Wedding Tip -- Wedding Decoration Budget

Friday, June, 24 2016   •   Budgeting   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Wedding decorations tend to significantly add up with florals, favors, linens, etc. Instead of letting little things add up first look to local vendors or a craft store. If you are DIY friendly you can grab a couple of friends and make your own centerpieces for way less than any vendor will sell to you. You can also buy mason jars, add sand, and tealight candles. This will give a romantic ambiance to your big day and will be great for your pocket book!

Also look at grocery stores or at your local Costco for flowers. You can buy in bulk there and prices are much friendlier!

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Top Ten Things Every Bride Should Know

Thursday, June, 23 2016   •   Wedding Tidbits & Promos   •   by Dynamite Weddings

#1 - Budget is a top worry for brides.

* You may not have any idea what a wedding costs, so you may need to do some research first before you set your budget. Decide first on the one word that you would want to describe your wedding: elegant, fairytale, relaxed, intimate, fun, bling, cheap, traditional, etc. Whatever word best describes your vision for the wedding will set the tone for your budget. Make sure that you set a realistic budget from the term you've selected. If you want a fairytale wedding with 400 people and have set yourself a $6000 budget, realize that this may take some trimming from certain planning categories. Once you do set a budget, set priorities in order of importance decided by you and your fiance. Track your spending according to your priorities.

* Once you've decided on what size & style wedding you and your fiance want, make sure to plan ahead. Brides are planning further out, up to 18 months in advance, so plan ahead to guarantee you get the vendors you prefer.

* Drawing up and trimming down the guest list is one of the top worries of brides (per Peggy Post). Have discussions in advance about guest size and sticking to your plan.

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Wedding Trend - Face to Face

Wednesday, June, 22 2016   •   Photography   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Now you can personalize your M&Ms with a pic of you and your fiance to add to your favor treats! Check out to upload your pictures and possibly combine them with M&Ms with your wedding date or fun sayings like "Love is sweet."

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Trend - Table Name Creativity

Tuesday, June, 21 2016   •   Invitations & Stationary   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Don't send Uncle Mark and Aunt Trish to dreary table 3, send them to the Bonnie & Clyde or Lucy & Desi table. What about placing a fun fact about their table's couple on the back of each escort card? This could be a real conversation starter as guests go around the table to share their fun fact!

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Wedding Tip - Cake Arrival

Thursday, June, 16 2016   •   Cakes & Desserts   •   by Dynamite Weddings

If you're not planning to have an event coordinator the day of your wedding, be sure to schedule for your cake maker to deliver early enough for pre-wedding pics but late enough that it's not sitting exposed to the elements for too long.

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Wedding Tidbits - Wedding Vows

Wednesday, June, 15 2016   •   Traditions & Customs   •   by Dynamite Weddings

In a follow up to last week's Tidbits about Ceremony Traditions, from Real Weddings, let's hear from them on wedding vows.


So, you are getting married. You've set a date, found a place for the ceremony, and bought a dress. You've made all the preparations you need to make this an unforgettable day. Best of all, you have even found someone who is willing to spend the rest of your life with you. And then, something dawns on you. You are about to make one of the single most important decisions of your life, you are going to make lifelong promises: your vows.

As I meet with couples who are at this major crossroad in their lives, I often hear the questions: What exactly should we promise to one another? and Should we write our own vows or use traditional vows?

Even before you decide the actual form your marriage vows will take, it is important that you and your spouse-to-be spend some time thinking about the purpose of marriage. Marriage is a way of life that must not be entered into carelessly or selfishly, but responsibly and only after some careful consideration. You want your vows to reflect a deep and comprehensive understanding of marriage.

When done well, vows can give us such a vision of marriage that is broad and deep. The vows most commonly used in Western ceremonies have traces of the ancient Roman wedding ceremony and are an interesting mix of liturgical language and legal jargon. Take for example the traditional vows:
I Tim, take you Betsy, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.
To have and to hold is language used in conveyance of belonging to each other. From this day forward dates the contract. For better for worse," shows the unconditional nature of the contract. "Till death do us part, suggests the condition for terminating the contract.

Some couples prefer to use tried and true wedding vows rather than writing their own. There is some solid rationale for this. By using the vows that have been used before, we recognize that these vows and our marriage are bigger than us. If the vows contain only the words and the thoughts of the couple, they can be far too narrow and therefore less than the bride and groom deserve. The traditional vows are timeless classics that have withstood the test of time. Some popular options:
Do you solemnly declare that you take Betsy as your wife, and do you promise that you will, with the gracious help of God, love, honor, and care for her, live with her in the holy bonds of marriage according to God's ordinance, and never forsake her, so long as you both shall live?
Or another traditional option:
"I, Betsy take you, Tim, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow."
Or a classic civil ceremony vow:
Betsy, I take you to be my lawfully wedded wife. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live. I take you, with all of your faults and strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.

If you choose to write your own wedding vows make sure that you are mindful of the following:
The vows need to withstand the different cycles of marriage, including adverse circumstances. And, the vows should not be for as long as our love lasts, for as long as we continue to be happy, or for as long as it is convenient.
Be creative, but not too creative. The vows need to be carefully worded so as to make sure they are not too sentimental, cutesy or cavalier, yet still thoughtful, meaningful and beautiful. They need to provide some ethical direction. And most importantly, the vows should indicate permanence and selflessness.

After you have taken your vows and your wedding day has passed, do remember that you will fail your spouse in many ways. But, marriage is a lifelong commitment, you will grow with each other as will your love for each other. On a daily basis we extend mutual forgiveness, understanding and love; and depend on the grace of God to be with us during the changing seasons of marriage.


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Cloud Nine - Spring Cleaning

Tuesday, June, 14 2016   •   Cloud Nine   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Now that Spring is here, are you anxious to purge all the old stuff collected as individuals and start building a décor with new items bought together?
Is your new husband refusing to let go of the baseball cards he never trades, the football jersey he canâ??t fit into, the Nintendo that serves as a shelf for his new Wii,etc.?

First, let me remind you â??Donâ??t throw stones in a glass houseâ??. Make sure that while youâ??re reprimanding him for his old ways that youâ??re not harboring some old things that you should be letting go of. Could you be holding onto any incomplete scrapbooks, CDs you havenâ??t heard since the decade they were released, clothes itâ??s time to accept will never fit again?

Once you determine that, talk about a way to compromise on the things that really affect the space you share. Maybe sell him on the idea of taking his old Nintendo and games into a game trade store to see what theyâ??re worth. Sometimes theyâ??ll give him at least a credit to use in store towards stuff for the Wii. If the jersey and baseball cards arenâ??t valuable enough to him to frame and hang in the office then maybe ask him about selling them on eBay so some other fan can relish in owning it and he can reap the rewards.

Thereâ??s always a way to find a compromise that heâ??ll appreciate, just make sure youâ??re not filling the space he cleans with a stack of style magazines or figurines. Always look for compromise and make sure you stay true to what youâ??re asking. Maybe itâ??s time to sell those too small or too big clothes and outdated CDs yourself. You can take the money you both got, combine it and buy something new for your home together.

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Wedding Trend - sexy gowns with a slit

Saturday, June, 11 2016   •   Wedding Attire   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Calling all the super sexy brides! How gorgeous is this Monique Lhuillier gown? It is racy and elegant all at the same time! This gown can be worn anywhere from a barefoot beach wedding to a black tie affair with a gorgeous pair of Louboutins!

This dress is so simple, but jazzed up with plenty of leg. This is great for brides who know how to flaunt their sex appeal yet keep it classy at the same time.

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Wonderful Graffiti?

Friday, June, 10 2016   •   Wedding Tidbits & Promos   •   by Dynamite Weddings

That's right, I said graffiti is wonderful. At least it is when purchased from Wonderful Graffiti, specialists in "the art of interior typography." Seriously, this place is so cool! I wanted to use some of their designs for my wedding, but it just didn't fit in properly with my venue and decor. So I'm unleashing the secret for all you brides out there who want to customize a space just for your day. The "graffiti" designs easily transfer on most surfaces, and--this is the best part--come off just by scraping your nail under the surface. No mess; BIG IMPACT. The designs instantly glam up a space, give it character and create a truly customized feel.

You could order your monogram and place it on the front doors as the guests come in, on a Mirror placed on display at the front entrance, and on the dance floor. You can repeat your design on napkins, glasses and blank canvases. For an even bigger effect, you could customize a message and dance across it all night (how special would it be to have your first dance over your written vows), place a "just married" on the back of your limo, or make the wall behind where you will be saying your vows a focal point by placing a special quote on it. The opportunities are almost endless, with designs ranging from classic to creative to truly mod. They also carry really cute wedding favors and table numbers.

Check out their wedding website for fun ideas and cool products. The general website also has a bunch of ideas, including great quotes on love and life, and a gallery where you can design your own product. (It's so fun, whimsical, and personal; I have it in my own home. If you are anything like me, you'll love it!) Note of caution: the larger you want it, the pricier it becomes. Designing your own will also carry a much stiffer price than customizing one of their design templates. (If you do your own, a 4ft long 3 1/2 inch high sentence starts at about $25 and goes up from there.)

Picture: Original design from the Wonderful Graffiti Wedding website.

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Wedding Tip - Sign Up For Spa Deals

Thursday, June, 9 2016   •   Hair, Makeup, & Beauty   •   by Dynamite Weddings

When planning a girls day with your bridesmaids or moms, or even when you're planning your honeymoon, it's a good idea to find out where the spa deals are! Sign up with to get your weekly update on this month's spa deals from all over. Just pick the area you're interested in and soak up the specials!

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