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    Question: Can I please get the name of a venue with lush gardens. I want bridges, waterfalls, large flower bushes, and several quaint spots within the garden to explore, not just a nice open space with flower beds along a path. I would also like to see the garden from the dining room and walk directly into the garden from the doors of the dining room. I would also like to have the ceremony in the middle of the garden, surrounded by flowers. I've been to many of the mansions, but they are very simple. I lo

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  • Do you technically need to let your single guests bring a +1 to your wedding? My FH thinks it's an absolute must, but we're so close to our number allowance and we're trying to stay in budget!
  • Just wondering, a co worker told me it is customary for the bride and groom to provide their parents with a list of the gifts received from the wedding afterwards. I have never heard of this before and am wondering if this is something that is done for modern weddings?
  • I was just recently engaged and am starting to research everything. We don't have anything planned or chosen yet. Where should we start?
  • How soon do we need to pick an officiant? Should I worry about availability?
  • If we want to have an afterparty, do we need to host it/pay for it?
  • I really don't know how to set any sort of order with my tables at the reception. I'm worried about anyone not getting along! Do I have to set a specific seating chart, or seat specific family members together?
  • Who usually takes care of the cost of a rehearsal dinner? And who do you usually invite?
  • So I'm trying to plan things a little last minute. I put off a bunch of my tasks and am now freaking out a little bit (well, a lot). I'm only 6 months out, can I still get all professional vendors, like a DJ, photographer, videographer?
  • We're going to the Bahamas for our honeymoon, and it'll literally be my first time ever leaving the country so I've never applied for a passport. How far in advance do I need to apply for it?
  • I'm really scared that I'm going to get too tired to enjoy my whole reception, let alone the after party that my FH is insisting upon! Any suggestions?
  • I have to ask. I know that it's a 'get dressed up and pampered' kind of thing, but is it really worth it get get your hair and makeup professionally done for your wedding? Or should I do it myself and save the money for another detail?
  • How much do I need to spend on favors? Is there an etiquette, or can I just do whatever I like and can afford?
  • I really don't want my future sister in law in my bridal party. We don't get along very well, and I know she'll be way more opinionated than I can handle on every single decision. Is having your future in laws in your bridal party a requirement?
  • I'm starting to freak out a bit about the possibility of getting sick on my wedding day. It seems like everyone's getting sick right now! Is there any sort of 'back up plan' that I can make just in case?
  • My best friend/Maid of Honor is planning my bachelorette party and I am worrying a little about the cost. How are they usually covered? Does the thrower pay for the party or does everyone contribute?
  • Now that I'm almost done planning I'm starting to think about after my wedding day... what do I even do with my dress and bouquet? I have real flowers and intend on keeping both to pass down, or at least for memories. What should I do?
  • My wedding is only a month away and I'm really starting to worry about the heat. Is there anything I can do to make sure I'm not a hot mess in all of my pictures?
  • I can't decide what to do about wedding entertainment. I have always wanted a wedding band to perform, but my fiance thinks that sounds too old school. Now I don't know if I stick to my guns or just give in and let him pick an awesome DJ. What do you think?
  • What is the proper etiquette for paying for all of the extra costs for bridal party members? I try to keep everything as minimal as possible, but I've had a couple girls surprised that I didn't offer to pay for their dress, makeup, etc... am I supposed to?!
  • I have a bit of a predicament. I have made it clear to my guests that I want absolutely no children at my wedding. Just across the board, to keep it fair. Well my future sister in law now insists she bring her 2 year old to the wedding or she isn't coming. What should I do?!
  • I really want to have a unique wedding, but am driving myself crazy trying to DIY. I feel like I'm spending more time and money don't it myself than I would having a professional do it. What do you suggest?
  • We have a couple close friends that still tend to be party animals. My fiance is including one in his groomsmen, even. How do we make sure that they don't get too rowdy?
  • Me and my fiancé are getting married in june on fire island. Are we allowed to have a beach wedding with a wedding officiate of our own or do we need permission to use the beach?
  • I am trying to decide between real and faux flowers for my bouquets and boutonnieres. I really don't want to use faux flowers, but I'm worried about the flowers not lasting through my summer wedding. What do you think I should do?
  • What is the etiquette for inviting out of town guests with children to a wedding? I strongly oppose having children at our wedding, except for nieces and nephews, which are all in the wedding party. My fiancé feels that we have to invite out of town guests with children because they will have no one to watch their children. If I make that exception for one, I will have to do it for all.
  • What are the rules of etiquette about co-ed bachelor and bachelorette parties? I want to be able to keep an eye on my fiance so I can enjoy myself. My FH and his best man don't want to/agree. Am I wrong?
  • So I am stressing out about my bridal party. I have a lot of friends and close acquaintances, but I was really looking to keep my bridal party tiny, I mean a maid of honor and maybe 1 or 2 bridesmaids, if that. How can I keep my party that small without any hurt feelings?
  • I have to ask, do you need to have an engagement party? I feel like they only became popular again recently, and I'm freaking out about another event to plan and pay for! Who usually plans and pays for an engagement party, if you NEED to have one?
  • My fiancé and I are planning our wedding and he fully supports/is okay with the rehearsal dinner and reception to being vegan (which is my belief system). But his mother is going nonstop about how guests aren't going to be happy about it. She is trying to take control out of my hands when it comes to the food. How can I keep our relations okay while still standing up for my beliefs?
  • My future husband and I are having a disagreement. I'm considering enlisting the help of a couple bridesmaids to help us write out our thank you card. I'm so overwhelmed and can't imaged being able to get them completed on my own. His mom and him say no way - they think we should take care of them ourselves, or it’s not genuine. What should we do? I can’t imagine tackling this daunting task. Is it impolite to have others write cards for us?? Help!
  • Our wedding is a little less than 6 months away and I can't help but be nervous! Any suggestions on how to calm the 'cold feet' syndrome?
  • I am exploring the idea of having my wedding 12/31/2012, any thoughts? Will this be a hard date to find an available venue? More or less expensive than the traditional weekend wedding? Thanks!
  • Where my reception is being held I am the only bride that day and am using the entire facility. I have a guest list of two hundred. How many bars should be open and how many bartenders should be used when there are three bars?
  • I have 7 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen, total of 4 parents and were getting married at a church and having a reception at a hall with 20 tables, which means 20 centerpieces. What would be a good floral budget??
  • I have two family members in the clergy (of the Catholic Church). I definitely would like to be married in the Catholic faith; however, I would love the ceremony that is attended by all of my guests to be on a beach. Additionally, my ideal wedding venues are too far from my home Parish. I don't want to offend my family as I am sure they will be upset by this decision. Is there a way to make this work? Can the rehearsal be held in the Church and be an actual wedding?
  • My fiance has a daughter that by the wedding she will be 9 yrs. old. How old is too old for a flower girl? And how can we include her in the wedding cermony?
  • My nephew is having an engagement party tonight, do I need to take a gift. I'm not sure?????
  • With out of town guest, who is responsible to pay for the accomendations? Hotel or Motel
  • Hi my fiance and i are trying to put together an outdoor wedding. Yet, We can not find any outdoor venues that will allow us to have music and serve mixed drinks. We would love to just pitch up tents and hire a band in a park somewhere but it seems impossible to find a place. Do you have any suggestions? We live in farmingdale and would like to find an area that is close.
  • My fiancé wants to take our formal pictures before our ceremony. I always thought that we shouldn't see each other until I walk down the aisle. I want to have more time at the reception, so taking the photos before is a good idea. But, I also was looking forward to the excitement of seeing each other for the first time as I walk down the aisle. Help! What should I do?
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