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The Wedding Checklist for the Confused Groom

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An article by Tara B. at Groovy Groomsmen Gifts

To the soon-to-be husbands out there who are relieved that the wedding proposal is finally over, here’s the catch: the fun’s just about to start – can you tell there’s a slight hint of sarcasm there somewhere?

Here comes the road to the happiest day of your life: the wedding planning. Of course, this road isn’t going to be a smooth one, especially for most grooms who are as clueless as their brides are born prepared. There’s no need for you to dump all the burden of planning to your bride-to-be. You can have your share of wedding tasks and totally ace each one of them!

Choose your entourage.

On your big day, you will need your best guys to be by your side. Once you have tasked someone to be your best man, start preparing for your groomsmen list. Just make sure that you do this at least six months before the wedding so they can make their own preparations as well.

Find the right clothes.

At least three months before your big day, decide on your get-up. Are you sticking to the traditional tux or go all-out on a tail and top hat ensemble? Don’t forget the smaller yet similarly important details, such as your tie, flower pin, cufflinks, shoes, and socks. You might want to coordinate with your bride on this to match your wedding’s theme.

Be a helping hand to your bride.

You may think that your bride’s got everything in control, but what she needs the most during this crucial time is your comfort and support. Don’t be a wallflower throughout the wedding preparations and do something productive even when she did not ask for it.

Help out your partner by suggesting a good photographer or videographer who can beautifully capture your precious moments on the day of the wedding. You can also offer to organize your honeymoon to take things off her hands. Your bride will thank you for it.

Be present — physically and emotionally.

Let your bride feel your presence throughout the wedding preparations. This will be a stressful time for her, and the best thing you can do is let her know that you are there to ease the stress, even if it means just giving her a random massage or a kiss on the cheek. Of course, be present — in mind and in spirit — on the wedding day itself.

Arrange your marriage license.

Before departing for your honeymoon, arrange for your wedding license. Have it signed and sent off to the courthouse. Save your bride all the hassle of paperwork.

Thank everyone.

The best day of your married life would not be possible without all the guests and the people who helped you make it possible. Don’t forget to show your gratitude to everyone who came and assisted you in any way they can. Buy gifts for your groomsmen. They’ll love a groomsmen group caricature or a customized flask with their names on it, that’s for sure!

Be a confused groom no more and know what to do. Most importantly, smile all throughout the wedding planning experience. The best is yet to come!

         

 

 

5 Tips to finding your Wedding Officiant

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1. Figure out what type of ceremony you want
Prior to your first meeting with your potential officiant, you and your fiancé should make sure you’re on the same page about the mood and feel of your ceremony . Will it be traditional or modern? Religious or secular? How long would you like it to be? Share these thoughts with each candidate and then you can start narrowing down your search.

2. Set up a meeting
Whether it’s in person or via video chat, it’s critical that you actually have a one-on-one conversation with your potential officiant before hiring them. Do you like the sound of their voice and the way they speak? Are they willing to take the time needed to get to know you

3. Understand your state’s rules
Make sure your state and county recognize your officiant as someone who is authorized to perform the ceremony.

4. Read reviews and check out their work
Officiants who have professional listings on the major wedding directories, such as WeddingWire post reviews. Don’t just look only at the number of reviews though, read what the couples wrote because, ultimately, that’s what’s most important. Also check out their work- many Officiant’s have samples of ceremonies and other clips online. Here is an example of Annemarie Juhlian’s website video. Annemarie is one of many Seattle based officiant’s we’ve worked with and LOVE!

5. Ask around
When looking for an officiant ask your vendors who they would recommend. They work with all different vendors each weekend and will know who would be a potentially good fit for you. Here’s a link to our preferred vendors.

I Do Sodo, Seattle’s New Wedding Show

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SoDo (South of Downtown Seattle) is quickly becoming a hot spot for weddings.  I Do SoDo gives couples, their friends and families a unique opportunity to experience stylized venues in this new, trendy location.  There are 7 venues all designed by top wedding planners with A-list vendors at each location. For their debut Pixel Dust has sponsored the event and (of course) we had to film it! 🙂

Each venue has its own history, its own tale to tell, just as each couple does. The planners have assembled their team of premier wedding professionals, including our team at Pixel Dust Weddings.

 

 

Every Wedding Should Have a Drag Queen . . .

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Recently I filmed a wedding at the Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle. From start to finish this gay wedding was just an absolute blast!

I became very close to the grooms EK & Mike through the planning process. They spared no expense from the release of doves, to signature cocktails, to a gorgeous rental house in West Seattle to party and get ready in before the events even got going. So when they told me that there was going to be a Drag Queen coming to close the event I wasn’t surprised. However I had no idea just how GREAT Ms. Tina Turner’s performance would be.

She had the whole party on their feet, laughing, dancing, and having a great time. Even grandma was “Rolling Down the River” with Tina by the end of the night. It was great! From now on I think every wedding should close with a Drag Queen! 😉

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the Saddest Call from a Bride . . .

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Late one night I received the saddest call from a Bride…

Apparently she hired a guy to film her wedding video and he didn’t deliver the video they had agreed upon (I won’t go into details about how unhappy she was with him or why because I don’t feel that would be right . . .). Needless-to-say she was very unhappy and deserved a real wedding video so I agreed to help.

Sofiya sent me the raw footage from her and Yanik’s wedding and I was able to sort through them and find clips that with a little editing and color correction magic would work. Unfortunately the original audio wasn’t captured correctly so we couldn’t create a longer wedding video but we could make her a highlight video of her big day.

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