Wedding Videographer Scammed 150 Newlywed Couples

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Jesse Clark, owner of SureShot Portraits LLC was taken to court this week when Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a civil lawsuit stating that he had taken money from over 150 newlywed couples and never provided them with video footage of their wedding. He has been ordered to pay $500,000 in damages. Supposedly, Clark would take the money from the couple and then hold the footage hostage if they didn’t remove internet complaints, and would often never deliver anything and never give a refund. It’s important that as a couple, you avoid these types of business owners if you can help it, which in most cases you can. SureShot Portraits has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau and by doing a little online research you can easily tell that they are a vendor you’d want to avoid hiring. Make sure that before you hire any vendors for you wedding, unless you know them personally or have had a friend or family member recommend them that you take the time to do a little research before you trust them to render any services pertaining to your wedding.

There are a lot of people who try to capitalize on the wedding industry who aren’t professional and have little to no wedding experience. The stress of planning a wedding can often cause people to hire vendors on a whim without conducting thorough research. That being said, it’s imperative that when you begin to plan your wedding you get recommendations from your friends and family first when it comes to the videographer, photographer, caterer, custom wedding dress designer, and more. If your friends and family have no sound recommendations then it’s time to start using the internet as a resource. Make sure that every vendor you consider hiring has a good online reputation and doesn’t have any negative reviews online. Additionally, don’t be afraid to get quotes from multiple vendors and compare prices in order to decrease the amount of money that you spend. A lot of people tend to have the misconception that the most expensive vendors are the best vendors and this simply isn’t the case. In order to pick the best vendor, it’s important to get the word of mouth recommendations of your friends and family first, and then take to the internet if you need to do so.

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John Travolta Crashes Weekend Wedding in Georgia

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John Travolta traveled to Georgia last week in order to have his pilots license renewed and while he was there he met a couple that was to be wed the following day. The three were all out together at a bar, and shared drinks and stories. The next day, Travolta surprised the couple by showing up at their wedding in jeans and a baseball cap. Despite his attire, the couple was thrilled, and the bride, groom and bridal part all took pictures with Travolta. This is not the first time that John Travolta has crashed a wedding. In 1977 he and Robin Williams walked in on a ceremony in Santa Barbara. The seasoned wedding crasher gave the lucky couple a memorable experience that made their big day even more special than it would have originally been.

It’s no big surprise that not everyone can have a celebrity drop in at their wedding but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do in order to ensure that your wedding turns out to be the most memorable day of your life. Having a ceremony that includes your friends and family is usually enough of a reason to make your wedding day one of the most special experiences that you will ever have. The venue also plays a big role in how memorable your wedding day will be. That being said, it’s important to take extra care when determining which venue to hold your wedding at. Through the decor, venue, and landscape you can create nearly any type of atmosphere you want.

It’s also important to take advantage of the wedding menu planning to the best of your ability. Make sure that when you are planning the menu, you take into account everything that you want your wedding to entail. If you have a specific theme, you can use the menu in order to highlight the theme and make sure that your guests are well fed and happy. The menu can often be one of the biggest highlights of the wedding so it’s important to take great care when it comes to planning out the food that you intend to serve.

Pay special attention to the attire at your wedding because you will be photographed in pictures that will be around for the rest of your life. Make sure that if you are wearing a custom wedding dress and having your bridesmaids wear custom bridesmaid dresses that you choose a designer with an impeccable reputation. The dresses should fit perfectly and at the same time appear well made and be comfortable. The wedding photos are one of the most important aspects when it comes to building life long memories and therefore it’s important that you make wise choices when it comes to your wedding attire.

Sean Parker Pays 2.5 Million to Wed in an Environmentally Sensitive Location

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Big Sur is located on the central coast of California, and refers to the area where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise out of the Pacific Ocean. This beautiful location is not an ideal spot for having a wedding, as the terrain is rough and there are many endangered plants and animals that could be sensitive to the presence of a large group of people. For Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and former Facebook president, none of this seemed to matter. Parker has just paid 2.5 million dollars to appease the California Coastal Commission in exchange for being able to follow through with his wedding plans.

Parker commissioned and went through with major construction plans in the area before the Commission caught wind of what was going on. Once the plans were already in motion, the Commission couldn’t stop the construction. Parker has already built a small village in the beautiful coastal region. Rather than demand that he tear down the structure, they settled with Parker who was said to have been very cooperative and kind. Parker has also agreed to develop a mobile app that brings awareness to the environmental issues that the region faces. The dismantling of the construction will be overseen by environmental professionals in order to ensure that the local community and the region are not disturbed. The wedding took place last weekend and was said to have cost nearly 15 million dollars.

This type of wedding budget is obviously not typical, and if you are looking to have a beautiful wedding in a lush location, you can do so without being a billionaire. The fact that Parker chose such a sensitive location and had to build his own village in order to sustain the people who were in attendance speaks volumes to the convenience of the location. It’s important that when you are choosing a wedding destination, you are practical about the money that you’ll need to spend in order to accommodate your wedding party. Destination weddings can be tricky and many people find that some of their closest friends and family are not able to attend the event due to the inconvenience of travel and/or being able to afford accommodations. Always keep in mind other peoples budgets, especially when it comes to planning a destination wedding. Your wedding day is something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life and therefore you want to take every measure possible in order to ensure that your closest loved ones are in attendance, even if that means cutting back on the money that they will have to spend in order to be in attendance on your big day.

Man Proposed to Girlfriend on Vine, Girlfriend Responds on Twitter

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In the latest social media wedding proposal, Los Angeles business consultant Curt Buthman proposed to his girlfriend by posting a video of himself popping the big question on Vine. Vine is one of the newer social media platforms that enables you to take short videos of things and post them onto the outlet to share with your friends, family and co-workers. As if this type of wedding proposal weren’t impersonal enough, Buthman’s girlfriend responded “Yes!” to the proposal on Twitter! You’d think this was all one giant hoax, and that the couple must have had a “real” or more intimate proposal beforehand, but alas it was all done through social media. The proposal and response alone prove that this couple is meant to be together.

Despite the impersonal nature of using social media to propose to your loved one, the gesture is also loaded with the subcontext of needing attention and wanting to get married for the wrong reasons. You can only hope that if someone proposes on social media that their intentions are pure and that they are marrying you for the right reasons. A lot of proposals go south even when they aren’t mal-intended, so when it comes to proposing to your loved one try, at all costs, to avoid doing so over a social media outlet. The primary purpose of social media is to connect to a larger audience. A wedding proposal is an intimate and personal gesture that is symbolic of how you will spend the rest of your life. That being said, it’s very important to carefully examine the way in which you are planning to propose and perhaps keep social media as a non-option from the very beginning.

If you are unsure about how to propose to your loved one, don’t be afraid to use the internet for inspiration. That isn’t to say that you should use the internet as a means to actually propose. Be careful about the way in which you chose to propose and try to make it as intimate and personal as possible. The only thing worse than a bad proposal is the love of your life rejecting a future with you because of it. It’s well worth the extra effort to go above and beyond when it comes to planning a proposal that your loved one has always dreamed of. In the long run the one thing that is certain is that when it comes to proposing to your loved one you need to put down the app, social media outlet, iPhone, laptop etc. and make it an experience that isn’t reduced to a technological gesture. By doing so, you will ensure a future with the person that you love and end up living a beautiful, happy and healthy life.

Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress to be Sold at Major Auction

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When Elizabeth Taylor was 18 years old she wed Conrad Hilton Jr. in 1950 and the dress she wore is going up for auction at Christies in London on June 26. The gown was designed by MGM by designer Helen Rose and is made of 25 yards of satin with a 15 foot train. The dress is expected to go for roughly $75,000 and will draw an international crowd of bidders.

Dresses that were made in the 1950’s have a nostalgic, vintage feel that many skilled designers are able to replicate if you don’t have 75k laying around to purchase Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding dress. Vintage dresses are great for brides who are having a vintage inspired wedding or for brides who want to have a more conservative look. Dresses that were made in the 50’s are known for being very modest and conservative and this can bring an element of style to many traditional types of weddings or conservative ceremonies.

If you are trying to decide which type of wedding dress is best for your big day, start by using the Internet for inspiration. Browse through different eras of wedding dresses and pick a time period that you feel moved by and go from there. Each era had a different style, cut and overall look and you can even get creative and pull different components from each era that you like the most. Finding inspiration from different eras is a great way to start your wedding dress search if you are at a loss as far as where to start when deciding on a wedding dress.

Finding the perfect custom wedding dress is a wonderful experience that you can enlist your friends to help you with. That being said, find inspiration from your friends who were already married. Ask to look at their wedding dresses and even ask them what their favorite and least favorite aspects of the design and overall fit were. Learning from your friends experiences is a great way to ensure that you make the best decisions when it comes to picking out your own wedding dress.

If you are still unsure about where to start or if you are truly having trouble finding a wedding dress style that you fall in love with, you may want to enlist a custom wedding dress designer who can consult with you to help you find the perfect dress. Once you’ve decided on a wedding dress, you will be able to build the entire theme and motif of the wedding-from the invitations to the bridesmaid dresses-around the style of your dress. Finding a wedding dress is a great way to take advantage of your close friendships and is an opportunity to create long lasting memories that you’ll have for the rest of your life.

Dock Collapses at Wedding, Leaving Bridal Party Soaked

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Over the weekend, a wedding in Gainsville, Georgia ended up being one of the most memorable experiences ever, even if for the wrong reasons. A wedding party of 27 people were on the dock at the scenic wedding location when it broke, sending the entire bridal party plunging into the lake below them. One of the bridesmaids suffered from a fractured bone, but other than that nobody was hurts. Onlookers said that you could hear playful screams and shouts and that overall the experience was humorous and livened up the proceedings.   Everyone was said to have dried off, and the wedding and reception went on as planned.

Weddings are a great place to create long lasting memories, and it’s important to remember that if something like this happens to you, not to panic. Panic at a wedding is one of the worst types of emotions to feel due to the fact that A. there’s probably not a whole lot that you can do to change your circumstances and B. you will remember whatever is happening for the rest of your life. There is always more than one way to handle a situation. Over the weekend, this bride had a number of different choices and she chose to not make the worst of an already less-than-ideal situation. Instead of making a big deal, or worse, turning into a “brideszilla”, this bride took the high road and made everyone feel like they were okay, because she was okay.

Making people feel comfortable at your wedding is a huge part to having an successful event. People are sensitive, and can easily pick up on others emotions. If a bride or groom is unhappy on their big day, chances are their “vibes” will wear off on the rest of the party, making everyone noticeably uncomfortable. The more calm, cool and collected you act at your wedding, the more enjoyable it will be for everyone in attendance. The fact of the matter is that when a situation like this one arises, you are presented with a choice. It’s much easier to panic than to take a moment, breathe and make the best of the situation. It helps to prepare yourself mentally for snafus before they happen. Going into your wedding with a mindset of preparedness and confidence that you can handle anything that life throws you will help you to remain strong and more important to remain grateful despite what shortcomings you may experience.

Had this bride freaked out when her entire wedding party fell into the lake, wedding and bridesmaid dresses in tact, she wouldn’t have had the perspective that this was the “best day of her life” and that the experience made her wedding beyond memorable. We can all take a page from this brides book when it comes to making the most out of accidents and moving forward with the plans we have to share with our loved ones on the big day!

Bridesmaid Dresses that Will Hurt Your Eyes

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Yes, this is an extreme example, and no, it doesn’t have to happen to you. That being said, it’s never a bad idea to give yourself a little taste of what could happen if you let your wildest dreams actually become a reality.

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One of the most difficult decisions that comes into play when planning a wedding is that of finding the perfect bridesmaid dress. Bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes, and this can either be ideal or a disaster waiting to happen for both the bride and her maidens. Taking a look at a bridesmaid’s nightmares, finding a dress is the number one worry for any of the women who agree to be in a wedding. The risk that is taken when committing to be a bridesmaid is a pretty big one. For one reason or another brides tend to choose dresses that have over-sized shoulders, making their brides look like they just jumped out of a plane and used their dress as a parachute in order to land perfectly at the scene.

In other cases you find the bride who wants all her bridesmaids to match her style and thus chooses dresses that are just as large in the skirt as her own but with loud vibrant colors that are to match the rest of the colors of the wedding. Finding dresses that are this large and vibrant take away from the bride herself and result in a wedding spectacle. There are many ways to turn a traditional wedding into a flaming hot mess, and without proper guidance a bride can be convinced by herself that she is making the right decisions for her bridesmaids. In order to avoid having all eyes on a wedding disaster, brides should take many things into consideration before saying yes to any dress.

A great way of knowing that you are making the right decision for your bridesmaids is by allowing your bridesmaids opinions to be heard. Plan a few days where each day has a different goal in order to reach one optimum goal. In weddings, brides and their bridesmaids can become extremely stressed, turning that once lovable woman into what is known as a bridezilla. By having different days planned with distinct tasks to achieve one goal it will help relieve the stress of going to a boutique and having to pick a dress that day. A helpful idea would be to plan a day where the bride and her bridesmaids take a look at dresses online and in wedding books, a great website to start would be Liz Fields. Separating the search for a dress into days will not only help with the anxiety of being at a store for hours and making a rushed decision, but it will also allow for the bridesmaids to voice their opinion.

Bridesmaids like to know that their feelings and opinions are being heard and taken into consideration by the bride, they understand that it is the brides day, but no one wants to invest time and money into something they don’t agree on. Brides should always remember that although the final decision on a custom bridesmaid dress is usually up to them, it is a dress that they will not be purchasing for her friends, therefore planning days to help come to one understanding and agreement will help so much more in the long run. This in fact will turn a disaster waiting to happen into a smooth and fun ride for all. Leaving the wedding party feeling and looking fabulous.

The Worst Wedding Photo You Will Ever See

It just so happens there are a lot of them, but here’s one that caught our eye.

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Nothing says “I love you” like portraying that you’re broke in wedding pictures that will most likely be immortalized.

Weddings have a way to bring out the best and the worst in people. Many times you will find yourself having conversations with friends and family that you never imagined possible. It seems like everyone becomes a wedding expert the moment you are engaged, filling your ears with advice. At times the advice you receive is very useful and turns your wedding better than you had originally imagined, but what happens when the advice all sounds like nonsense? You must know when to agree and disagree, letting your loved ones down easily or even pretending to take their advice into consideration for the duration of the conversation.

Many times mothers and in-laws think they know the best way to go about planning your wedding. Mothers become the decision maker for many things, even the dress. This isn’t necessarily the best way to plan your wedding, remember they have already had their own wedding and now it is your turn to plan and decide. Brides must be very careful when planning their weddings, and oftentimes mothers, sisters, cousins, in-laws, and even wedding planners become overly wise and think they know whats best for you. This can become a very big issue and leave the bride and groom unsatisfied and resentful about their wedding.

Remaining assertive about your wants and needs when it comes to your wedding is extremely important. Not to be confused with turning into a bridezilla that in turn no one wants to help or be around. It is always good to hear other peoples thoughts and opinions about a situation, and getting a second opinion has always been popular advice given to people for just about anything. However, it is your wedding and you have every right to make the decisions that are best for yourself and your partner. Reminding everyone that although everything they do and say is greatly appreciated by you and your partner, that you have the final say in the decision making will help alleviate any tensions between those advice givers.

 Planning a wedding isn’t easy, and it can become very stressful and at times it may feel that you don’t even want a wedding anymore. Those are the moments where you should take a step back, take a deep breath and zone everyone out. No matter what you do or say chances are that you will have at least one person nagging about everything and telling you the correct way to do things. Just remember to be patient and respectfully assertive, the more you keep to yourself and hold your ground the easier your wedding plans and choosing a custom wedding dress will become. A wedding is a team effort, remember to always include your partner in the decision making, you will find at times that by doing so the decisions have now become less stressful than before. Always remember, this is your wedding not theirs.

Helpful Wedding Planning Advice for a Stress Free Day

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The thought of planning any event can be daunting, but planning possibly the biggest event of your life is downright terrifying. If you aren’t an experienced wedding planner, planning your own wedding can seem like an impossible task, but here are some tips to help keep you from becoming a bridezilla on your big day.

You’ll want to begin by getting yourself organized. A good way to do this is by starting  a binder. This binder will contain cutouts of clothing, decorations and food from various sources (i.e. bridal magazines and internet websites.) This binder will give you and anyone else assisting you in the preparations an idea of what you’re looking for. You also want to use this binder to keep any information you’ve found on florists, photographers, entertainers and caterers. Another way to stay organized is by starting a wedding website. This will help you stay organized and keep those in your wedding party informed.

You’ll want to have all of your vendors and venues set up at least 8 months prior to your wedding. When hiring entertainment for your wedding, book a few entertainers to see which one performs best in front of a crowd.

Next, you’ll want to set up a budget. You need to figure out how much you plan on spending based on how much money you’re putting in and how much your family may have contributed. After this, you’ll need to make a budget for the individual components of the wedding: clothing, food, invites, gifts, entertainment, etc.  You’ll also want to set some extra money aside in the event that an extra person shows up or the band you hired is expecting to be fed.

It’s also important to choose your wedding party. As soon as you’ve announced your engagement, your friends and family are going to want to know who has been chosen.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen should be notified immediately upon your decision, as they’ll also be needing to purchase custom bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos to accommodate the bride.

There are a few steps you can take if you’re looking to cut costs while planning your wedding. One way to cut costs is to reduce the number of guests attending your wedding. This means you’ll be spending less money on invites, food and wedding party gifts. If you’re not hell-bent on planning the wedding by yourself, you could hire a planner, who may have connections with other vendors.

When planning your wedding, you want to reserve the date and location in advance; This saves you the irritation of finding out that the nice hotel or banquet hall you had planned on using had other arrangements the day of your wedding.

If you’ve booked a separate place for the ceremony and the reception, you’ll need to factor in travel time between the two places. It’s important to reserve a block of hotel rooms and make accommodations for parking near the venue(s) for out-of-town guests.

 

5 Things You Must Do Before Your Wedding

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With everything to remember when it comes to planning your wedding, it’s easy to let things fall to the wayside and without noticing until it’s too late. In order to avoid this from happening to you, make a mental checklist of the following things, and don’t forget to do them before your big day. Making a quick mental check list will help ensure that it’s in the back of your mind no matter what so that you don’t forget anything, especially these important tasks.

 

Spend Time With Your Significant Other

 

Between all the hustle and bustle of a wedding, it can be easy to forget the real reason why all the planning is taking place in the first place. It’s important that no matter how deep you are immersed in your wedding planning activities, you remember to spend non-wedding related time with your significant other. This will help you rekindle the bond that’s easy to forget in the midst of planning a big wedding. After all, your partner is the reason that you’re getting married in the first place so make sure that you both take the time to take care of each other despite the craziness that may ensure while you are busy planning your big day.

 

Plan For Your Pets

 

If you’re a pet enthusiast and don’t want the hassle of having to worry about your animals on your wedding day, make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to make accommodations for them. If you wait until the last minute you may end up with a lofty bill or worse-you may not be able to find a place for your furry friends at all. Rather than have to worry about them on the day of your wedding, find a boarding house that you trust to take care of your pets and book a place for them ahead of time.

 

Enjoy Yourself

 

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the stress of wedding planning-so much so that many couples forget to live in the moment and spend way too much of their time wrapped up in details and planning. Rather that let the wedding planning process consumer you, it’s very important to enjoy what little time you have with your close friends and family. Use the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception as times to bond with the people that you care about the most. Remember, at this point, the planning is over and you are free to switch from planning mode to enjoying every moment of your big day especially your custom wedding dress. This may seem like an obvious task, but oftentimes people have trouble switching from an organizational, stressed state of mind to one that allows them to live in the moment and enjoy one of the most momentous occasions of their lives.