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Do I Need a Wedding Consultant?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

 

Do I Need a Wedding Consultant?

Planning a memorable wedding takes more than imagination. Pulling together the hundreds of details involved in any well-planned event takes a great deal of time-as well as the specialized knowledge of where to find and how to evaluate a variety of products and services.
 
For both time and quality considerations, brides-to-be are increasingly turning to bridal consultants for assistance in planning and orchestrating their important day. A bridal consultant is an expert in wedding planning. She knows exactly here to find exactly what you want to make your day the best it can be.
 
Although some bridal stores and department stores have on-staff consultants who may assist you with specific planning needs, for overall professional planning you should consult with an independent wedding professional. These are total party coordinators who can help you with any or all aspects of wedding plans, from choosing your gown and invitations to hiring a caterer and photographer. The wedding consultant can be counted on to make sure everything happens on schedule, handle any emergencies and, in general, be there for advice and support when you need her.
 
In choosing a consultant, look for a person you feel comfortable with. You will be communicating many personal wishes, as well as specific budget information, and entrusting the consultant to make your dream wedding a reality-to it’s crucial your consultant be someone you like and feel you can talk to candidly.
 
How much will the services cost? Fees may be structured in one of several ways-as an agreed upon flat rate, as per-guest rate, or as a percentage of total wedding costs (usually 15 to 20 percent).

REGISTRO NUPCIAL HECHO FACIL

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

 

Registro Nupcial Hecho Facil

 

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Bridal Registry Made Easy…

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

 

Bridal Registry Made Easy…

 

WHY SHOULD WE REGISTER OUR GIFT PREFERENCES?

Family and friends will want to give you a special gift in celebration of your wedding and most do not know your particular tastes and style. They will appreciate being able to select something from a list tailored to your likes and needs.
 
A registry reduces the number of duplicate gifts you will receive. Dillard’s registry system, for instance, deletes each item from the list at the point of sale so it won’t be purchased again. This minimizes returns after the wedding because you will be receiving things you like and need.
 
Most registries are available on the Internet so that people can shop for you in the convenience of their own home. This also makes your registry accessible to those who do not live near your registry store.
 

WHEN SHOULD WE REGISTER?

We recommend beginning your registry 6-9 months before the wedding. Start with dinnerware, flatware and stemware selections and then add the more fashion-oriented items later, in time for your showers, or as the wedding draws nearer.
 

WHAT SHOULD WE PUT ON OUR REGISTRY?

Your registry can include tableware, linens, house wares, appliances, luggage, lingerie and other personal items that are popular for shower gifts. Register for items appropriate for both showers and wedding gifts all on the same registry. There is no need for two separate registries. Take into consideration the number of invitations you are sending for your wedding when creating your registry. Registering for what seems to be an endless list of gifts can be a turnoff to guests. Focus on the things you need the most and you will be more satisfied with the outcome.
Register for items in all price ranges so there will be a gift to fit any budget. Don’t be afraid to put some higher priced items on your list. Some of your family and friends will be interested in a more expensive gift either individually or as a joint gift.
 

DO I NEED A CONSULTANT TO ASSIST ME WITH MY REGISTRY?

Although scanners are popular these days, it is wise to have a Consultant guide you through the registry process. You will appreciate the expertise and product knowledge with everything from cookware and linens, to creating your table settings of dinnerware, flatware and stemware. Most couples who were reluctant in the beginning to have someone assist them later are glad they had the help of someone who could answer their questions!
 
It will be helpful if you schedule an appointment with the registry consultant so that she/he will have time set aside just for you. It will enable you to establish a rapport with a wedding professional who can often assist you with information that will help you to make your wedding planning easier.
 

HOW WILL PEOPLE KNOW WHERE I AM REGISTERED?

Many people are familiar with wedding registries these days and simply call and ask for this information. The hostess for a shower can include your registry information in the shower invitations. Stores such as Dillard’s provide enclosure cards for this purpose. You can also help to spread the word by telling people how excited you are that you have started a gift registry when they ask you how your wedding plans are progressing. It isn’t considered proper etiquette though to include your registry information in your wedding invitation.
 
 
 

Do I Need a Wedding Consultant?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

 

Do I Need a Wedding Consultant?

Planning a memorable wedding takes more than imagination. Pulling together the hundreds of details involved in any well-planned event takes a great deal of time-as well as the specialized knowledge of where to find and how to evaluate a variety of products and services.
 
For both time and quality considerations, brides-to-be are increasingly turning to bridal consultants for assistance in planning and orchestrating their important day. A bridal consultant is an expert in wedding planning. She knows exactly here to find exactly what you want to make your day the best it can be.
 
Although some bridal stores and department stores have on-staff consultants who may assist you with specific planning needs, for overall professional planning you should consult with an independent wedding professional. These are total party coordinators who can help you with any or all aspects of wedding plans, from choosing your gown and invitations to hiring a caterer and photographer. The wedding consultant can be counted on to make sure everything happens on schedule, handle any emergencies and, in general, be there for advice and support when you need her.
 
In choosing a consultant, look for a person you feel comfortable with. You will be communicating many personal wishes, as well as specific budget information, and entrusting the consultant to make your dream wedding a reality-to it’s crucial your consultant be someone you like and feel you can talk to candidly.
 
How much will the services cost? Fees may be structured in one of several ways-as an agreed upon flat rate, as per-guest rate, or as a percentage of total wedding costs (usually 15 to 20 percent).
 
 
 

Colorado Marriage License Laws

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Colorado Marriage License Laws

 
According to Colorado law, you may obtain your marriage license in any county, as long as your marriage will take place in Colorado. The following information is based on Colorado statutes, and is therefore applicable statewide.
 
Applicants need not be residents of Colorado, however, legal identification for proof of age is required. Be prepared to present one of the following: a valid Drivers’ License from any state, original or certified copy of your Birth Certificate with an embossed seal, Military I.D. (with picture, signature and age of bearer), or currently valid Passport. Social Security number is required. Both persons should be present to apply for the license. If this is not possible, you will need to obtain an absentee application from any of the government agencies listed below. The unavailable person must fill out the form, signed in the presence of a notary. The affidavit and identification for the absent member should be presented to the Clerk and Recorder at the time of application.
 
The legal age without parental consent is 18 for both persons. If under the age of 18, and over 16, both parents or legal guardians are required to be present. Under 16 requires a Judicial Court Order.
 
If divorced, that person will need to have the date, place and court where the final decree was granted. If the bride-to-be had a change of name granted, at the time of the divorce, it will be necessary for her to have the civil action number.
 
The Marriage License Fee is $20.00 and most counties will accept cash only. The license may be used immediately, and is valid statewide for 30 days from the date of issue. Additional information may be obtained by calling any of the offices listed below.
 
 
 

Making the Announcement

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Making the Announcement…

 

ENGAGEMENT

The bride and her family usually announce the engagement by placing a notice in the newspaper. It appears after you’ve both told close friends and family the big news, and have set the wedding date. This allows acquaintances, schoolmates, co-workers, neighbors, and friends to read about your new pending marriage.
 
Because families are so mobile today, the announcement might run in several different papers. It should appear in the newspaper for the towns that you and your fiancée reside in, both of your hometowns, and where both sets of parents live. If there’s a particular area where many friends and relatives reside, an announcement in that area would also be proper.
 
Every newspaper has a policy about printing announcements; some charge a small fee. The amount of information they’ll include will depend on their circulation. Some require a time delay between the wedding and engagement announcements. Check each paper’s policy. Large, metropolitan papers have so many marriage announcements that they can only devote a small amount of space to each one.
 

The announcement might include:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Your towns of residence
  • Schools attended, any degrees received
  • Both your places of employment/job titles
  • Both your parents’ names
  • The date and location of the wedding

 

WEDDING

There are two kinds of wedding announcements. One appears in the newspaper (similar to the engagement announcement), the other is mailed in place of a wedding invitation, and is called a formal wedding announcement.
 
The formal announcement is sent to those you wish you could have invited to your celebration, but didn’t. These announcements are printed or engraved on stationery similar to the wedding invitations. They are commonly used if you’ve had a small wedding, but have many friends and relatives to notify. They are mailed as soon as possible after your marriage (a well-organized couple has them addressed and ready to go beforehand). A person who receives an announcement is not obligated to buy a wedding gift.
 
Announce your wedding in the same newspapers that described your engagement. Other information such as details about the ceremony, wedding party, and bridal gown are usually in the wedding announcement. It’s traditional in most newspapers to print a photograph of either the two of you or just the bride with the wedding announcement.
 
 
 

Getting Organized

Friday, November 28th, 2014

 

Getting Organized

 
The Wedding Guide is probably the first planner you will receive. It’s your key to organizing your wedding plans. Use the Timetables and Checklists; make notes in the spaces provided. Read the articles.
 
The Wedding Guide and www.theweddingguide-noco.com are sources of wedding services in Northern Colorado and Wyoming. The wedding professionals advertised here are experts in their field; they’ll give you wonderful ideas and shoulder a significant part of the work and worry.
 
You’ll receive brochures and mail. Organize them into a series of folders or an expandable file according to categories. As each category comes up on your timetable, reread the literature from each file, as well as the articles in the Wedding Guide and www.theweddingguide-noco.com pertaining to that particular service. (You’ll be prepared with appropriate questions.) Be sure to check the Directory of Services at the back of The Wedding Guide for many other wedding professionals.
 
Some suppliers may phone asking if you have yet contracted for their services. If you like what they have to say, make an appointment to see or discuss their work. Callers should be friendly, yet businesslike; never intimidating.
 
Remember, those wedding professionals who advertise and reach out to you have made a significant investment. It tells you that weddings are an important part of their business. And, it generally means they will do their best to make you and your guests happy with their service. TELL THEM YOU SAW THEM IN THE WEDDING GUIDE OR ONLINE AT www.theweddingguide-noco.com !
 
Enjoy your planning more by sharing it with others in your family and wedding party. Then, let the experts help you. And have a beautiful day!