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Wedding Venue Pointers: 5 Tips for a Memorable Marriage Proposal

First, we all know that a lot happens before anyone ever makes it to the wedding venue. No matter how simple or extravagant your proposal is, it

Top Wedding Guest Complaints

Every couple is always concerned with making their wedding day special for both them and their guests. However, trying to please everyone is a daunting task. Though the harsh reality is that you cannot ultimately guarantee the enjoyment or attendance of everyone on your guest list, there are many wedding faux pas that are easy to avoid when taking guests in to consideration. Below is a list of some of the most common complaints by wedding guests and tips about how to avoid them for your wedding.


Tips for Including Pets in Your Wedding

If you or your family have a pet, then you know how pets can be an extremely important part of the family. In some cases, they can seem like additional children! If this is the type of relationship that you have with your or your family’s pet, then it is only natural that you would want to include them on your wedding day! If you

22 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

CR-79Finding the right photographer for your wedding is crucial. They will be in charge of capturing all of your special moments and preserving your memories. It is so important that you ask all the right questions when choosing the person that will take on this responsibility. Here are 22 questions that you must ask before booking!

  1. What is your preferred style of photography? Traditional, natural light, artistic, illustrative?
  2. How many weddings have you shot in your career?
  3. Will my wedding be your only event on my wedding day?
  4. Have you ever taken photos for a wedding at my venue?
  5. Do you work from a shot list? If the answer is yes, ask to see the list to see what photos they plan to take. If the answer is no, ask if you can provide a specific shot list for them.
  6. Can I request that certain images are taken at the wedding?
  7. How many hours are included in your package? Wedding photography usually starts about 2 hours before the ceremony and lasts until the bride and groom are sent off.
  8. How much does an additional hour of photography coverage cost?
  9. Do you bring a second photographer?
  10. How many images can I expect to see from my wedding? Photographers typically take anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 photos at weddings. However, brides usually only see anywhere from 150 to 400 photos.
  11. Do you have a limit to the number of images you will edit? This answer should always be “no.”
  12. How long does it take before I get to see the proofs from my wedding?
  13. Do I receive a disc of images or do I have to order all of my photos through you?
  14. How much do prints cost?
  15. Is an album included in your packages?
  16. Will you use my images in any advertising?
  17. What do you wear when you come to weddings to shoot?
  18. Will you be the one to actually shoot my wedding or will it be a different photographer?
  19. What is your plan if you are ill or there is an emergency and you cannot photograph my wedding?
  20. How much is the deposit?
  21. When is the balance due?
  22. What is your cancellation policy?

Make No Mistake When Choosing Your Cake

Selecting your wedding cake has so many different components. From shapes, size, fillings, toppers, flavors, and icing options, the entire process can be extremely overwhelming. No need to worry though! Here is a step-by-step guide to make the process fun and stress free.

1. Think about the style

There are no set guidelines for how your cake should or should not look. It can be as simple, traditional, or crazy as you want it to be. Some factors may influence the style of your cake; these may be your venue, the season you are getting married in, and, of course, your personal sense of style. The key point here is, it is important to have an idea of what look you are striving for in your cake before you meet with your cake baker.

2. Learn the cake lingo

Shape: refers to the literally shape of the cake tiers. Round is more traditional, square brings a more modern feel, and petal shapes are playful. You can even mix and match shapes in your tiers for something truly unique.

Frosting: this is the yummy, creamy stuff that separates your cake layers and goes all over the outside of the cake. It comes in many flavors with some of the most popular being buttercream (light, made from butter and sugar, easy to color, stays soft), and fondant (corn syrup, gelatin, shortening, and sugar, it is draped over the cake for a smooth finish, it is great for decorating).

Filling: these can enhance the flavor of your cake. Most cake bakers will offer fewer cake flavor options in the hopes that you will pair it with a filling. Fillings come in a variety of flavors from raspberry to Bavarian cream. If you decide to choose a filling, keep the season in mind. Heavier combinations such as chocolate cake with mocha filling are perfect for winter while lighter options such as sponge cake with fruit filling are more appropriate for warmer weather.

Decorations: these include all the extra details that make your cake gorgeous. There are endless options from fresh flowers, ribbon, lace, fondant flowers, patterns, ruffles, and so much more. Gum paste is commonly used to make fake flowers. Cornelli makes elaborate lace patterns. Pulled sugar is shiny, boiled sugar that is pulled to make fake flowers and bows.

3. Set your budget

Cakes range in price based on the flavor, filling, and frosting you choose. The more “fake” decorations you use (flowers and lace made from sugar, etc) add cost to your cake. If you want flowers, consider using real instead of fake to save baking costs.

4. Find a baker

Finding your cake baker should be handled with care. You want a top cake baker that is within your budget. Start your search online, read reviews, and ask around. Your venue may have a preferred cake baker that you can use or your caterer may know someone. At Che’ne Rouge, our most popular wedding package, La Grande Fare, includes your wedding cake already so the hassle of searching for a cake baker is taken care of.

5. Set up your cake tasting

Schedule your cake tasting and taste as many samples as you can. Your cake can be both beautiful and taste delicious. Feel free to stray from chocolate and vanilla when tasting your cake samples. Sometimes, bakers best cakes are ones that seem a little non-traditional to us.

6. Sign a contract

After you decide on your cake baker, sign a contract and pay your deposit. Make sure the small details are hammered out at this time like who will be baking your cake and how far in advance it will be made prior to your wedding day. The description of the cake you ordered should be detailed so you get exactly what you want. Also, check to make sure that they will be delivering your cake or will require someone to pick it up.

7. Choose your cake display

Your venue should have a special table in mind for your cake. Make sure that you find out what they will provide like a cake stand, cake cutting utensils, etc. Something that can be very important is the cake topper. You do not have to choose anything for the top but if you do, go ahead and decide at this time so it coordinates with your decor. Popular now are monograms, flowers, and the traditional bride and groom statues.

8. Enjoy on wedding day

Your cake has arrived, it has been cut, now it’s time to enjoy! Savor your slice. You put a lot of hard work into choosing each detail of your cake. Don’t forget to treasure the top tier. Save it in the freezer and then enjoy it on your first anniversary. Let your caterer know you will be saving it so they can wrap it up and store it in an air tight container. After a year in the freezer, though, your cake may not taste as good. Instead, enjoy it on your one month anniversary and then consider ordering a new cake for your one year anniversary in the same flavor as your wedding cake.

Your Bridal Beauty Timeline

Every bride knows how important it is to look fresh and beautiful on her wedding day. Not only will you be seeing family friends, but you will be the focus of almost every photo taken. It is imperative that you begin your bridal beauty routine before the night before and morning of your wedding! Some aspects of your wedding look will take time and preparation. Here is a suggested Bridal Beauty Timeline for you to follow when planning your perfect wedding look.

5-6 Months Before Wedding Day

1. Begin your stress relief routine: Stress will not do anything positive for your body or mind so you want to make sure that you leave yourself some time during the week to take a break from wedding planning. It is so easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out when faced with budget decisions and compromises and all things wedding. Find an outlet that is relaxing and can let you think about other things besides your wedding. Yoga and/or bubble baths can be a great soothing activity for you to do at least once a week.

2. Experiment with your hairstyle:

10 Rules Men Should Know When Wearing/Buying a Suit

Buying and wearing suits may seem effortless for men, however, there is more that meets the eye! In order to look classy and polished, the suit must not only fit right, but accessories such as ties, shoes, and pocket squares must be carefully coordinated and considered. Here are 10 rules for men to follow when buying and wearing suits, whether it is for a wedding, work, or a special occasion.


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