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A wedding is a ceremony of uniting two souls into one. The wedding involves certain rituals that vary from place to place and from time to time. A wedding is an a thousand years old ceremony. People from all around the globe have their way of celebrating marriage. Some people wear a white gown while others wear a colorful dress. Every country has its own culture which ultimately influences their ways and styles of a wedding ceremony. However, certain trends come around often and many people no matter where they live, adopt it. Today I will be telling you about the next big things at a wedding that is slowly coming into practice.

  1. Plant able wedding invitation

The world that we live in is not in the same condition; it was 100 years ago. Massive deforestation and pollution are making earth sick. If we keep on depleting resources and making products that do nothing but increase pollution, we will soon die along with every living creature on earth. And I’m not dramatic at all. Some wise people have come up with the idea to make Botanical paper wedding invitation. The invitations are made of seeds that can be later planted. You can say it is a way of planting everlasting friendship and lifetime bonds with your friends and family.

  1. Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

A wedding is with a doubt, a very stressful day. The stress and tiredness are shown through your face no matter how much makeup you apply. The wedding couple needs to have a two or three-hour shoot to take their couple photos and family shots. There is a new trend spreading rapidity like wildfire. People like this idea a lot because this way they can take amazing pictures without a grim on their face. The pre-wedding photo shoot is schedule weeks and even months before the wedding day. You can take your pictures in a stress-free environment and with no hurry or whatsoever.

  1. Bro-Dal Showers

Why should girls have all the fun? Bro-Dal showers are the next big thing in town and honestly speaking, we are all up for it. It is like a bridal shower for dudes with a manlier theme. In place of a cute white and pink cake, there are many cake options like cars or wooden logs. These parties have a photo booth with customized labels. You can have meat and cheese board piled high. You can have fun props like fake bears and wear them while taking pictures. Themed showers are the best. Each party is unique and has a unique element of its own. Get out of the bachelor party craze and try this new thing out.

  1. Ethical Weddings

It is a very good thing to think about your planet earth while preparing for your wedding. You can have a week-long extravagance wedding and remain eco-friendly. This is possible but will require a little effort from your side. There are so many ways you can make your wedding ethical. Instead of buying an expensive wedding dress which you will probably not wear again, you can opt for Up-cycled or rented dresses. Don’t worry what others will say. They are not paying for your dress. Buy ethical jewelry. That is made in the most eco-friendly way. Try to have your wedding reception and ceremony in the same place. Pick a venue that has the lowest energy consumption and has a responsible waste management system. The wedding is a onetime thing. Why spare expense? This is what everyone says. Be the one who says “My planet matters.” Your effort will surely prove beneficial in the long run.

Your big day is coming up. Nervous? That’s OK. Everyone feels a bit anxious before their big day. You need to do all the necessary research before the day comes. Here are the five most important things you need to know about weddings today.

  1. Not everything will go according to plan.

You can plan your wedding. You can do all the rehearsals. But remember one thing. Everything will not go the way you have expected. There will be a lot of stuff going around. The guests might come late. The catering can do something wrong. This is all normal and happens to everyone. What you can do best is not panic. Try to get professional help to minimize the problems. And lastly, chill!

  1. Assign seats to guest

Although you will have enough chairs for all the guests to sit, it will be best if you assign the seats. You can do it by either making a seating chart or an escort card. It is the best way to ensure your wedding runs smoothly. You can do it in alphabetical order. Plus there won’t be an argument of who gets to sit where. The guests from both the groom and bride side will be appropriately seated with no fuss. You will also know which guest came and which didn’t.

  1. Give yourself enough time to get ready.

If you’re the bride, give yourself plenty of time to get ready. If your hair styling takes 2 hours then, plan it 3 to 4 hours earlier. It is better to be early than late. There might be a chance of you getting your hair and makeup done from two different and distant places. In that case, you need to have a significant margin of time. There can be traffic, or maybe the makeup will take longer than you thought. You should schedule your wedding photographer before the wedding to get some adorable shots solo and with your bridesmaid as well. None of these things will go well if you are rushing from one place to another.

  1. Always have some spare cash

By spare cash, I don’t mean having $20 in your pocket. It means having enough money if anything goes wrong. In term of budgeting your wedding, follow this rule. Allocate 50% for the reception. 10% is for flowers and décor. 10% is for entertainment like DJ and band. 10% for your wedding dress. 2% is spared for invites and 2% or 3% for gifts. Another 10% is for additional stuff that you might need before or during your wedding. Now the remaining 10% will be kept aside for emergency needs. You might need to print some extra cards or maybe purchase some umbrellas in case it starts raining. This is the reason why you need some extra cash.

  1. Manage everything one by one

Make a wedding planner. Add all the important stuff like when to pick up the rings or when to meet the caterers. You will feel lost during all this chaos. A wedding is no joke and requires a lot of time and dedication. You need to all the chores one by one. Don’t rush stuff. Start as early as possible. Don’t go shopping for hiring vendors in one day. Complete all your tasks in an orderly way. Take some time to gather ideas like the design of your cake or the kind of band you want. Once you have enough ideas, execute them in order.

Carolyn Burke is a wedding officiant and ceremony co-ordinator in the St. Louis area. Carolyn is an Accredited Bridal Consultant and one of less than 75 worldwide to hold this prestigious designation. Carolyn has been nominated and won several industry awards. Nominated for St. Louis Wedding Awards in 2012. Winner of the Couples’ Choice Awards with Wedding Wire for eight years. Carolyn won the Perfect Wedding Guide Vendors’ Choice Awards for Best Wedding Officiant in the St. Louis area in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Having performed 180+ wedding ceremonies in 2017 alone – Carolyn Burke provides a meaningful ceremony for couples looking for something short, sweet, and simple. ​Brief, but always meaningful for small intimate weddings and even large traditional weddings. Her warm personality will guide you through all the parts of the ceremony, allowing vows and readings to be as unique as you are as a couple.

Carolyn can also act as a coordinator for your wedding. On your wedding day, Carolyn Burke ensures that your plans at the ceremony are carried out smoothly. She can discretely handle any problems that may arise. Carolyn keeps people calm, takes care of the ceremony details, and gives assistance to couples who want to enjoy and be present for their wedding ceremony. Cool under pressure and fast with solutions, she’s the one you can count on to make things happen at your ceremony. Couples of many faiths and beliefs, religious and non-religious backgrounds.

In this article, Carolyn Burke advises couples on what to do when planning their wedding.

What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?
Do not invite a guest that you would not invite to your own home.
Don’t get caught up in the decor or favors – the event lasts only one day.

What don’t couples know about Carolyn Burke STL that they need to know?
My knowledge of over 600 locations in the St Louis metropolitan area and 150 religious sites.

What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?
Etiquette is more like a wedding tradition instead of doing something right or wrong.
There really is no code of polite behavior with the roles of the wedding party.
Of course, this depends on how formal or if religion plays a big role in the wedding.

What your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?
A wedding is a blend of traditions and personal touches.
Each wedding ceremony is a creation unto its own and the only limit is your imagination.

What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?
Since my specialty is short, sweet and simple ceremonies – the location is the unusual part.
I have performed a ceremony in the Penguin House, the top of the Gateway Arch, a Harley Davidson dealership,
a nail salon, and even a bus stop in Maplewood.

What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?
My first same sex marriage ceremony. My first was with two men who have been together as a couple for over 25 years at the time.
Being part of an event that was once illegal and considered taboo was the highest honor.

If you’re considering Carolyn to officiate or co-ordinate your wedding, do yourself a favor and contact her immediately.

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