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Even though Phoenix, Arizona may lack the visible signs of the seasons changing we are at summer’s end at last with the first day of autumn on September 22. If you are having a fall wedding consider using some of these trends to match the season.

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There are a ton of factors to take into consideration when choosing a venue for your wedding. You want to meet all of your needs but it can be tricky when trying to juggle your own religious preferences, your fiancé’s, and those of others. Then there are all of the other elements to include to your overall theme as well as practical factors such as your guest list. With all of this confusion, at the end of the day you have a ton of choices to choose from. Here are some relevant questions to consider:

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The function of the wedding program is to inform your guests about the wedding ceremony, wedding party, and history. It can include many features such as names of everyone involved in the ceremony, songs that will be played, and history of how the bride and groom met.  A traditional wedding program is a folded sheet of standard-sized printing paper in a color matching the wedding theme- boring! It’s time to discover a new realm of wedding programs, ones that will excite your guests for the show that is about to go on.

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If you’re a bride on a budget, a DIY wedding could very well be a smart route to take. A complete DIY wedding could be authentic by adding a delightful, homemade touch. But it would be advised to take into consideration the time and complexity that will require. Most brides will use select elements of their wedding to DIY, however some elements are better off just being purchased or planned by a wedding planner. When choosing the wrong do-it-yourself project, you could potentially lose money in the long run to repair the damage from trying to plan for a bargain. Here are some pros and cons to consider:

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Including the children at your wedding could be a beautiful, magical touch or it could mean potential messy, screaming disaster. If you honestly do not want to take the risk of the negative occurring with this situation then it’s your responsibility to break it to your guests. It’s an awkward situation asking to leave the kids at home and you don’t want to offend anyone. We get it- so how do you ask them politely without being rude?

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You picked out the wedding dress and now you have to choose the veil that will complete your overall look. The veil serves as the focal point to your hair and dress and other than warding off evil spirits (a little history behind what the veil used to symbolize!), the veil you choose should compliment your dress, face shape, and hair style. Wedding gowns fall under several different broad styles and your veil needs to work with this style. There’s the classic style which is formal and usually elaborate in some way. The modern style is going to be fresh and up to date as far as wedding fashion goes, and if you’re looking for something totally unique you can really get creative.

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It’s about six months before your wedding ceremony and it’s about that time to send invites to all of your beloved family, friends, coworkers, etc. so that they can plan in advance to attend your special day. Save the dates are crucial for not only allowing your guests to plan ahead, but also in setting the tone.

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I’m sure mom would love for you to rock her vintage gown overflowing with ruffles and layers on your big day, but let’s be honest- wearing a gown from the 70’s or 80’s may alert the fashion police. With styles and trends constantly changing, there are new, fresh options to choose from but molding a piece of your mother’s gown into yours is something to cherish. There are definitely ways to incorporate it somehow, whether it be in the gown, garter, or even the ring pillow.

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Part of the central component to the wedding reception is indulging in a tiered wedding cake. If you’ve been to any weddings lately I’m sure you’ve noticed it’s not just about the cake anymore with options such as self-serve candy bars, cupcakes on stacked tiers, and chocolate fountains. Say you’re not a wedding cake couple- don’t feel obligated to include a cake! Opting out gives you the option to be original and research into what sweet treats you and the groom really want to see at your wedding.

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Who would’ve thought that the chalkboards you used in high school can now be used as a unique wedding idea? This chalkboard trend is totally genius, DIY, and we love it. You can really get artsy and have fun with this- use it as signage leading guests to the venue or even as invitations! Let these fantastic chalkboard ideas we found add a rustic and whimsical touch to your wedding.

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