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HOW A WEDDING PLANNER COULD HAVE SAVED "BRIDESMAIDS"– The Movie

HOW A WEDDING PLANNER COULD HAVE SAVED "BRIDESMAIDS"– The Movie

The film “Bridesmaids” depicts the misadventures of a bridal party. Made of honor Annie (Kirsten Wiig) is a 30 something woman who still can’t seem to land Mr. Right,can’t hold a job, and can’t find a decent room mate, when her best friend since childhood, Lillian (Maya Rudolph) suddenly announces her engagement. To top it all off, Lillian has found a new best friend and confidante in her fiances’ boss’s wife, the wealthy and beautiful Helen, who seems to embody all that Annie is not. As well, Helen suffers from perfectionism and has made Lillian’s wedding her new pet project. Hilarity ensues as the two dueling bridesmaids battle for control of the wedding festivities and the bride’s undivided friendship. While many of the situations in the film are exaggerated for comedic effect, they are based on real-life wedding anxieties– everything from having the perfect dress, to giving the best toast. Obviously, there wouldn’t be a comic film without people making mistakes, but we couldn’t help but consider how Bridesmaids would have turned out differently, if only the bride had hired a a wedding planner . Below then, are a few of the film’s key disasters, replete with how a wedding planner would have saved the day: NOTE: spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen the film, you may wish to see it first before you read this! 1) Dining Out Nightmare The bridesmaids go out for a celebration luncheon which quickly degenerates into a food poisoning nightmare. While it certainly provided some large guffaws in the theatre, in real life it might have ended in a law suite. Interestingly, Lillian, the bride, points out in that Annie, her maid of honor, always chooses good restaurants that are cheap and affordable. While affordability is certainly a criteria, so is the comfort and safety of your guests. However, the restaurant was never properly vetted or checked out beforehand in this case, leaving the party open to a bad case of botulism. A wedding planner chooses suppliers with care and only wants to work with those that have experience and stellar reputations within the industry. As well, a wedding planner would personally check out the restaurant beforehand. Lesson learned: Don’t go with untrusted suppliers. If you don’t have a wedding planner, you must carefully check out your suppliers yourself and do your due diligence. 2) Bridesmaids Gown Fitting Ends With Sh$#@! The party of bridesmaids show up at prestigious wedding shop and discover that the wait time for an appointment is 7 weeks, just for a trial fitting. Fortunately, Helen pulls a Deus ex machina and saves the day, gaining them access to the shop because of her upper-crust connections. Unfortunately, the bridesmaids cannot agree on a dress or a price range for their gowns. The debate over the dresses is suddenly cut short when their food poisoning kicks in and sends everyone running to the washroom in full bridal regalia. In real life, this situation (minus the diarhea) can really happen: often bridesmaids are forced to wear a dress that is not flattering to them or spend money they don’t have because of poor planning. A wedding planner would arrange your appointment ahead of time, set a budget in advance, and ensure that a dress style is picked that is flattering to all while remaining within a given price range. Brides usually pay for the bridesmaids gowns, but if that is not the case, you don’t want your bridesmaids to spend more money than they have to, just because one of them is wealthy or has champagne tastes. Certainly, without a wedding...

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Wedding Budget Strategies

Wedding Budget Strategies

There is no doubt that having a great wedding is quite expensive and so it becomes essential to set and finalize your wedding budget. The budget should be fixed at a set amount by first deciding on whether your wedding will be grand or simple one. A standard wedding can cost up to $30,000 and plenty of weddings cost a great deal more than that. So, if funds are a little bit limited, having a strict budget can make it possible to have a wedding and reception that is still a really memorable occasion but doesn’t leave you with debt burden which may last for several years. The initial thing you must do is decide what the budget is and then stick to it. You should not opt to push it a little bit, because inevitably this  “ budget stretching “ takes place a few times and before long the budget is blown. Similarly, just because you’ve set a budget, does not mean you must spend the entire budget you’ve allotted. You should also be able to devise ways to bring the wedding in under your spending budget…if you are able to do that…that’s fantastic! Weddings can be rather costly. Fortunately, with a little planning budgeting, you can still have the perfect wedding. Consider using promo codes which will help you stay on budget for your wedding plans. That saved money will be extra money to spend on your honeymoon travels. Be sure to write everything you like and would enjoy as part of your celebration, as this is a once in a lifetime occasion. This wish list will be considered as your wedding list components. If you do not have any idea on how much each wedding component costs, you need to do your research and you’ll precisely know how much cash is to be allocated to each item. Research means not only checking vendor’s website but also actually taking the time to check the vendors personally, to gage if they are credible and they are legitimate professionals who can provide the level of service necessary to assist with the festivities for your wedding. This is very essential as you do not want to give them business if they are not reliable and dependable… I have summarized  simple strategies that will help you to manage your wedding budget. Write a list of everything that you’d enjoy having at your wedding and reception. Sort this list into “MUST HAVE LIST” things that completely essential to have and “NICE TO HAVE LIST” the stuff you’d consider optional things if cash is there. Allocate an amount to each component s on  “MUST HAVE LIST” Research and compare. Do your due diligence. If you still have some spare cash, you can take a look at your “NICE TO HAVE LIST” Just like with any form of budget shopping, the great bargains aren’t found instantly-you need to look around, compare costs and negotiate…if this is too much for you to handle why not hire a wedding planner. Hiring a wedding planner might seem like an extravagant extra, but it could be the best investment you make. Most charge a flat fee, rather than accepting commissions from the vendors. This ensures that your wedding planner is working for YOU and not the suppliers. The best thing about charging this way is that you’ll know from the start exactly what your wedding planner will cost. Wedding planners can actually Save You a Bundle of Money…why? We get things at wholesale and as a wedding client, you are a one shot deal, but a wedding planner...

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Planning Your Guest List

Planning Your Guest List

The guest list is tantamount to landmine territory if not treated with diplomacy it deserves. You and your partner will have to make the tough decision of figuring out who to leave off- and then letting them know. It’s never easy, but making sure do the proper thing is important as it will cut down on bruised feelings…

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Wedding Dress: Buying vs. Renting

Ever since you were a little girl, you’ve daydreamed about the stunning dress you’ll wear on your wedding day, but back then, you didn’t know you might need a small fortune to pay for that gown! For most brides, the most exciting part of the wedding is wearing the perfect wedding dress on their big day. We always dream about looking beautiful and astonishing in our swirling outfits in the eyes of our beloved groom and the guests.

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