Planning the event of your life can come with a lot of stress and indecision. Of course, it is ok to feel overwhelmed, considering you’re getting ready for a new chapter in your life. We shared some of the best tips you can use to plan your wedding, based on the most common questions asked by couples to Defiance Ridge Vineyards’ team!

#1 What common mistakes do you see couples making?

Pro tip: avoid concentrating on each small detail and don’t go over budget.

Many couples feel like it’s their responsibility to manage every small detail. But instead of doing this, it is best to concentrate on how to start your life together without going into depth. Not being financially wise can cause long-term problems.

#2 What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?

Pro tip: ask for help.

You can tell your photographer which guests are more important to you. And you can allow someone to organize the seating chart. Each activity related to your wedding can be designated to a friend or loved one so that you avoid unnecessary stress.

#3 What don’t couples know about your business that they need to know?

Pro tip: ask as many questions as possible.

The goal of having a wedding photographer is to catch all those subtle moments candidly. Your guests shouldn’t be aware of his presence. But, of course, group and family photos are an important part of any wedding. So, make sure you ask all the questions you need about how a photographer can help you immortalize the most important day of your life.

#4 What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?

Pro tip: avoid making endless lists with questions.

Each photographer has an individual approach to his projects. So, before you start asking those questions you’ve seen on the internet, it is best to take the time to understand his shooting style, involvement in your special day, and several other similar aspects. It would be best if you didn’t overlook the importance of technical details, like how many photographs he will take or how many will be edited.

#6 What’s your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?

Pro tip: prioritize and focus on spending time with your loved ones.

Many couples get carried away during the wedding day and simply overlook spending quality time with those important to them. So, it is best to prioritize the event and sneak away for a couple of minutes after the ceremony or reception.

#7 What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?

Pro tip: it isn’t unusual if it reveals your taste and personality.

Many couples opt for themed weddings and get their venues decorated accordingly. For example, some couples did a Back to the Future wedding, while others aimed from a prom night theme.

#8 What was the most memorable wedding you have ever worked, and why?

Pro tip: each wedding is memorable in its unique way.

Of course, those wedding fails you read about on the internet can make your wedding memorable. Maybe you’ve fallen out of the horse-drawn carriage or simply stumbled upon the cake. These funny details will make you remember the event for years to come.

So, now that you know some of the best wedding planning tips, you can reach out to the Defiance Ridge Vineyards team for help!

Michelle Serles – Event Manager

Phone: 636-798-2288


Your wedding DJ is significant when it involves the flow and overall feel of your big day. That’s why it’s important to form sure you are doing your research and choose wisely. Today, A DJ, is here to share his expert advice with us. With 30 years of experience behind the turntables, He knows a thing or to about what to seem for when you’re checking out the right wedding DJ.

  What are some good inquiries to ask a DJ before hiring them?

-How early does the DJ arrive?
-What is your procedure should the DJ get in an accident on the thanks to the event?
-Is there a backup DJ? What happens if you arrive and realize you’ve got a faulty speaker?

-What happens if your computer breaks down within the middle of the night?
-Do you play songs live or are you only throwing on an iTunes playlist or automated DJ program (which anyone can use)?
-Are you screaming on the microphone constantly or is it professional, minimal and informative when needed?
-Do you play the stereotypical wedding songs (YMCA, Celebration, We Are Family, Macarena, etc…) or will you create my wedding different and unique?
-Will you’re taking requests from the guests throughout the night and the way will you filter those to coincide with the bride and grooms’ tastes?
-Do you play songs with explicit lyrics?
-Do you stick with the timeline times specifically or does one bend and mold the night to suit the gang as required (and how)?

Are you able to make a playlist or tell the DJ what to play and what to not play?

A good professional DJ should cater the event to the clients and guests. HE/SHE isn’t there to point out off their musical tastes. Yes, an honest DJ will add their own style and flavor to place the night together musically, but within the end the clients and guests are those the DJ is playing for and any and every one appropriate requests or ‘do-not-plays’ should be honored within the end of the day .

What songs does one got to detect for your DJ before the wedding?

All specific songs for dances, intros, etc., should DEFINITELY be picked out before the marriage . As far because the cocktail, dinner, and dancing music cares it really depends on the DJ. Some DJs want to possess all their music able to go before the event. I however, wish to have a general idea of what the client wants, also because the ages, ethnicity, dress, and amount of alcohol consumed by the guests. i prefer to possess a general idea then show up and skim the gang accordingly. I probably steel oneself against the client and guests personalities quite I do the music that i will be able to play. If you want to hire me Contact me here.

What are a number of your favorite first dance songs?

I could list 1,000,000 songs that are great for a primary dance, but I feel that song must be something special for the couple. Again, I suggest they stand back from the stereotypical ones that everybody seems to use (Etta James – eventually , Armstrong – Wonderful World, etc) and pick something unique to them

How can a few make sure that their reception is fun for everybody attending?

HIRE knowledgeable DJ and don’t SKIMP on this money-wise. There are two things I tell people constantly when watching a DJ and pricing.
1)You get what you buy .
2) If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
you’ll be far better off finding and spending some extra cash on knowledgeable DJ who wants to urge to understand you and cares about you and your crowd and needs to remain in touch with you than you’ll a man who features a ridiculously low price or a package affect unlimited hours & lighting/photo booths. Plan on spending $1500 average on knowledgeable DJ. this might be more, but if you go much less than this price you’re sacrificing your quality and once the marriage is over, you can’t get that quality back. The DJ can make or break your wedding as they’re the one who not only sees the whole room, but controls it. Find someone you connect with who actually cares that your day pops without a flaw.



It is normal for couples to feel very excited for their wedding yet feel extremely overwhelmed as to exactly where to start and the various necessary considerations as they put together their dream wedding.
Hendri’s Events, a wedding company offering catering services has over three decades worth of experience working with couples to plan their ideal wedding. We are extremely happy to have Dan from Hendri’s Events share some answers on questions couples usually ask as they plan their wedding. 

  1. What common mistakes do you see couples making? 

Couples should develop a realistic budget. It doesn’t have to be over the top to host a nice wedding & reception. Don’t overspend on any one portion and not have enough for the food or drink.

  1. What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding? 

Always research caterers and venues. Talk to as many as you like until you get what you want. Study how knowledgeable they are, how they respond to your inquiries and how flexible they are with their services. It’s your party!

  1. What don’t couples know about your business that they need to know?

All our foods are made in house and served hot and fresh on your wedding day. We prioritize offering excellent tastes coupled with superior customer service to give our clients the best value for their money. 

Due to the dynamic and highly flexible nature of our execution team, we are able to effectively coordinate and manage them to handle small, medium and big wedding events whiles delivering the ultimate service to the satisfaction of our clients. 

  1. What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?

Study the typical FAQs. Ask about anything that you’re unsure of and don’t understand. Become an expert in the wedding industry. And the venue, the caterer, the music, the florist and the photographer need to work as a team. We all share a common interest… success of the entire event.

  1. What your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?

Plan the wedding as a whole and once all is set, relax and have a great time.

  1. What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?

The electricity went out for our entire area so we continued the wedding in the dark with candles.

  1. What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?

I find it difficult to pick one most memorable wedding! I personally have been catering weddings since 1973. I became the owner of Hendri’s Events in 1984. I have spoken to tens of thousands of brides and have been part of the lives of thousands of grooms, brides and their mothers.

Hendri’s Events always extends a warm welcome to all couples who want to plan their best wedding with the perfect venue and an exquisite food service. You can reach out to them via any of the following channels:



Tel: 314 – 752 – 4084

You have a vision for your wedding and you are beyond excited to make your vision a reality. But the thing is this is your first time planning a wedding and soon enough, you will feel your excitement turn into loads of stress. Well, the good news is you can totally avoid that by learning from the experience of others. Today, we ask Julianna from Toast Wedding Films 6 questions to give you a headstart as you work towards bringing your wedding vision into existence.

What common mistakes do you see couples making?

LOTS of couples don’t book their vendors soon enough. Whether you’re getting married in 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years, there is another couple out there looking to book your dream vendor for the same day. To be sure you get the vendors you want, book them quickly! It’s never too early.

What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?

Get wedding insurance! If 2020 has taught couples anything, it’s that the unthinkable can happen. Event insurance can often be added on to your existing insurance policy for a minimal charge. It helps get couples get their deposits back if something crazy happens like a blizzard, hurricane, fire, or pandemic. Not all vendors can refund non-refundable deposits if something tragic happens. To keep your deposits safe, get wedding insurance. 

What don’t couples know about your business that they need to know?

Videography is a beautifully complex art that takes time to do well. Because we capture both audio and visuals of every moment, it’s important for us to make sure our couples have a healthy timeline. If a schedule is rushed, in photos you’ll just see the smile, but in video, you’ll see the stressed face before the smile and hear the stressful chatter in the background after. No one wants to see themselves looking stressed! In order for us to capture the best footage of our couples, it’s important to make sure there’s enough time to capture each important part of the day.

What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?

For wedding vendors, ask about the business’s history: How long has it been around? What’s their preferred style or type of event? What are their backup or insurance policies? For videography vendors, ask about rounds of edits! We can’t imagine asking a client to purchase a film where they don’t have the ability to make changes. We offer our clients rounds of edits but that’s not something everyone does. If it’s important for you to be able to make changes to your film, ask your potential videographers if that’s something they allow.

What’s your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?

Far too many couples let the wedding stress get to them! Especially this year with so many couples having to severely adjust their plans due to COVID-19, couples are feeling in over their heads when it comes to planning. Just remember, your wedding day isn’t really about a party, an outfit, or the guest list. It’s about celebrating and honoring your love for each other! In the end, no matter what your day looks like, you’ll be married and that’s all that matters.

What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?

We filmed a wedding last year where the couple lived on a hill overlooking downtown. They got their neighbor’s permission to totally shut down the entire street and had the ultimate posh block party wedding complete with stringed lights everywhere and a giant dance floor. The ceremony was at one end of the street, and after they said “I do” a marching band led a dancing parade of guests down the street to the beautiful reception set up down the street. Oh, and the groom wore a fantastic pink velvet suit. It was epic!

What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?

We’ve been privileged to get to film some pretty incredible weddings over the years! For us, the ones that stand out most aren’t the biggest or most extravagant, it’s the ones that are intimate and heartfelt. Last year we filmed a small-guest list wedding at a beautiful cabin camping venue in the mountains. Friends and family stayed in cabins on-site and enjoyed a whole weekend of time together. The couple had intentionally chosen the elements of their wedding that were most important to them, and added a personal touch, from the groom’s father officiating the wedding, to the fresh floral leis worn to honor the bride’s early years in Hawaii. The couple chose to put an emphasis on the people they loved most and the results were just stunning!

Wedding photos are great. On the other hand, investing in wedding videos have far greater benefits including re-living each passing moment of your entire wedding with loved ones for a long long time to come. Julianna and her team will make this happen for you. You can reach out  through any of the following channels:


Phone: (833) – 888 – 6278


Today in this episode of Wedding Tip in 60 Seconds. We’re talking about “Sharing Your Story”

What’s up, everyone. My name is Chris with Abell DJ Company & thank you so much for joining me today. Today’s topic is Share Your Story.

Your guests will have the most fun when they are engaged and involved in your wedding. The best way to engage them is by sharing your love story and the interests, hobbies, and quirks that make you who you are.

There are lots of ways to do this. Personalize your vows. Take the microphone and tell everyone your love story. Share your story in your program or on a card at each table.

Find a way to share the story that fits you. It will have a huge impact on how much fun your guests have at your wedding.

Be sure to hit that subscribe button for more Wedding Tips In 60 Seconds. We’ll See ya in the next video.



Anyone and everyone can have their dream wedding and you can too. While we will all have different and unique variations of our dream wedding, the processes we need to go through are pretty much the same. Jamie, a modern documentary photographer with over 15 years worth of experience capturing wedding events shares with us what we must consider as we implement the necessary steps to bring our dream wedding to life.

1.       What common mistakes do you see couples making?

Couples are often too focused on details or spending too much money on their wedding ceremony. Trust me, you don’t want to start your marriage in steep debt.

Another mistake made by couples that deeply saddens me is when couples try to make their wedding fit the expectations of their parents or grandparents, rather than preparing a wedding to suit their personality and current financial state.

2.       What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?

One of the best ways to re-live wedding moments is to capture them in photos, so it is important for couples to let their photographer know which people in attendance are the most important.

If there’s a seating chart for the reception, use the chart to let the photographer know where those people are sitting. Otherwise, your photographer will have no idea that your dad’s lifelong golf buddies will all be together for the first time in 10 years.

If you don’t have a seating chart, have someone point out the important people/groups out. And if you’d like certain group photos of people, let your photographer know! Be sure to ask your parents/ families if there are any group photos that are important to them.

3.       What don’t couples know about your business that they need to know?

The focus has always been to capture and piece together the tiny, authentic, sparkly moments and connections into a magnificent mosaic that will live on and tell the story of the wedding for generations to come.

As a photojournalistic wedding photographer, my presence will not be felt but I’m ever present throughout the entire ceremony. The day will unfold just as it should if I weren’t there. It’s never awkward or weird, because I allow the freedom and the space to make the wedding events unfold naturally.

However, I will make myself immediately available when specific family or group photos need to be captured and take as many photos as desired. During that time, I’ll step up and take charge to make sure everything goes smoothly and moves quickly.

Also during portrait time with your wedding party or just you and your partner, I will follow your lead. I’ll give you guidance if you need it, but I always leave space for you to be yourselves.

4.   What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?

Forget the list of questions to ask that you found on the internet! A photographer’s style is far more than just what their Instagram feed looks like. Find out what the photographer’s shooting style is. How involved are they in posing / interrupting during the different parts of the day (getting ready, first looks, cake cutting, etc.). Do you want to be interrupted / posed during special moments, or do you want those things to happen naturally?

Find out how much of a photographer’s portfolio is a styled shoot, and how much of it is from actual real weddings? Ask to see wedding images from your venue, or from a similar venue or church. Everyone can take great photos outdoors or in perfect light, but dark churches and reception venues are a different story.

It’s also important to ask if your photographer is shooting on dual memory cards (they should be) and what their backup processes are. Do they store the images on multiple hard drives? Do they immediately re-use the memory cards or do they wait until your wedding has been edited and delivered until they re-use the memory cards? (I see photographers posting about lost wedding images daily in Facebook groups. It happens. A lot.) Find out how many images they normally deliver in a wedding gallery. Ask to see a few full wedding galleries. Pay attention to what’s actually there. Are there more detail photos than people photos? During the reception, are there only photos of the dance floor, or are there also photos of the guests gathering at the bar, and chatting together at a table in the far corner?

Ultimately, you need to decide not only what you want your photos to look like editing-wise, but also HOW you want your photos to look, and what really want to see in your gallery (not just now, but 20, 30, and 50 years from now). That will help you figure out what to ask and what you need to communicate to potential photographers.

5.       What’s your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?

Prioritize spending quality time with those most important to you on your wedding day. Take a few minutes for just the two of you either right after the ceremony, or sneak away for a few minutes during the reception.

Set aside a few minutes to spend with your grandparents. Nix the head table and eat dinner with your parents or families.

Instead of hitting every landmark in the city, pick one good photo location, then spend the rest of the time hanging out with your wedding party and/or friends. Go to a favorite bar or patio. Have a picnic lunch. Get a game of bowling in, or whatever it is you love to do. You’ll actually have fun, you’ll make some great memories, and you’ll get some awesome candid photos that you’ll treasure far more than 10 more group photos, but this time in front of the arch or stadium. Being intentional with your time will help you enjoy (and remember) the day better.

6.       What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?

I’ve had quite a few unusual weddings (those are my favorite kind!) but my favorite was probably second shooting a Back to the Future themed wedding, complete with a Delorian and Doc impersonator. The venue was decorated like the prom theme from the movie, and guests were dressed in vintage attire. It truly was a blast!

7.       What was the most memorable wedding you have ever worked, and why?

The most memorable wedding is memorable for all the wrong reasons, and definitely NSFW material. If I didn’t have actual photos of it, no one would believe me. Even now, I still can’t believe everything that happened.

Don’t be like that wedding. (And unless you take a lot of different drugs and mix it with alcohol and fall out of horse-drawn carriage and then later fall into your wedding cake, you’ll be fiiiiiiiine. And actually, I’m not even mentioning the really messed up parts.)

As you fully immerse yourself in having your best wedding ever with your partner, family and friends, I will be the invisible presence who will capture and piece together your wedding moments into a beautiful mosaic that will make you smile whenever you re-visit it. It will make me happy if you reach out to me via to make this happen for you.

Flowers are often a key focal point of any wedding, be they in the bridal bouquet or as decor. Hence, finding the right blooms should be a priority when planning your big day. Luckily, if you’re getting married in the summer, you’re blessed to have many beautiful options to choose from. Of course, with so many bright and colorful flowers available, you may be wondering what’s best for your big day. To give you a place to start, we’ve summarized some of the latest flower trends for you to get a bit of inspiration from in these warmer months.

First things first: it’s good to be reminded that Eco-consciousness is an option as you wedding plan, so many brides prefer to opt for locally grown flowers or even wildflowers. You can also take it one step further by choosing potted plants, which can double as wedding favors for your guests to take home at the end of the day. Potted succulents and cacti are very on-trend these days and fit that bill. Alternatively, you can also rent flowers for your wedding, if that option is available to you.

1. Tropical Paradise

One of the top trends of this summer is tropical-style flora. This means more exotic-looking picks and bright colors. Sun palms, passion flower vines, orchids, or even Peruvian lilies are all great options to achieve this look. Use banana leaves as seating chart name cards and if you’re having a beach wedding, weave some small seashells into bouquets for a unique look.

Of course, depending on where you live, certain options may not be available to you. In which case, you can consider mixing in a few fake flowers among real ones. Trust us—no one will be able to tell!

2. Berry Sweet Summer

A fun addition to both bridal bouquets and reception centerpieces are fresh fruits. Think bunches of berries, lemons, or even pineapples or kumquats for something more exotic.

3. Floral Accessories

Many brides and bridesmaids are getting creative with their flowers by wearing them in a modern way. In addition to the traditional corsage and boutonniere, it’s now considered cool to have necklaces, earrings, and bracelets made out of living flora. If you want to do something other than a flower crown, consider asking your hairstylist to weave a few flowers into your updo.

4. Dried Flowers

Following on the sustainability trend, dried flowers and foliage have been in demand for the last few years, especially among boho brides. Although they work in almost any setting, they’re an absolute ideal addition to a countryside or rustic venue.

5. Be Bold with Blue

Many couples find inspiration in Pantone’s color of the year when choosing a color theme for their wedding. 2020’s color happens to be blue, which pairs well with all bright summer shades and is a fun way to add “something blue” to your bridal outfit. Some popular flowers that come in this stunning hue include cornflower, delphinium, hyacinth, hydrangea, and tweedia.

6. Bleached Greenery

This refers to foliage that has literally been bleached from green to white and is a very fresh trend to take on for your wedding day. It’s both minimalist and modern, and goes with both casual and formal themes. As a bonus, bleached greenery helps the colors of the rest of your bouquet pop!

7. Go Big or Go Home

Over sized bridal bouquets are back. Brides have been requesting them more and more over the last few years and the trend is now hitting its peak. And with the bold colored flower options you have in the summer, what could be a better way to get everyone’s attention when you walk down the aisle?

8. Keep it Green

In lieu of flowers, some couples are sticking with foliage and fillers. It’s a great option if you’re aiming for a minimalist look and budget-friendly!

Now that you have an idea of what you want your dream wedding to be, the question is how and where do you start from? From her vast experience working with couples to capture their wedding moments, Erica shares with us her best advice on what you need to consider as you start prepping for your bid day. You can take a pause here, grab your sticky notes, and get ready to jot down some notes.

What common mistakes do you see couples making?

Not creating realistic timelines, or throwing together schedules without consulting the expertise of wedding vendors. Wedding day tasks almost always take longer than a couple anticipates, which can leave them scrambling and stressed, with no time left for the things that are most important to them. To help couples avoid unnecessary stress, I wrote this blog post about creating realistic timelines:

What’s the best tip/best piece of advice you have for a couple planning a wedding? 

Don’t do it alone. Ask friends and family for help in the months leading up to your wedding, but then give them the day off on your actual wedding day! Friends and family want to enjoy your day too, so hire vendors who will take care of all of your day-of set-up and a planner who will take care of coordination.

What don’t couples know about your business that they need to know?

I have been photographing weddings for 15 years, and I shoot a lot of film to achieve a dreamy, romantic, true-to-color aesthetic. I also only offer custom packages because I know that each wedding is different and not every couple needs or wants the same things from their wedding photography collections. And because wedding photography is so much more than taking photos on the day-of, I have streamlined couples’ experience to be as helpful, informative, and seamless as possible, from first inquiry to final image/album delivery. Couples have enough to stress about when planning their wedding – photography should not be one of them!

What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?

When couples talk to potential vendors, they should definitely ask about price/budget, but they should also not stop there. So many other factors come into play when picking a vendor who is a good fit, such as their experience, their process, what is included in the package, and how they see the couples’ vision come to life. Vendors should show couples plenty of examples of their work, as well as discuss their priorities with them. It is important that a vendor’s style and/or the way they work aligns with the couple’s vision for their wedding.

What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?

I have photographed many weddings with non-traditional aspects to them, such as dogs as ring bearers, brides and grooms “getting away” on bicycles, and a ceremony with a fashion runway instead of an aisle. I think the best weddings are the ones in which couples keep to the traditions that are important to them while adding their own personal touches to make it feel more like them.

What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked on, and why?

I have photographed so many weddings that were memorable in their own way, it would be hard to choose just one. I have seen stoic dads cry when they see their little girls all grown up, I have seen grooms rendered speechless at the sight of their stunning brides, and I have been witness to so many touching speeches from people who have come to celebrate and surround couples with their love. I consider myself extremely blessed to have a career that allows me into some of the most beautiful moments in people’s lives.

If you would love for someone to capture your wedding moments into beautiful and captivating photographs that will last a lifetime, do not hesitate to directly reach out to Erica on her website at She will gladly make it happen for you!

Planning your big day takes time, and can sometimes become a little stressful with so many little details to finalize. These 16 things will help you personalize your special day, and make your wedding just as unique as you!

1. Guest List & Creative Invitations 

Choosing who is going to be by your side on your wedding day is very important, and not as easy as you may think. First things first, figure out who you want at your wedding and who you don’t want at your wedding. If you need some help, check out this helpful invitation diagram. With the help of your significant other, come up with a guest list. Give your guests at least 8 weeks notice, that way they have no excuses to miss out on your special day.

Here are a few ideas for your “Save the Date” invitations:

  • Add a pop of color
  • Keep it simple
  • Use a scratch-off to reveal the date
  • Include a photo of the two of you

2. Choosing the Perfect Band or DJ 

Choosing the right band or DJ to perform at your wedding is very important. You want to hire a group that has experience, stability, and a good reputation.

It is a good idea to see a band live before you book them for your wedding.Our company provides you the best Band and DJ. Follow the following link yo explore more about it,

3. Delicious Desserts

Stand out and try something new! Traditional wedding cakes are good, but have you ever been to a wedding that serves macaroons?

4. Post-Party Snacks

If you want your wedding to stand out from the rest, switch it up and bring out some yummy snacks towards the end of your reception. This idea is unique and the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few “post-party” food ideas:

  • Serve your ultimate favorite food (such as fries or pizza)
  • Have a “S’more Bar”
  • Fill a Piñata with candy
  • Have a “Create Your Own Sundae” station
  • Serve finger foods

The best way to make this day memorable for both you and your guests is to be unique. It is not that often that you hear of food being served at the end of the reception. By this time of the night, your guests are most likely hungry (and drunk). Give them a snack to take home, and a night to remember!

5. Your Dream Wedding Dress

​Picking out the perfect wedding dress is harder than you think. It may take some time. Our advice is to be patient. If you have no idea what you are looking for, try searching the web. Internet has some great ideas that can help you figure out what you are looking for. as we are constantly posting ideas for brides to help them prepare for their special day. Or if you know exactly what you want then don’t give up until you find your perfect dress.

6. Choose a Photographer

​The best way to remember your wedding day years from now, is by hiring someone to capture every special moment. From the photos of your guests to the moment you shove cake in your significant others face, you will want to hold on to these memories forever.

7.Incorporate Social Media & Technology

One of the hottest new wedding trends is incorporating social media and technology into the mix by using Hash-tags, a location “check-in’”, go-pro’s, drones and more! Over 50% of couples are now creating their own “Wedding Hash-tags”. This is a great way to look back at photos that your guests posted from the wedding all in one album.

Other unique ideas include:

  • hiding a go-pro in your bouquet
  • getting some stunning aerial photos with a
  • have your guests check-in to your venue
  • live stream your ceremony (for those who couldn’t make it)

8. Come Up With a Theme

​Whether you are having a summer wedding, fall wedding, or any season then you are going to want a theme that sets the tone and ties everything together. Whether it be a color scheme, or other trends, Give your wedding unity, balance, and rhythm by choosing the most fitting wedding theme for you and your spouse. Here are some ideas to consider:

9. Wedding Reception Entrance

​Wedding entrances are a special way to stand out on your wedding day. Here are some awesome ideas to make your reception entrance special and unique:

  • Break out in a flash mob
  • Surprise your guests with a special entry dance
  • Perform a dance routine with your bridesmaids
  • Walk though sprinkling of confetti or rose petals

10. Video graphy 

​One of the biggest regrets that couples have is not having a video made of their special day. If a picture says a thousand words, then a video must say over a million. Hire a videographer who will turn your wedding day into an amazing movie!

11. Decorations, Flowers & Lighting

Simple decorations can go a long way, and have your wedding guests raving. By hiring a wedding planner or designer, you can ensure that your day will be just as beautiful as you are. If you are looking for someone to help with decorations, flowers, and lighting, check out our services ’ provide exceptional service, as well as beautiful design.

12. Goodbyes & Thank-You’s

​Last but not least, is sending out thank you cards to those who were able to make your day special. Don’t put it off, start sending out your “thank you’s” once you’re all unpacked from your honeymoon. When writing your letters…

  • Keep it short & simple
  • Personalize the message
  • Keep track of who gave you what gifts


If you are not sure what to say exactly, Keep it short & simple and sincere; “Thank you for joining us to celebrate our big day,” mention what they got you, and say how thankful you are that they were able to make your day special.


















Before you start traversing the path of wedding planning, there are things you need to know to make your wedding planning journey much easier. One of the best ways to learn is from the mistakes and experiences of other people who have traveled the same path you’re about to start on. Mindee is a phenomenal photographer based in Missouri and today, she shares with us wedding planning lessons from her past experiences.

1.       What common mistakes do you see couples making?

I wouldn’t necessarily call it a mistake but I notice a lot of couples forgetting to just enjoy themselves, especially at the reception. A lot of times the bride and groom get caught up saying hello to all of their guests and never actually make it to the dance floor. As important as it is to thank all of your guests for coming to celebrate with you, I think it’s just as important to actually celebrate. Get out on that dance floor and dance with your husband/wife!

2.       What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?

It’s very necessary to consider lighting when planning just about everything, especially outdoor ceremonies. You don’t want to be reading your vows while squinting into the sun. You can always ask your photographer for help during the planning process.

3.       What don’t couples know about your business that they need to know?

In addition to being present on the wedding day, I am always available to offer any help or support to couples as they plan and prepare for their big day!

4.       What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?

I think they need to ask for help with the days timeline from the start. I always tell my couples they can message me anytime with questions during the planning process. It’s so hard to know when to book things like hair, makeup, a party bus, etc. when you’ve never planned a wedding before.

5.       What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?

Honestly, probably just all of the COVID weddings lately. Things are different, unique and fun in many ways that I never thought possible.

6.       What was the most memorable wedding you have ever worked, and why?

The wedding for the couple on my website cover page was definitely a memorable one! They are such a fun couple with great friends! The dance floor at that reception was definitely a blast!

Capture the love, laughter, and joyous moments of your wedding that will tell the story of your wedding for generations to come. To make this magic happen, get in touch with Mindee on her website at