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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...
MI Wedding Laws
See Also: A Charter May No Longer Be Required : It Was Called To Our Attention That The State Of Michigan May No Longer Require Individuals To File A Charter In Order To Perform Marriages. From The Website Of The Michigan State Government: To Perform Marriage Ceremonies A Person Should Be An Ordained Minister, Magistrate (A Civil Officer With Power To Administer And Enforce Law -- Justice Of The Peace), Mayor Of A Michigan City Or A Judge.An Ordained Minister Of The Gospel Recognized By A Church May Perform Marriages Whether Or Not The Church Has Filed A Charter With The State Of Michigan, Department Of Labor & Economic Growth, Corporation Division Or An Elected Government Official. To Determine If A Church Has Filed A Charter, Telephone: (517) 241-6470. Please Check With Your Local County Clerk To Determine What Steps You Will Need To Take In Order To Register As Officiant. If Your Clerk Does Require A Charter, You Will Find Instructions On How To Obtain This Below. If A Charter Is Required : In The Past, The State Required That A Charter Be Filed Before An Ordination Could Be Recognized, For The Purposes Of Officiating Weddings. "An Ordained Minister Of The Gospel Recognized By A Church That Has Filed A Charter With The State Of Michigan, Corporation And Land Development Bureau Or An Elected Government Official May Perform Marriages. To Determine If A Church Has Filed A Charter (517) 241-6470. Contact The Department Of Community Health, Vital Statistics At (517) 335-8677 For Marriage Statistics. When Forming A Religious Organization, There Is A Tax Guide Available From The Irs, Publication "Tax Guide For Churches And Other Religious Organizations; Publication 1828 Catalog Number 21096G; Address: Irs, Freedom Of Information Reading Room, P.O. Box 795, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044; Telephone: (800) 829-3676. Many Churches Are Required To Have A "Church Copyright License." For Further Information About This License Call (800) 234-2446. Marriage Licenses Are Obtained At The County Clerk'S Office. This May Not Be Required If You Are Only Intending To Officiate Weddings. Act 327 Of 1931: Ecclesiastical Corporations : 450.178 Ecclesiastical Corporations; Incorporation; Purpose. Sec. 178. Ecclesiastical Corporations. Any Number Of Persons, Not Less Than 3, May Incorporate For The Purpose Of Establishing Any Church Organization For The Purpose Of Teaching And Spreading Their Religious Beliefs And Principles. Every Such Corporation Shall Be A Non-Profit Corporation And Subject To The Provisions Of This Act Relating To Non-Profit Corporations Generally Except As Specifically Otherwise Provided. The Term "Church? And/Or "Church Organization? Used In This Act Shall Be Construed To Include Any Church, Denominational Unit, Or Church Society As The Term Is Commonly Used And Understood But Shall Not Apply To Such Organizations As Sunday Schools, Epworth Leagues, Young People'S Unions, Bible Classes And Similar Societies Organized By And Affiliated With The Parent Churches. Whenever Any Number Of Churches Or Other Corporations Organized For Religious Purposes Desire To Unite In A Central Organization For The Accomplishment Of Any Common Purpose They May Incorporate Such Organization By Severally Adopting, At Meetings Specially Called For The Purpose, Resolutions Expressing Their Desire To Become Members Of Such Corporation; And By Filing Duly Attested Copies Of Such Resolutions Together With A Copy Of The Articles Of Such Corporation, As Provided For The Filing Of Articles In Section 5 Of This Act. The Corporations Formed Under This Section Are Hereinafter Called Ecclesiastical Corporations. Article Of Incorporation Form With Instructions : (Note: Adobe Acrobat Will Be Required.) The Form Is Fairly Basic, Requiring An Address For The Church (Can Be Your Address), Details About How Often Meetings Will Be Held ("Once Per Week, Or As Necessary"), Details On Your Church Structure (You Could Say "Under The Rules Of The Universal Life Church Monastery" Or Mention The Basis Of Your Beliefs), And Will Require Three Notarized Signatures. The Filing Fee, To The State, Is Currently Only $20.00. Chapter 83 - Chapter 83. Of Marriage And The Solemnization Thereof. (Excerpt) 551.7 Persons Authorized To Solemnize Marriage; Records; Returns; Disposition Of Fees Charged By Mayor Or County Clerk. Sec. 7. (1) Marriages May Be Solemnized By Any Of The Following: (H) A Minister Of The Gospel, Anywhere In The State, If The Minister Is Ordained Or Authorized To Solemnize Marriages According To The Usages Of The Denomination, And Is A Pastor Of A Church In This State, Or Continues To Preach The Gospel In This State. (I) A Minister Of The Gospel, Anywhere In The State, If The Minister Is Not A Resident Of This State But Is Authorized To Solemnize Marriages Under The Laws Of The State In Which The Minister Resides. Same Sex Wedding Law: To Perform A Marriage In Michigan 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. Ulc The Monastery'S Foreign Corporation State Filings Michigan