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What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Do at Your Rehearsal Dinner

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A rehearsal dinner is a must to make sure everyone knows their roles and places during the wedding ceremony. However, rehearsal dinners are also a small celebration in and of itself with just your wedding party, parents, and a few others. Here’s what you should (and should not!) do to ...

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5 Surprising Wedding Dress Trends for 2019

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Every year, wedding dress trends morph and new, cutting-edge styles are brought in. On-trend brides want to make sure their gowns feature fashionable details that complement their bridal look. Here are five surprising wedding dress trends for 2019 that will do more than just turn heads when you walk down ...

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Making the Choice Between a Custom Wedding Dress vs. Off the Rack

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When you close your eyes, you can likely envision every last detail of your perfect wedding, down to your ideal wedding dress. To bring your vision to life, you must decide if you would like to have a custom wedding dress made or want to try your luck with off the rack designs. Every bride ...

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Choosing Between Professional Hair and Makeup vs. DIY

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You can achieve the picture-perfect look you want for your wedding day when your hair and makeup are done to the nines. To achieve this goal, you can either take matters into your own hands with DIY techniques or hire a professional hair and makeup expert. Weigh the pros and cons ...

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Wedding Catering- Stations vs. Full Table service

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Everybody loves food. In this podcast, Maureen Woodman of the Essex Room talks not only about the different forms of wedding catering her venue offers, but also teaches you how to decipher which option is best for you. John: Hi I'm John Maher. I'm here today with Maureen Woodman, wedding planner and ...

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Matching vs. Custom Fitting Bridesmaid Dresses

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Keeping everybody happy when choosing bridesmaid dresses can be a challenge. In this podcast, Maureen Goodman and Norman Lemcke of The Essex Room give insight on how a bride can keep all of her bridesmaids happy with her decision. John: Hi I'm John Maher and I'm here today with Maureen Goodman ...

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Assigned Seats Vs. General Seating: Making the Best Choice for Your Wedding

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As you select a picturesque setting for your wedding reception, you will need to decide if it is best to use an assigned or general seating arrangement. These two seating arrangement options each offer numerous advantages and disadvantages to consider. With no one right answer, you will need to weigh ...

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Groom’s side/Bride’s side vs. Intermingled Seating at Weddings

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Choosing the right arrangements for seating at weddings can be one of the most stressful things for a bride to do. Should you go with a traditional bride/groom side or an intermingled side? And what if the families don’t get along? Listen as Maureen Woodman and Norman Lemcke walk you ...

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Tips for Bridal Party Gifts

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We all know that planning a wedding takes a village. What is a better way to show gratitude to your loved ones than thru a personalized gift. Having seen many a bridal party show up with arms full of belongings, trust us, nobody needs or wants another item that doesn’t have ...

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Friday vs. Saturday Weddings

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One of the toughest decisions to make when planning a wedding is the day. By choosing a Friday, Saturday, or even a Sunday you are setting the mood of your wedding. Maureen Woodman sits down to give her opinions on scheduling a wedding to make sure everybody has a great ...

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