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WGA’s Stress-Free Wedding Essentials Checklist

Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 by admin No Comments

Photo Courtesy of Cody Swanson

Your wedding day should be as stress free as possible.  You don’t want to wonder when your event designer, florist, or caterer is going to show up.  Make sure to connect with all your vendors one to three weeks prior to your wedding to set out the specifics.  Then RECORD the details in your wedding workbook and merely flip to the correct section for your answers and to feel the peace of being in the know.

Making an appointment doesn’t necessarily mean that you actually have to meet up with a vendor.  A phone call and chat with the correct person will suffice in many instances!  Below is Wedding Guide Alaska‘s Essentials Checklist for final “meetings” with your vendors.

Three Weeks Prior

Confirm Final Measurements:

  • Wedding dress & Bride’s Maids dresses
  • Tailor or Rental shop for tuxes/suits for Groom & Groom’s Men

**Make sure you have applied for your Marriage License at the Department of Vital Statistics office.

Two Weeks Prior

  • Cake artist
  • Rehearsal Dinner Date & Time (contact restaurant or caterer)

**Make sure you have picked up your marriage license at the Department of Vital Statistics office.

One Week Prior

Final consultations with:

  • Event Coordinator/Wedding Planner
  • Caterer
  • Floral Artist
  • DJ/Musicians
  • Photographer(s) (Discuss all the specifics on wedding photos that you want, poses, and all your expectations for your wedding day photo op.  Check out page 162 of your Alaska Wedding Workbook for a list of Photo Must Haves you may wish to be taken of your, your family, and your friends and guests.)
  • Officiant
  • Rentals (Pick-up/Drop-off dates & times)

Using the this checklist and delegating tasks to those helping plan your wedding will help your Big Day turn out beautifully with less anxiety and better memories!  Check out this week’s local e-Newsletter!

Local Alaskan Bridal Trends ’11: Engagement Parties!

Posted on: June 3rd, 2011 by admin No Comments

If you have checked out Wedding Guide Alaska’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, you already know that Wedding Guide Alaska is featuring a local Alaskan couple, Jonathan & Sara.   So before we get into Wedding Guide Alaska‘s favorite new trend, we just HAVE to tell you about Vanessa

Wedding Guide Alaska loves a beautiful couple’s engagement photo shoot, but there comes a time when you just have to recognize that the photographer is phenomenal!  Jon & Sara’s engagement session with Vanessa Powell of A Thousand Words Photography absolutely proved this.  We just can’t rave enough about how incredible Vanessa’s work is, how much fun she is to be around, and the extreme talent that her photography boasts.  If you have never heard of Vanessa Powell, you truly won’t want to miss out on seeing her artistic flare, whether you are interested in wedding photography, family photos, event photography, or graduation pictures!  Click here to see her fabulous blog…

We are also in love with Alaska’s latest “Engagement Party” trend!  A local floral and event design studio, Works of Art Flowers, has already participated in two local, Alaskan engagement parties in the last month alone!  What does that say for Alaska?  Brides-to-Be need ideas for their engagement party and Wedding Guide Alaska is here to provide just that!!  Check out the details from Jon & Sara’s Engagement Party below ~


Wedding Date: June 11, 2011
Engagement Party: May 15, 2011

The Engagement Party!

Design: Wedding Guide Alaska; Theme: Vintage-Glam; Colors: fuchsia, chartreuse, black, white, damask accents.
Venue: Bayshore Clubhouse
Photographer: Vanessa Powell, A Thousand Words Photography
Flowers: Works of Art Flowers
Cake (Cupcakes!): Cupcake Delight (flavors: chocolate mocha with fudge filling & lemon coconut with lemon curd filling)
DJ: David Brown, Peak Entertainment
Guest Entertainment~PHOTOBOOTH: Alaska Photobooth Company

The engagement party turned out beautifully!  Here are a few ideas for YOUR party details…

The best guestbook ever! Photo by Vanessa Powell.

Looking for more local Alaskan wedding and engagement ideas??  Check back on Wedding Guide Alaska‘s wedding, engagement, and favorite local Do-It-Yourself blog every week (and email me!)!