Wedding Planning

July 31

Destination Wedding Planning Tips

Destination Wedding Planning Tips

Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our blog sharing some helpful destination wedding planning tips. Amber is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

Amber is in Mexico at the Engage! Luxury Wedding Summit talking destination weddings with industry experts including, Marcy Blum, David Beahm and Aimee Monihan. From what to research to guest lists and budget factors, these tips will help you plan the perfect destination wedding for you.

Aimee Monihan, the found of Tropical Occasions says that the first step in planning your destination wedding is research. Every country has different legal requirements for weddings and did you know that ome have a grace period that you have to be in the country for a couple days before you can actually legally get married? A few countries have different types of people who can legally marry you, and some do a lot of civil ceremonies. It’s very important that you find out what each countrie’s legalities are and then follow suit.

David Beahm, the founder of David Beahm Experiences says that the ideal size for a destination wedding is what you feel comfortable with, and really depends on how much time you want to spend with all your guests. Personally for him, he likes around 100 people.

Marcy Blum, the president of Marcy Blum Associates says that the interesting thing about destination weddings is that the clients often come to her thinking it’s going to be the budget option when actually it’s just the converse. She says that while food and beverage and other certain things may be a little less expensive in the destination wedding, by the time you add up all your other expenses it’s much more expensive than in a hotel ballroom close to home.

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July 21

Tips For Planning the Perfect Honeymoon

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our blog with Susan Moynihan of The Honeymoonist sharing some helpful tips for planning your perfect honeymoon. Amber is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

Hi friends!

On this episode of Small talk. Big day. I was so excited to have Susan Moynihan, the founder of the boutique travel company The Honeymoonist, chatting with me about one of the more exciting aspects of wedding planning…the honeymoon! Before starting The Honeymoonist, Susan was editor in chief of a national destination-wedding magazine, so she has insight into what really works for couples and what some of the hottest destinations are today. Here are some of my favorite honeymoon planning tips from our conversation together:

The Timing is Up to You
There really are no rules! Some couples plan their trip soon after the wedding while others delay a few months to accommodate their schedules or wait for more ideal weather. If you’re having a destination wedding, you can start the honeymoon almost right away and just move to a new hotel or new island. If you’re planning an out-of-town honeymoon shortly after your wedding, it would be best to give yourself a few days to recover from all the festivities (trust me, you’ll be exhausted!). Overall, the timing really depends on what works for you and your lifestyles – just be sure to do it within six months of the wedding or you may never get around to it!

Plan on Some Downtime

Your honeymoon is a different kind of trip; you’ll remember it for the rest of your lives and it’s really a chance to spend quality time with your new husband or wife. Many couples make the mistake of simply planning too many activities during their honeymoon and tiring themselves out. You can certainly see new things and explore on your honeymoon, just make sure you set aside time to relax – think laying by the pool, getting massages or simply having breakfast in bed. Those simple moments with your honey will be ones you’ll never forget.

Bora Bora and Southeast Asia are Hot Honeymoon Spots
Bora Bora is super popular right now; it’s the honeymoon dream! Couples just love the overwater bungalows, the sparkling blue water and the romantic vibe. For couples looking to go more exotic, Southeast Asia is huge. You can do multi-country tours of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and more. This is perfect for couples who really want to see and experience the world on their honeymoon and is best suited for those who have a little more vacation time at their disposal.

Small Cruises are a Great Option
Cruise honeymoons are perfect for couples who want to experience multiple locations with minimal stress. Smaller, luxury ships are more optimal than megaships (days on a ship with thousands of partiers and families doesn’t exactly scream romantic). There are some great small cruise options in amazing places like Mekong River in China or the Galapagos Islands. You can even end your time with a few days in a luxurious hotel on land for an ultra-relaxing vacation.

No matter where you go or what you decide to do, your honeymoon is all about spending quality time with your honey. Soak up every bit of it!

Cheers!
Amber

For more inspiration and tips, visit www.smalltalkbigday.com

I want to hear from you! Fill me in on all your secrets for looking great in photos and don’t forget to post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

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July 10

Look Your Best With These Wedding Picture Ideas

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog with advice for looking and feeling your best on your big day with these wedding picture ideas and poses. Amber Harrison is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. Being in front of the camera daily means that Amber knows just what it takes to have that “picture perfect look” that feels comfortable and natural. With the help of some professionals , in this segment, Amber is here to provide us with advice for classic wedding photos that will take anyone back to the big day!  She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

Look and Feel Great in Front of the Camera at Your Wedding

Hey it’s Amber. Do you ever feel awkward or uncomfortable when having your picture taken? You’re not alone. And today’s episode of Small talk Big day is for you. I have three world-class photographers giving their best tips on how to feel amazing in front of the camera.

Dennis Kwan (Dennis Kwan Photography) – When photographing people at weddings, I tell them to look at each other and say something nice and that brings out a good, natural smile in people. You can also give someone a hug and that’s instantly slimming.

Kristi Drago-Price (Kristi Drago-Price Photography/Editor’s Edge) – Not sure what to do with your arms while you’re being photographed? Take a tip from my favorite celebrity. It’s not exactly straight, it’s not exactly Barbie, it’s just a little Beyonce.

Carla Ten Eyck (Carla Ten Eyck Photography) – I get my clients to be comfortable by giving them a lot of feedback. I am easily excitable and I love, kind of, interacting with them in that way and yelling and swearing and getting excited. I love watching them reflect that energy back to me and me back to them, and then we end up creating great portraits.

Now you’re all ready for your big red carpet moment! Be that walking down the aisle, any major celebration or just laughing with friends and family. I’m sure you’re going to look and feel your best.

After your big day in front of the camera comes to an end show off your photogenic poses and ideas with these wedding thank you cards and more from Wedding Paper Divas of course!

For more inspiration and tips, visit www.smalltalkbigday.com

I want to hear from you! Fill me in on all your secrets for looking great in photos and don’t forget to post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

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July 3

Help Your Wedding Guest Feel Welcome with Rachel Hofstetter

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog with the founder of Guesterly, Rachel Hofstetter. She reminds brides and grooms that wedding guests will remember not what their wedding looked like, but how it felt and gives great tips for making it memorable. Amber Harrison is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

Give Your Wedding Guests An Experience To Remember

Amber: We often think of a wedding as being all about the couple but really there are so many ways to give the guests a great experience. Why don’t you give us a few tips for how to do that?

Rachel: Amber, what I find is that guests remember how your wedding feels more than they remember how it looks. And there are two great ways to do that and they’re both fast and free.

  • Give your guests information: Send them an email the morning of the wedding with all of the transportation details. You’ll be amazed at how that makes people feel taken care of.
  • Put guests in carpools: If people are coming to your wedding from a city, connect them via email and say “Hey, you might want to drive together, you might want to take the train together so you make new friends.” Again, they feel connected, included and taken care of.

Amber: So do you have any tips for encouraging friendships between guests?

Rachel: So my favorite thing to do is appoint guest ambassadors. Find someone who knows lots of people at your wedding like, your aunt for example or somebody who’s an extrovert and say “Hey! Can you watch out for this person? You know, take them around at cocktail hour, help them make new friends, pull ‘em out onto the dance floor.” And, that is so amazing because both people get so much out of it.

Amber: So remember, when planning your big day don’t forget to make your guests feel at ease and they will have an experience of a lifetime.

I want to hear from you! Post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

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June 19

Best Tips For Picking Out The Perfect Bridesmaids Dresses

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog with designer Jenny Yoo in New York for bridal fashion week. Amber Harrison is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

Hey it’s Amber. Today on Small Talk Big day we are in New York for bridal fashion week.

I’m here with the incredible designer, Jenny Yoo. Jenny has become a go-to for gorgeous dresses for the entire wedding party! Bridesmaids, flower girls, and the bride herself. Jenny is going give us her best bridesmaid dress advice and tips for picking the perfect bridesmaid dress!

You’ve got such variety with color, length and style – but too much pretty can get overwhelming, especially when wedding planning! So, tell us, where do you begin when choosing a dress for your bridesmaids? I think it’s really important that you get your color theme because that is going to set the tone for what your bridesmaids are going to wear. Look at your bridal party, how different are the shapes and sizes of your bridesmaids. It’s really important that they are comfortable, and also important that they feel pretty in their dresses.

What about the trend of coordinating, but not matching ‘maids. Any tips for how to pull that off? So the big trend right now is metallics. I love mixing different shades of metallics textured together. There are no rules with bridesmaids dresses anymore.

Flower girls are always a crowd-pleaser. Tell us what we need to know when dressing the little ones in the bridal party. We typically think flower girls are dressed in this big poofy gown that matches the bride, but I’ve toned down the formality of it and the flower girls can coordinate back to the bridesmaids dresses. Looking very exciting and fresh is the new way to dress flower girls.

See the beautiful Jenny Yoo Flower Girl collection:

Jenny Yoo Flower Girl Dresses

Jenny Yoo Flower Girl Dresses

Jenny Yoo Flower Girl Dresses

Jenny Yoo Flower Girl Dresses

Jenny Yoo Flower Girl Dresses Photo Credits: Flower Girl Campaign: Andrea Lowry Photography

See the beautiful Jenny Yoo Bridal & Bridesmaids collection:

Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids Dresses

Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids Dresses

Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids Dresses

Photo Credits: Bridal / Bridesmaid Campaign: Caroline Tran

I want to hear from you! Post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

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June 12

Wedding Calligraphy 101: Calligraphy for Invites & Envelopes

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog giving you advice and tips on wedding calligraphy on your wedding invitation envelopes. Amber Harrison is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

Today on Small Talk Big Day we are going to learn all about Calligraphy. Here to tell you everything you need to know Deborah Nadel, the go-to calligrapher for Tiffany’s, among others.

People LOVE seeing their names in beautiful hand writing – it makes such an incredible first impression and really lets the recipient know that this is something special!

Let’s start with a little education. What is the difference between hand-lettering and calligraphy? Calligraphy means “beautiful writing”, think gorgeous script with flourishes and embellishments. I approach Hand-lettering as more of an illustration, involving layouts and lots of hand-drawn details.

What other tips do you have for those considering calligraphy?

  • Choose a Style: Ask to see samples – style sheets show a line of each style they offer. Show the calligrapher your invitation or printers proof – the calligraphy style for your envelopes can match or compliment!
  • Choose a Color: Envelope and ink color can also match or compliment your invitation. It’s a great place to play with color for a big impact.
  • Plan ahead : Hire a calligrapher 3-4 months before your wedding. They will need from 2 weeks to a month to letter your envelopes. And don’t forget to provide extra envelopes!
  • Pro tip: When mailing your completed envelopes, take them to the post office to be hand cancelled.

I want to hear from you! Post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

Don’t forget to follow along and show me all *your* favorite wedding inspiration. #SmallTalkBigDay

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