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Here at RainbowWeddingNetwork, we hear from a lot of couples during the course of our day. And one of the most pressing questions, lately, has been: "What are some ideas for our First Dance song??"

The RWN team came up with a few top picks of our own:

"She" - Jen Foster

"I Do" - Colbie Caillat

"Bless the Broken Road" - Rascal Flatts

"You Got It" - Roy Orbison

"Pennies from Heaven" - Louis Prima

"Better Place" - Rachel Platten

"When You Say Nothing at All" - Ronan Keating

"Better Together" - Jack Johnson

"All My Life" - K-Ci & JoJo

"Ever Lasting Love" - Natalie Cole

"L-O-V-E" - Nat "King" Cole

"When I Fall In Love" - Nat "King" Cole

"You Make My Dreams (Come True)" - Daryl Hall & John Oates

 

We also asked a couple of our FAVORITE DJ's and here's what they suggest!

 

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“From the Ground Up” Dan & Shay

“A Thousand Years” Christina Perri

“The Luckiest” Ben Folds Five

“Crystal” by Stevie Nicks

“Happy Together” by King Princess & Mark Ronson

“Dance With Me” by Phillip Phillips

“I Choose You” Sara Bareilles

“If Only For one Night” Brenda Russel

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” Aerosmith

“Still Falling For You” Ellie Goulding

“Say You Won't Let Go” James Arthur

“Thinking Out Loud” Ed Sheeran

 

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Suggested by Carson Parmenter
HeadTrauma Entertainment, Ohio and PA
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"I Get to Love You" - Ruelle

"All Of Me" - John Legend

"I Won’t Give Up" - Jason Mraz

“Lucky" - Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz

"Marry Me" - Train

"Can't Help Falling In Love" - Elvis Presley

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran  (Yep, this one made the list twice!  Worth noting!)

“At Last” by Etta James

"She Keeps Me Warm” - Mary Lambert

"I Choose You” - Sara Bareilles  (Yep, this one also made the list twice!  Again, worth noting!)

"Make You Feel My Love" – Adele

 

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All right, there you have it!  What are you waiting for?  Get out there and start dancing!  (and enjoy the practicing...  that's almost as much fun as presenting your First Dance at the reception.)  -CONGRATS :) 

 

 

Planning a wedding is never easy, but wedding planning can be particularly stressful for LGBTQ+ couples. You’re trying to find vendors who support your right to marry your partner, and you might be navigating complex family dynamics regarding relatives who do not fully accept you as you are. RainbowWeddingNetwork can help you tackle all of these challenges! But if you feel like wedding-related stress is starting to impact your health, it’s time to focus on self-care. Here’s how to get more physical activity into your routine, eat a more nutritious diet, and practice mindfulness when you’re feeling stressed.

Make Time for Exercise

When you’re in the midst of wedding planning, you might feel like you have no time for exercise. It’s tough to fit workouts into your schedule when you’re shopping for wedding attire, booking vendors, and gathering addresses for all of your guests. But by making active choices in your daily life, you can move your body without heading to the gym. For example, you can take the stairs instead of using an elevator or take short walks during your lunch breaks.

Eat a Healthy Diet

It’s important to reach for healthy snacks and cook nutritious meals when you’re in the thick of wedding planning. When you’re busy with planning, you might be tempted to simply heat up frozen meals and order takeout, but you’ll feel more energized if you eat healthy, home-cooked meals. If you’re stressed out, Canyon Ranch recommends filling your plate with lean proteins, whole carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Try to avoid refined carbohydrates and incorporate lots of vegetables and leafy greens into your diet.

Practice Mindfulness

Each day, you think about another wedding-planning task you need to complete. You’re constantly focused on a date that is months or even a year away - and you’re planning so intensely for the future that you can barely concentrate on the present. But mindfulness can help you shift your attention back to the here and now. Practicing yoga, meditating, or writing in a journal can all encourage you to be more mindful. You might also want to plan “screen-free” times with your partner when you can put down your devices and just focus on each other.

Go to Bed Earlier

Do you ever catch yourself tossing and turning at night while thinking about your wedding? Maybe you’ve even had dreams about everything going wrong on the big day! If you’re anxious about your wedding, and your worrying is affecting your sleep schedule, it’s time to make some changes to your evening routine. Health recommends ditching caffeine and alcohol before bedtime, reading before bed, and creating a more comfortable bedroom environment.

Work With a Therapist

What if lifestyle changes just aren’t enough to address your wedding stress? Consider looking for an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist who can help you process your fears, implement healthy coping strategies in your daily life, and tune out people with unwanted opinions throughout your wedding planning process. You may want to work with a therapist on your own, or you might be interested in finding a therapist who serves LGTBQ+ couples so that your partner can join you for sessions.

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Wedding planning can be exhausting, especially if you are facing prejudice and discrimination in the industry as an LGBTQ+ couple. But you don’t have to sacrifice your health in order to plan the perfect event. By living a more active lifestyle, getting a little more sleep, and even working with a therapist, you can feel your best throughout the ups and downs of the planning process.

Are you one-half of an LGBTQ+ couple? When you’re ready to walk down the aisle, turn to the RainbowWeddingNetwork! Browse our content today for fresh and inspirational wedding planning tips.  BEST WISHES!!

 

 

Looking for a few last-minute add's for your FABULOUS AUTUMN CELEBRATION??  As the days start to turn chillier and the leaves begin to change...  a new season is on its way - we've drawn on the inspiration of Fall to bring you a few fresh Tips & Decor Ideas!

  • Sure, pumpkins, sunflowers and fall foliage are always a beautiful complement to your wedding designs, but also consider APPLES and TREE-RELATED DECOR (such as bark, nuts, leaves, branches) as an easy way to bring in the rustic feel!  Branches are great for displaying seating cards, hanging decor, keepsakes, candies or even small necessaries...  Bark is a textured way to add depth and grounding energy to your centerpieces and other decoratives...  Leaves (faux usually works best) can be used as a hanging ornamentation over your dinner table/s or in doorways or to adorn your ceremony arch or gazebo.  Apples can serve as a frame to heighten your cake, polish table decor, or can be arranged in baskets or bowls as eye-catching stand-alone designs (and serve as a fun snack for your guests!)"

  • Earthy-colored scarves or quilts as keepsake items...  Brown / Green / Orange / Deep Red / Yellow scarves are wonderful accents for bouquets, tablescapes, arches or doorways.  They are also lovely keepsake items to offer to your guests, attendants or special wedding vendors!  Quilts too can be offered as keepsakes, or simply placed strategically throughout your reception area, as a fun way to help build the nostalgic atmosphere you are creating with your seasonally themed wedding.  (Budgeting Tip:  Lightly used quilts can often be found at your local thrift shop!)

  • Dried Florals - not only are these a simple way to add a finishing touch to your wedding decorations, they are also easy to take home and set on the mantle as a keepsake treasure from Your Special Day!

  • Stones - the heartbeat of Mother Earth, stone decor also brings in grounding energy and adds a rustic touch.  Consider making this an interactive piece:  With a vase full of permanent markers, arrange various rocks in a basket or on a table and ask guests to write a short saying or prayer on a stone of their choice, as a beautiful and heartfelt message for your future together.  Then you'll have a collection of stones to take with you - for home decor, garden decor, or to set about the corners of your home:  foundational keepsakes for your new life together!

  • Candles and mood lighting - large lanterns, vases and other containers for candles, as well as string lighting and other unique options are usually available through your venue, wedding planner or rental company.  Just ask!

  • Amazing Delectables to set your Wedding Fare apart!  Remember to brainstorm with your caterer or chef to get creative with the gifts of the season!  Sweet potatoes, leeks, pumpkins, cranberries...  Consider soup shooters, appetizing sweet potato slices topped with feta, herbs and chives...  Filo tarts filled with warm veggies, nuts and cheeses...  Savory pies as well as sweet dessert pies...  Remember to use pumpkins as serving 'bowls.'  Delightful!
     

Where to have the wedding. What to wear. Who to invite. What to eat.  There’s so much to think about when getting married that some couples forget one of the most fun elements of all: their wedding dance.

The wedding dance is your first step forward as a married couple. It is your opportunity to show everyone how beautifully you move together. "My fiancée and I started taking swing dance classes,” reports Hudson Valley resident Emma Stokes. “We had no idea what we were getting into and had no previous experience dancing together. Wednesday nights quickly became our favorite night of the week. The instructors created a comfortable atmosphere for learning. We spent most of our time laughing, and we ended up being pretty good! We never thought we would swing dance at our wedding, but by the time we were done with the group classes, we had so much fun that we signed up for private lessons. The instructors designed a series of swing moves for our song, and we swing danced as our grand entrance! Dancing was a wonderful way for us to take the time to connect as a couple during the stressful planning periods, and we will certainly be back for more!”

There is nothing more beautiful than watching a couple in love dancing together.  “My sister watched us practice our dance a few nights before the wedding,” adds Emma. “She was moved to tears and rewrote her speech to say how touched she was by the obvious connection we had, and the joy and pride we had in each other while dancing.”

Any skilled instructor should be able to work with you and your song, or help you select a song and appropriate dance style. The earlier you can begin lessons the better since you’ll be able to feel completely comfortable by the time you get to the wedding, if you’ve had sufficient time to gain skills and confidence. But even if you can only squeeze in one or two lessons, they will help you look more at ease and not succumb to the stand-and-sway of most couples.

Learning to dance together is not only a great way to look fantastic on your wedding day, but also a great way to bring a new hobby into your married lives. And don’t forget lessons for the father/s or mother/s dances with their newly married daughter/s or son/s.  Lessons for the entire wedding party can also be a real showstopper!

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Linda and Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy Dance Studios have taught all over the world and on cruises since 2004.  They specialize in providing private dance lessons to wedding couples, and have helped hundreds of couples like Emma make their dance dreams come true.  They also teach group swing dance classes and run monthly social dances in Kingston NY (Hudson Valley.)  Private lessons and group classes also available via Zoom.  Named the Best Dance Studio on The Knot 2022.

Got2Lindy Dance Studios
https://www.rainbowweddingnetwork.com/dance-instruction/got2lindy-dance-studios
www.bestweddingdancelessons.com
http://www.got2lindy.com

Any general planning tips you can suggest, as a seasoned wedding professional?

Don’t sweat every single detail. Focus on what’s most important.


What do you find most exciting about working in the wedding industry?

I love learning couples’ stories; how they met, length of time together, and funny adventures.


What are some specific ideas you have for our readers, from your point of view as a wedding pro?

As a photographer, I’d suggest photos that represent the couple. If they can add props it makes it more personal.


What should a couple look for when hiring your type of business?

When hiring a photographer, look for someone who is flexible, and who will listen to your ideas. Look for someone who welcomes your specific preferences, as far as poses. Candid shots are also nice. Obviously, you want someone with the right gear also.


How can a couple be sure a business is LGBTQ+ friendly?

Ask a lot of questions to feel them out.


Any tips for couples about unique ways to include attendants and family in their Special Day?

Have breakfast together, shop together for dresses, suits, flowers, etc.  Ask someone to pin on flowers for you. Is someone good at hair or makeup? Someone could hand out programs or designate someone to call out names of people who need to be in group photos.


Budgeting tips?

Don’t over spend just to impress someone. Flowers can be done by a crafty friend, and invitations can be printed at home.


Lasting Quote you'd like to mention to any couple who is currently planning their wedding?

The day goes by very quickly. Be sure to take a few moments for just the two of you. Take a short walk outside your venue and just enjoy each other.

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Jean Ann Photography is based in Wisconsin.

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How did you get involved with the wedding industry? When did you first help out with an LGBTQ+ wedding?

I happened to get published in the first RainbowWeddingNetwork.com print magazine and met Cindy Sproul (one of the RWN founders) several times in my career. I did the very first LGBTQ+ marriage in Lambertville NJ back when civil union legislation first passed in our state, which was 2007.

What are some of the current trends you're seeing in your particular business? Anything new for 2022?

Lots of Comfort foods especially with the pandemic lifting. We are seeing things like Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup shooters, Mini Sliders... all the comfort types of foods. Wedding couples today want the foods at their reception to provide an interactive and memorable experience, and these days that means offering their wedding guests a way to feel pampered as well as setting a backdrop for socializing and having authentic conversations.

What are some of the most important things a couple should keep in mind when booking your type of business for their wedding?

When couples choose a venue they should do their homework first by searching through the Rainbow Wedding Network, The Knot and or Wedding Wire by filtering the categories that fits their needs such as: If a beach is their love and reflects their personality then that is where they should turn their focus. There are couples that feel they need to visit 10-15 venues before making a decision on a venue of choice. That simply is not the case.

I always use the analogy about choosing your wedding apparel (there are so many styles, types and colors) ...When you finally put on that very special suit, gown or tux and tears flow -when that reflection in the mirror is exactly the person you want to be- then you know without a doubt that you are done. The feeling needs to be the same with a venue. -When you get the fuzzy feeling about the venue and the wedding staff at that venue, who are excited to assist in the planning process with you, then you know that is your venue of choice.

Also, most venues offer a Wedding Specialist to help with each event. The expectation that a couple should have in regards to a venue's Wedding Specialist is to keep in mind, first and foremost, that their unique wedding marks the start of a new chapter in their lives. This very special milestone should be of the utmost importance, not just to them but for the wedding pros who assist. It requires time, patience and excellent customer service. Also, I suggest couples keep in mind that a Wedding Specialist brings a great deal of professional knowledge to the table. We plan weddings thousands of times, whereas a couple touring a venue is planning it only once. While listening skills are the most important to see and bring to life the details of a couple's vision, Wedding Specialists should also have the capacity to lead the couple in the right direction... and do so with respect, insight and hopefully a smile.

When you first meet a couple, who is considering booking your services for their event, what do you do to help put them at ease? How do you really connect with them?

Find that common thread and be enthusiastic! Know the details of my services so that I can meet the couple where they're at, and explain what we offer thoroughly, so they can make an educated decision about whether our venue is the right fit for their vision.

Specific Tips, as a venue wedding specialist?

Cocktail Hour is key! It sets the tone for an amazing Reception. At our venue, we offer Local Fresh Creative and Flavorful Butler Style hors d'Oeuvres as well as Station Style Presentations of world class cuisine.

What are some general planning ideas you have for our readers?

Food choices and creativity. Personalized details, such as a signature drink that may coordinate with where they met. If they have a puppy and are having an outside ceremony perhaps that puppy is the ring bearer. Talk about your vision with your Wedding Specialist or coordinator, as well as your other wedding vendors - let that person ask questions and pique your excitement about all aspects of Your Special Day... and offer ideas that build on your own, and also work within your budget.

Any budgeting tips you can suggest, as a seasoned wedding professional?

At Celebrations, we run an all inclusive package of Tax, Gratuity, Bartender's Fee, Room Fee, Bridal Suite, Service Fee. The Wedding Couple knows exactly what they are paying for based upon head count by the package price. Very specific and detailed preliminary rate information is key, and I suggest that couples look for this kind of information from any wedding pro they are considering working with.

What is the most important thing couples should remember when planning their wedding?

Make it fun! This is a new chapter in your lives and it's a great way for you to find out how well you can work together, support each other, adapt, problem-solve, brainstorm, communicate... and find ways together to accomplish goals and then delight in the end result! Enjoy each other, and the process of planning this amazing Special Day!

 

About the Autor:

Catherine Geer / Celebrations Distinctive Wedding Venue
Wedding and Marketing Specialist for over 32 years of planning and executing Weddings!
https://www.celebrationsweddings.com

I had my first shoot with a Triad a few weeks ago!! They reached out to me and when I tell you I screamed a little bit out of excitement! (Rami can confirm) I was so excited for the session, so I tried to find some tips for posing 3 people in a relationship. I found very little poses or even  information on proper language! I was SHOCKED! I am not polyamorous myself (even though I am queer),but I wanted to make sure to be as respectful as possible, and make them feel as comfortable during the session. So I went to work! I found a few Pinterest posts hidden under all the hetero poses! And wrote down some ideas I had. But It was still very nerve wracking to find little to no information online. This lack of information directly excludes polyamorous people from the world of  professional photography.The last thing I want as a photographer is to make anyone feel ashamed of who they are and who they love. So I'm here to change that! I worked together with a polycule near me, they're absolutely amazing btw! We scheduled a picnic session a few weeks out. And when the day finally came, I was so excited, but also super nervous to shoot this throuple. If you would like, you can give them a follow at:  

Just a disclaimer:  they explicitly gave me permission to use our shoot as examples for how to post a triad, and are excited to help educate others.

Tip #1: Stack people in the Frame.
Like in the picture to the right, have someone on top of the frame, someone in the middle and someone at the bottom. This staggering not only makes the picture look more interesting, but it also allows everyone in the throuple to fit in the frame more naturally. If I just lined them up, that would exclude the people on the sides, but more importantly it would be SOOO BORING. Look at just how much more interesting this picture is vs. that picture on your insta feed of 3 people standing outside a chilis smiling. Another element of this pose was how they lovingly looked at each other. I told them to look at each other how they normally would, but I made sure not to tell them who to look at. That way they just picked the person who was most comfortable and natural to look at. I also said to look at each other in a very loving way and boy did they! This picture still gives me chills and is definitely on my top 10 for favorite pictures ever taken!!

Tip #2: Have fun activities prepared that include all three of them.
So for this shoot I decided to have a picnic! Nothing fancy, I literally got this quilt and basket from goodwill. But they had grapes and strawberries that they could share and feed each other. Which was great not only to get more natural movements, but also the activities helped them get more comfortable being in front of the camera. They also brought a bottle of champagne, which is LOVE! It’s a great way to help get everyone more comfortable in front of the camera (when drinking responsibly), plus we got to hang out afterwards to finish off the champagne! And my goal with all clients is to become their friend, and I am happy to say I had 3 new friends after this shoot.

Tip #3: Make sure everyone is Comfortable!
This is especially important when you are not a part of the community. SO in my case, I am queer, but I am not polyamorous. I made sure to ask and use the terms they are comfortable with. I also made sure they took the lead with some of the posing and ALWAYS asked if they were comfortable with a pose or not. I find it extremely important to make the clients comfortable enough to tell me no when I am posing them! First of all consent (obviously) but also if they aren't comfortable no one is having fun and the pictures are not cute. For example, I had the idea of Kasey and Aaron kissing while Rachael kissed Aaron’s cheek. They were comfortable with that pose, but it would be better if all of them kissed. And it was! That picture is one of my favorites, and I am so happy that I asked about their comfortability and what they preferred, because in the end I got an amazing result. I found that letting them take the lead in some scenarios and capturing what they naturally do together can be the best thing!

Tip #4: Capture pictures with the individual couples as well all together.
Throuple’s relationships are sometimes not just about the relationship between the three of them, but also about their individual relationship as well. And I wanted to capture that! This is not the case with every polycule, but with Rachael, Aaron and Kasey it was! So I made a point to do a few poses to show that off. I made sure to do that pretty equally so that not one individual relationship got more attention than another. But I did focus a lot of the pictures between the three of them, since that was what the initial shoot is about. And I never wanted them to feel like I was trying to capture anything but their love for.

Tip #5: Use correct language and ask them what they prefer.
Communication is the most important aspect of any session, but when working with marginalized communities it is extremely important. That is why I always ask for pronouns and I never use a term without asking unless they have used that term. And the times that I do make mistakes or forget to ask, I always give the clients space to feel heard, and correct ALL my mistakes. No one is having fun if they feel unseen and heard. That is why proper language is so important. I also do the work, and research to make sure I am not using outdated or offensive terms. This is most important when I am not a part of the community.

Finding Inclusive Photographers
I am in the process of writing a whole blog post about this, but in the meantime here’s a few tips

  • Make sure they include a place to put your pronouns when filling out a contact form.
  • Make sure they have a large diversity in couples/polycules that they photography.
  • They don’t have a separate section for “same-sex” couples. In fact I would trust anyone who says “same-sex” couples.
  • When they do post queer couples they say more than Love is Love. Who else is over rainbow marketing? I know I am!
  • The best is to find a photographer in the LGBTQIA+ community.

If you would like to reach out to me to be your photographer, I would absolutely LOVE that! I travel all over the world and I focus on making a very inclusive and comfortable environment of all my clients. You can check out my website at https://www.ranramiphotography.com/ for more information about me!

Stylish Transportation for Your Special Day!


It’s possible to bring your own flair to every aspect of your wedding celebration:  accenting your florals with organically-grown springtime blossoms…  customizing your vows… asking special family members or friends to offer select readings from favorite literary passages during the ceremony… choosing a personally meaningful gemstone for your partner’s ring instead of the traditional diamond… developing the festivities around a particular theme that reflects the relationship you and your beloved share.  Chances are you and your fiancée will be devoting time to sample delectable flavors for your wedding cake; why not also indulge yourselves by considering all the available options about transportation?  It’s Your Special Day – travel with your new spouse in style!

Traditional
Today’s limos are incredible!  Customized lighting, ambience and of course music and champagne.  As you consider your budget, you’ll need to decide whether or not you’ll want your limousine available for your entire wedding party as they make their way from the ceremony site to the reception venue… or if you’ll simply want to reserve the luxurious ride for you and your spouse as you leave the festivities and begin your honeymoon.

As you depart, your driver might play the DVD of the ceremony on the interior television screen as the two of you are whisked off to the mountain chalet for your long weekend, or serve signature martinis as you toast your new spouse on the advent of your new life together.

Costs will vary based on season, day-of-the-week and the timeframe necessary.  Be sure to ask your provider if they charge by the hour or per event, and educate yourselves about the additional costs such as mileage and tips.  Gathering all the facts will help you select your ideal transportation while still maintaining your budget!  -It’s also helpful to note that many couples ask parents (if they are chipping in with ceremony costs) to cover this particular expense.


Keeping with Your Theme
When arriving at the private beach to meet their wedding party, Maui grooms Bob H. & Ken T. were paddled ashore in an outrigger canoe.   Along with the djembe drumming, circle of tropical flower petals on the sand and inclusion of the tradition of tossing leis into the ocean in honor of their ancestors, the canoe was just one more facet of the couple’s dream-come-true:  a beautiful Hawaiian oceanfront wedding.

Other themes lend themselves to particular transportation options:  For your vintage wedding, of course you might consider a convertible Mercedes or classic Rolls Royce.  An Elvis-themed wedding might require that Mustang or 50’s Thunderbird, or perhaps a jet-black Harley.

For your Pride or rainbow-themed event, a trolley decorated to mimic an original from San Francisco might suit; for a casino-oriented reception, you’ll want to go with a high-rolling stretch limo – make sure the fuzzy dice are bouncing in the window!


Party Bus
The name says it all, and lends itself to much more than swinging through town for your bachelors/ettes party.  Party buses are a festive way to gather all of your wedding attendants, family, close friends and enjoy quality time together.  Lights and music can be rockin’, elegant or simply joyful.  The trip itself might be a 30-minute drive to the reception facility, or it may be a tour through your hometown as an unexpected gift for your guests.  –Your driver, DJ or emcee will happily customize the tour, regaling passengers with highlights from your engagement story or moments you & your partner have spent in the city or local neighborhoods.  Couples with more intimate ceremonies may even prefer the party on the bus to a more traditional reception:  the space and services onboard may astound you!  It’s worth checking into if you are looking for something unique and memorable, while retaining that lively atmosphere.


Horse-drawn Carriages
Fairy-tales do come true!  Of course a horse-drawn carriage may suit you and your partner perfectly, providing you the most enchanting way to travel from your ceremony site to your reception venue, or to depart from the reception after the festivities come to a close.  Carriages offer one of the most delightful photo opp/s – appealing for two brides or two grooms alike.

If possible, take time prior to your wedding day to take a quick jaunt in your carriage, and consider wearing similar attire to that you plan to wear on Your Special Day.  Remember, climbing up onto a high footplate can be challenging in a long gown, heels or in a finely tailored tux, even with the help of your partner, driver or attendant.  It’s good to practice beforehand!

Also, be sure to communicate to your photographer that a horse-drawn carriage will be part of the festivities, and allow for his/her/their input about when might be appropriate times for extra photographs.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment; make the most of it!

As a precaution, however, be sure to also discuss with your carriage service the available options in case of inclement weather.  This may be as simple as reserving a venue with a portico (many carriages are not strictly open-air and can provide shelter if necessary) but you’ll want to go over such details in advance.

Also, don’t be shy to inquire about the short-term and long-term care your carriage company provides to their horses.  Many couples today wish to remain savvy not only about doing business with gay-friendly companies, but also with businesses that are environmentally-aware and conscientious about their treatment of animals, as applicable.


More Adventurous
Of course ascending into the wide blue sky or rosy sunset in your own hot-air balloon is a triumphant way to make an exit.  If it’s your style, and in your budget, GO FOR IT!  The moment will leave your guests gaping with joy and you and your new spouse will enjoy panoramic views of the reception venue and the horizon into which you’re beginning your new life together.  It’s about the most auspicious means of transport there is!

Other adventurous couples may choose similarly amazing means of motion:  motorcycle, horseback, hang glider, helicopter, snowmobile, boat.  Such escapes definitely make a statement about who you are; more than that, they provide an added element of fun and intimacy for the two of you after a wonderful (yet stressful) period of weeks and months of planning this momentous occasion.  Finally, the two of you can relax and enjoy the freedom of riding off together on horseback, or sitting back as the pilot of your personal helicopter swoops you away to the airport for your honeymoon.  This is the time to hold hands, cuddle, whisper those special words to one another and take a deep breath.  You did it!  You’re married!

If traveling by horseback (or dogsled, for that matter!) remember to check with your venue staff about any restrictions regarding animals on the premises.  And, as noted before, it’s wise to practice climbing onto your horse or alternative vehicle beforehand – this will make you feel more at ease during that very special moment.


Hyping up Your Own Roadster
For many couples, the ride to the train station, airport or back home may just as easily take place in your own car.  Whether for budget reasons or personal preference, this transport option too presents unique opportunities.

Enlisting the help of a driver definitely is something to consider!  Your Best Person, best friend, or a hired driver may be just the right fit to provide you and your new husband or wife a much-deserved respite from all the activity.  Your Wedding Day will be a fantastic celebration!  …but chances are you’ll both be quite tired mentally, emotionally and physically.  And especially if the reception goes late, a dedicated driver will ensure that your travels are safe and relaxing.

The traditional tin cans and ‘Just Married’ sign really do have their appeal!  On today’s highways, the cans may not be the best choice, but it’s fun to let your guests or special friends know that you and your partner would like your car decorated.  The artist in your circle may be able to come up with something incredible… or you can leave a basket of window markers, streamers and such with your most outgoing bridesmaid or quirkiest nephew – they’ll see that the deed gets done.  Remember, your family and guests want to do things for you and make this celebration as joyful as possible; don’t think twice about asking for help with some of the happy details.


A Note about Today’s Economy
Not every wedding professional will accommodate, but it’s certainly more true than ever that many business owners today will be flexible with their rates.  Haggling over prices can get tiresome, but a courteous inquiry is worth the effort.  Keep in mind also that many wedding vendors will package their services with others – for instance, the hotel in which you’ve booked your reception may work closely with a particular limousine company and be able to help discount the publicized rate…  And if you are considering an event consultant to assist with your planning process, be sure to ask him/her/them about their own network of preferred vendors and cost-effective ways they are able to package services for you.


A Few Extra Ideas
Forethought on such a big day is a great thing!  Remember to pack snacks in your vehicle:  your nerves may have spiked during the ceremony and a few crackers may really make a difference as you make your way to the reception venue…  or, you may have only found time to nibble during your reception and need a few bites as you and your spouse are whisked off to the airport.  So think ahead about some culinary options and have someone pack them for you in your limo, carriage or other vehicle.

A box of tissues, perhaps?  It might be needed for those tears of joy!  After months of planning, you may find that once you actually relax, the emotions burst free!

A sweatshirt or comfy blanket?  You may find that if this is going to be a lengthy ride to your honeymoon venue, or to the airport, that an oversized sweater or change of socks or shoes might help you feel more comfortable.  Another fun idea is to have someone special in your circle knit a unique new quilt for this moment, and have it wrapped in your vehicle so that you and your new husband or wife can take a moment of fun to unwrap and ooh and ahh together at yet another priceless gift of the day.

Phone charger/s – don’t forget these need to be handy throughout the day!  Be sure to snap a few pics of the two of you together as you’re transported off into your next chapter together!

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In many instances, the send-off at the end of your celebration will be that lasting memorable moment to top off a wonderful party.  Your guests will savor the opportunity to playfully blow bubbles, watch as you make your way through the floral archway and cheer you & your spouse on to new horizons.  Take time, as you plan this exciting once-in-a-lifetime occasion, to consider just how many diverse methods there are to whisk yourselves from one place to another… and just how you might best incorporate fun, flair and polish into the particular option you choose.  That vintage convertible, party bus or horse-drawn carriage may very well become one of the highlights of Your Special Day!

Your Wedding Day is finally here!!

A few quick tips to keep in mind as you prep for Your Special Day:

*Pack a small bag, backpack or even a small suitcase with a lock - it is so convenient to have one place to keep things like your wallet, phone, speeches, notes, vendor phone numbers, travel itinerary, etc.  Don't forget the phone charger or extra camera batteries!

*Remember to pack an assortment of 'just-in-case' items, such as safety pins, hair accessories if necessary, comb/brush, mirror, make-up, bottled water, small snack items, breath mints.  It's also good to consider bringing a minimal amount of first aid items - you never know when a small bandaid might be needed!

Other things to consider bringing along:
extra earrings, in case one gets lost or misplaced
an extra tie
extra set of nylons or hose, in case of tears
checkbook, if applicable
additional personal care items, as may be needed
sewing kit
extra guitar strings or other applicable items
scissors

*Remember to bring along any of those special Gift Bags or Cards that you've bought in advance for your officiant, special guests or attendants, or for your Sweetie!

*Do you plan to incorporate a special Bible or other keepsake item into the ceremony?  Is it ready to go?

*Rings?  Apparel for the ceremony and for the reception?  Comfortable shoes for later?

*Snack items can be wonderful during the upcoming hectic schedule, to help settle a nervous tummy or thwart a stress headache.  And if you pick just the right granola bar or favorite munchie, you can rest assured it will be on hand just when you need it...  Be sure to pick out an assortment, and keep in mind that you'll want something with a low-mess factor.  -Bring extras if possible, for attendants or your Sweetie!

HAVE A WONDERFUL ...and ease-y... CELEBRATION!!
 

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