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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...
PA Wedding Laws
1503. Persons Qualified To Solemnize Marriages. (A) General Rule.--The Following Are Authorized To Solemnize Marriages Between Persons That Produce A Marriage License Issued Under This Part: 1. A Justice, Judge Or District Justice Of This Commonwealth. 2. A Former Or Retired Justice, Judge Or District Justice Of This Commonwealth Who Is Serving As A Senior Judge Or Senior District Justice As Provided Or Prescribed By Law. 3. An Active Or Senior Judge Or Full-Time Magistrate Of The District Courts Of The United States For The Eastern, Middle Or Western District Of Pennsylvania. 4. An Active Or Senior Judge Of The United States Court Of Appeals For The Third Circuit Who Is A Resident Of This Commonwealth. 5. A Mayor Of Any City Or Borough Of This Commonwealth. 6. A Minister, Priest Or Rabbi Of Any Regularly Established Church Or Congregation. (B) Religious Organizations.--Every Religious Society, Religious Institution Or Religious Organization In This Commonwealth May Join Persons Together In Marriage When At Least One Of The Persons Is A Member Of The Society, Institution Or Organization, According To The Rules And Customs Of The Society, Institution Or Organization. (C) Marriage License Needed To Officiate.--No Person Or Religious Organization Qualified To Perform Marriages Shall Officiate At A Marriage Ceremony Without The Parties Having Obtained A Marriage License Issued Under This Part. [Source Webmaster Note: Marriage Is A Civil Contract And Does Not Require A Particular Form Of Ceremony For Solemnization By A Government Or Religious Official. See Commonwealth Ex. Rel. Mcdermott V. Mcdermott, 236 Pa. Superior Ct. 541, 345 A.2D 914 (1975). However, Marriage Does Require Words Uttered To Establish At That Precise Time The Relationship Of Husband And Wife. Commonwealth V. Jones, 224 Pa. Superior Ct. 352, 307 A.2D 397 (1973). Same Sex Wedding Law: To Perform A Marriage In Pennsylvania 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.