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10 Things NOT To Do On Your Wedding Night

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                                                                                                                                                                                                         Flying Pig Photography 

Planning your wedding is one of the happiest times of your life. I have had the pleasure of talking to many brides who have shared the final results of how their wedding turned out. It’s typically the best day of their life, but sometimes have a little mistake they wish they could have avoided. These are the things I am excited to share with you! Now you can learn from their regrets so you won’t have any! There are a lot of emotions (nervous, happy, excited, stressed...) on your big day, so consider this list beforehand and prepare for the best day of your life! 

 

1. Do NOT forget to talk to each other about expectations, plans, timing of your wedding day and night. 

 

2. Do NOT forget to bring cash for tips for the DJ, transportation, hotel, etc.

 

3. Do NOT forget your ID or passport.

 

4. Do NOT get sick. Be sure to eat, but not over eat and avoid too much alcohol. 

 

5. Do NOT forget to get plenty of sleep the night before your wedding day. It will be emotional, exhausting and fun!

 

6. Do NOT forget to return your tuxedo and do not ruin it unless you have planned on paying for it. Same with your wedding gown. 

 

7. Do NOT forget to have one on one time with your spouse throughout your wedding day. 

 

8. Do NOT invite family or friends after the reception to your hotel.

 

9. Do NOT argue with your spouse or mention anyone else or campare anything. You only get this day and night once, so make it the best it can be for both of you. 

 

10. Do NOT forget to plan your wedding night as well as the day. Check out the hotel room beforehand. Are you staying in the same hotel as your parents or in-laws? Are you on the same hotel floor? This will be your first night together as husband and wife so make sure you are comfortable. Consider decorating the room before or have the hotel do this for you. Asking a friend to decorate your room may end up a practical joke on you. Finally, don't forget to ask for a late check out at the hotel. 

 

 

HAVE a fabulous wedding day! 

 

 

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20 Wedding Professionals Advice On Tipping

You probably  have tried to think of every expense for your wedding, but sometimes the tips are forgotten. They can really add up, too! One thing to remember is a tip is appreciated, but you are never obligated to tip anyone. It is up to you to decide if their service was exceptional. However, some professionals are expecting a gratuity. It is best to ask ahead of time if gratuity is included in the service contract before you sign it. This way you will know your total cost and can also avoid double tipping. Figuring out who to tip and how much can be the hard part. Some professionals include gratuities, but many leave the amount up to you. How they treat you and your guests can influence how much is tipped. 

 

     These are typical vendors to tip: (people who are actually on site for event)

Wedding Planner- Your planner will usually charge a set fee and won’t expect anything. If yours did a great job offer consider tipping or a gift.  $50-$100 is average.

Caterer - Some will build a gratuity into their service fee. Check your contract or ask. If it hasn’t been included 15% - 20% of total bill or $1-$2 per guest. 

Live Band  -$15 - $20 per musician

DJ - 15% - 20% of fee

Officiant- Donate to their church if affiliated with one. If not, then consider $50-$100, but many times the standard fee should be adequate. If they are traveling, compensate for travel expenses. 

Delivery Staff- Flowers, wedding cake- They do not expect a tip if you paid their set fee. If they went above and beyond $15-$20 is sufficient. 

Reception Staff- (On-site coordinator, manager) A service charge is usually built into the cost. If the gratuity is not included then tip 15-20% of food and drink fee (labor- not cost) or $200-$300 total.

Reception Attendants (Bartender, waiters, parking attendants) Rules of tipping are usually in the contract. If the service fee is included, consider tipping only if there is exceptional service. If it is not included the standard is $20-$25 per bartender or waiter, or 10% of liquor bill for the bartender. $1 per guest for coatroom or parking attendants, $1 per car. These attendants can be tipped in advance, so your guests don’t have to. Be sure to let your guests know, so they don’t feel obligated. 

 

Typical to NOT tip

     Invitations

     Formal Attire & Gowns

     Rentals

     Wedding Cakes

     Reception Center

 

Could fall into either category:

     Florist- Is the service fee enough? Was their service extraordinary? 

     Photographer- For exceptional work-- you can tip $20- $50.

     Videographer- For exceptional work-- you can tip $20- $50.

 

Consider this:

     Tip professionals that are exceptional.

     You could also give thank you notes or gifts to the professionals.

     Do not tip the business owner, just the employees. (unless the owner’s service went above your expectations)

     The event planner, parent, or best man is usually the person responsible of handing the envelopes with the tips to the professional. 

 

I asked the question to our professionals, "What is customary in your business?" 

Beauty ,Health & Fitness- Hair stylist or makeup artist -tips are definitely expected. 15-20% is standard.  If the service providers come in early or stay late, more is very appreciated. (Falling Waters Day Spa) 

Bridal Attire- Our Bridal Shops do not accept tips even if offered. We do love receiving thank you notes, treats or flowers arrangements to show the brides gratitude. (The Brides’ Shop) 

Catering- 15-20% is standard. (Savory Catering)

20% is a good tip. 10% is usually the bottom of what our staff expects. ( Brick Oven) 

We prefer to have all of our costs included so there are no surprises. Occasionally we are tipped from $10-$20 per person for our crew of 4-6 people. (Surefire Pizza) 

Decorations & Rentals- I wish they would tip, it would make us feel like it was good (Event Masters)  

Event Consultant - 90% of brides tip but most of them are out of state. Tips are from 10-20% (White Ginger Events) 

Invitations- I have never been tipped and do not think it is customary. (Ann Elizabeth) 

Music & Entertainment-  Usually get tipped $20-$100 a man  (Joe Muscolino)

Standard tips are $300-$500 It is nice to get a tip, it is not expected, but appreciated. Tips should be given to the band leader or manager. Greatest tip is word of mouth. (Big Easy Entertainment)

10% is a rough estimate on where tips can start, but the gesture is what means the most. ( Salt Lake Wedding DJ) 

Officiants - Once in a while I get a tip and it is surely appreciated ( Rev. Bozich) 

Photography - Not expected to give your photographer a tip beyond their normal fees. If the photographer doesn’t own the studio, couples consider tipping the person assigned to their wedding $50-$200. When we do receive tips it is usually out of state. (Dezember Photography) 

Photo Booths - 10% of the package is fair. Our average tip is $50 (All Occasions Photobooths) 

Reception Center - We do not expect a tip (Memorial House) 

We do not require a tip (Temple Square Hospitality) 

We do not ask for or mention tips. Sometimes the hosts will receive a tip of $10-$100, but it is rare. I would not be in favor of suggesting tips to a reception center. (This is the Place) 

If the reception center is only renting the venue, customarily would not be tipped. However, if it is a full service reception that handles food, staffing, bar service, etc, then they would be tipped. In determining a tip, ask for an itemized invoice and calculate 15%-20% on the food, service and special services portion. (Culinary Crafts) 

Transportation- 15-20% is customary. Sometimes it is added to invoice automatically (Something Vintage)

Videography- Did the professional go above and beyond the agreed services? If they did, it would be appropriate to give them a tip. (Pointe Digital) 

 

If you are still wondering, ask the professional or others in that industry. Or remember, the customary amount to tip is 10-20% of the final service cost. You, as the customer, get to decide who gets tipped and how much! If you have had a professional that has gone above your expectations of service, an appropriate tip of appreciation is always appreciated. It is a mark of a gracious bride to tip for good service. Sending a thank you note or gift is wonderful. Referring your friends and family to the professional is the ultimate "Thank you!" 

 

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How To Be The Best Flower Girl!

Miniature steps down the aisle: Prepare your daughter for flower girl role

It’s understandable that little kids don’t quit get the sense of duty and responsibility, and one can’t blame them for that. So, in order for your little princess to perform perfectly and shine in her role of flower girl, you should prepare her and guide her through her first big duty. Preparations for the big day may be fun and a great quality time with your girl, and at the same time, when the day comes, you’ll be sure that she’ll shine in the spotlight, and remember that day with joyfulness, as you will with pride.

The chosen one

When your daughter finds out she’ll be the special someone on a wedding day, the excitement will be almost unbearable. After the flood of emotions dwindles, make sure to talk her trough, about how important is her role at the ceremony, what it is she supposed to do, how will the preparation flow, etc. Do it in a way that she can understand the significance of her part, but at the same time explaining to her that you’ll share the weight with her, and make it a fun and memorable experience.

Playing dress-up

The most important pre-wedding preparation is to choose a dress for your miniature bride. Make sure that she is involved in searching for the perfect dress. It is important for she to be happy and cheerful on the ceremony, and for that, as every lady, even the smallest one, she’ll have to feel good in what she’s wearing. Make the quest for the perfect dress a fun and playful experience. Search together for accessories also, let her make decisions about some stuff like flower girl flower baskets, she’ll feel important and happy.  As for shoes, choose the most comfortable one, after all, she’ll spend some time on her feet.

Step by step

It’s crucial to practice, one step at the time, her tasks at the ceremony: the walk, the smile, the petal drop. The more you rehearse with her, she’ll feel more relaxed when the day comes. Don’t make practicing boring and difficult. If she feels obligated or annoyed by the fact she has to do it, she’ll be one grumpy flower girl. And you wouldn’t want that, wouldn’t you? Make it a fun game, during the rehearsals, and on the wedding day also.

D-day 

The big day is here, and your first duty is to calm those butterflies in your little princess’s stomach. It’s probably her first big day in spotlight, so it’s normal for her to be a little nervous, but just remind her that she should do everything as practice, and that it’s just a game. Make sure the dress and all the details are ready for a cuteness overload. Before stepping down the aisle, remind her on the steps and petal throwing. Walking down the aisle is most stressful part for your doppelganger miniature bride, so try to sit somewhere where she can see you in case she needs an encouragement. As it is common a flower girl to be at the center of attention, she’ll probably have to pose for a lot of photos that day. Explain to her that she should smile and be happy, and assure her that she’ll get some gorgeous photos later.

by guest writer Melissa Stevens ~ Regular Contributor HighStyleLife
 
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