Details, details: napkin folds.

The menu is planned and the linens coordinated. You've decided on the perfect floral arrangements and finally, your reception decor is coming together.

One detail you don't want to overlook is the napkin fold. It may seem minor, but this small detail can add so much to the reception decor. Imagine your guests' delight when they sit down and see a perfectly folded napkin that happens to match your theme or help make the color in your flowers pop.


Material girl.

For some brides, shopping for the perfect bridal gown is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding. If you are going to marry outdoors keep in mind that there are certain gown fabrics that are better for warm weather and humidity.

It's probably best to stay way from any synthetics. They will stick to your body and trap in heat and moisture. Also consider that beading and appliques may add weight and bulk, which can be uncomfortable in hot weather.

These fabrics are best for the warm outdoors:
  • Silk
  • Chiffon
  • Organza
  • Tulle
  • Lightweight Satin
  • Shantung
  • Linen


Who pays for what?

When you start planning your wedding, one of the most important things to discuss is the wedding budget. How much are you and your fiance able to spend? What do your parents plan on contributing? Are his parents able to chip in?

The following info can be used as a guide to help you determine what to ask for or how to allocate your families' funds. Whether you follow traditional etiquette or not, this info is also a reminder of the costs associated with a wedding and some of what needs to be accounted for in your budget.

Who pays for what?

Bride's Family
Engagement Party
Stationery and Postage
Bride's Attire
Ceremony Fees
Ceremony Musicians
Transportation of Bridal Party
Flowers for Ceremony and Reception
Flowers for Bridesmaids and Flower Girls

Groom's Family
Rehearsal Dinner

Groom's Ring
Make-up and Hair
Housing for Out-Of-Town Attendants
Presents for Her Attendants
Guestbook and Accessories (Cake Knife, Ring Pillow, etc.)

Bride or Her Family
Bridal Consultant
Valet or Parking Fees
Bridesmaid Luncheon
Boutonnieres for Fathers and Grandfathers

Bride's Rings
His Attire
Marriage License
Officiant's Fee
Bride's Bouquet
Flowers for Mothers and Grandmothers
Boutonnieres for Himself and Attendants
Presents for Attendants
Housing for Out-Of-Town Attendants

Bridal Party
Their Own Attire
Bridal Shower
Their Own Travel Expenses

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