Oh No!

Authored by: Jim Emerson
January 31, 2012

If you have ever planned an event, be it corporate or personal, you know that the best laid plans don’t always come together as anticipated. So to increase the enjoyment of planning your wedding celebration, to reduce the level of stress as your Special Day approaches, and to avoid the “Oh No’s” of planning your wedding, consider the following as you navigate through the process:

  • Before formalizing specific plans, decide on your priorities as well as your areas of compromise. This will help in establishing a budget and assist in communicating your desires with your family and wedding vendors. This will ultimately save you time, stress and money. 
  • Your wedding is the most important day of your life and as such it should be a reflection of your love, hopes and dreams. So as you plan your wedding ceremony let your individual personalities take centre stage. Take the time and effort to ensure that your personalities show through the music, readings and vows so that your wedding ceremony will be unique and memorable for yourselves as well as for your guests. 
  • Establish, and stick to a realistic budget including all the little costs associated with the wedding (e.g. delivery, setup and take-down costs, cake cutting fees, marriage license, gratuities, gown cleaning and preservation etc.). Oh ya, don’t forget to include the sales tax. 
  • Check and re-check your guest list seeking input from family members. Know whose opinion counts because sometimes their opinion impacts the direction of your wedding. This ensures there won’t be any “surprise” guests that may swell your budget and possibly limit your venue choice. Remember that as your guest list grows, so does your budget so keep a level head and separate fantasy from your reality. 
  • Don’t make any assumptions regarding your vendors. Obtain and review your supplier’s written contract outlining the services to be provided, any additional costs which may be incurred as well as any mistakes or areas of misunderstanding. After all, there is only one thing more dangerous than a vague contract and that’s no contract at all! So before your Special Day arrives, know everything that is to be provided by each vendor and what your final cost will be.

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About the Author: Jim Emerson

Author Website: https://www.enduringpromises.com


Thinking About a Destination Wedding?

Authored by: Jim Emerson
January 20, 2012

Destination weddings can be extremely romantic and the perfect way to begin your new life together as husband and wife. However, choosing a destination wedding, rather than a local venue, can be a minefield of unexpected challenges that can cause severe disappointment, friction within the families and invited guests and put a damper on your special day. Here are a few things to consider before you book your flight:

Cost: The biggest issue with a destination wedding for invited guests is the cost. While the bride and groom feel that this is their day, which undoubtedly it is, you should consider the financial burden you may be placing on your guests. Depending on the location, even an all-inclusive destination may be cost prohibitive for many.

Vacation Time: Some guests may not have vacation time available from work to attend your destination wedding. For some that are required to take time off work without pay, this hidden cost adds significantly to the overall expense of attending your wedding. Some of your guests may also have arranged a family vacation time, at some other time of the year, which precludes them from taking additional time off work.

Time of the Year: Depending on their employment, some of your guests may not be able to leave work for a week to attend your destination wedding. For example, it is highly unlikely that a guest who is an accountant could take a week off work in April or a store owner may be unwilling to leave their retail business in December.

Physical Limitations: If some guests are prevented from travelling, for any number of reasons, (age, health, phobias, etc.) they will be denied the opportunity to share in your celebration and join in your happiness. It would be a shame that your grandmother or uncle could not join you on your wedding day because of the physical demands of a long flight.

Travel Problems: As with any trip, there are always variables that arise that can’t be anticipated or planned for. But with a destination wedding, these variables may have an even bigger impact on your celebration than if you celebrated locally. Some of the variables that should be considered are the possibility of flight delays as well as the chances of lost, delayed or damaged luggage containing your wedding dress.

When all is said and done, if you are planning a destination wedding, be open to the possibility that many of your family and friends just can`t join you in your celebration. 

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About the Author: Jim Emerson

Author Website: https://www.enduringpromises.com


Caralynne and Pontus

Hi Jim,

You were great. You took the time to listen to what we wanted and gave many useful and different ideas. I liked that you were quick to give feedback while we were building our ceremony.

The Enduring Promises online template was fantastic. I loved that there was a lot of choices for each section of the ceremony. It was easy to add or upload our own things onto the template from the internet as well.

Enduring Promises on the whole was great. When I was initially looking for an Officiant they responded right away. I found their e-mail correspondence very friendly and prompt.

Thank you so much Jim. The day was just perfect and everything went so smoothly.

Caralynne and Pontus

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Richard and Shelby

Hello Jim,

We just got back from our honeymoon and we wanted you to know how thankful we are to you and your wife for making our day so special.

We felt so comfortable at your home and I’m very sorry for keeping you guys so long with the picture taking, but they turned out well and we have quite a few too choose from.

Everyone thought it was a great celebration and Richard was very pleased with how everything went and how comfortable you made him feel. I will be writing a comment about you on the Enduring Promises website and recommending your services.

Thanks again,

Richard and Shelby

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