.e., the date, when and where it took place, was it a surprise, his precise proposal and your response, was it done privately or were others present.  Add any photographs taken of you at the time.  

A “Table of Contents” is also recommended for easy reference purposes. 

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.

 

Wedding Budgets | Bridal Gown | Fiori Bridal Boutique | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
Sincerity Bridal Gown from Fiori Bridal Boutique

In our prior blog, we addressed budgeting for The Honeymoon; Category 2) of the Series “Creating/Working with a Wedding Budget”.  In this blog posting, emphasis will be placed upon Categories 3) Bridal Attire/Accessories and 4) Beauty/Spa.

Bridal Attire:

Within the US, there are 2.4 million weddings performed every year.  And over 62 billion dollars a year is generated on wedding related expenses.  Today’s brides are older and able to contribute both time and money for their wedding; while placing emphasis upon what is most important to them.  They report that their wedding attire was the highest priority, followed by the reception site and caterers with the reception entertainment being a low priority. 

Every bride wants to look beautiful and the perfect wedding dress is considered to be a critical component of the typical American Wedding.  Of the average $26,645 spent, the bridal gown consist of 6.1% of the overall expense; ranging from $800 to $1,469.  An additional 1.6% is spent on the veil and accessories.   With regards to selecting the perfect dress and accessories, it is important to research on prices in order to establish what is affordable.  Know exactly how much you can spend on such items and be sure to stick to your established budget.   Also, take into account the fact that today’s brides purchase multiple dresses; a dress for the Reception Dinner Party and another for dancing.

Brides typically decide upon their gown approximately eleven (11) months prior to the wedding; allowing plenty of time for necessary fittings and alterations.    Although much research is done using wedding magazines, 59% of brides use Pinterest for wedding dress inspirations.  89% use their smartphones for wedding planning activities, researching and contacting vendors, creating and managing their registry or personal website.  And 58% of brides browse wedding gowns on their mobile device.  In purchasing a gown, 18% is done online, 32% from a national chain, 57% from an independent bridal salon and 1% from a sample sale. The average price of a wedding gown is $1,355 and the average cost of the headpiece is $199.  14% of brides would wear a colored wedding dress, 21% of brides plan to wear at least a second dress and 86% of brides wear something old, new, borrowed and blue. 

The biggest wedding splurges other than the dress are: 31% on shoes, 67% on hair/makeup, and 2% on a wedding clutch.  66% of brides want bridesmaids to wear matching dresses.  14% of brides show their dress to groom before the wedding.  46% of brides preserve their wedding dress for children or grandchildren.

Bridal stores primarily sell bridal wear, including gowns, veils and accessories such as shoes, gloves and jewelry.  They also perform alterations, i.e., hemming, taking-in/letting-out seams and shortening/lengthening sleeves.  Most also provide bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the bride dresses, groom and groomsmen tuxedos/suits and dress/suit accessories.

Wedding Budgets | Wedding Veils and Accessories | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
Metallic Gold French Netting Birdcage Veil, Niceties and Nuptials Boutique

Wedding Accessories:

There are many wedding accessories to consider for the bride as well as bridesmaids!  Included are veil ($56-398), hair combs ($27-$98), hairpins ($22-$24), headbands ($44-$160), tiaras ($44-$78), gloves ($12-$40), ribbons/sashes ($32-$72), garter ($12-$26), umbrella ($28-$127), shawls/wraps ($16-$96), underskirts ($18-$26), petticoats ($60-$170), satin wedding bouquets ($10-$337), earrings ($14-$100), necklaces ($28-$216), back necklaces ($60-$104), necklace/earring sets ($17-$270), bracelets ($18-$128), brooches ($20-$40), lazos ($80-$90), bouquet jewelry ($8-$32), garment bags ($10-$14), shoes ($55-$160) and undergarments ($36-$98).  Do not forget to factor all accessories into your wedding budget!   And remember that Niceties and Nuptials Boutique provide a large range of quality wedding accessories; including most of the above items! 

Wedding Budgets | Beauty and Spa | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique

Beauty/Spa:

A spa visit is important for the bride-to-be; consisting of a relaxation message ($80-$200) and beauty skin treatment ($80-$130).  A refreshing facial beauty treatment ($65-$90) is recommended the day prior for a radiant look on the wedding day; cleansing and hydrating the face with foam scrubs, creams and masks.  Pimples should be removed with a zit extractor and eyebrows should be plucked.  Once face is smooth and flawless, the bride’s makeup and hairstyle can be worked on.  It is essential to find a reputable Beauty Salon for hair styling on wedding day ($80-$100), plus cut($28), perm ($15-$30), color ($100/Mo.), extensions ($15), eyelashes ($15-$20), nails ($7-$36), makeup ($85-$200), skincare ($80-$130), manicure ($35), pedicure ($45-$55) and day spa ($80-$100).

15 Steps to Jump Start Bridal Beauty Routine:   (By Amanda Black)

  • Weekly manicures to keep nails and hands looking fantastic; experimenting with colors.
  • Whitening teeth using whitening toothpaste, white strips or get professionally done. Don’t overdue as whitening wears down enamel causing sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Eat healthier by staying away from sugar and processed foods. Focus on green vegetables, fruits and drink several glasses of water daily.
  • Work out regularly to firm body and improve skin.
  • Add lift weights to workout routine to tone arms.
  • Get a smooth face by using a primer daily for foundation to adhere to. Or use hydrating facial serum daily before makeup for smoother skin.  And start monthly facials three months out.
  • Use a gradual sun tanner moisturizer such as Jergen National Glow moisturizer. For a beautiful glow, get a spray tan a few days prior to wedding day.  DO NOT use tanning booths!
  • Do makeup test runs with makeup artist at least three months prior to fine-tune your desired look. One is recommend the same day of engagement photo in order to see what you will look like in wedding photos; allowing for necessary makeup changes prior to the wedding.
  • Have brows shaped by salon pro to determine the best shaping for face. Waxing is an option but threading is quick, precise and recommended if on antibiotics or skin medication.  Start 6 months out with 3-4 weeks between sessions and last one a month prior to wedding.
  • To enhance your eye shape, get longer false lashes or for a softer look, apply half lashes in outer corners of eyes. To prevent running lashes on wedding day, apply favorite mascara and curl lashes. Then apply a top coat of waterproof mascara or get semi-permanent lash extensions at salon; eliminating need for mascara.
  • Focus on lips each night by applying a coat of lip balm or Vaseline; gently rubbing over lips in circular motion with a wet washcloth. On wedding day, go for a glossy lip.  A matte lipstick will look classic.  Apply a gloss over to cover up imperfections.
  • Start working with a hair stylist; experimenting with different hair styles. Start weekly treatments using favorite conditioner and mush-up avocado for silkier hair.
  • Get smooth skin by doing body scrubs in shower to get rid of dead skin. Use moisturizer with a good almond or shea butter.  Or get a full body scrub at salon.
  • Start monthly waxes to remove unpleasant peach fuzz above upper lips.
  • Create a “Day-Of-Bag” consisting of an arsenal of bridal beauty fixes to have on hand day of wedding; makeup, comb/brush, hair spray, hairpins, clear nail polish, deodorant, safety pins, min-sewing kit, q-tips, etc.

And remember to factor all bridal accessories, beauty, and spa expenses into your wedding budget; including gratuaties (15% - 20%) and taxes.   Do not get caught up with what seen in wedding magazines and with celebrities.  Reign in your fantasy!  Work within your budget to create your own signature wedding!

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique. 

 

Wedding Budget Tips | Honeymoon Budgeting | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
Jessica Fuster, Destinations Found Travel

In our prior blog, we addressed budgeting for 1) The Engagement/Wedding Rings.  In this blog posting, emphasis will be placed upon budgeting for 2) The Honeymoon.

Honeymoons are a big business with 99% of traditional wedding couples taking a honeymoon; representing 14% of the wedding budget. On an average, couples spend $4,466 on a typical honeymoon lasting 8 days.  On luxury honeymoons, couples spend $9,954 lasting 11 days.  62% of couples pay for their own honeymoon with 10% taking cruises and 75% vacationing within the US or Canada. 

Most honeymoon destinations are:  Hawaii, Florida, California, and Nevada.  Most popular oversees destinations are: Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Italy, St. Lucia, France and US Virgin Islands; Hawaii being the favored destination for both straight and gay honeymoon couples.    The most popular luxury honeymoon destinations are:  Europe, Caribbean, Hawaii, and South Pacific.  40% of couples stay at a resort versus, 27% at a large hotel and 10% at a small hotel.  Only 1 in 4 couples go on a dream honeymoon.  80% of honeymooners use Social Media to research destinations.  And 48% of couples visit Facebook while away.  57% of same sex couples take honeymoons sometime after the ceremony. 

The Old Rule was that the groom’s parents were expected to pay for the honeymoon; including travel, accommodations and activities; especially the case when bride’s parents were paying for the wedding.  In this day and age, however, it is believed that the bride and groom should pay for their honeymoon; especially if parents are picking up tab for the wedding.  Thus, lots of couples do not depend upon family to pay or assist with cost of the honeymoon.   Most couples plan their honeymoon together.  With the bride usually deeply involved in wedding planning, the groom often takes responsibility to plan the honeymoon; with bride’s input unless a surprise; typically booked 4 months prior to the wedding. 

Planning A Honeymoon:

  • Determine where to go. Take into account favorite places visited, discovery of new places, beaches, mountains, cities, countryside preferences, places to explore and all inclusive resorts. 
  • Agree to departure and return dates; same day as wedding, next day, next week or some later.
  • Decide upon transportation/accommodations/excursions and book reservations; informing that you are on honeymoon. Hotels usually provide upgrades/complimentary champagne.  Consider adding a romantic hotel packages, i.e., champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, etc.
  • If traveling abroad, leave plenty of time to get passports/visas; women usually use maiden name in doing so. Make copies of passports, visas, itinerary, confirmed flight and hotel reservations as well as driver’s licenses, and insurance/credit cards; keeping separate from originals.  It is also a good idea to leave an extra set of copies with someone at home. 
  • If traveling abroad, determine if inoculations are required. If so, get them well in advance of wedding in case of having reactions.
  • Consider utilizing a travel agency. Review your plans with a professional which usually doesn’t cost extra; allowing them to make all arrangements and available for help if needed.
  • Pack appropriately for two; making sure to have right luggage, clothing, shoes for both. Consider enlisting help of a best friend or relative to assist with packing.

A Surprise Honeymoon:

  • Pick a destination that both will enjoy.
  • Inform partner when honeymoon has been decided upon; confirming departure and return dates.
  • Provide weather information in such way as not to reveal destination.
  • Store honeymoon data in place partner is unlikely to find.
  • Top off surprise with a wedding night gift.

Options Available If Unable to Afford a Honeymoon:

  • If wedding months away, start saving.
  • Delay trip in order to save for it.
  • Take a shorter than desired trip.
  • Honeymoon closer to home.
  • Enjoy a short weekend.
  • Drive instead of flying to destination if possible.
  • Travel off season to save money.
  • If possible, check into Casinos for lower room rates.
  • Use Economy Airlines with less expensive fares.
  • Research airline deals for less expensive fares.
  • Bid on Travel Auctions.
  • Sign up with a Honeymoon Registry instead of Typical Registry to provide your wish list of desired vacation items, hotel nights, romantic dinners, excursions, etc.
  • Win a free honeymoon.
  • Take a cruise which is cost effective; especially if departing from home port.
  • Plan an inexpensive honeymoon taking advantage of available travel discounts.
  • Do not depend upon receiving cash from wedding for honeymoon.
  • A bank loan is not a good idea as typically newlyweds end up being saddled with debt; a becoming a stressful financial burden.
  • If having to use credit card for expenses, get a card that offers points on every purchase. The Capital One Venture Card is ideal if traveling oversees as it doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.
  • Budget before buying. Know how much you have to spend and do not spend more.

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique. 

 

Engagement and Wedding Ring Budget Tips | Vermont Bride Magazine | Nuptials and Niceties Boutique
Colette Kulig Photography

THE ENGAGEMENT RING:

Per a 2015 US Survey, the engagement ring accounts for a 4th of the overall wedding expense; averaging  $5,871.  80% of grooms pay for the ring and half the brides in Western Countries choose their ring.  99% of grooms do the proposing; 16% occurring in December.  The average engaged period last 14 months. 

If choosing an engagement ring, you and partner should spend time researching rings; keeping record of those particularly liked.  35% of couples spend 3 months or less researching while 24% spend a little longer and the average spend 4-6 months with the internet being their main source.   56% of brides have decided upon a setting prior to purchasing ring with 23% having a particular stone in mind. 

If preferring the traditional romantic practice of a surprise engagement ring, either put your trust in your partner’s ability to select one you will be happy with or make your preferences known; i.e., metal, single/multiple diamond/gemstone, setting,  size/shape, if to match wedding band and your ring size. 

When contemplating an engagement ring, you should consider if the ring of your dreams is affordable?  If not, do you really want to go into debt to have such a ring?  Ask yourself if doing so would make you happier or would spending beyond your means put a financial stress on your marriage?  Of 3000 adults surveyed, those who spent $2,000-$4,000 on an engagement ring were 1.5 times more likely to divorce versus those who spent $500-$2,000 Those who spent under $500 had a higher divorce rate.  Thus, the diamond size doesn’t have to be equal to your love; the importance being the promise of pledging yourselves to spend the rest of your lives together in marriage!  

It is essential that you give serious consideration to your overall wedding budget in determining an available amount for both the engagement and wedding ring(s).  Should your budget, require that you finance the engagement ring, take into account monthly expenses before agreeing upon a monthly payment.  Be assured of your ability to make such payments without creating a financial struggle. 

THE WEDDING RINGS:

It is recommended that you spend some time researching the wedding ring(s) while doing so for an engagement ring.  In so doing, establish the specifics of your preferences; i.e., to match the engagement ring, metal, size and weight.    As with engagement ring, consider what your wedding budget will allow to spending on the wedding ring(s); average cost being $1,575.  Be sure to order your wedding ring(s) at lease four (4) months prior to the wedding; assuring sufficient time for possible resizing and engraving.  

In our next blog, we will address budgeting for 2) The Honeymoon of the Series “Creating/Working with a Wedding Budget”.

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique. 

 

Vermont Bride Winter/Spring 2017 Issue | BUY NOW

The Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine is finally here! We have been working non-stop for the last couple of months putting together this fabulous issue. It is full of inspiration for any style and budget- from a outside-the-box space inspired wedding to vintage, cozy, and intimate celebrations complete with Grandma's homemade jam. We have curated images from all over Vermont, and beyond, to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Inside the pages of our magazine you can get tips for choosing the right hairstyle, see how a lovely couple from the city pulled off a winter wedding in Vermont, find the perfect vendors to help make your vision a reality, and explore the option of a honeymoon in St. Lucia.

Whatever type of wedding you are thinking of having, if you are planning a wedding in Vermont or New England then Vermont Bride is a must have resource. You can find copies for sale at area retailers throughout New England, or you can purchase it here on our website - and maybe even a couple of the past issues for further research! ;-)

Here is a little sneak peak of some of the inspiration features you will find within the pages of our magazine:

Vermont Bride Winter/Spring 2017 sneak peak | Bygone Romance | Nostalgic Wedding Inspiration

A Bygone Romance featuring: PHOTOGRAPHER: Wedding Photography by TSM | COORDINATOR & FLORAL DESIGN:  Unveiled Design & Events | VENUE:  Rand-Bryan House | DESIGN & DECOR: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | GOWN: Blush Bridal | HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST: Brittany Campbell, Sunshine Makeup and Artistry | CAKE: T-Tuttlecakes | STATIONERY: Scrappy Seahorse Designs | MODELS: Candice & John

Vermont Bride Winter/Spring 2017 issue Sneak Peak | Farm Fresh Wedding Inspiration

Farm Fresh Inspiration featuring: PHOTOGRAPHER: The Light + Color Photography | STYLING & DETAILS: Sarah Jo Willey | FLORAL DESIGN: Creative Muse Floral Design | GOWN BOUTIQUE: Fiori Bridal Boutique | GOWN DESIGNER: Lillian WestVENUE: The Barlow House | MODELS: Allison Machia, Allison Gervais, Anna Willey, Ella Willey

Vermont Bride Magazine Winter/Spring 2017 Sneak Peak | Derby Devine Wedding Inspiration

Derby Devine Inspiration featuring:  PLANNING & DESIGN: Jaclyn Watson Events | PHOTOGRAPHY: JAGstudios | VENUE: River Road Farm | CATERING: Forks & FingersDESSERTS: Birchgrove Baking | RENTALS: Chase Canopy | DRAPING: Drape Art Design | FLORAL DESIGN: Apotheca FlowersSTATIONERY: Admire Design | GOWNS: A Little Something White | JEWELRY: Libero Jewelers | MAKEUP & HAIR STYLIST: Dana Bartone & Co.