Wedding Vendor Contracts – What Every Couple Should Know!

**How to get through the fine print of your Wedding Contracts** I have been planning weddings for over 10 years now and as the years have gone by the contracts that I have to review and negotiate have gotten longer and more complicated! So as a new bride I know this part of your planning can be overwhelming. One thing I can’t stress enough is how important contracts are when planning your wedding. My motto is “No Contract, No Business.” Read my tips to get through the legalese of Wedding Contracts and Negotiations! Unfortunately not everything is pretty and fun when planning your wedding. Sometimes you encounter more of the business side then you might want to. However, wedding contracts are vital to your planning as well as the success of your wedding day! We live in a very litigious state and contracts are they only thing that can bring resolve and justice to a bad situation. Tip #1 – You MUST have a written contract with EVERY Vendor you decide to hire for your wedding, even if they are family or friends (trust me on this). I would recommend hiring professionals and let your friends and family actually just be a guest at your wedding. Tip #2 – Even if your vendor has just a simple one page contract or a 10 pager, make sure it details everything they are offering and what your responsibilities are and make sure your contract lists out the Payment schedule, and total cost for services provided. Tip #3 – READ the fine print. Slow down, stop, and take the time to read...

Wedding Vendors – How to Pick the BEST

**How to Choose the BEST Wedding Vendors** Who you hire to help you orchestrate your wedding will be one of the most important decisions you make in your entire Wedding Planning Process. You know as well as I know that there are unethical people in the world doing business. You see it on TV all the time! Here are some of tips to help you avoid costly mistakes when hiring your wedding vendors. You want vendors that are professional, reliable, fit into your budget and style! (Photo – Kimberly Saxelby True Emotions Photography) Tip # 1 – Get A Referral – this is a must. It is always best to hear about a vendor from someone you know and trust who has had a direct experience with them and can vouch for their professionalism and their exact experience. This is priceless! Tip # 2 – Other Brides. Read their reviews on WeddingWire, Yelp or ask for references from vendors of their previous clients. One thing I know for sure, former brides are brutally honest and will tell you like it is/was!! Tip # 3 – Price is Not Everything. I know everyone is on a budget and you should be, but sometimes you end up paying more with a bad vendor. You choose this vendor because they are the cheapest and then you can never get in touch with them, you start hearing bad things about them or worse they don’t even show up on your wedding day. Never book a vendor simply on price, make sure everything else adds up. Tip #4 – Ask a vendor you love....

Signature Drink Tips for Your Wedding = Sensational Idea!!

**Pizzazz Up your Wedding by adding a Signature Drink(s)** Whether you serve your beverages warm or cold, in mugs or flutes, tart or sweet, with or without alcohol – coming up with the right signature drinks, will enhance your guests’ experiences. It’s your wedding and you’ll be represented in every detail; from the special vows you write for the ceremony to the smallest details, so feel free to express yourself in your drinks too! Here are some tips to picking the Perfect Signature Drink(s)!!! Tip # 1 – Choose your drink based on your colors, theme or simply your favorites. Tip # 2 – Your drink should be Chic and Creative as well as match your lifestyle and personality. Tip # 3 -Decide to serve just one or two signature drink only for your bar, this could turn out to be quite cost effective. Having a signature drink usually lowers the cost of the wedding bar by at least fifty percent. Tip # 4 – Come up with a Savvy, Entertaining, Meaningful, Creative Name of your drink to make it fun for the Guests to order. Tip # 5 – Let your bartenders/caterers know ahead of time about your signature drink and be sure they know how to make it. Keep the recipe simple. Make a display card next to all of the bars with a sign about the signature drink, what the recipe/ingredients are, and maybe even the inspiration behind the name of the drink. Tip # 6 – Hire a Mixologist to create an exclusive drink just for you and your groom. These are drink specialist that...

Wedding Wire Brides Choice Award 2012 for Platinum Lining Events

For the 4th Year in a Row, Platinum Lining Events has won the “Brides Choice Award” for 2012!!!! The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards TM recognizes the top local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice AwardsTM are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 1.2 million newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of four factors: Overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2011 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency). This year’s recipients represent the top 5% of WeddingWire’s vendor community, across all service categories and all regions throughout the US and...

Tips for Surviving Bridal Shows

**Tips for Surviving Bridal Shows!** Bridal shows can be completely OVERWHELMING for a bride. There are so many other brides, so many booths, everyone is trying to get from point to point and it can really get crazy. I’m going to give you some chic tips and tricks for hitting the bridal expo with ease!! Tip # 1 – The truth is that there are going to be A LOT of booths, people, and noise at the Bridal Expo. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. YES, there are a lot of choices but you don’t have to choose EVERYTHING or even choose ANYTHING right there and then. Here are a couple of example: Have an idea of what vendors you are looking for and enjoy the rest. Don’t feel like you have to choose ALL your vendors from the Bridal Expo. This is just a sampling. You may connect with some vendors, you may not. This is just a great opportunity to meet people face to face and figure out if they should be part of your wedding day. Approach each vendor calmly, ready to hear the sales pitch (yes- the sales pitch). The vendors are there to sell to you. You’re there to buy right? Ask them the questions you want answered. Do a quick mini interview, collect their collateral and move on. If you’re not interested thank them and walk away. Don’t take the flyer and load up your bridal bag full of stuff you don’t want or need. Tip # 2 – Bring Key People with you to the show. Moms, Fiance, Maid of Honor,...