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Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Pets at the Wedding

  
  
  

Pets have become a big part of our lives so it’s not surprising that some couples want to include them in their wedding day plans. Pets not only make an adorable addition to wedding pictures, they can also add a comedic element to what is traditionally a serious day. Whether you want to include man’s best friend or your furry feline, pets can be dressed up in tuxes or gowns and play many roles in your day, from flower girl to best man.

If you’re considering having your four-legged friend take part in your wedding, there are a few things you should consider to ensure your day is perfect – as well as his or hers.

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•    Make sure the people on your guest list are comfortable with your pet. If you have a large dog, such as a German shepherd or a Mastiff, you might want to make sure no one is petrified of dogs. As well, you don’t want to have your great aunt taken to the hospital because she has a serious cat allergy.
•    Decide what you want your pet to do. If you want your cat to walk down the aisle with a ring pillow on its back, will your cat be okay with having something tied around its belly? Will it try to run away? Know your pet’s temperament and plan accordingly.
•    Is your venue pet-friendly? And is your officiant okay with having your pet part of the ceremony? You don’t want to get your heart set on walking down the aisle with your dog only to find out it’s not allowed.
•    Just as you must practice with your pets to keep them off your sofa, you will need to practice the behaviour you want them to display for your wedding. If possible, take your dog to the area where you’ll hold your ceremony so it’s familiar to him the day of the wedding.
•    Assign at least one or two people to watch your pet throughout the day. Make sure you pick someone who knows your animal and can handle her. If you have a dog, make sure he’s walked a couple of times during the day.
•    Give them the opportunity to rest. Many people, especially kids, are pet lovers. If your dog isn’t used to being petted by 100 people at a time, be aware that being handled so much could be stressful. Let him rest in a crate. When things have settled down, you can have him walked by the kids so they can have a bit of fun. Toys, treats, doggie bags, a leash and water bowl should also be included in the pet luggage for that day.
•    If including your pet on your wedding doesn’t seem like a feasible option, but you still want them to be part of the festivities, consider photographing them for the save-the-date cards or wedding invitations. Some couples also choose to use these photos at their wedding reception for place cards or as a display near the receiving line.
•    Be flexible. No matter how well you have planned to include your pet in your wedding day, they are animals and can be unpredictable. Be prepared for accidents, unusual behaviour and other potential spoilers. And be ready to have someone take your pet home if it isn’t working out. Having your pet there might mean the world to you, but he might be happier chewing on a toy at home.
 
Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.


Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – How to Pick Wedding Colours

  
  
  

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You’ve heard couples talk about their “wedding colours.” And you like the idea of having a palette of colour tying your décor, gowns, favours and other details together. But how do you go about trying to select colours for your wedding? Do you just pick your favourite shade? How do you determine which colours should go together? We’ve assembled some handy pointers to help you brighten up your wedding day.


Location, Location


Where are you getting married? If you’re saying your vows in a traditional setting, such as a church adorned in gold, then perhaps red and navy blue won’t work so well. You don’t want to clash colours. If colour is first in your mind, then select wedding and/or reception venues that are pretty neutral so you can jazz them up anyway you want.

Set the Mood


Are you having a sophisticated affair? A fairytale type of wedding? If you’re having the former, then your colour choice will likely stick to classic colours, such as white, cream and black. If you’re a princess and he’s your prince, then maybe a wedding of pastel colours is the way to go. An outdoor rustic theme will want to stick to reds, browns and greens, not hot pinks and vibrant purples.

Consider the Season


When are you getting married? If you are getting married close to a major holiday, such as Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving, then you have colours that are naturally associated with those days. There is nothing more beautiful than a full array of fall hues, such as vibrant reds, yellows and oranges for an October wedding.

The Bridal Party


If you want to have your bridesmaids wearing your wedding colour, then think about how it might look on somebody. If you have your heart set on peach and you’re having an 1980s-themed wedding, this might work. However, it’s 2015 and your bridesmaids will not be thrilled to be wearing that hue. As well, you might love a bright turquoise, but how will it look in pictures? And, as your guests will see this colour right in front of them during the entire ceremony, consider what you want people to be looking at.

Keep It Simple, Sweetheart


When you’re selecting your wedding colours, you truly don’t want a rainbow of shades. Limit your options. There are likely thousands of green hues, but we don’t need to see them all at your wedding. Once you pick your main shade, you will need to pick other colours in the palette, but not all the colours in the palette. We recommend choosing a maximum of two accent shades. To understand how accent colours work well with main colours, visit a paint store and look at swatches of colours. Use the Internet to get ideas of how different colours/shades work well together. Pinterest is a great format for this, as is Pantone.

Pick Your Favourite


It’s your wedding. If you love blue, then blue it is. This is a great place to start when selecting your wedding colours. If you want to use a navy blue and then two wonderful accent blues, then by all means. It doesn’t matter if that’s not the colour of the year or the most popular shade. Your wedding is a reflection of your personality, tastes and loves.


Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Wedding Trousseau

  
  
  


There are many old-fashioned wedding traditions. Some we can do without and others we know nothing about. A latter example is the trousseau. But, rather than outright reject it because it has very traditional connotations, we think compiling a trousseau could be a fun experience for a bride-to-be.

Bridal Trousseau


The word “trousseau” is taken from the French term “trousse,” which means a little bundle. In the context of a wedding, this little bundle pertains to the connubial accouterments of the bride, such as pretty lingerie, clothing and linens, which are kept aside in a “box of hope” for the wedding, honeymoon and future home.

Traditionally, the trousseau was placed in a cedar box called a wedding chest. Over time, the name for the chest changed, and has became commonly known as a hope chest or glory box. Basically, a hope chest (or glory box) is any kind of chest that’s about three to five feet long, two feet wide and about two feet deep.

Compiling a hope chest, or trousseau, is a beautiful way to prepare for your wedding. And the idea of saving with hope for a marriage is a darling little tradition. Interestingly, too, there are still many unmarried modern – though a little more traditional – women who keeping this practice alive by collecting items for her hope chest even before she is engaged. Another wonderful part of collecting items together for a hope chest is that once the bride becomes a mother, she can then past the trousseau down to her daughter or granddaughter.

Traditionally, garments in a trousseau were hand-sewn by close female relatives, including mothers, aunts or grandmothers. Wealthier families hired professional seamstresses to create entire outfits for the bride. In Victorian England, trousseaus were a status symbol, where wealthy families would put together very elaborate hope chests.

Today, the most obvious way to collect a trousseau is through your wedding registry. You can select beautiful linens, items for your home, such as picture frames and small art, or towels for a registry, which your guests then purchase for you. Of course, your registry could also include jewellery and bridal accessories and even lingerie. A great way to receive lingerie is at your bridal shower. Your maid of honour could particularly request certain guests, such as the bridal party, or close female friends (not likely your grandmother) could honour you with lingerie as their gift.

Weddings are, largely, ceremonial. And having a hope chest that symbolically holds everything you hold dear to you as a bride is a wonderful tradition, one that can be carried on for generations.  

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Wedding Engagement Ring Trends

  
  
  

Weddings are all about the latest trends and fashions. And so are engagement rings. While a traditional yellow gold ring with princess cut diamond is still a beautiful setting, many brides are looking for engagement rings that are more unique and stylish. Whether it’s the setting itself, the colour of stone or the metal used, wedding engagement rings are definitely fashion forward.

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Fanciful Florals
One of the most notable trends right now with wedding engagement rings is floral detailing. Beautiful rings shining with flowers, petals, vines and other details are blooming all over for 2014-2015.
 
Unique Settings
While engagement rings typically have a north-south diamond setting, we’re seeing some unique east-west settings. The stone will certainly look larger by setting your stone this way. This look is best with oval diamonds or Marquise or emerald cuts. The double halo setting is also popular and is guaranteed to dazzle with a lot of bling.

A Nod to the Past
We’ve said it before, but the popularity of the Roaring Twenties and Edwardian Era – thanks to movies such as The Great Gatsby and the television show Downton Abbey – has shown up in wedding attire, most notably with wedding gowns. However, vintage-inspired rings, particularly art deco baubles, are all the rage.

Colourful Stones
Whenever a royal is married, the fashion world takes note. And so, too, do brides. Coloured stones, such as emeralds, rubies, sapphires and yellow diamonds, are gaining in popularity for engagement rings.

Rock This!
We live in a celebrity-loving culture. Though we have much smaller budgets than celebrities when they get engaged, our eyes still wander towards super-sized diamonds. Diamonds are priced based on cut, clarity, colour and carat. If you want a lot of carat, you might need to lessen your demand for clarity and colour.

Mixed Metals
Twenty years ago, engagement rings were made of yellow gold. Then we entered the age of platinum and white gold. Now, we’re moving to the age of everything! If you can’t decide, consider white and yellow gold. Or, the newest trend is rose gold. This feminine and time less metal is perfect either on its own, or combined in a eye-catching design of yellow, white and rose gold.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Honeymoon in Niagara

  
  
  

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Niagara Falls is known as the Honeymoon Capital of Canada. Home to the majestic Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the city is world-renowned as a top tourist and wedding destination. If you’ve always wanted to have your wedding here, but knowyour family can’t all make the journey, why not visit on your honeymoon? Here are some of the things you can explore if you decide to spend your honeymoon in our backyard, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

World Famous Site


Niagara Falls is a must-see for any visitor to this region. You can observe this natural wonder from numerous locations, including Table Rock Welcome Centre, located at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. More than 2,800 cubic metres of water moves over the brink every second, travelling 65 km per hour during summer daylight hours.

How To See the Falls


Aside from the ground, you can see the Falls via the sky or by boat. The Niagara SkyWheel, Canada’s largest observation wheel, rising more than 53 metres (175 feet) off the ground, operates year-round and features fully enclosed gondolas equipped with heating and air conditioning. Or take an exhilarating ride aboard Niagara Helicopters to see the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station, the Whirlpool Rapids and American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. If you want to see the Falls up-close-and-personal, climb aboard Hornblower Niagara Cruises, which ferries visitors through the roiling waters. Just don’t forget to wear your poncho or you’ll get soaked!

Winter Festival of Lights


As one of Canada’s Top 10 best winter festivals, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights turns Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland from the beginning of November until the end of January, with more than three million lights along a six kilometre route along the Niagara River. This festival also features ice skating at the TD Rink at the Brink, grand holiday displays throughout the city and a Christmas concert series.

Bet on Some Excitement


If you’re looking to take a chance, visit Casino Niagara, located in the Clifton Hill tourist district. This casino offers a 95,000-square-foot gaming floor and numerous dining and entertainment options. At the opposite end of Queen Victoria Park, overlooking the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, you’ll find Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort with 3,000 slots and 150 tables.

Retail Therapy


Niagara Falls – and the surrounding region – is a shop-a-holic’s paradise. Niagara Falls is home to Canada One Factory Outlets, home to more than 35 name brand stores. A short drive away is the Outlet Collection at Niagara, Canada’s largest open-air outlet shopping centre with nearly 100 marquee retailers.

Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my!


If you enjoy nature, visit the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory. Located on the Niagara Parkway, the conservatory boasts 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies that fly freely in a tropical environment, lush with exotic blooms and greenery. Down the road is the must-see Bird Kingdom at the Niagara Falls Aviary, the world’s largest indoor free-flying aviary. Bird Kingdom is home to 400 birds representing 80 different species, in a setting that includes a 40-foot waterfall. Further along the Niagara Parkway, you’ll find beluga and killer whales, dolphins, deer, bears and other marine mammals at Marineland, as well as thrilling rides, such as the Sky Screamer, the world’s highest triple tower ride. And, you’ll spot lions, tigers, wolves, macaws and more than 400 other animals, birds and reptiles at Safari Niagara, in Fort Erie.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.



Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Wedding Details

  
  
  

Planning a wedding means taking care of hundreds of details, many of which are incredibly easy to overlook. Some common questions couples grapple with include: What is an escort card? How should I handle the receiving line at the reception? Do I need an aisle runner and what exactly is that? and Do I even need to bother about a first dance?
We’re giving you a little bit of Niagara Falls wedding advice for these questions and keep reading this for information on many more important topics.

What Is An Escort Card?


An escort card displays the name and number of the table a guest is seated at a wedding. Whether you prefer a seating chart or escort cards is a matter of personal preference. The advantage of escort cards is they can be changed right up to the last minute, whereas a seating chart may need to be printed days or weeks in advance.

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How Should I Handle the Receiving Line at the Reception?


With today’s families including ex-spouses and stepparents, the traditional receiving line has gotten a makeover. Certainly, many couples struggle with the decision on who to include in the wedding reception receiving line and who to exclude and the subject can be a touchy one. You can include stepparents and new spouses in the wedding reception receiving line if you want as long as everyone involved is comfortable. We suggest splitting up the families in the line and alternate the groom’s mother and stepfather with the bride’s mom and stepfather …and so on. We find this makes it a lot easier, especially if there is some ill will between family circles. If you want to keep things simpler, we suggest having only the bride and groom standing in the receiving line alone as a newly married couple to greet their guests as they enter the wedding reception location. It makes the line move faster and there are no explanations needed. Later on, you can include the parents and stepparents in the wedding introductions and that way they will still be acknowledged on the wedding day.

Do I Need an Aisle Runner?


A wedding aisle runner is a long piece of material – sometimes plastic, vinyl and even canvas – that may serve several purposes at a wedding. Wedding aisle runners are used to protect the bride, bridesmaids and women guests attending the wedding from dirt. Wedding aisle runners can be used at the steps of the church or on the aisle between seats. When weddings take place outdoors, wedding runners can prove excellent for protecting dresses. Though many couples choose white or ivory aisle runners, you can order elaborate decorations or have an aisle runner embroidered with your name or monogram. They can be custom ordered for the perfect size and can event include very expensive materials like silk, lace and velvet.

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What is the Big Deal About the First Dance?


A couple’s first dance is the first time they hold each other as a married couple for everyone to see. You might want to put some special effort into preparing for this part of the day, which is a very traditional part of the wedding. You can make it individual, fun, exciting and unique – or traditional. The first step in preparing for your first dance is to select a dance song, one that you both love, and one that inspires you both. If you’re not a fine dancer, or have never danced, don’t worry; you can learn to dance in a hurry with a few private lessons. A dance instructor will help you learn some easy dance steps appropriate to the music you’ve selected. Partner dancing can also be extremely enjoyable. It can give the two of you something special to do together – even after your wedding.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Relieving Wedding Stress

  
  
  

Planning a wedding can be an exciting – and stressful – time in your life. Many couples, particularly brides, run on emotions, little sleep and constant appointments in the months leading up to the big day. While most couples say all the added stress is worth it, it’s important to remember your wedding is just one day in your life and there’s no reason to make yourself sick over the pressure. Here are some tips on how to relax before your wedding day to make sure you’ll enjoy every minute of it.

 

 

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Delegate

Letting go of the smallest detail, for many brides, is excruciating. But you can’t handle everything about your wedding yourself. You have a wedding party for a reason. Ask them to help with some of the work, such as making centrepieces or favours, or running errands for you.

 

Keep a Journal

For many brides, journaling or blogging is a great way to relieve stress. If you want to keep your thoughts private, then a traditional journal is the way to go. If you want to offer insight and advice to others planning a wedding, then put it all out there – on the Internet. Use writing as an outlet for your feelings.

 

Soak it Up

A nice, hot bath can be an excellent escape for many ladies. Hot water will relax your muscles and give you a few minutes where you can let your mind wander. Play some relaxing music as you soak or use your favourite bath salts to help you zone out.

 

Exercise

Going for a run or hitting the gym is a great way to relieve stress – it’s also good for you! Many brides worry about having the perfect body for their wedding day but wouldn’t creating a lifelong commitment to being healthy be more advantageous? Whenever you feel like you’ve had as much as you can handle, lace up your runners and get outside for some fresh air.

 

Read a Book

If it’s been a while since you sat back and just read a book for the sheer love of reading, now might be a great time. Losing yourself for a couple of hours in your favourite romance novel or lighthearted comedy is the best way to escape all your real life wedding drama.

 

Phone a Friend

If you are someone who enjoys talking about your challenges and you feel as though you need to get those wedding anxieties chatted away, then phoning your best friend or closest family member might be a great idea. One word of caution though is to make sure the conversation remains upbeat. You don’t want to get on the phone and talk about everything that’s going wrong! Talking about your favourite memories or your excitement about your honeymoon or future goals are better topics to visit.

 

Get Yourself to the Spa

The ultimate in pampering and self-care is the spa. And in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, we have many world-renowned spas to visit where you can be indulged. Try a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure. Though it might be tempting to bring the entire wedding party, go alone. You’ll be much more relaxed at the end of your appointment.

 

 

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

 

Wedding Planning Advice - Bridal Showers

  
  
  

Before you were planning your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding, you likely dreaded the thought of going to another boring, simple themed wedding shower. There’s no doubt about it, we’ve all been to tedious bridal showers with what feels like hundreds of strangers, the same food, cake and silly games. But your wedding shower doesn’t have to strike the same horror in your friends and family. A wedding shower is an important event – it’s an opportunity for the bride to be “showered” with gifts to start her new life – and a great opportunity for the closest female friends and family members of the bride to honour her and celebrate her upcoming wedding. If you’re trying to figure out a way to host a fun-filled party that everyone will remember for being a great time, here are some things to consider about bridal showers.


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Who Hosts the Shower?
The maid of honour usually hosts the bridal shower, unless she’s a member of the bride’s immediate family. Etiquette frowns on a family member (such as the bride’s mother, sister or mother-in-law) hosting the party because it could appear that this person is asking for gifts for the bride. Though your mother, sister or mother-in-law can be involved, they’re not usually the ones who host the party. This means the maid of honour is responsible for picking up the tab for the party. If it is an informal or casual affair, this is appropriate. However, if the shower is going to be a formal or potentially expensive venture, it’s perfectly acceptable for the maid of honour to ask the other bridesmaids to chip in.

Set The Tone
Just as with any party planning, there is usually a theme for the bridal shower and the theme can be carried through from the invitations to the food to the venue to the type of gifts given to the bride. If you choose a theme, try to be creative. No one wants to go to a pink and white themed party. Think cosmopolitan, rustic, lingerie or pick a country where the couple will be honeymooning and run with it. There are so many ways to spice up the bridal shower by using your imagination and website such as Pinterest and wedding magazines.

Timing Is Everything
Your wedding shower should take place anywhere from six months before the wedding to the week before your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding. Keep in mind if you’re planning a bridal shower close to the wedding, it might feel overwhelming for some guests. Hosting the wedding a couple of months before the wedding is a nice touch, providing some anticipation for the big day. You can host a wedding shower at any time of the day, though afternoon showers are most popular.

Who Do You Invite?
Your guest list will depend on the type of shower that’s being thrown. However, you must ask the bride for a guest list. If a bride has more than one shower, it is imperative the hosts consult each other to ensure guests are not invited to both showers. There really are no rules as to who should be invited to a shower except that they should be also attending the wedding. The one exception is an office shower. Sometimes, you can’t invite all your coworkers to your wedding, but they might want to throw you a wedding shower.

Traditions and Fun
Most of the wedding shower will be spent eating, laughing, talking and opening presents. Some people have bridal shower games, such as making a toilet paper wedding gown or putting bows from the gifts onto a paper plate to create a hat for the bride to wear or a bouquet for her to use for the wedding rehearsal. But if you’re having a posh affair, forego the silly games and focus on laughter, stories and sorority. The tradition of having the groom attend the wedding shower with flowers for his fiancée is a nice touch and often a lovely moment. It also gives anyone who hasn’t yet had a chance to meet the groom (for example, an aunt who lives out of town) the opportunity to do so.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice - How to Choose Your Wedding Reception

  
  
  

Selecting your wedding venue is one of the first items you’ll have to decide after you get engaged. Once know where you want to get married, then all the other details, such as theme, colour scheme, menu, etc. will just fall into place. But selecting a wedding venue isn’t just determining what you like. There are other factors to consider, such as parking, accessibility and price. We’ve come up with some of the most important things to consider when selecting your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding venue.

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Style Me Pretty
What is your style? Do you fancy yourself sophisticated and are looking for a chic rooftop wedding? Maybe you’re a classicist and want to be married in a grand ballroom? These are the types of things you need to iron out before you start looking for wedding venues. As well, if you are searching for a single location to hold both your ceremony and reception, make sure your religious wishes can be accommodated.

A Little Personality
What modifications can be made to your site to display your personality? Some venues prohibit any changes being made to the existing décor, such as historical venues and churches. Make sure you find out if you can hoist up a piñata before you get excited at the prospect of doing so.

Logistics
If you have settled on your favourite park, you must realize that you, and you alone, are responsible for hauling in the chairs, the aisle runner, the décor, etc. If you’re not willing to take on that much work, then maybe an indoor venue with an on-site wedding co-ordinator is a better option. Make sure you don’t let your imagination run away with you before you check out what’s feasible. Another important point is to determine how accessible your site is, particularly if you have guests with mobility issues.

Lots of Room
This might seem obvious, but make sure your venue can accommodate all your guests comfortably. There is nothing worse than attending a July wedding in a hall where seating is at a maximum and the air conditioning quits. Make sure your venue provides ample room to seat all guests, as well as provides areas to move around freely.

Privacy Please
If you want to be the centre of attention on your wedding day in every way possible, then make sure you find out how many other weddings are taking place at your venue. If you’re getting married in a public space, be prepared for on-lookers and strangers to watch your nuptials.

Lights, Sound!
While these items are certainly not top of mind for most couples, you don’t want to get married in a basement. Check out how much light your venue offers, both naturally and what can be controlled. This is particularly important for the photographer, who will have to adjust to make sure they take great pictures even in low lighting. As well, find out what the acoustics are like to ensure everyone can hear your speeches and if you have hired live musicians that they will be heard in the best possible way.

Décor
What kind of backdrops or views does your venue offer? A beautiful view of a Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard, a twinkling city skyline or a parking lot? Also, what does the décor look like? Is it updated, crisp and clean, or are there stains on the carpet and the walls are peach coloured? Make sure you feel comfortable in your surroundings so you will enjoy seeing your photos for years to come.

Simple Site
Make sure there is plenty of parking for your guests and that your venue is easy to find for those coming from out of town. If it’s a little out of the way, can a shuttle bus or van take your guests from a central meeting place or can you tie white bows on telephone polls to mark the way?

The Fine Print
Although everything might seem perfect, make sure you are getting what you think you’re getting. Ask twice if you’re not sure. Read the fine print. Make sure you know exactly what costs are included, how much gratuities are and where you might be charged for set up fees, taxes and little extras.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice - Wedding Finances 101

  
  
  

Weddings are definitely filled with love. But before a happy couple can tie the knot, there is another not-so-romantic topic that all newlyweds or engaged couples need to think about: finances. According to the American Institute of CPAs, more than a quarter of married couples say disagreements over finances are most likely to lead to arguments. As you plan your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding, take time to examine your finances – and not just those related to your wedding. Having a frank, open discussion about your goals, dreams and reality can go a long way. Financial advisor, author and CEO Patrick Bet-David has made financial literacy his crusade and he says talking about finances not only reduces fights, but can also get you on a path towards a successful financial future after your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding. These are Patrick Bet-David’s tips to cover the basics. However, if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it, and in any financial discussion, the key is open communication between both partners, he says.

Know Each Other’s Financial Histories
Gather all your paperwork, statements, bills and personal financial information and really evaluate your finances so you both are on the same page. Do either of you have student loans or credit card debt? What kind of retirement plans or saving vehicles do you contribute to? How much are you paying for your cell phone and cable bills? Do either of you have an emergency fund? What is your general attitude about money?

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Beneficiaries
Revisit all of your accounts from retirement plans to insurance policies, and update your beneficiaries where you see fit.

Insurance
Review your medical, life and car insurance plans. You might find combining coverage might save you money or that your plans have some overlap.

Name Change
If you or your spouse is opting for a name change, it is important to notify all government agencies of your intention to do so. You will also want to notify financial institutions.

Joint or Separate Accounts – or Both?
Long gone are the days when it was assumed that marriage meant newlyweds would open a joint bank account and share credit cards. Some couples are now keeping separate accounts, while others still choose the traditional route. Everything in between is also a viable option.

Determine a Budget and Financial Goals
As you prepare for your wedding is a good time to start the invaluable practice of budgeting. Once you have a joint budget, you can evaluate your discretionary income and determine both short-term and long-term financial goals.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

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