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I Saved Money in the Wrong Places

When I started planning my wedding I basically just went through and asked for everything on my wish list. At some point, it hit me like a ton of bricks how fast all of the bills were piling up. I couldn’t belive how much money I was spending and I went into panic mode cutting things left and right.

We all get there.

You are planning you wedding and you just lose sight of everything you are spending because it is all indifferent places: the photographer, the florist, the hotel, the welcome baskets, etc. When you sit down and add it up, you basically have a heart attack. It’s kind of like getting your credit card at the end of the month, you don’t see one charge for more than $150 but yet your bill is $1,500 and you can’t figure out how you did it. (more…)


September 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

Another band horror story…

Writers Note: After recieving this email last night, I am inclined to add another entry to band disasters. Though this is unlikely to happen to you, it highlights the need for good communication.

“On the day of the wedding, I asked my wedding band to make mention of my grandmother who had recently passed away. I told them to say something along the lines of, “We would like to dedicate this song to Julie’s grandmother in her memory.” I then asked them to play ‘I will remember you’. Instead, they mis-heard me and called my grandmother up to the stage. As everyone sat there in shocked silence, they went on, shouting ‘Grandma, Grandma, where are you? We have a song for you.’ It was totally awful.”

There really isn’t much more to say about this [refer to yesterday’s post] except that it highlights that the more planning you can get done in advance, the better off you are going to be. Try and leave as few things as possible to the ‘day of the wedding’. For one thing, time passes really quickly on that day and for another, it just opens you up to communication errors like this one. Awful. This story made us feel really badly.

August 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

The Band chimed in during the speeches!

“When I met the wedding band I ultimately ended up hiring, I loved their sense of humor. They really seemed to take great joy in the wedding process, while at the same time being quite lighthearted about the whole thing. Imagine my horror when during my father-in-law’s speech, they kept rattling the drums and banging on the cymbals when he would make a joke. I know they were trying to be funny, but it was my wedding and not an episode of Letterman!!”

This goes back to our whole thesis about knowing who you hire. This, however, is a typical example of something you can probably not see coming and can not plan ahead for [which is why we are here]. One of the most important contributions a band can make to a wedding is knowing when to stop and what to do during the silent parts of the night. Just as you would not want the hotel quietly pumping in elevator music during the speeches, you do not want to hear the band chiming in either. (more…)

August 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

We were out of sync with the band on the first dance!

“I hired and loved my wedding band. I had heard them at a friend’s wedding and they literally sounded like the gypsy kings. Plus, after comparing the quotes of several bands, I realized they were quite reasonable. Only one problem: I had never heard them sing in English.”

Well kudos to this bride for doing something different with the wedding band and spicing things up a little. As she explained to us, however, the band sounded wonderful when they were singing in Spanish but when they tried to sing her English wedding song it was just awful! It never occurred to her to ask them to sing it in advance or do anything to prepare. Kind of reminded me of those episodes of American Idol where the singers were just so good in the audition and only once they got to Hollywood did Simon and the crew realize anything was wrong. (more…)

July 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment