5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue

5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding VenueYour wedding venue sets the scene for your special day, which is why it’s such an important decision when wedding planning. Choosing a venue is typically the first major wedding-day decision that engaged couples make. But there’s more to pay attention to when reviewing venues than simply the location and ambiance. An event venue’s policies can dramatically affect whether or not you’re able to bring your vision to life. There are several important questions to ask your wedding venue before you finalize it as the spot where you celebrate your “I do.” (more…)

Team Building Activities for Corporate Meetings

Co-Workers Engaging in a Team Building Activity at a Corporate EventWhether you’re planning a quarterly strategy meeting or a corporate retreat to build camaraderie among your team members, the activities you choose for the meeting can have a big impact on how much your employees take away from the experience. All too often, boring, clichéd team-building activities (think trust falls and egg-spoon races) inspire little more than eye-rolls and boredom. However, these three activities might just make your next corporate meeting or event something that your employees will remember. (more…)

A Global Tour of Wedding Traditions

Fun Loving Newlyweds Taking a Selfie with Silly FacesWedding ceremonies are a central life event in nearly all cultures across the globe and they have held this vaunted position since long before mankind began writing down its history. Much has changed in the history of weddings, as we moved from marriages intended to close alliances between families to marriages conducted for the sake of love. And just as many of our American wedding traditions can be a little weird (hello, Chicken Dance!), many cultures across the globe honor wedding traditions that take a walk on the wild side. (more…)

Wedding Menu Ideas: Local Flavors

Plate of Texas BBQ and Beer at a Texas Hill Country WeddingThe general consensus among most wedding experts and couples who have already enjoyed their own wedding is that the couple-to-be are the last people to enjoy the wedding meal. However, it is one of the highlights of the affair for your guests, so you should carefully consider what you want on the menu. While steak and seafood or pasta dishes tend to be the go-to wedding menu choices for many weddings, the diverse food culture of the Texas hill country could inspire a number of local menu ideas. (more…)

Save On This, Splurge On That

Bride Holding Money Knows How to Keep Her Wedding Under BudgetYour wedding is one of the most special, memorable days of your life, and one that will inevitably make an impact on your budget. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to have the day of your dreams. In addition to opting for an affordable wedding venue, knowing when to save and when to splurge can help you enjoy a satisfying wedding day experience without needing to take out a loan! (more…)

How to Start Wedding Planning

How to Start Wedding PlanningCongrats and best wishes are in order: You’re engaged! It’s an unforgettable time in your life, but after the initial rush of engagement excitement wears off, you may be wondering, “Now what?” Wedding planning can seem an overwhelming and daunting task, and you may not know where to begin. If you nail down the essentials early, the rest of the big day planning can be executed over time with ease. How to start wedding planning? Narrow down a date, pick your venue, and settle on a style. Then everything else will fall into place. (more…)

What to Wear When You’re Not in the Bridal Party

What to Wear When You’re Not in the Bridal PartyIt’s officially wedding season, and you know what that means… You need to stock your closet with some fabulous wedding-ready outfits! If you’re a bridesmaid or groomsman, you don’t need to worry, because you know exactly what the bride wants you to wear. But what to wear when you’re not in the bridal party? There are a few rules to consider, like you shouldn’t ever wear white or ivory as a wedding guest. It’s important to consider the location of the wedding and the requests of the couple, too. (more…)

It’s Not Too Late to Send Your Grad Off in Style

It's Not Too Late to Send Your Grad Off in StyleIt’s not too late to send your grad off in style! Even if you missed the boat on a graduation party, it’s not too late to host a summer going away party for your recent graduate. Whether your loved one has just graduated high school and is making the leap to college life or perhaps they’re transitioning to their first professional job after college graduation, it’s never too late to toast their achievement and send them off to the next chapter with a worthy celebration. (more…)

Have a Happy, Safe Fourth of July!

Have a Happy, Safe Fourth of July!It’s almost the most American holiday of the year: Independence Day! It’s time to celebrate the U.S.A. Summer finally feels in full-swing once July 4 rolls around. Don your best red, white and blue (stars and stripes motif is a plus!) and get ready for fireworks, a barbequed feast, and fun times with friends and family. Of course, don’t have too much fun; you don’t want your holiday fun derailed by a sparkler mishap or accident. Consider these safety tips to have a happy, safe Fourth of July! (more…)

Hosting a Fond Farewell Retirement Party

Hosting a Fond Farewell Retirement PartyA long and successful career is something to celebrate! Bid adieu to working life and welcome retirement with a retirement party. You can host a party for yourself or a loved one who may be retiring. If you have a spouse, co-worker or close friend retiring, hosting a fond farewell retirement party to honor their major milestone is a meaningful gift and thoughtful gesture they’ll never forget. Gather close friends, family, and co-workers of past and present to join in celebrating the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. (more…)