Planning the Perfect Outdoor Summer Wedding

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Stunning Ceremony Site

Outdoor weddings have to be stunning to be really considered outdoor right? Talk with your fiancé about what your vision for a perfect outdoor wedding site is. It can be beside a lake, a beautiful garden, or close to a picturesque landscape. If you’re hiring a wedding planner, then discuss your aspirations for an outdoor setting and you’ll be surprised how they can help you.

Shade and Theme

Shade is a must for an outdoor summer wedding. If you are planning a wedding by the seaside, you can cover the site with linen cloth held together up high by bamboo sticks or large trees. The theme of your outdoor summer wedding should represent the feel good vibe that the summer brings. But at the same time, you should consider keeping your guests cool.


You and your guests will be using the bathroom a lot when they feel sweaty or drained out. You don’t want to have a wedding album where all your guests, including you look dull and exhausted. Keep backup stock for toiletries, sunscreen, mints, water bottles, mini deodorants, and so on. Rejuvenate your guests and they will definitely appreciate it.

Refreshing Drinks and Light Meals

Summer is the official season for fancy cocktails and drinks. You should aim at keeping yourself and your guests hydrated. Drinks like berry martinis, vodka with fruit punch, gin with lemon juice, and so on will make sure your guests have a good time while feeling refreshed. Summer is also the official season for barbeque and seafood. That being said, you can still have room for continental and Asian cuisine, both of which are light and tasty at the same time. Meals that are filling but not heavy will make sure your guests can have a good time afterhours.

Ask Storkie: Do I need to invite the spouse and children of those in my wedding party to the wedding rehearsal dinner?

Dear Storkie,

I have a dilemma. We’re throwing a formal wedding rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant and I don’t know whom to invite. I’m certain that my wedding party, close family and a few wedding professionals involved in the wedding are invited but do I have to invite their spouses and children as well? What is traditional? Please help! – Kim from Chicago blog rehearsal dinner invitation idea 560x372 Ask Storkie:  Do I need to invite the spouse and children of those in my wedding party to the wedding rehearsal dinner?

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Dear Kim,

Because it’s your wedding you can invite whomever you want. However, if you’re looking for the “traditional” answer here it is. Traditionally, any out of town guests and their children that flew in specifically for your wedding are invited to a wedding rehearsal dinner as well as your wedding party and their spouses. Flower girls, ring bearers and their parents as well as your parents, step parents, grandparents, siblings and all of their spouses and children. So to answer your question in a short and sweet way, yes, traditionally spouses and children are invited to a wedding rehearsal dinner.

How do you plan to invite all of these people? We have some great ideas for wedding rehearsal invitations here.

5 Reasons Why a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner is a Must Have

When it comes to planning a wedding many things must be implemented before moving forward with the actual “I Do.” This takes great effort by many different people including your most valued friends and family.  Because they’ve all worked so hard to ensure that your wedding day is perfect and comes off without a hitch, why not throw a rehearsal dinner party in appreciation for all their hard work? blog reasons for a wedding rehearsal dinner 560x372 5 Reasons Why a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner is a Must Have

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If you’re still not convinced that a wedding rehearsal dinner is a must have, perhaps these 5 reason will change your mind:

  1. You have friends and family who flew thousands of miles to celebrate your special day with you and you’d like to say thank you.
  2. Because the night before your wedding is a once in a lifetime event and you should celebrate it with the people who made your wedding planning experience a beautiful one.
  3. Your bridesmaids have agreed to wear uncomfortable shoes for an entire day and night simply because they match the gowns you picked out perfectly and you’d like to say “thanks for getting blisters for me.”
  4. Because it’s a miracle that Uncle Charlie took off his cowboy boots to accommodate your formal wedding attire dress code and you’d like to celebrate that with champagne and great food.
  5. Simply because you have a section in your wedding workbook with slots for photos from your wedding rehearsal dinner and your type A personality won’t allow it to stay empty.

Are you convinced yet? If not, here’s a link to other reasons why you should have a rehearsal dinner as well as how to plan a wedding rehearsal dinner, who should be invited and beautiful rehearsal dinner invitation ideas.

Ask Storkie: We Aren’t Religious so How Can We Celebrate Our Baby

We are expecting our first child in a few weeks, and our family is already asking about a Christening. We’re not religious, though. How can we celebrate our newborn without having a religious ceremony?


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Dear Sam,

Many couples find themselves in the same position. They want to celebrate the birth of their baby, but don’t feel that a religious ceremony is right for them. Whether it’s because they aren’t of a particular faith or because each parents follows a different religion, it can leave them in a confusing position.

However, there is an easy solution to this problem. Having a naming ceremony for your baby is an excellent way to bring family and friends together to celebrate the birth. It can function in a way very similar to most religious ceremonies, but in a non-denominational way. You can even use it to designate godparents for your baby.

The main goal of this type of event, though, is to share the joy of this new life. Having your friends and family together in this way is also a great way to introduce your baby to everyone. This can even help you keep from having too many guests in those early days when you’re just finding your feet as new parents!

If you’re thinking about a naming ceremony for your baby, you’ll want to find the perfect invitations. If a religious ceremony is right for you, you’ll also want great invitations. Whatever your preference, we’ve got exactly what you need, so check out our great selection today!

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5 Things to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Choosing a photographer can be tricky, but getting fantastic photographs is worth a bit of extra effort. That’s why we’ve got the five things to ask your photographer.

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1. What do you get in the end? With digital photography taking over, more and more photographers are offering image file only packages. Others still insist on doing the printing. If you want to use your photos for things like your invitations, such as our new magazine cover styles, be sure to choose a photographer who will provide you with the high resolution files.

2. Your place or theirs? Will the photographer want you in their studio, or will you be doing location shots, too. Both provide great photos, but there is a lot more diversity in what is produced on location. It also means you can show off some of your favorite places.

3. What is in their portfolio? Always be sure to check out their previous work. Beyond this, make sure the photos you’re looking at are by the actual photographer you’ll be working with, and not somebody who used to be with the company.

4. How long will they shoot? If you’re hiring a photographer for your wedding, make sure they’ll be there the whole day and night, not just for the ceremony. Similarly, if you are doing a pre-party photo shoot, confirm how long they’ll be photographing you to get an idea of how many photos you’re likely to get.

5. Can you speak to past clients? A great photographer will be happy to put you in touch with people they’ve worked with. After all, the best advertisement they have is customers who love what they got. Speaking to past clients can also give you an idea of what the photographer’s real strengths are.

Once you have the photos, you’ll want to share them. Using them for invitations and thank you cards is a great way to show off the photos your photographer has taken. To see our wide variety of photo cards, check out our site today!

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