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Wedding of the Week! Hunter & Morgan Boggs!

Website Administrator on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

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Hunter & Morgan Boggs

 

10/26/13

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Agreeing that they wouldn’t change a thing about their wedding day, Hunter and Morgan told us they  “Loved celebrating the joining of their lives with their family and closest friends---it was everything they wanted and more!”

 

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After an emotional “first look,” and a rustic outdoor ceremony, the two enjoyed their first dance as a married couple serenaded by Norah Jones’ Come Away with Me! 

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When we asked Morgan what her favorite part of the wedding day was she told us, “Being able to FaceTime with my grandmother who was in the hospital and unable to make it to the wedding. SO thankful for modern technology!”

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And finally, the newlyweds rode off into the sunset in a pale blue, 1940’s Plymouth Chrysler Convertible----almost as beautiful as they are!

 

Venue: Private Residence • Coordinator: Megan Best • Florist: Lauren Roebuck Designs • Dress: Demetrios – Ilissa • Men’s formals: Black by Vera Wang • Cake: Nancy Whittenburg • Caterer: Randi Gwilt • Invitations: Etsy • Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Etsy • Photography: Love by Lindey • Registry: Townsend House, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Pewter Company • Entertainment: Dallas and Paige Witt

 

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Wedding of the Week! Josh & Kelsey Stanley

Website Administrator on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

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Josh & Kelsey Stanley

9/14/13

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Adorned with a diamond necklace made from a ring of her mother’s given by her late father, Kelsey was walked down the aisle by her older brother Erik carrying a bouquet of calla lilys, roses and hydrangeas. It was a beautiful September in Ruston and a day that was a long time coming for this happy couple!

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Kelsey told us, “Picking out the dress of my DREAMS along with picking out decorations for the wedding with my mama, my little sister Kali, and my meme were my favorite parts of the wedding planning! I loved having them with me---so many memories were made throughout the whole process!”

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Kelsey advised, “Enjoy the planning process and don’t get stressed out, because it all goes by WAY too fast!”

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When we asked Kelsey what her favorite memory of the day was she said, “I loved getting ready with my bridesmaids and mother before the ceremony, but I have so many cherished memories of that day! Truly the best day I have ever had!”

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Venue: The Norton Building • Coordinator: Allan Futch • Florist: Missy Putman • Dress: Mori Lee, Monroe, LA • Men’s Formalwear: King of Hearts • Cake: Kelly Hargrove • Catering: Linda Peevy • Invitations: Brittany Bosley • Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Hers Bridal • Photography: Megan and Seth • Registry: Bed, Bath & Beyond • Honeymoon: Walt Disney World

 

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Wedding of the Week! Logan & Britney Norris

Website Administrator on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

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Logan & Britney Norris

11/2/13

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These sweethearts met in high school, but didn’t start dating until 2012 and were engaged on Christmas of that year! The couple originally planned to wed after Britney graduated college---With Britney’s grandmother having serious heart problems and Logan having recently signed with the Colorado Rockies organization, the couple decided in September of 2013 that they would move the date up. Luckily enough, the perfect venue and photographer had openings on the very same day!! The only problem? The new wedding date was just 5 short weeks away!

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We asked Britney what advice she would give to couples currently planning their wedding, Britney said, “I would probably tell people not to rush things and to enjoy every little part of the planning process. Do whatever you can to make it the wedding you’ve always dreamed of and don’t settle for anything else! Don’t let other people try and plan the wedding for you. The wedding should be about you and your future husband and everything about the day should reflect that!”

 

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“My favorite memory of the day would have to be when my grandfather was handing me over to Logan. He placed my hand in Logan’s and was very emotional when the preacher asked who was to give me away. My grandfather then kissed me on the head and sat down. As the only father figure I have ever had, it was a very emotional moment. I’m so glad he was able to walk me down the aisle and hand me off to Logan.”

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Britney described how she felt as she walked down the aisle: “I was so nervous!! I was walking down a hill and I thought for sure I was going to trip! Once I was able to see Logan at the end of the aisle---and he saw me for the first time---he cried and I got butterflies! I couldn’t believe it was finally happening. I felt like it was a dream! It was the moment I had waited for all day!”

Congratulations, again, Logan & Britney!

 

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Venue: Moonlight & Lace • Photography: Olivia Lott Photography • Florist: Peggy, The Flower Shop • Dress: Happily Ever After Bridal • Catering: Savoie’s • Coordinator: Kayla Jackson • Invitations: Mixbook.com • Bridesmaids Dresses: Dillards • Cake: Cakes by Christy McClure • Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Warehouse • Registry: Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target • Transportation: Diamond Jacks • Jewelry: Belk

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Wedding of the Week! Gary & Morgan Northen

Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

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Gary & Morgan Northen

8/17/13

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This week’s Wedding of the Week is Gary & Morgan Northen! Gary and Morgan were married last August at The Bridge Community Church in Ruston followed by a reception at The Norton Building. A beautifully perfect day celebrating a couple genuinely in love!

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We asked Morgan, “What was your favorite part of the wedding day?”

Morgan said, “Our favorite parts were finally seeing each other at the ceremony and having a moment to spend with each other alone after the ceremony on the way to the reception. We were so anxious to see each other, so when we finally did, there was just a moment of relief."

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When we asked Morgan and Gary to describe their favorite memory of their wedding day, they said, “It is so hard to just choose one favorite memory from the wedding! We have definitely enjoyed watching our wedding videos and looking through pictures to relive the whole day. Every time we watch and look at the videos and pictures, we find a new memory from the day!”

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After first dancing to Van Morrison’s Crazy Love and enjoying the rest of the evening under the twinkly, bistro lights at The Norton Building of Ruston, Morgan and Gary agree that they wouldn’t have done anything differently. They explained, “We had all of our friends and family there to help us celebrate one of the biggest moments in our lives. We couldn’t have asked for anything more than that.” 

 

VENDORS: Venue: The Bridge Community Church and The Norton Building • Coordinators: Gwen Dingler, Mallory Jordan, Debbie Parker • Florist: Nora’s Flowers (Carren Craft) • Dress: Lazaro – Happily Ever After Bridal Boutique • Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Warehouse • Cake: KaCee’s Sugar & Spice • Catering: L and L Catering • Bridesmaids: Lynn Lugo – Bella Bridesmaids • Photography: Kevin Beasley • Videography: Cole Prine • Honeymoon: Playa Mujeres Excellence Resort • Registry: Townsend House, Roger Furniture, Lewis Gifts, Dillards, Bed, Bath & Beyond • Jewelry: National Jewelry • Transportation: Shreveport Limousine • Entertainment: Hank Staples and Thundercreek • Hair & Makeup: Rain Salon

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Wedding of the Week! Colby & Calli Lorant

Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

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Colby & Calli Lorant

3/9/13

A huge wedding party and a whoooooole lot of fun! This week’s Wedding of the Week is Colby & Calli Lorant! Beginning with a short and sweet ceremony with a beautiful bride immediately followed by a reception that was all about the party!

 

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Surrounded by all of their closest friends, Calli and Colby agree that relaxing with their bridesmaids and groomsmen was a huge highlight of their wedding day!

We asked Calli, “What would you do differently if you could do it all over again?”

Calli said, “I would definitely have taken more pictures of Colby and I after the ceremony. We got one---then we were off to the reception.”

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Escorted from the ceremony in a one-of-a-kind party bus, the Lorants and their wedding party headed to the reception at Shreveport Country Club!

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When we asked Calli what advice she would give to others planning now, she advised,
“Don’t stress!! It’s going to be everything you wanted it to be and if you something goes wrong or if you miss something only you will know it!”

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Congratulations on your beautiful wedding and 1 year anniversary!!

 

VENDORS: Venue: Shreveport Country Club – Shreveport, LA • Florist: Judy Shipp – Guild the Lily • Dress: Maggie Sottero • Men’s Formalwear: Jean Yves Tan Allure Men’s Suite – Squires Formalwear • Cake: Sweetie Cakes • Catering: Shreveport Country Club • Invitations: Shelby Taylor  • Bridesmaid’s Dresses: LulaKate – Bella Bridesmaid • Photography: Shelby Taylor – Taylor Design Photography • Registry: Bed, Bath & Beyond Lewis Gifts and CB2.com • Transportation: Nick Dalton’s School Bus • Entertainment: The Wonderfuls • Accommodations – Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites – Bossier City & Remington Suite Hotel • Honeymoon: Galley Bay Resort and Spa - Antigua

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Wedding of the Week! Micheal & Ashley Brown

Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

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Micheal & Ashley Brown

4/20/13

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When a bride is easy going, it’s hard NOT to translate that to the wedding day. This beautiful garden wedding from this past spring is Our Wedding Library’s very first Wedding of the Week! Chosen because of its beauty, free spirit and obvious abundance of love! Solely through the photos it’s easy to see how much fun everyone is having!

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We asked the bride, Ashley, What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process?

Ashley replied, “MY MOM! I had zero stress! I told my mom a few things I knew I wanted for sure, and she made it happen. Everything else fell into place once we booked the venue and the florist. My advice would be to take care of all of the big things and let the professionals handle the details! Everything else will work itself out!”

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Ashley, what would you do differently if you could do it all over again?

“Honestly, nothing. It was a perfect day. Zero drama, lots of happiness and love. Micheal and I loved seeing everyone we love in one place all having fun together. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

 

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Describe how you felt as you were walking towards Micheal right before the first look:

“I HOPE HE PASSES OUT BECAUSE I LOOK SO GOOD!”
Ashley followed up by letting us know that he did not in fact pass out, but they were able to share an irreplaceable, very sweet and emotional moment together with their photographer.

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Between this TOMS-wearing knock-out dressed in Maggie Sottero and the Brown’s energetic wedding party we are SO excited for wedding season!

VENDORS: Venue: Creekwood Gardens – Arcadia, LA • Coordinators: Linette Johnston & Maggie Raab • Florist: Linette Johnston • Dress: Maggie Sottero – Happily Ever After • Men’s Formalwear: Vera Wang – Men’s Warehouse • Cake: iDream Cake • Catering: Linda Peevy • Invitations: www.storkie.com • Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Love Lane – Bella Bridesmaid • Photography: Megan and Seth Photography • Registry: Dillards, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Etsy and Target • Transportation: Limousines Unlimited • Entertainment: Kyle Dugas • Honeymoon: Secrets Capri Resort – Cancun, Mexico

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Winter Love Story 2014 Winners!

Website Administrator on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Another successful contest! Our Winter Love Story Contest ended February 19th and the winning couples did WORK! We’re thrilled to report that this contest collected a record number of votes! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of our lovely couples and everyone who voted!

Now, on to the winners!

1st Place: Victoria & Clay!

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Victoria and Clay won:

2nd Place: Mallory & Zach!

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Mallory and Zach won:

3rd Place: Melissa & Ethan!

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Melissa and Ethan won:

Thank you all again for your participation!

Stay tuned for our Spring Love Story Contest 2014 coming up in April!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Website Administrator on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

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Happy Valentine's Day, love birds!!!

Winter Love Story Contest

Website Administrator on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

 

Brides,
Just a reminder that our Winter Love Story is going on RIGHT NOW!!

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Entering Our Wedding Library’s Winter “Love Story” Contest is simple...
Submit your love story to us via email
( info@ourweddinglibrary.com – Subject line LOVE STORY ). Whether it be a simple, ironic or special story, we want to hear from you!!
HAVE FUN with this! Be sure to include things like where your first date was, how you met, unique proposal stories, etc. And don’t forget to include a picture of you and your LOVE!

Each couple (Story & Picture) will be displayed on www.OurWeddingLibrary.com and on Our Wedding Library’s Facebook page! After "Liking" Our Wedding Library's Facebook page, Voters may vote for their favorite couple by “Liking” their photo on Facebook, by "liking" their photo on Instagram {@OurWeddingLibrary}, by
tweeting {Couple’s Name} to @ArkLaTexWedding OR by emailing {Couple’s Name} to info@ourweddinglibrary.com. The couple with the most votes will be the winner!

The top three couples will receive prizes packages!! Prizes will be announced throughout the contest!!!

You may submit your story at any time during the contest!
(Of course, the earlier you enter, the longer your friends and family have to VOTE!)

You may vote Monday, January 20th through Wednesday, February 19th at 5PM!

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Petroleum Club Bridal Symposium! You're Invited!

Website Administrator on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

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This Sunday!!

January 12th, 2014 is the annual Petroleum Club Bridal Symposium!

Admission is $10 per person and Valet parking will be available!

The show will be at the Petroleum Club (416 Travis St. – 16th Floor – Downtown Shreveport) from 1PM to 4PM.

Along with the fancy Petroleum Club food prepared by their (fantastic, in-house) Chef Eddie Mars, this year’s Petroleum Club Bridal Symposium will include 30 of Shreveport/Bossier’s finest wedding vendors with intentions to WOW you with their displays and examples of their work!

Our Wedding Library will be handing out gift bags filled with EVEN MORE vendor information (and discount coupons!)

If you’re interested in attending this show please RSVP to Katie Bursley at 318-425-4251 or katiebursley@petroleumclub.com

We hope to see you there! 

 

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Engagement Season!

Website Administrator on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

The heck with lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day! Turns out December, with its holiday cheer, romantic wintery backdrops and family gatherings, is among the busiest months for popping the question!

During a time when you know you’ll be seeing your whole family and most of the people that you love,

Proposing to your soon-to-be spouse during this time makes it a family affair!

Jewelry stores polled said they see probably a 50 to 60 percent increase of number of rings bought with the intention of proposing in October, November, and early December.

Christmas is considered one of the “big four” days for proposals along with Valentine’s day, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s. An average of thirty-nine percent of proposals occur between November and February---16 percent of those happening in December, making it the most popular month for engagements!

To the newly engaged, Welcome and Congratulations!!

For those who have received their Christmas bling early this year, as well as those who WILL receive new left hand jewelry this holiday season, the staff at Our Wedding Library is excited to help you  make all of your wedding dreams come true!

Remember, OWL services are FREE to brides! Call 318-550-5676 or email us at info@ourweddinglibrary.com to set up your complimentary planning appointment today!

 

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Wedding Etiquette Rules You CAN Break

Website Administrator on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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Wedding Etiquette Rules you CAN Break!

 

Some of the most often asked questions we receive here at Our Wedding Library begin like this… “What’s appropriate when….?”, “What does etiquette say about…?”or “How do we handle….?”
We get it, no bride wants to commit a huge wedding faux paus or be omen-ed with the bad luck because of a broken wedding tradition!

So here are some “rules” and “traditions” that Huffington Post says it’s ok to break.
And we agree!

The Bride’s Family Should Fit the Bill

With more couples marrying later in life when they're financially established, the rules concerning who pays for their weddings have changed. "Now, couples paying for most or all of their weddings is more the norm than brides' families paying," says Peggy Post. Even when parents are writing the checks, they no longer have to follow strict guidelines about which family handles what (i.e., the bride's pays for the reception and the groom's pays for the alcohol). Instead, couples who accept their parents' financial help should decide "what items are their highest priority, as in the things they want to pay for and have more control over, and the items that are less important, that they would be okay with parents paying for and controlling," says Sharon Naylor, best-selling author of "The Essential Guide to Wedding Etiquette."

Brides Must Wear White

White is no longer just for virginal, first-time brides, nor do brides have to wear it at all. "Really, a bride may wear any color she desires on her wedding day," says Washington, D.C.-based wedding planner and etiquette expert Claudia Lutman. "Before Queen Victoria, who is solely credited as establishing the tradition of the white bridal gown, brides wore their best dresses, despite the color."
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Guests Can’t wear White

While white is typically "reserved for the bride," according to nationally recognized etiquette expert Diane Gottsman, other experts see the tides changing on this rule. "As long as guests do not upstage the bride or appear to be in competition with her, a winter white or summer cream dress is now considered okay," says Lutman. As Post advised New York Times readers in March, what matters most is making sure you're not "unintentionally calling attention" or "causing offense to the bride." She said that guests should avoid wearing any outfit --regardless of color -- if they doubt its appropriateness for the occasion

The Mother of the Bride Can’t Host a Shower

Etiquette rules used to dictate that a bride's immediate family, particularly her mother, couldn't throw her bridal shower. "It was taboo because it was thought as being self-serving or raking in the gifts, but that's changed immensely," Post says. In fact, as more couples plan their own weddings, brides' mothers tend to feel left out as far as orchestrating the festivities goes, Naylor explains. Because of this, she says it is more than acceptable for a mother to "join in with the bridesmaids to co-host the shower, which skirts the etiquette 'don't.'" She adds that having mom's help can also ease the strain on bridesmaids who might be overwhelmed by the money they're spending on dresses, travel and other pre-wedding costs.

Single Women are Obligated to Participate in the Bouquet Toss

Unattached women who dread -- or feel downright offended by -- this tradition don't have to put on a happy face and make their way to middle of the dance floor when the DJ beckons. "As a single woman, if you don't want to chase down a bouquet, it is in your right to abstain," says Gottsman. "You shouldn't be chastised into doing it." But she warns that standing off to the side with your arms crossed or shaking your head at those clamoring for the coveted bouquet will come off as rude. Just quietly slip off to the ladies' room when the time comes if you'd rather not participate.

Your Registry Info Should Only be Spread by Word of Mouth

"It used to be considered bad etiquette to spread the news of the registry any way other than by word of mouth," says Naylor. "But that rule was created when everyone going to the wedding lived a couple blocks from each other." Now, she says, guests appreciate having these details on the wedding website so they don't have go searching for where a couple is registered -- it's actually bad etiquette not to post this information. While this rule has changed over time, Gottsman says it is still in poor taste to put any gift-giving guidelines on your wedding invitations.

You Can’t Ask for Cash

While it's common in certain cultures (like Chinese and Italian) to give cash as a wedding gift, this wasn't always the case for Americans -- in fact, it used to be considered rude to ask for it. But Post says that giving money is becoming more popular as couples get creative with their registries. "It used to be that you only had traditional household goods and linens on your registry," she says. "Now, they are just so much more practical -- they can be for a home-improvement store, a wine store or even a down payment for a house." That said, couples should still provide a traditional registry for more old-fashioned guests, who might want to purchase a more conventional gift or feel uncomfortable giving cash, says Naylor.

Out of Town Guests Must be Invited to the Rehearsal Dinner

While the rehearsal-dinner tradition began as a pre-wedding meal for those just in the wedding party, it's evolved into more of a welcome dinner for the out-of-town guests. Naylor says this shift can put a huge financial burden on couples, as the rehearsal dinner becomes "almost like a second wedding." To cut costs and avoid offending anyone, she suggests giving out-of-towners a list of restaurants in the area where they can go to dinner on their own or planning an evening cocktail party in lieu of a dinner. "It will cost less, and it will still give guests something to eat and something to do," she says.

Unattached Guests Over 18 Should get a Plus One

As another way to trim their wedding budgets, "many couples are not including 'plus ones' for their single guests," says Lutman. This goes against the once-standard rule that unattached guests of a certain age should be allowed to bring a date. The tricky part about breaking this rule is deciding what constitutes "single" -- for example, a couple may have guests who are unmarried but live with their significant others. Naylor advises making a rule of inviting only "the non-married couples with whom you socialize." Though some guests might be offended, "it's one of those sticky things that is necessary in today's financial era," she says.

You have a Year to Send Thank You Notes

According to Naylor, this rule dates back to the days when it was customary to include a wedding photo with your thank-you notes -- and when getting those pictures from the photographer took at least six months. Now that photos are digital and take about half that time to receive, couples should put pen to paper two to three months after they say their "I do's." In fact, Naylor adds that couples are now expected to write a personal message to guests rather than just the standard "thank you for coming," so it's best to get a jump on those notes while the details of the night are still fresh.

SOURCE: Huffington Post

 

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The Truth About Tipping

Website Administrator on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

6 non-rules for tipping your wedding vendors
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from the Offbeat Bride

 

Did your wedding planner carry your stinky roller skates AND shoes around for you at your roller derby wedding? This MAY qualify as above and beyond.

 

To tip, or not to tip — that is the question. Followed immediately by "Who?" "How much?" and "Do I really have to?"

 

There's so much conflicting information on the internet, it's no wonder tipping wedding vendors can be such a perplexing topic to so many couples. To make matters worse, it's a subject that usually doesn't come to light until the end of the wedding planning process, after you've already shelled out a great deal of cash and suddenly realize you might be expected to give EVEN MORE?! And if you don't — clearly you're a bad human, your vendors will despise you and ALL. WILL. BE. RUINED! (Dun dun duuuun!)

 

Well, not exactly. But, the fact is, clients ask me all the time for guidelines on tipping wedding vendors because… wait for it… there are no rules. That's the big secret! It's not at all like going out to a restaurant, calculating a percentage and moving on with your day; and every internet search on the topic is going to yield contradictory opinions because they are just that — opinions. Therefore, my response to the tipping question is to give my opinion, clearly labeled as such, and then let the client know that it's ultimately up to them.

 

What I'm gettin' at here is that tipping wedding vendors is a very subjective thing, and my personal/professional opinion is as follows:

 

1. There are no hard and fast "rules."

 

2. Waitstaff and bartenders are the most common vendors tipped because tipping food and beverage service staff is a societal norm. However, if you see "service charge" on your contract, don't assume that means gratuity. Many catering companies apply a service charge towards their overhead and it is not given to the servers themselves.

 

Always check with the venue or catering company to see if a gratuity has been included in your package. If not, and you would like to tip the staff, the easiest way to do so is to give a lump sum to the Event Captain to distribute at the end of your reception. Unsure about the dollar amount? Touch base (before the wedding) with the manager in charge of your service and ask what they typically see. They should be able to give you guidelines for your area.

 

3. Tipping is a gratuity which means that you are showing you are grateful for something, so think "above and beyond," especially when it comes to the
vendors who are not in the food and beverage service category. It doesn't matter if the vendor is the owner, self-employed, or a staff member. If your DJ, photographer, videographer or any other vendor has not only met but exceeded your expectations and made your life and/or wedding easier and/or better and/or happier, then by all means tip if you feel so inclined.

 

4. Everyone tips differently, so I can't really tell you exactly how much to give. If you and I and my father all went out for dinner (in some odd universe), it is likely we would each tip a different amount on the bill. And, you know what? That's okay. [See item 1 above.]

 

5. Tips don't have to be cash. Don't get me wrong — cash is great, and everyone loves it. But in lieu of, or in addition to, it can also be very sweet and thoughtful to give a small gift. A gift card with a heartfelt thank you note, or maybe a little trinket that is in line with your wedding theme. (These types of "tips" also work well for showing appreciation to friendors.)

 

6. Tips are never expected but are always appreciated.

 

In summary: If any of your vendors have not only met but exceeded your expectations, then by all means show your appreciation in whatever way, shape or dollar amount feels right for you. Gratitude, however it is expressed, is always a wonderful thing.

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Congratulations!

Website Administrator on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

We have winners!

First place goes to Amanda and Anthony!

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Second place goes to Rachel and Robbie!

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Third place goes to Brittany and Jared!

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If you’re interested in entering our next love story contest, “like” us on Facebook and look out for an announcement! We would love to hear your story!

Sweating for the Wedding!

Website Administrator on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

Hello Beautiful Brides!

We would like to invite you all to a FREE month of Camp Gladiator!

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What is Camp Gladiator?
Camp Gladiator is more than a fitness boot camp, it’s an experience. Created by American Gladiator Grand Champion Ally Davidson, Camp Gladiator has become the fastest growing and most dynamic fitness program in the nation. Camp Gladiator is a four week adult fitness boot camp that promises a motivating and challenging environment where men and women of all ages and fitness levels can push themselves. Campers should expect a total body workout. A typical session could include interval training, sprint and agility drills, stations, plyometrics, body weight strength drills, cardio mix, and much more. Camp Gladiator is designed to increase your functional strength, speed, stamina and, most importantly, to deliver results.

Click HERE to redeem your coupon code and see the local schedule!!

 

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Reminder Our Fall LOVE STORY Contest is still going on! It’s not too late to enter!View rules and prizes HERE!

 

Late to the party? What is Our Wedding Library? Find out how Our Wedding Library can help you find just the Shreveport/Bossier wedding vendors you’re looking for to make your wedding day perfect! And as always, our services are FREE to brides!

 

 

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How Quickly Time Has Flown! OWL is 2!!

Mallory on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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This week, two years ago, Our Wedding Library opened its doors! Since the concept was new to the area, we spent most of our first year explaining what a “wedding library” even was! Now that we’ve spread the word, we spend our time meeting and getting to know local vendors and helping tons of beautiful brides make their wedding day dreams come true!

A big, warm, long, fuzzy THANK YOU to all of the vendors who participate at Our Wedding Library! We couldn’t offer our complimentary guidance services (that the brides LOVE so much) if it wasn’t for you.

Brides, you are what Our Wedding Library and all OWL vendors are here for. We’ve had such a good time hearing your love stories and taking part in such a special time in your life! We love talking about color schemes, venues, bouquets, bridal gowns, centerpieces, bridesmaids’ dresses and more! The possibilities are endless and our time to you is FREE! Whether it’s day after engagement-full planning or a last emergencies fix before the wedding day, we’re happy to help in any way possible!

Kay and I look forward to many more years of happy couples and delightful vendors. 

We love what we do and we hope that’s obvious to everyone who walks in our doors!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OWL!

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September Specials!

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HEADS UP!!!!
September Specials
are coupons that will be available at Our Wedding Library during SEPTEMBER ONLY. Brides can pick up coupons (at any time) in our showroom for as many vendors as you want!  We will be adding to the list, so check back for these limited time discounts!

 

 ½ off any photography package from David Parker Photography

FREE 20x30 Canvas with any wedding package from Elizabeth McClung Photography

20% off any wedding photography package from Berg Photography

Free makeup consultation when you book a wedding with Couture Cosmetics

10% off all orders at Mint Julep Paperie

10% off any booking at The North Market Venue

Full set of lashes for $85 from WINKZ

Limit one coupon per vendor. Conditions may apply.

 

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Locals Love US!

Website Administrator on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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Locals Love Us is a local company that provides a way for people to safely and fairly vote online for their “most loved” places in town. Favorite businesses earn recognition and bragging rights and are published in the annual Locals Love Us directory and on a comprehensive website that breaks down votes by category and voter demographics. Locals Love Us is proud to benefit local residents and the area business community!

 

This year, Our Wedding Library was voted the NUMBER TWO best wedding/event planner in Shreveport-Bossier!  As a community service, free to brides, we are thrilled that our hard work is paying off! Thanks for the love Locals! We love you, too!

 

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10 Biggest Things Brides Forget

Website Administrator on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

10 Biggest Things Brides Forget from theknot.com

With all the planning you’re doing right now, it’s hard to imagine there’s any detail you haven’t thought of, but trust us, there are certain to-dos that somehow never make it to the list. Here are the top ones we hear about all the time.

 

Making post-wedding plans

 

We’re not talking about the honeymoon here (who would forget to plan that?). We mean you need to decide what you’re doing immediately after your wedding. If you don’t want the party to end with the last dance, you should pick a late-night spot in or near one of the guest hotels. If privacy isn’t all that important, book your wedding night room in the same hotel as your guests. If you just want to get to bed, we strongly suggest you book a room elsewhere.

 

Bringing your overnight bag

 

If you’re allowed to check into your hotel room early—and you don’t personally need to be there to officially check in— pick someone to drop your overnight bag at your hotel before your ceremony starts. A guest who’s staying at the same place will more than likely be happy to do this for you, since they’re going to have to check in anyway! If your things can’t arrive sooner than you, ask a bridesmaid to be responsible for bringing your bag to the wedding and finding a safe spot for it in the bridal suite. Even easier, if you’ll have the same car or limo for the entire day and night, opt to keep your stuff in the boot.

 

Picking someone to take your things home after the reception

 

Your gifts, mementos (think toasting flutes, cake topper, unity candle and guest book) and any leftover food, booze or cake need a trusty escort to get them home. Choose a person and let them know about their responsibility. And you may want to donate your centrepieces. Nursing homes typically accept flowers, but call at least a few days before the wedding to find out when someone can drop off the arrangements. If you’re changing out of your gown before you head to your hotel room, you’ll need a person to take it home, too— even if you have no plans to get it professionally preserved, you don’t want to leave it behind! Make sure there’s a hanger and a garment bag on hand (the one your dress came with will do!) so your gown stays in tip-top shape.

 

Deciding where everything goes

 

Besides planning where all of your guests sit, you need to figure out where you’ll put programs, escort and place cards, menus (if you’re having them) and bomboniere. Once you’ve picked who’s going to set these out—your wedding coordinator, bridesmaids and banquet managers are all good choices—give them clear instructions on where they should go (one bomboniere on every other plate at tables, for instance, if you want couples to share the takeaways, or all of them in two baskets by the exits if you want guests to pick them up on the way out). Also, if your venue’s staff will be setting out these items, find out when you can drop everything off—some venues want everything a couple of days before your wedding; others won’t take anything until the actual day.

 

Decorating the other areas

 

Of course, no guest will walk out of your wedding if the bathrooms and cocktail bar are left bare. But with all the energy that’s put into dressing up the reception and ceremony spaces, you might want to put in the small extra effort to give these spots the décor they deserve. A few candles will work.

 

Buying gifts for the wedding party

 

When gifts are constantly coming to your door, it’s hard to remember that you also need to dole some out! So who makes it on the gift list? Everyone who plays a role in your day—yes, your parents and future in-laws, too. You don’t need to make a big presentation.

 

Choosing how to gather the gifts

 

There are three times when guests are likely to thrust gifts at you: while they’re in the receiving line, during your table visits and when they leave for the night. Designate a person—one of your bridesmaids, your mum or your groom’s mum—to collect envelopes, and have them by your side with a large but inconspicuous bag when you’re saying hello and goodbye to your guests. That person should also keep an eye out for guests who seem a little lost at the reception—they may be trying to figure out where they should put their gift! If you decide instead to have a wishing well, box or other stationary receptacle, tell a few people to subtly spread the word around.

 

Figuring out your day-after plans

 

If you’re leaving for your honeymoon straight from your hotel, make advance arrangements for a car service to take you from the hotel to the airport, and be sure you bring any luggage you want with you on your trip (and a passport if you need it). If you’re not going on your honeymoon right away, then you need to know where you’re going the morning after your wedding (to your new—or old—home, or your parents’ house?) and how you’re going to get there. Park your car at the hotel before your wedding if you’re allowed, or ask a friend to come pick you up and bring you where you want to go the next day. Don’t schedule your ride too early—with any luck, you’ll be exhausted.

 

Bringing the legal documents

 

Signing your marriage certificate after the wedding ceremony is one of the most important aspects of your day; after all, it officialises the reason you threw a wedding in the first place! After all the hours of planning, you’re probably more focused on the party afterwards than the legal side of your nuptials, but without the paperwork, all the stress and money spent will be for nothing. Your celebrant should hopefully keep you on top of all the legal requirements, such as lodging your Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month and a day before your wedding day, and bringing along three marriage certificates for you to sign on the day. Check with them a few days before the wedding so you can have peace of mind.

 

Making and confirming itineraries

 

Check in with every single supplier, from the limo driver to the linen rental company, one week before your wedding. Many of them will beat you to it, so be ready to go over times and locations whenever you get a call. Send out agendas to your bridesmaids and groomsmen, too—how else will they know what time you’re taking photos? If someone in the bridal party is notorious for being late, start their schedule half an hour early just in case

Source: http://theknot.ninemsn.com.au/wedding-planning/wedding-planning-wedding-planning/essential-tips/10-biggest-things-brides-forget

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Tips for Styling Your Bridesmaids

Website Administrator on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 12:00:00 am