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January 11, 2014

To do for your 'I do': Experts offer wedding-planning tips


“As for music, ask the DJ how involved they get with the audience,” says Wendy Loucks, owner of Life of the Party. “In the end, you don’t remember if the chicken was dry or if the cake leaned a little to the left, but you do remember if you had a good time. You remember the kindness expressed during the ceremony and reception.”

Loucks reminds the bride and groom not to hesitate to ask for references before hiring for those significant roles during the event. “You want to be comfortable with who you are placing in charge of your wedding day after you’ve made all the decisions,” added Loucks.

“Surprises come up. But, professionals can work behind the scenes to adapt quickly enough that the bride and groom don’t even know a glitch occurred on the wedding day,” said Mark Tuller of Tuller’s Catering.

Tuller’s Catering offers beer and wine, but that is by design, not because of oversight. “Experience has taught us that access to hard liquor never ends well. The couple is encouraged to ask about drinks or an open bar and decide what suits their taste best. We want the day to be happy,” Tuller said.

In regard to food, Tuller also said, “Ask about menus and provisions for special diets. And, know the number of guests you are inviting.”

Photographers can be asked whether their style of photography is traditional, photojournalistic, or creative. Ask for a portfolio to review. Many photographers come as a couple themselves, a male and female. To capture the wedding day in pictures, the male is in the men’s dressing room while the female is in the women’s dressing area. 

Florists can be asked about seasonal flowers and substitution flowers. 

Rainbow’s End Weddings will have a medley of wedding dresses and attire at the Wedding Expo. A fashion show will begin at 3 p.m.

Unknowns can be reduced, along with the fear of the unknown unknown. When planning for your wedding, take the opportunities to make connections and receive personalized information.

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