He popped the question, you said yes and he wants to help you plan the wedding, now what? Send him on over to The Man Registry. Written from a man’s perspective, co-founder Chris Easter will answer all the burning questions from the engagement to the wedding and planning your honeymoon.
Have him start with this great article about renting a tuxedo. You may want to point out the TMR tip at the bottom: How to score points with his future father-in-law.
Wedding Tuxedo Rental Tips, courtesy of The Man Registry.com
While things can go wrong on the wedding day, it’s important to understand what you can control and what you can’t. One of the things you can control is ensuring that the groom and wedding party’s tuxedos are ordered and ready in time for the big day. Here are some common questions regarding tux rental. Reading them should ensure you’re fully prepared.
When should the groom start looking for a tux or a suit?
Once the bridesmaid’s dresses have been selected, you should start the process of choosing your attire. Up to this point, the colors haven’t yet been chosen, so you’ll need to wait to choose the colors of your vest and tie. As much as you might think the tux colors will drive the whole color scheme for the wedding, that’s most often far from true. This step should usually happen no later than four to six months before the wedding.
Where can I rent a tux or suit?
The best option for locating a tux or suit rental store is to ask your friends and family for recommendation, try an online search, or consult your local phone book. It’s important to be comfortable with the company and their services to make sure they’re adequately equipped to accommodate your requests up to a couple of days before the wedding.
When should the groom and the wedding party get fitted?
If possible, schedule a group fitting for you and the wedding party. No one likes walking into a tux shop to waste 30 minutes of their day. A group fitting allows all of the guys to get to together and of course, to also make fun of the groom. A second fitting can be scheduled, if necessary, but usually those who can’t make the first fitting can stop by any tux shop, have their measurements taken and email them into the local store. Again, this should happen about four to six months before the wedding.
How do I know if everyone in the wedding party has been measured?
A few weeks before the tux shop’s fitting deadline, remind the wedding party that they need to be measured and give them a “fake” deadline that’s a few days before the real deadline to help ensure that any habitually late people will still make the actual deadline. Then, call the tux shop to make sure that they have received everyone’s measurements a few days before the deadline. The shop’s deadline is usually two months before the scheduled pickup; otherwise the shop can’t guarantee that the tuxedos will be available for the wedding date.
When should the groom verify that the tux shop has everything they need?
One month before the wedding, call the Tux shop to verify pickup date, time, and that they have everyone’s deposits.
When should the groom pick up the tux before the wedding?
About two days before the wedding, you and the wedding party will need to pick up your tuxedos (the store will provide you with a pickup date). Remember: It’s very important to try it on to ensure that you’ll have ample time for any necessary alterations or to correct size mix-ups. Check for all of the appropriate pieces and accessories that should be included with your tux, such as a bowtie or regular tie, a cummerbund or vest, cufflinks and shoes. Although it might be funny for your groomsmen, you don’t want to end up looking like the fat guy in a little coat.
TMR Recommendation: Most tuxedo rental shops will give you one free rental for signing your wedding party up. It is common etiquette to give the free rental to your future father-in-law. After all, he has footed the bill for your wedding. Giving him a free tux rental is the least you can do to thank him.
To “insure” or not to “insure;” that is the hot topic question that has hit the wedding scene in full force. Now-a-days, with couples spending thousands of dollars on their very special day, how can one rest assure that their finances are protected?
I guess one can ask themselves, “what could really go wrong at my wedding?” When couples or their parents plan every detail and budget down to the very last penny “a relatively small loss can feel devastating, while a large loss can bring true financial disaster.”
As rainy season is upon us, imagine a heavy storm coming through on your wedding day. Guests are having a hard time getting to your site and your band, DJ and floral vendors had to cancel; having Event Cancellation Coverage would help to ensure a substantial reimbursement on these costs. With wedding insurance you can cover anything from your hair and make-up to lost photography, wedding dress repair, wedding gifts and much more. If you’re in the wedding planning process, now is the opportunity to protect your investment as it pertains to circumstances that are beyond your control.
I personally like to refer to theknot.com and review Wedding Planning: Wedding Insurance 101. Here you have the chance to review actual scenarios that have occurred, costs associated with getting wedding insurance, whether or not you really need it, when you should actually apply for insurance, what wedding insurance does not cover and additional coverage opportunities.
No matter what the circumstances are the planning processes for your wedding should be positive and memorable. These feelings should continue up until your special day and the days following. Here at The Langham, you can feel confident that your day will be everything you ever dreamed of!
Come January, my thoughts turn to travel and planning for our next trip. While conducting my research, I ran across these European gems that would make great contenders for a European honeymoon!
Val Thorens, France
Located in the French Alps, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort town in Europe. The Altapura, Val Thorens Resort offers ski in/out locations, a 10,000 square foot spa and indoor/outdoor heated pools.
Why Paris? It’s the City of Love!
• For a targeted entertaining and informative tour, contact Paris Walks. My favorites include– Hemingway’s Paris and the Chocolate Walk.
• Hire a private car and driver for a couple of days during your visit. This will save you valuable time, offering door to door service for shopping, visiting museums, neighborhoods or if only to obtain an overview of this magnificent city to decide which areas to revisit. Try Driver-Guide France: www.driverguidefrance.com. The Metro may not be as convenient but still tons of fun and every bit as memorable.
• A short term apartment rental can be more cost effective than a hotel try www.vrbo.com, www.homeaway.com and www.cobblestoneparis.com
For more on planning a honeymoon in Paris, visit Green Wedding Shoes.com!
Rent a car in Northern Italy and explore Lakes Como, Maggione and Lugano.
Then head out for a romantic drive down Italy’s Ligurian Coast..
Cinque Terra translates to “five villages”. The area experienced a freak storm that brought torrential rain and mudslides in October of 2011. Fortunately, today, the area is largely re-built, boasts some of the world’s most dramatic hikes and is accessible by a 45 minute train ride from Santa Margherita.
Charter a yacht and explore the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean Sea. Santorini, Mykonos and the Cliffside village of Oia are probably the most familiar, but there are dozens of islands to explore by water.
While visiting one of my favorite towns, I suggest you stay at our flagship hotel, The Langham, London. Opened in 1865 as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’, The Langham, London, played host to European royalty, diplomats and artistic and literary celebrities of the day. The hotel was also at the forefront of innovation with the first hydraulically powered lifts in the world, air conditioning, its own steam-pumped artesian well, hot and cold running water and WCs in every bedroom. All this was previously unheard of in hotels.
Not far from The Langham, London is Buckingham Palace, Regents Park & Hyde Park, Regent Street & Bond Street, Palace of Westminster & Big Ben, the London Eye and much more!
With beautiful beaches, warm weather and amazing resorts, this island located in the Mediterranean Sea is a perfect honeymoon destination!
Known for its limestone cliffs and waterfront villas, a funicular takes visitors from the main port to the boutique-lined streets of town. For even more privacy, head to Anacapri.
To “insure” or not to “insure;” that is the question – and a recent hot topic that has hit the wedding scene in full force. Now-a-days, with couples spending thousands of dollars on their very special day, how can one rest assure that their finances are protected?
One can ask themselves, “what could really go wrong at my wedding?” When couples or their parents plan every detail and budget down to the very last penny “a relatively small loss can feel devastating, while a large loss can bring true financial disaster.”
As rainy season is upon us, imagine a heavy storm coming through on your wedding day. Guests are having a hard time getting to your site and your band, DJ and floral vendors had to cancel; having Event Cancellation Coverage would help to ensure a substantial reimbursement on these costs. With wedding insurance you can cover anything from your hair and make-up to lost photography, wedding dress repair, wedding gifts and much more. Now is the opportunity to protect your investment as it pertains to circumstances that are beyond your control.
I personally like to refer my couples to theknot.com and their article Wedding Planning: Wedding Insurance 101. Here you have the chance to review actual scenarios that have occurred, costs associated with getting wedding insurance, whether or not you really need it, when you should actually apply for insurance, what wedding insurance does not cover and additional coverage opportunities.
No matter what the circumstances are the planning processes for your wedding should be positive and memorable. These feelings should continue up until your special day and the days following.
Visiting the Sweet Shop Lu Lu website makes me want to throw a party! Here are a few of my favorite things:
These darling vintage girl gift boxes provide the perfect container for a selection of French macarons…
The floral and gingham birdhouse cupcake box is ideal for a single cupcake take-away…
These embellished Bird Stickers would be darling to use as an entrée indicator on your escort cards…
And just look at these cuties!!
Now you can begin to see the possibilities. Clicking through to the Sweet Shop Lu Lu Pinterest Boards I found these impressive sweet tables…
Specialty coffee stations and espresso bars are more popular than ever. How fun to personalize your guest’s experience with their favorite Espresso Macchiato or Spiced Pumpkin blend at your wedding!
In the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of California Wedding Day, I was intrigued to learn about some of these exciting and fun dessert alternatives to enhance your reception.
Dolly’s Cotton Candy
Krista Thompson brings her cute pink cart right to you! They have 15 classic flavors to choose from, including pink vanilla and sizzlin’ lemon. These 100% organic fruit flavors are made with cane sugar and have no additives or dyes.
Meringue Bake Shop Pushcakes
These easy to eat pushcakes combine the nostalgia of the old-fashioned “push-up” ice cream treats with a high end cupcake in a to-go container. Layers of cake are combined with three layers of buttercream frosting in exciting flavors such as Oreo, Banaberry and Salted Caramel. The best part – labels can be customized!
Cupcakes Couture makes the cutest macaron pops and cupcakes in a jar, which come with customized ribbons, stickers and utensils! Another favorite is Love Spell, a dark chocolate cake layered with homemade raspberry jam and white chocolate frosting.
Itty Bitty Sweets
Itty Bitty Sweets makes hand-dipped pretzels, which make the perfect wedding favors!
Li’l Puffs artisan marshmallows are another great favor idea and are perfect for chocolate fountains. They come in many different flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, raspberry, pineapple and more!
Sweet Lucie’s provides premium organic ice cream and organic toppings in a classic 1959 ice cream truck or a vintage Italian ice cream cart. They use organic, all natural ingredients and their ice cream and sauces are handmade specifically for your special event!
Ice Ice Shavie
This is not a sno cone – Ice Ice Shavie serves the finest, fluffiest, ice with unique artisinal syrups made from all fresh ingredients. Two of my favorites? The Blackberry Bramble and the Eastside!
While chatting with a couple last week, we decided that the receiving line was one of the worst wedding traditions ever conceived. Thankfully, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a receiving line at a reception here – but just to put your mind at ease, Emily Post agrees:
“Let’s start by setting the record straight: A receiving line isn’t required. However, the bride and groom do have to greet and thank each and every one of their guests for coming to their wedding. A receiving line really is the best way to be sure that they don’t miss anyone, especially if the wedding is large (more than 75 people). A receiving line is also a great (and efficient) way to be sure that all the guests have a chance to meet the couple’s parents and attendants. At a small wedding, it’s fine for the bride and groom to visit with each table—usually during the meal—to greet, thank and chat with their guests.”
If you get around to every table to thank your guests for coming, you can eliminate the receiving line.
The Fall 2012 edition of Martha Stewart Weddings enlightens us with “The News Rules”. For example, “you don’t need to wear white to take center stage.” This elegant bride chose a champagne lace gown:
Or “your favors and flowers can do double duty.” These darling paperweights indicate your guests’ table number and also provide a personalized memory of the evening as a favor:
Give your guests a fun evening filled with great music and food, integrate personal touches throughout the day that speak to the essence of your uniqueness, and consider setting “the rules” aside for an evening!
In my mind, Fall is always such an exciting time for Weddings because of the cooler weather and vibrant colors. Fortunately for this year’s Fall Brides, the current trends certainly do not disappoint.
While looking through magazines and surfing the web, there seems to be an unending amount of Ombre – everywhere from the Cake to the centerpieces, the place cards to even the Dress!
The big color trend this fall seems to be tangerine, yellow, and orange mixed with gray, gold or silver.
I’m also seeing metallic and glitter on everything, again from nails all the way to the cake.
And if you’re having trouble trying to figure out how to incorporate your most favorite bold color into your special day, take a look at this fabulous website, www.theperfectpalette.com. When my sister was getting married, this was the most resourceful tool for her. It has loads of beautiful pictures of real weddings showing how you can match even the most vibrant of colors together with softer tones that result in elegant color schemes. The possibilities seem endless. It’s a site that I love to peruse just for fun.
Cheers to Fall!
Did you know that Style Me Pretty receives on average 400 real wedding submissions per week? Abby Larson, owner and creator of Style Me Pretty shares 10 great tips on how to submit your own wedding to be featured online, and how to get it to the top of the “slush pile” for consideration.
1. PACKAGE your submission according to Style Me Pretty’s guidelines.
2. SELECT good images that tell the story of the day.
3. DESCRIBE the day.
4. SHARE THE LOCATION.
5. CHOOSE images carefully.
6. EDITED PHOTOGRAPHS are really, really, REALLY important.
7. BE NICE.
8. READ our blog and select the weddings that you want to submit carefully.
9. THINK UNIQUE.
10. ASK. Don’t be afraid to ask why a submission was declined.
For more information on each tip and additional details, be sure to check out Abby’s post on Style Me Pretty!
Let’s face it, no matter how easy the planning process might be, I’ve found that a little bit of wedding stress is inevitable. With so many people to talk to and decisions to be made, there will always be one item left on that to-do list at the end of the day! From the endless questions of “when is the big day?” to the critique of your wedding colors, taking a little bride time is essential.
Here are (4) tips from an article on GalTime.com which can be helpful when trying to stay calm:
1. Communicate: Communication is key and is good practice for marriage. For example, when dealing with an over (or under involved) fiancé, know that emotions are running high and good communication goes a long way. When you are in a calm and non-reactive mood, talk to your soon-to-be spouse, address what is causing your frustration and calmly explain how you feel and what your needs and hopes are.
2. Talk to a Friend: Have a “Bitch Session” with your best-friend. Bitch Sessions have a short time limit and are reciprocal. Allow yourself 15 minutes to complain about your wedding related issue and then another 15 minutes to listen to your friend’s complaints. Then switch to light or humorous topics, ending your time together on a happy note. You’ll both feel better and get your mind off your own troubles for awhile.
3. Seek Professional Help: If you’re truly overwhelmed, go to professional counseling or meet with a clergy member. There is nothing wrong with having a neutral person who is trained and objective, support you and give solid, workable solutions. Some couples even elect to go for couple’s therapy simply as a training exercise. Evolving from “single” to “couple” is a transition and becoming better educated on how to approach new territory is never a bad idea.
4. Be Prepared: Remind yourself that you are expecting the best, but preparing for the worst. If you are worried about the “What If’s” on your big day, like inclimate weather, a guest getting sick, a bridesmaid with a last-minute emergency, or a pimple on your forehead… know that these things can happen. Hopefully, they won’t; but having realistic expectations and a Plan B (and even a Plan C) allows you to enjoy the process… and most importantly– your wedding itself.
What’s your biggest stress in planning your big day?
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