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Wedding Tips from Wedding Professionals

Today’s blog is one in a series on Wedding Tips for those getting married across the greater Philadelphia, PA area.  Whether you are planning your own wedding or helping somebody you love to plan theirs, this blog series is meant to provide fun tips and ideas for a memorable Wedding celebration.   

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Planning your wedding should be fun and fabulous, but for many people, it’s one of the most stressful things they’ve done.

Don’t get frazzled — we’re here for you. We rounded up Philadelphia’s top wedding specialists to give you insider tips that are on trend, with real advice to help you decide what to do and what not to worry about, so you can focus on a wedding that will be the talk of the town for years to come.

The Dress

White is no longer mandatory. Subtle colors like blush and champagne are trending and give gowns a vintage feel.  The minimalist bride may choose a gown whose silhouette, draping and unique details are the stars. Necklines are changing this season to show more shoulder. Nontraditional brides are choosing short dresses and jumpsuits.

The Toast

Keep it short, 30 seconds to one minute, and speak slowly. Write it out ahead of time, and practice speaking in front of a friend, to give you feedback on delivery.

The invites

When compiling the guest list, think about people as part of groups. If you invite one person from the group, you must invite everyone to avoid hurt feelings, since invitees are likely to talk about the coming wedding. Ask yourself: am I going to invite my second cousins, or just first cousins? My sorority friends or not? People from work? That’s the best way to manage it.

The Makeup

For a fresh look all day, keep a sharp lip liner close. This will be your best friend. Not only does it literally resize and reshape your lips, but you can also use it as a stencil to make your lipstick last longer. Modernize your look with a matte texture lipstick.

The Venue

One decor trend is bringing the outdoors in, with lots of festoon lighting, greenery and garlands evoking a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” feel.

The Food

Couples are choosing healthier, clean food over heavily fried or foods with thick gravies. Caterers may be open to customizing menus, too, especially if you have a favorite recipe. 

The Drinks

For a pre-dinner cocktail, consider a pre-batched drink. Measure and dilute all ingredients, pour in clear serving bottles and place on a serving tray with glasses for individual servings. Also, if budget is a concern, open bars are unnecessary. All you really need is beer, wine, and Champagne or prosecco.

The Photography

Engagement sessions are critical to memorable wedding photographs since they can help couples relax around the photographer. Many photographers like to shoot at the couple’s favorite places. “We do things that make clients feel comfortable. That way they can ignore the camera,” many of them said.

The Dress

Avoid heartaches and headaches by not buying it online. “You want to touch the fabric to make sure you’re getting what you actually pay for. You can’t return a dress online, like you can for shoes,” said our wedding specialists.

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The Venue

Make sure to ask for the maximum guest count for a seated dinner, if you want to have a formal sit-down reception. If you plan to have a band, make sure to ask for space for a dance floor, and the band space or stage space, as well. So many times this is not included in creating maximum guest counts and floor plans.

Dress Disappointment

To avoid dress-disappointment, don’t try on a dress outside of your budget.

The Party Favors

Simple chocolate squares with the couple’s name on them are popular. For her wedding, one wedding specialist bought book boxes at a craft store. The cover page showed anecdotes about the bride and groom, and it hid the chocolates underneath. “It was a really cool reveal because no one knew that they were getting chocolates.”

The Flowers

Some florists said they do a lot of sculpted and architectural flower designs for weddings. These are simple designs using two or three elements, such as bowl made of branches on the table with a perfect ball of white flowers in it or upon it.

The Photography

Look at photographs from a full wedding day, and not just a few photos on the photographer’s website or Instagram page. “If you’re doing a ballroom wedding, you’re not going to hire someone who only shoots barn weddings. You need someone with the experience to do the wedding from start to finish,” said our wedding specialists.

The Venue

If your dream venue is a little out of your price range, ask about offseason rates, budget menus or other ways to manage costs. Be savvy and ask. The worst they can say is no.

The Invites

Have a wedding website, but still send paper invites. Thick or unusually shaped invites can cost more money to mail.

The Venue Design

Timeless style with soft romantic edges is growing popular, and it avoids eventually dating the design. Achieve that look by using lush, monochromatic flowers and adding accents like textured linens or plates. Finish it with an accessory like a tall vase.

The Cake

Philadelphia-themed cakes featuring the skyline are always popular, and this year monograms and sugared flowers are trending, including flowers to match the bride’s dress or bouquet.

If you are looking for the industry’s most luxurious Wedding Transportation company, call 610-222-6225 today and speak to a Kevin Smith Transportation Group Wedding Coordinator.  Your dedicated Coordinator will help you arrange all of your transportation, from Limos to Party Buses to Shuttle services for you or your guests.

Thank you for reading today’s blog on Wedding Tips.  Please visit us every week as Kevin Smith Transportation Group, Philadelphia’s only choice for Luxury Wedding Transportation, brings you the best tips and most insightful feedback on planning and celebrating your upcoming wedding.