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Wedding Planning: How Much Do I Tip?
Many vendors will already include tips or gratuities into their wedding essentials service fees, so it’s best to ask ahead of time if gratuity is included in the cost of their services or if they add a gratuity in their service contract. Here is a basic rundown of how much you should tip for each service included in your wedding planning :
Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Nail Techs
Dress Fitter, Alterations or Seamstress
Wedding Planning: New Twists on Wedding Traditions
Some modern couples are forgoing the typical wedding planning and turning to the spectacular to make their wedding ceremony truly an event to remember. Here, we’ve compiled a list of old wedding traditions and new twists that couples are incorporating into their big day.
1. Old Tradition: Matching wedding parties
Cookie-cutter dresses matching to a tee.
New Twist: Bridesmaid dresses of varying styles
Your friends have their own unique personalities, so why treat them like clones when it comes to their wedding attire? Today’s brides are encouraging their bridesmaids to choose their own individual dresses to complement their body type. To pull together a cohesive look for your wedding party, try dress styles in fabric of the same color or color family.
2. Old Tradition: Wedding ceremony costs covered by the bride’s parents
Racking up exorbitant wedding bills? Just pass them along to good old mom and dad.
New Twist: Footing the bill yourselves
Statistics show that the age of most couples planning weddings is 27 and older, which means many of them have established careers and can afford to take on much of the expenses themselves. However, parents are still contributing to wedding costs in some ways, but not in totality as years past. If you wish to have parents contribute to wedding costs, it’s important to sit down with both families early in the wedding planning process so that the wedding ceremony budget can be settled.
3. Tradition: Maid-of-honor/best man
Your most-trusted gal pal and beloved buddy are the only ones you want to stand by your side on the big day.
Twist: Unisex roles
Wedding parties today don’t have to be segregated by gender. A groom may have his sister stand in as the best man or the bride’s favorite male friend may be part of her wedding party.
4. Tradition: Conventional first dance
At Last was the same song your parents danced to at their wedding…30 years ago.
New Twist: Choreographed, show-stopp...
Wedding Planning: Splitting Wedding Costs
It often surprises newly engaged couples how formidable a social event their wedding will become. Wedding costs can be shocking. There are so many wedding ideas to consider, including the planning and organization, and, most importantly, who will pay for what.
For many, it’s the first time they’ve ever been intricately involved in a project this large. Even the smallest, most quickly designed wedding requires planning and expenditure. After all, you intend for it to be a once-in-a-lifetime event: One of your first decisions needs to be about wedding essential costs.
How you parcel out this financial load often is based not just on available resources and affordability, but on tradition. In times past, a bride’s parents paid for the lion’s share of the wedding. Today, however, the bridal couple, often with help from the groom’s parents, can share the cost. It’s also common for bridal couples to shoulder the entire burden of their celebrations.
When a groom’s parents contribute to the wedding essential costs, they become co-hosts. This means your wedding invitations should carry their names, too. If the couple pays their own way, “ownership” of the event is theirs and the inclusion of parents on invitations becomes a courtesy or sign of affection and respect.
What’s important is communication. You and your fiance should look realistically at your resources and set a workable budget. Ask yourselves what your priorities are. Discuss which asp...
FL Wedding Laws
All Regularly Ordained Ministers Of The Gospel Or Elders In Communion With Some Church, Or Other Ordained Clergy, And All Judicial Officers, Including Retired Judicial Officers, Clerks Of The Circuit Courts, And Notaries Public Of This State May Solemnize The Rites Of Matrimonial Contract, Under The Regulations Prescribed By Law. Marriage In Florida Is Regulated By Florida State Statute 741. This Domestic Relations Law Enumerates The Requirements For Obtaining A Florida Marriage License. According To Statute 741, There Is No Residency Requirement To Get Married In Florida Either On Behalf Of The Individuals Marrying Or The Wedding Officiant. Same Sex Marriages Are Not Permitted But Marriages Between First Cousins Are. A Couple Under The Age Of Eighteen Must Obtain The Permission Of Their Parents And Submit Additional Paperwork To The County Clerk Of The County Where Their Nuptials Are Being Performed. Florida Marriage Laws Specify That, "Any Ordained Or Licensed Clergy, Justices Of The Peace Or Notary Publics May Perform A Legally-Binding Wedding Ceremony." Florida'S Domestic Relations Statute 741.07 Does Not Require The Officiant To Be A Resident Of The State Of Florida. According To The Statute, "Persons Authorized To Solemnize Matrimony Are All Regularly Ordained Ministers Of The Gospel Or Elders In Communion With Some Church, Or Other Ordained Clergy, And All Judicial Officers, Including Retired Judicial Officers, Clerks Of The Circuit Courts, And Notaries Public Of This State May Solemnize The Rites Of Matrimonial Contract, Under The Regulations Prescribed By Law." This Includes Ordained Ministers In Or Outside The State Of Florida. Thanks To These Statutes, It Is Possible To Become A Priest Or Minister With The Universal Life Church Monastery And Perform Legally-Binding Marriage Ceremonies In Florida. An Ordained Minister Will Need To Supply The County Clerk With A Copy Of His Or Her Ordination Certificate. Quakers Are Also Empowered To Perform Wedding Ceremonies According To Their Own Religious Traditions. In Order To Get Married In Florida, Couples Must Obtain A Marriage License. The Documents Required For A Marriage License Include A Valid Government-Issued Photo Identification Card Such As A Passport, Driver'S License, Birth Certificate Or Permanent Green Card. If You Have Been Previously Married, The County Clerk Will Also Require You To Provide The Date Of Your Divorce Or The Date Of The Death Of Your Previous Spouse. If You Have Only Been Divorced For Thirty Days Or Less, The County Clerk Will Require That You Submit A Certified Copy Of The Divorce Decree Or The Death Certificate Of Your Spouse. A Florida Marriage License Is Valid For 60 Days. There Is A New Policy According To Florida Statute 741.0306 That An Engaged Couple Who Completes A State-Sanctioned Marriage Preparation Course Will Not Have To Wait Three Days After Obtaining Their Marriage License Before Marrying. A Couple Who Completes The Course Will Also Receive A Discount On The $93.50 Fee. This Marriage Preparation Course Outlines The Rites, Responsibilities And Duties Of A Husband And Wife To Each Other, Their Children And Both Their Obligations If They Divorce. After The Ceremony, Florida Marriage Laws Specify That A Copy Of The Florida Marriage Certificate Be Filed With The Department Of Children And Families In Jacksonville, Florida, Within Thirty Days. Tying The Knot In A Florida Wedding Ceremony Can Be Very Romantic. There Are Many Wedding Officiants Who Are Willing To Perform A Wedding Ceremony In Beautiful Locations Such As Pristine Beaches And On Cliffs Overlooking The Ocean. The Universal Life Church Monastery Can Provide The Wedding Officiant While A Myriad Of Wedding Planning Services Can Help Engaged Couples Determine The Location. Same Sex Wedding Law: To Perform A Marriage In Florida You Need To Be Ordained And May Be Required To Provide Proof Of Ordination Such As An Ordination Credential , Wallet Credential , Or A Letter Of Good Standing From The Church.