|Posted on November 19, 2018 at 7:30 AM||comments (0)|
Bridal Show season is going to start again soon and you need to be ready! They are a one-stop shopping – like a Google search, but Live!
Set up an e-mail just for the wedding-related correspondence. It can be something like [email protected] The wedding e-mail address will help you keep all your wedding planning information together.
Bring a sheet of pre-printed address labels. Put your name, Groom’s name, wedding date, address, and e-mail address. Bridal shows have you sign up for information or to win contests so have the labels ready and it saves you from writer’s cramp!
Pre-register for the show. By doing that you might be able to get a discount on the tickets (or free) and save time getting into the show.
Pack a bag to put all the information you can pick up. You might be given a bag when you arrive but sometimes having your own works out better.
Wear comfortable shoes. Some of the shows are in large convention space and you will be on your feet, covering a lot of ground, so wear comfortable shoes to keep your feet happy.
Have a budget and open mind. The wedding industry is a creative bunch always coming up with something exciting and new. Take the time to check out these services to see if they would be something to incorporate in your special day.
Take notes and pictures. You want to remember who you talked with and whose services impressed you even if you are not ready to book right away. The more information you have the easier it will be for you to remember what you liked.
Enter to win! Wedding professionals provide real prizes which are generally geared around weddings so definitely enter to win! (Use those labels!)
Follow up with companies you like. Companies are there to talk to the Bride in person and want to help you achieve your dream wedding by providing quality service. Their calendars, especially after a Bridal Show, book up quickly, so if you see or speak to someone you are interested in follow up with them after the show to schedule an appointment.
|Posted on May 23, 2018 at 8:50 AM||comments (1)|
Did you know that essential oils can be a great natural tool in the months leading up to your wedding? Stress relief and calming anxious feelings, glowing and clear skin, long beautiful hair growth, energy, a restful night’s sleep, boosting the metabolism and curbing cravings to shed those last few extra pounds, and even promoting feelings of love!
Lauren Cattie, an essential oils educator with Young Living Essential Oils, has helped I Do! Invitations and Announcements discover and experience all of these amazing results that essential oils can offer, so we wanted to share this with you!
For more information: contact Lauren Cattie at [email protected] or 484-883-6632!
She has an essential oils education group, and does free online classes monthly to help you learn!
|Posted on May 23, 2018 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
When it comes to money matters, young married couples who are just starting out have a lot to juggle: They may be paying off student debt and saving for their first home. It's also a time when young families may be the most financially vulnerable should the unexpected strike. To ensure that they have financial protection when they need it most, purchasing a life insurance policy should be top of mind.
Here are five reasons why young families need life insurance:
1. You just never know. While it's not the most pleasant thing to ponder, an emergency situation could quickly put your family's finances under water.
2. The earlier you opt in, the more affordable it is. Because age is one of the factors that affects the cost of your premium, the younger you are when you purchase a policy , the less you'll be paying each year.
3. It's not as expensive as you think. If you're on a budget and are convinced you can’t afford life insurance, consider term life insurance. It guarantees protection for a set amount of time. Since it's not designed to last a lifetime, the annual premiums are considerably lower.
4. It lets you concentrate on other goals. Once you have the peace of mind and financial protection that life insurance grants you, you may feel secure enough to fund long-term goals, like buying a home, saving for your nest egg, or going back to school.
5. You can always upgrade at a later date. Don't let the fear of making the wrong decision deter you from purchasing a policy now. The policy you purchase today isn't intended to be set in stone. As your family's needs change, you have the option of making upgrades.
We know it's not easy for young families to make their life insurance needs a priority, given all their competing financial obligations. However, life insurance is a vehicle for protection that is not only affordable, but can also help families save money and can ultimately propel them toward reaching both their immediate and far-reaching goals.
For a free and confidential financial analysis, please contact Michael Russo, Agent, New York Life at [email protected] or 215-441-3780.
|Posted on November 1, 2017 at 4:40 AM||comments (1)|
Do I send thank you notes to my bridesmaids, friends and family for my Bachelorette Party even though I did not get any gifts?
Yes. Even though you did not get a place-setting or spa gift certificate, Team Bride put together this special time for YOU before your wedding day. They will appreciate the time you took to reflect on your time together during your Bachelorette Party!
|Posted on November 1, 2017 at 4:35 AM||comments (0)|
1. Start with the Bride. Talk to the Bride and find out what she wants a far as location, theme and guest list. Find a few dates that works for her and then start planning with just a few bridesmaids or friends before you start doing the inviting.
2.Make the Plans. Restaurant, hotel or house. Whatever you need, book it.
3. Send out the Invitations. If you need to make reservations for your party you will want to have an RSVP on the invitations so you know how to proceed.
4. Discuss with others. Everyone's budget is different, so you will need to determine if you are covering all or some of the Bride's expenses.
5.Talk to the Bride. Remember to consult her to see what kind of activities she would like to includes.
6. Plan Events. Team Bride will like structure, yet room to just be together too.
7. Get Accessories and HAVE FUN!
|Posted on September 29, 2017 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
1. Make it personal. Incorporate your names, nicknames, wedding date, or a play on words. The goal is for it to reflect you as a couple. Be creative! Feel free to add in humor, alliteration or a rhyme.
2. Keep it short and sweet. Shorten or combine words to create something unique. Try to swap out commonly misspelled words for easier one, if possible.
3. Capitalize the first letter of each word. Capitalize the first letter of each word can help with readability if guests can see where each word starts and ends. (With or without the capitalization, your hashtag will work the same way.)
4. Check the hashtag. Do a check of the hashtag to see if there's already been something tagged to it, and if so, how many photos. If it doesn't yield any or just a handful of results, you are probably in the clear. If it does have a lot of results though, you might want to reconsider.
5. Use it early and often. Do not wait until your wedding day to use your hashtag, if you start from the very beginning it will leave you with a collection of images documenting the entire wedding process.
6. Spread the word. Start by telling your wedding party your hashtag and put it on your save the dates, wedding website, cocktail napkins and anywhere you can. A formal wedding invitation is not an appropriate location for a hashtag but just about everywhere else is acceptable.
|Posted on September 29, 2017 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
When should we make our response deadline for our RSVPs?
We recommend making your RSVP date around three weeks before your wedding date. This will allow you enough time to get your final head count (and entree count if needed) to your caterer. This will also give you time to finalized your seating chart and get your place cards ready. (I Do! can have your guest's names printed on the place cards during this time too.)
If some guests have not responded by your deadline, you will need to give them a call ask for their RSVP.
|Posted on August 24, 2017 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
Question: How do I know which postage stamp I should put on my wedding invitations?
Answer: I know you will be super excited to get your wedding invitations in the mail and to start getting your responses but slow down for a moment. Take a sample invitation suite (invitation and all the enclosures) to the post office and have them weigh it so you know how much your postage stamp should be put on. Depending on the weigh will determine the stamp you will need. And don't forget you need USPS first class mail stamps for the response cards too! (This step will avoid your invitations being returned to you for insufficient postage.)
And while you are at the post office, please ask them about hand-cancelling. If they can do it for you it means your invitations will be stamped with a hand stamp which will (hopefully) prevent your beautiful invitations from going through the processing machines.
|Posted on August 10, 2017 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
Research, Communicate and Enjoy!
Whether you are buying for the first time for you and your future spouse or blended families, here are some things to think about!
Research and do your homework
Find a realtor and a lender. Zillow may not be that great with their zestimates but they are a GREAT place to find reviews and experiences of other new homeowners. Your realtor and lender will be your best friends through this process – someone who knows the location and area well and can make that is a good fit for your needs. Interview at least two of each. If you have been through the process before, try to remember what didn't work for you before.
Communicate with your partner
Communicate with your partner and categorize the criteria that you would like in your new home. Talk about what works for each of you. Many times, this is your first home together and you each have ideas of what you want your family home to look like. Make sure you discuss how long do you plan to stay at this home– 5 years, 10 years, forever? If this is a starter home, then you have to focus on investment.
Have fun and enjoy!
This is such a fun and exciting time, albeit a stressful and difficult at time. Try to make it as fun as possible and I promise, it will all be worth it in the end!
Some extra pointers
-If you have a home to sell – pick your realtor first and then attempt your to-do list. Sometimes, something you may think is a big deal, may not be in certain markets. Currently, inventory is low in most areas so they need to re-do your home is not necessary. This will focus you in you and hopefully destress you.
-Likewise, since the inventory is so low, make sure you are ready to go pre-approval wise before going seeing the home of your dreams. It is likely it may not be around a couple days later.
Feel free to contact Stacey Morrison with any questions along the way!
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach
232 Eagleview Boulevard, Exton, PA 19341
484.354.8458, [email protected]
|Posted on June 14, 2017 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
5 Ways Your New Marriage May Impact Your Insurance
Marriage is a milestone that impacts many areas of your life.
Insure the bling!
If you bought or received an engagement ring you should protect it. You can purchase coverage with a floater (also known as a rider) to protect your asset. With this type of coverage, the ring will be covered for mysterious disappearance, which means if the ring falls off your finger and you loose it you are financially protected.
Marry home policies
Once you are living together it makes financial sense to insurance your combined personal belongings on a single renter's or homeowner's insurance policy. It may also be wise to review the limits on your policy.
Merge auto insurance
Unless one partner has a poor driving record, you can benefit from shifting to a single auto insurance policy after you tie the knot. Doing so may earn you a multi-vehicle discount - saving you money on premiums.
Buying your renter's or homeowner's insurance and your auto insurance from the same company will often save you money. If you and your spouse have insurance with two different companies, consider having each company quote a "bundled" price for both of your combined policies.
Look at life insurance
Look at life insurance If it would be difficult for just one of you to pay your mortgage or other combined bills if something were to happen to the other partner, you may want to consider life insurance. The least expensive time to purchase life insurance is when you are young and healthy. If you already have life insurance now would be a good time to review beneficiaries.
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