No Children Allowed!

Can you believe we’re only 6 months from the 2012 wedding season? For us here at Wedgewood, that means it’s invitation time! As brides and grooms flood our doors to start the invitation process, one of the first questions they ask is how to tell their wedding guests “No Kids Allowed.” Let us share some tips that we’ve gathered over the years to help alleviate this little invitation headache.

• Think It Through: Whether you’re trying to bring down the guest count or fear crying babies at the ceremony, not everyone will understand your reasoning when it comes to their own little ones. Be prepared for some guests to opt out of the festivities; there may be hurt feelings if you bend the rules for your adorable flower girls while your friend’s children are forced to stay with babysitters.

• Mind your manners: If one were to ask an etiquette expert about printing “no children” on the invitation they would gasp at what they see as a tacky gesture. However let’s be honest, how many of us read Emily Post these days? Modern brides have adapted to the times and are making their own rules. One suggestion is to state on the RSVP card that it will be an “adult reception.” Another is to print the following on the RSVP card: “We have reserved __seats in your honor” and hand write in the number of adults. This is also a great trick when trying to avoid your guests bringing dates!

• A good old-fashioned phone call:  Before the invitations have even been sent, pick up the phone and call your friends and family with children. Inform them that invitations are on the way and that after much thought you and your fiancé have decided to host a “no children wedding.” It is a personal touch that will make them appreciate you reaching out and will hopefully open them up to understanding your decision.

Whether you print it on the invite, tell them on the phone, or have a change of heart and decide to let the kiddos hang around, remember it is your wedding. You are the one that ultimately decides who will be there to share your special day.

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Exposing Hidden Wedding Fees

Every wedding has to have a dance floor right? Unfortunately, some venues make you pay extra for it.

By Bill Zaruka
Wedgewood President

One of the first things wedding experts will tell you to do when starting to plan your wedding is to set your budget. Couples have to start thinking about how much a venue is going to cost, how expensive plates per person will be, the deejay, floral arrangements, etc. Establishing a budget is difficult enough without hidden fees — charges that do not appear in the initial proposal — for things that can easily escape the mind of someone who is not a wedding professional.

Couples should know what hidden fees to watch out for, especially at smaller venues that require you to do a lot yourself. If you do not see these items in the information a venue provides, be sure to ask about them.

1. Cake cutting fee – Some venues charge as much as $4.00 per person

2. Bartender fee – While you get the price for alcohol up front, you could be unaware of the fee for the person pouring the drinks. This is usually a per hour or flat fee.

3. Insurance requirements – Some venues require significant forms of liability insurance. Who wants to pay for insurance or fill out the paperwork for it? Exactly! Most venues conveniently won’t mention it until after they have booked you.

4. Dance floor fees– It takes more than a deejay to dance at some venues, which require you to rent or supply your own dance floor.

5. Labor charges to supply the staff.

6. Set up or breakdown charges.

7. China, glassware, silverware, etc. – Seems ridiculous, right? But these items do get charged on occasion.

8. Wedding coordinators – Some venues will mandate the use of a wedding coordinator, preferably one supplied by the venue itself.

Wedgewood has a policy of no hidden fees, guaranteed, because your wedding should be hassle-free. Making sure you don’t get blindsided by them is the first step to making sure your budget remains as originally planned.

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Finding the Perfect Ring

With engagement season upon us, we know there are quite a few soon-to-be groom’s looking for advice on how to choose the perfect ring. We’re here to help! The first thing you need to know is your bride!

In order to choose the perfect setting, you’ll need to know her style- does she normally wear simple jewelry or does she prefer more luxurious accessories? Simple means she’ll most likely love a beautiful single diamond solitaire. If she prefers luxurious, she’ll most likely prefer something with diamond accents. If you’re not sure, a safe bet is to purchase a single solitaire setting. After your bride-to-be says “Yes!” the two of you can go together to choose her perfect setting.

Now, how do you choose the perfect diamond? Remember the 4 C’s:

Cut- How the diamond is cut contributes to the sparkle and brilliance of the diamond.  The scale ranges from Excellent to Poor. A diamond with a Good to Excellent cut is great for an engagement ring.

Clarity- As diamonds form deep in the Earth, pressure and heat sometimes cause blemishes or inclusions. These slight imperfections make your diamond unique, like birthmarks in humans. The scale ranges from Flawless (FL) to Included (I3). The closer the clarity is to I3, the more likely it is that the inclusions will affect the brilliance of the diamond. A good range to stay within is FL to VS2.

Color- When it comes to diamonds, the less color the better. The scale runs from D to Z. A diamond with a D rating is colorless. As the scale gets closer to Z, the color of the diamond starts to include yellows and browns. Overall, the closer to D it is, the better!

Carat- This refers to the weight or size of the diamond. Most diamonds used in jewelry weight 1 carat or less.

Quality and size both carry weight when purchasing a diamond. Rule of thumb: choose a diamond with the highest quality and weight that fits your budget.

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