Top Wedding Services
Featured this month - Videography -'s top recommendations for videographers around the nation:
  1. Cape Cod Photo & Video - Cape Cod/South Shore, MA: 508-428-6113
  2. Powers Photography Studios - Portland, OR: 503-478-0997
  3. Sgambato Photography & Video - Fort Plain, NY: 518-993-3267 - Vic and Robin Sgambato (known in a 4-county area in upstate New York) work as an efficient team in producing fine photography and excellent video productions.
  4. A Fine Image Photo & Video - Cambridge, MA: 617-225-0333
  5. Absolute Entertainment - Bellport, NY: 800-867-4487 - With a highly trained professional crew of DJ's, Videographers, Photographers, MC's and Entertainers, Absolute Entertainment can coordinate every aspect of your wedding reception and cater to the exact style you want at your affair.
Top 5 Wedding Reception Sites
  1. Grande Colonial at La Jolla - La Jolla, CA: 866-229-1145 - With its tranquil color palette, European-style furnishings and La Jolla ocean vistas, the 93-room hotel provides a truly unique setting amongst San Diego locations.
  2. Waverly Oaks Golf Club - Plymouth, MA: 508-224-6700 - Nestled in the heart of 225 lush acres, the clubhouse at Waverly Oaks Golf Club affords spectacular views of the award winning golf course.
  3. Old Glory Ranch - Wimberly, TX: 512- 847-3646 - It is the pairing of a pastoral Texas Hill Country setting with an amazing sense of architectural style that makes the 800 acre Old Glory Ranch the ultimate wedding and event destination.
  4. Columbia Gorge Hotel - Hood River, OR: 541-387-5404 - Named one of the “Top 10 Places to Get Married” by, the Columbia Gorge Hotel is one of the last of the truly romantic hotels.
  5. Meridien International Center - Washington, DC: 202-667-6800 - Meridian International Center features two exquisite historic homes situated on three acres of manicured gardens, all conveniently located in the heart of the nation’s capital.
Top 5 Frivolous Wedding Details - These Extras Can Rack up your Wedding Budget

Need to stick to a budget? Here are some common wedding details and extras that you can live without, and neither you nor your guests will be the wiser
  1. The Champagne Toast - Almost every reception venue offers to pass a champagne toast to all of your guests for a $200-$400 fee. Don't do it - it's a waste. Many of your guests will simply take a sip and set the glass down - or not take a sip at all. It's best to allow your guests to simply toast with the drink of their choice when the toasts are made.
  2. The Champagne/Chocolate Fountain - Fountains - especially chocolate fountains - have been the rage for the last few years. If you have your heart set on one - fine. But if not - this is another extra you can do without. Your guests aren't going to search your reception site for the chocolate fountain. Really, they won't.
  3. The Groom's Cake - The groom's cake is a southern tradition that has recently been spotted at wedding receptions throughout the country - (we all remember the armadillo cake from Steel Magnolias). No one ever runs out of wedding cake at a reception, so why have two cakes?
  4. The Tossing Bouquet - Having your florist create an additional bridal bouquet for the bouquet toss has become the norm, but this can tack on an additional $50-$100 to your floral bill. Instead - have a friend or family member pick up some flowers from your local grocery store - a mere $5-$10.
  5. The Extra Hour - Almost every reception site has an upfront overtime fee, and they'll casually mention that your reception can go an extra hour for, say, $200. Guests are usually ready to call it a night after 4 hours - let them.

    For more articles and advice to help you plan your wedding, visit our complete Wedding Planning Guide

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