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Tip #4 - INVITATIONS... (Edited & Expanded)

Consider YOUR GOALS... are you wanting guests, gifts, acceptance, acknowledgement, or something different?

Consider your budget... because guests WILL COST MONEY!

Consider the space available... outdoors obviously has more room, but still requires chairs, and some type of after-wedding reception. The church, or other ceremony options, may have limited seating. Knowing the boundaries will help you target your notice (invitations & acknowledgements) more effectively.

Remember, though it's YOUR SPECIAL DAY... inviting others, especially from out of the area, requires prior notice and planning on their part for stress free participation (and often a nicer gift).

CONSIDER - if you have a great 'engagement' photo, it IS POSSIBLE to have YOUR PHOTO PRINTED ON THE STAMPS YOU USE TO SEND OUT YOUR INVITATIONS. They work just like regular stamps, but they have YOU PHOTO on them, which can usually gain you some additional attention and talk among your family & friends.

Let us know if you want a Suggested Time Line (for the least amount of stress and best planning), that lays things out from 2weeks to months away. Remember,


TIP #5 - TOP Wedding Cake Q+As

What is a 'cake-cutting fee'?

Many establishments charge an additional fee to cut and serve the cake. Especially when a cake designer is not affiliated with their venue. It's usually just an incentive for you to use their in-house baker and not get charged an extra fee; if you decide to have your cake made elsewhere, factor in another $1.50 or more per person... or at least KNOW TO ASK THE QUESTION.

Will the baker supply the topper?

Most bakeries will have a sampling of toppers available, but most only have a limited selection. If you don't like what you see, it's perfectly fine to find & supply your own (but may or may not save you any money). Craft shops and baking stores usually have them, or can make suggestions for other options.

Are real flowers on the cake safe?

The florist will be able to tell you which flowers are potentially dangerous and which are perfectly safe for use. This is particularly important if kids MIGHT be around your cake. Some pretties are edible, and some people might not know which things are just decoration and which are to taste. Something more that you should be aware of, if you are wanting to have real flowers as part of the decor around the cake. Just because something is obvious to you, don't assume it will be for all.

How big of cake is needed?

Clearly that depends on the number of guests, size of slices, and whether it's served (controlled) or free-range (serve themselves).

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