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NorthForkWeddings & SouthForkWeddings - Inspiration for Weddings and Parties

Things we just had to share--curated links and other bits of inspo for weddings, parties and all the fun things that go with them.

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Free Ways to Make Your Wedding Fancier

It doesn’t take a lot of money to make your wedding look like a million bucks. We loved some of the tips in this article from Brides magazine. Do any inspire you? Let us know!

10 Fun Wedding Activities: Alternatives to Dancing

Don’t enjoy putting on your dancing shoes? If you have never suffered from a case of boogie fever, then maybe dancing at your wedding doesn’t sound like that much fun. We loved some of these non-dancing alternatives to a fabulously memorable celebration.

Naked Wedding Cake Inspiration for Your Wedding

What’s not to love about these gorgeous wedding day desserts? Whether you’re having a rustic backyard ceremony, saying your vows in a dreamy vineyard or hosting an elegant and sophisticated affair, these naked cakes are versatile and, most importantly, delicious. It’s time to skip the fondant or butter cream and opt for a more unique and modern twist on the traditional wedding cake. Here are 10 remarkable naked wedding cakes that bare it all for the sake of love.

Bridesmaid dress shopping is fun again. Because ours look awesome on everyone. And they’re for rent. Win-win.

Union Station rents bridesmaids dresses...and it's definitely worth considering...your attendants will thank you...

20 Totally Over the Top Engagement Rings

The bling ring. Before the wedding, comes the ring. Check out some of these swoon worthy, and over the top engagement rings...perhaps inspire your own beloved to speak to your favorite jeweler?

DeAngelo Williams Had a Giant Walking Dead-Themed Wedding

See the bridesmaids made up like the undead

Leave The DJ For The Reception

You spend months preparing for your wedding day. You scout out venues,
taste test your food, try on countless dresses and scour the internet for
pinterest worthy tablescapes. With all of the decisions you need to make
for your big day, music seems like a no-brainer; hire a DJ and let him take
care of the rest.  While that may seem like a fantastic way to save
yourself a bit of time, it is likely to leave you with some big regrets.

 

Over the years, I’ve talked to countless brides and their families who’ve
trusted the selection of their ceremony and cocktail hour music, to their
DJ. On almost every account, they were sorely disappointed in the quality
of music and professionalism of the musicians. They complained of groups
who showed up late, dressed inappropriately, were unprepared and who played
horribly. Imagine stepping out of the limo, expecting a beautifully
arranged classy ensemble to serenade you and your guests, only to find an
unprepared group, fumbling through their sheet music, barely set up.
Unfortunately, this is the case, more often than not. And, while this seems
like a shock to many brides and their families, it isn’t to me. As a
classically trained musician, I know what it takes to put together the kind
of ensemble that will make your wedding day’s soundtrack a picture of
elegance and beauty. Your DJ doesn’t. Your DJ isn’t a classically trained
musician. Your DJ doesn’t employ classically trained musicians. Your DJ
plays already made tracks at your reception. And, when you ask your DJ to
find you musicians for the rest of your day, your DJ runs around like a
chicken with its head cut off, trying to contract a group that will do But,
you want more than just a group that will “do”!

 

Letting your DJ do the work of finding a wedding day ensemble may sounds
like a great idea at first glance, but in the long run, it’s not your best
option. Instead, take the extra time to search out true professionals.
Musicians who ARE classically trained, will be well rehearsed prior to your
big day. They will look the part, discrete in appearance while rich in
sound. They will work with you to choose the perfect music for your
cocktail hour and ceremony, and work with your team to plan the ideal
timing for each piece they play. Hiring a group that specializes in wedding
day music is as important as hiring an event planner who specializes in
weddings. While there’s little a bride can do to relieve the stress leading
up to her big day, hiring the right professionals is the key to planning
the day she’s always dreamed of.

When considering the music for your big day, take this one bit of advice,
and save yourself a world of troubles: Leave the DJ for the reception, and
hire professional musicians for the rest.

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Guide to Writing Thank You Notes w/ Cheat Sheet - Celebrations at Home

Do you need a guide writing Thank You notes? Look no further; I'm sharing my best tips to make it easier for you. You'll never have writer's block again!

Key Questions to Ask Before Picking a Wedding Photographer

A good wedding photographer isn’t cheap, so you want to hire one that you know will capture your special day the way you want. Here are some questions to ask a wedding photographer to make sure you two see eye-to-eye.

6 Secrets for Throwing the Most Fun Wedding Your Friends Will Ever Attend

How to ensure that your reception is the most fun wedding your guests will ever attend — trust us.

Don't Sweat It: Makeup For Your Outdoor Summer Ceremony

Are you putting an outdoor twist on your wedding? Don't sweat it – we've got you covered with these beauty must-haves.

Former banker makes money keeping partyers quiet

Spreading the appeal of 'quiet clubbing' across the country

10 Doable Bed Skirts With Little or No Sewing

You're totally going to want to make one of these after seeing this