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Although it can be stressful and a time consuming process, it is essential to explore different photographers and their work before making the final decision.  Just as every wedding has its own style, every photographer has their own style. You can find a photographer whose style encapsulates light and tranquility while another photographer’s style may be dramatic, dark and romantic. There are others whose style is playful and rustic, or maybe floral and organic. There’s so much talent out there, you have to find which one suits your wedding style best.

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Everyone wants their wedding and engagement photos to be beautiful and it is your wedding photographer’s job is to make that happen. There are a few ways that you can help everything run smoothly. During the month of May we will be providing you with a few tips we have gathered straight from photographers.

A Sweet Engagement, Blushing Bells Iowa

 

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Everyone wants their wedding and engagement photos to be beautiful and it is your wedding photographer’s job is to make that happen. There are a few ways that you can help everything run smoothly. During the month of May we will be providing you with a few tips we have gathered straight from photographers.

Club of Iowa Golf Course Wedding: Jess + Ben

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Everyone wants their wedding and engagement photos to be beautiful and it is your wedding photographer’s job is to make that happen. There are a few ways that you can help them make everything run smoothly. During the month of May we will providing you with a few tips we have gathered from different photographers.

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With the amazing spring weather we have been having, we find our green thumbs are coming out in full force.  It’s hard not to start planting every seed packet, bulb, and flower seedling in site.  If you are like us and not only love garden-fresh blooms but also love caring for a garden (or know someone who does) , you may want to consider growing your own flowers for bouquets and/or table arrangements.

Grow your own wedding flowers
Photo by Simply Radiant Weddings

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What information to put on your wedding invitations can be pretty straightforward;  guests basically need to know the when, where, why and who. However, what if you are having an outdoor wedding and want to make sure guests dress appropriately or you want to make sure your guests aren’t surprised by a cash bar? Can you really have too much information on your wedding invitations?

We asked 100 wedding goers and 70% of them said any extra details should definitely be on the invitation while 30% said that a lot of detail is not needed and takes away from the invitation.   

Buds Of Color
Invitations by Buds of Color, Blushing Bells Vendor Guide Member

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If you plan on covering alcohol costs at your wedding or special event, consider serving a signature cocktail. Not only are signature cocktails a fun way to show off your personality, but you can end up saving money on the bar tab instead of offering an open bar. Serve your signature drink during cocktail hour and then switch to beer and wine only during dinner and you will see even more savings over an open bar.

Wedding Advice: Consider a Signature Cocktail for Your Wedding

To create your signature cocktail, start out with your favorite drink but mix up some of the flavorings, add fun garnishes and/or simply add a splash of your favorite juice.  Top it off with a fun name and your guests will be loving your creativity.  We promise, this will be one wedding detail you both can have fun creating.  It will also make a fun anniversary tradition to have your signature drink together as you celebrate each anniversary.

Don’t have time to create a signature drink? Skip the legwork and check back on Friday when we share with you the recipe from our test kitchen for our newest cocktail.

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Planning a wedding can be a really exciting but also very stressful time.  The wedding to-do list can seem overwhelming at times and even though others are excited for you and want to help, but that help and advice can get a little overbearing and you may find it hard to please everyone.  Our advice to you, remember that this is YOUR day!  It’s a day about you as a couple and a celebration of your marriage.  It is not about what your family wants or what your friends want, it is about what you want!  

From the Bride, Mica: The best advice I received was to remember that our wedding was about me and my fiancé, and we needed to make decisions for ourselves, not for others.  It is so important to remember to make sure you are happy, and to never forget at the end of the day, the wedding is gone, but the relationships remain.

There will be times when compromises are in order so feelings don’t get too hurt and relations don’t get damaged, but make sure it is not on something big that you’ve had your heart set on. It is alright to say “no.” When everyone sees how happy you two are, all that other drama will melt away and the only thing anyone will remember about your wedding day was how perfect it was. 

Wedding Advice - Remember that this is YOUR day
Photography by DeJong Photography

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