Ready for marriage? Here are 6 things to do before the engagement!

Have you been plotting your wedding day since you were a little girl? Or at least since you met the love of your life? Even if your significant other hasn’t quite built up the courage to get down on one knee, there’s a lot you can do to prepare for the big day. If you are ready for marriage and eager to get the planning rolling, even before getting that diamond ring, you are not crazy.

 Actually, many experts agree that even a small jump-start on wedding planning is a wise move. Once you become engaged, the ball can get rolling pretty fast. But if you get started ahead of schedule, the days leading up to your wedding can go that much more smoothly and stress-free. So if you’re ready for marriage, here are six things to do before an engagement so that getting hitched can go off without a hitch.

#1 Discuss the Rings

Back in the day, the engagement ring was a surprise. The person proposing had most, if not all of them say, choosing the diamond ring that their...

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Eco Friendly Wedding Grand Exit Options

 

Three Eco-Friendly Wedding Exit Ideas

An eco-friendly wedding exit is a great way to end your wedding day! If you and your loved one are planning a sustainable wedding with options such as reusable cups and dinnerware to linen napkins, your wedding exit can be eco-friendly as well! Using flower petals for your wedding exit or utilizing a birdseed wedding send-off has little impact on the environment and offers a great alternative to traditional wedding send-offs. 

Green wedding exit ideas are unique options couples can choose instead of classic choices like confetti or sparklers. Your selected venue may also have restrictions set in place to limit clean-up and protect the property. Many venues now prohibit the use of traditional or detrimental wedding exit options like rice or Chinese lanterns. Using rice for a wedding exit is harmful to birds! When they eat uncooked rice, it can expand in their stomach and eventually kill the bird. Popular options like Chinese lanterns...

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A Guide For Tipping Your Wedding Vendors

 

A Guide to Tipping Your Wedding Vendors

Tipping wedding vendors is a way to show appreciation for their role in helping to bring your special day to life! However, many couples get confused about who to tip at their wedding and how much. Use our wedding tipping guide to help you determine who and the amount of wedding gratuity to consider. Considering who you should tip or how much to tip each vendor can be a challenging feat. Here at The Bride Link, we have compiled a wedding tipping guide that identifies each wedding vendor to simplify the process. For more help, grab your FREE copy of our Emergency Wedding Day Kit!

 Photographer and Videographer

$60-$200 is the typical amount for tipping your photographer or videographer. Keep in mind the work these vendors put in behind the scenes when editing your photos and wedding video after your wedding day. Since these vendors may not stay for the entire event depending on your booked amount of time with them, tipping your...

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Elegant Vineyard Wedding

Melissa and Adam’s wedding story was definitely one for the books. The two had such a classic, elegant wedding at the Athena Farm and Vineyard in Beckley, West Virginia. The wedding venue is a charming, inviting, and romantic wedding destination in Southern West Virginia. If you are loving this wedding venue then be sure to check them out! Melissa’s vision of their wedding was elegance, with simplistic yet tastefulness, and the setting that Athena Farm and Vineyards offered, was perfect for that. It was landscaped with flowers, gazebos, and ponds. The two had their ceremony outside under the beautiful trees following their reception on the patio under the tree lights!  If this is giving off total wedding inspiration then keep on reading! 

When it came to their attire, Melissa wore such an elegant, classic breathtaking ivory lace dress from Maggie Sottero's line at Chantilly Lace Bridals and she looked absolutely stunning! Her dress was filled with so much...

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Vendor Checklist for Weddings and The Right Order To Hire

 

Creating A Wedding Vendor Checklist

Let's talk about what wedding vendors you'll need and the best order to hire them! When you're just getting started planning your wedding, it's essential to have a wedding vendor checklist list to refer to. We can help! Use the order below to create a vendor checklist for your wedding, complete with suggestions for a hiring timeline! You can also score your FREE copy of our Ceremony Placement Cheat Sheet to start planning your wedding ceremony! 

The very first thing you should choose is your venue. 

The most obvious way to start your wedding checklist is with your venue! Try to have your venue booked at least a year in advance, if possible. You won't have as many options available if you wait too long! Don't pay for anything (especially book dates with nonrefundable deposits) with other vendors until after you've booked the venue. The foundation of your wedding day rests on the site or place you choose to have the celebration. Be...

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Southern Classic Backyard Wedding

Jordan and Dallas’s southern classic backyard wedding is a story to tell. The two had a small intimate wedding in Gallatin, Tennessee at Dallas’s aunt’s lake house in her backyard. The color palette they used was rust, navy, gold, whites, and greenery. It was a more classic outdoor wedding with beautiful and unique flowers and touches of their style and personal life throughout. If you are looking to plan a backyard wedding then keep on reading because Jordan and Dallas definitely took having a backyard wedding to the next level and they even included their pups! Who doesn’t love seeing dogs at a wedding? Everything about their wedding was absolutely perfect and filled with so much elegance. 

The two had their wedding ceremony in the backyard under the trees with a beautiful view of the lake, which made for perfect pictures! The couple had a welcome table that included fans in case it was too hot and also had a guest book wooden sign with their last...

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How to Automate Your RSVP Wedding Guest List

 

Automate Your RSVP Wedding Guest List

Today on The Bride link is all about RSVP wedding tips! We're going to show you how to automate collecting your wedding guest's addresses. Using this method will automatically populate your wedding guest list in an excel or google spreadsheet. Work smarter, not harder, and using this guide will help you save time and focus on other wedding planning duties. No need to ask for help from friends or family to organize your wedding guest list and addresses! Need more wedding tips and advice from an expert? Download our free Wedding Linens Layout Guide!

Getting Started

When you're ready to send your save the dates or invitations, having an organized wedding guest list already created will save you a tremendous amount of time. Our video highlights the simple steps needed to collect your addresses with perfect accuracy. It's effortless to gather the information, automatically puts it in a spreadsheet, and lets you access it any place and any time!...

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Wedding Layout Advice

 

Wedding Layout Advice

Wedding layout tips today with The Bride Link! Your wedding floor plan should include both your reception layout and ceremony layout. Knowing your wedding venue and how much space you have to work is critical. Be sure to consider scale when using wedding layout templates! If not completed to scale, you'll have issues from the start! It's essential you know everything will fit in the actual space displayed on your hand-drawn or computer wedding layout. Grab a FREE copy of our Ceremony Cheat Sheet, packed full of helpful tips and advice!

Let's review our wedding layout tips!

Know your venue: Before you can do the layout, you need to know where you're holding your wedding. This way, you know the dimensions and any adjustments that would need to happen. Make a to-scale bird's eye view map. Include all tables, chairs, and vendor setups in your floorplan and make everything to scale so you know it will fit!

Dance Floor: Plance the dance floor at center stage or...

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Dealing With Someone Drunk at Wedding

 

How To Politely Ask A Guest To Leave Your Wedding

Today we're talking all about dealing with someone drunk at wedding. How do you politely tell a guest that they need to leave your wedding? Wedding security should be a concern for every couple as a problem can happen at any time. Emotions can run high, especially if there are bar services and alcohol, and a guest has become drunk at wedding. Family and friend dynamics complicate conversations, which can create demanding wedding guests and the need to remove someone from your wedding. Hopefully, this is something that you don't have to deal with, but if you're concerned, we're going to give you a few helpful tips to ask somebody to leave your wedding. To help separate any family members or guests, check out our Ceremony Cheat Sheet to help plan who stands where, when, and why!

1. Give hints that they need to calm down or suggest that they go somewhere else on the property.

Maybe they can go hang out in the lounge area where...

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Whimsical Outdoor Wedding

The proposal was at the Hermitage Museum, in Norfolk during a picnic lunch. David planned a picnic during one of the later days in December. As he began to unpack the lunch, Jessica noticed it was more of a special lunch not like their usual lunches. After it wasall set up, he pulled a box out of his pocket and after he asked Jessica to marry him she said YES! They celebrated with a bottle of champagne that was hidden behind the basket - talk about romantic! 

Jessica and David chose to have an outdoor wedding at the Norfolk botanical garden called Butterfly Garden with a bright floral theme for their wedding. Jessica and her mother created invitaions that matched her floral theme by incorporating a variety of floral backgrounds. It was important for the couple to showcase the natural beauty and landscapes around them so they kept other decor minimal. 

Jessica has love for lace that inspired her to chose a dress made of mostly lace and David complimented her dress with...

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