From the monthly archives:

March 2011

Choice #1: Co-create a contract covering all important elements for both parties to the agreement. Most reputable vendors want a clear understanding though their contracts are purposely written to cover their personal interests. Smart Wedding Contracts shows brides how to easily create written agreements that cover her assets and that honest vendors will also sign. […]

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There is no real way to make wedding contracts “pretty” or fun, but like root canals, and income taxes, they are a necessary part of life.  You can wing your way through the process gambling that you have covered your interests, or you can follow a tried and proven method of getting the most for […]

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One of the more unusual event locations in the California desert near the resort city of  Palm Springs is the Corona Yacht Club. The secluded oasis started life as a man-made lake for the enjoyment of several well-healed gentlemen who wanted a tranquil setting in which to sail their remotely operated toy boats.  A visionary […]

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A lot of brides and grooms are surprised, and even a little dismayed, to discover that their wedding vendors expect to be served a meal at some point during the reception. In fact, it’s a standard part of many wedding vendor contracts! If you’ve found yourself wondering why you have to pay a premium for […]

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When brides and grooms ask me for advice on working with wedding vendors, a question that comes up fairly often is whether it’s all right to haggle with them. My answer is always “yes, and no.” You can’t haggle with wedding vendors the same way you might haggle with someone working behind a flea market […]

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…if the vows are recited and the couple is pronounced wed, that is! There is so much potential for tragedy in every wedding, simply because the sheer number of details that go into planning a wedding means there is so much that can go wrong. Most brides and grooms will never notice the little things […]

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Many brides-to-be never once consider contracting with a day-of wedding coordinator. They’re all planning a wedding without professional help, so why should they need someone on the big day? The quick answer is that a day-of wedding coordinator is an expert at keeping things running smoothly and can handle mishaps without stressing because she’s not […]

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Let’s get the dread out of the way… it’s really, really unlikely that one of your wedding vendors will forget to show up at your wedding or just ditch. You don’t successfully manage a business in the service industry without figuring out how to be where you need to be, every time. But very occasionally, […]

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Unless you’re contracting with an independent wedding DJ, chances are you’ll be working with an event entertainment company that has multiple DJs (as well as wedding bands and other entertainers) on staff. That means that the person you speak with during your initial phone interview and then later meet with may not actually be the […]

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There are many flavors of wedding officiant, from those pledged to a specific religious tradition to spiritual ministers not associated with any one organized religion to secular officiants. In addition to the governmental requirements surrounding marriage, every officiant will have his or her own requirements so it pays to ask prospective officiants A LOT of […]

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You’ve probably had more than one person tell you that you should never buy the first wedding dress you try on – at least not until you’ve tried on a hundred more! That’s because the excitement of finally wearing a wedding dress can be so overpowering that you fall in love with the feeling, not […]

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1. Meet in person, at least once. You’re going to be creating a working relationship with your florist, cake designer, stationery designer, and caterer that lasts months, so you need to make sure you have a good rapport. Liking your wedding vendors isn’t strictly necessary, but it makes co-creating an event and solving problems together […]

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For every bride-to-be who makes unreasonable demands of her wedding vendors, there is a wedding vendor promising a bride-to-be the moon to close the deal. But planning a wedding can be overwhelming, and working with wishy-washy wedding vendors doesn’t exactly make it any easier. After all, most brides-to-be aren’t wedding experts – at least not […]

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