| " A WEDDING IN THE COUNTRY "
CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME !
Experienced in performing and planning weddings, I know that professionalism,
knowledge, patience, as well as flexibility and good listening skills are the key ingredients to providing
consistent quality wedding ceremonies. It's vital that bridal couples share their wishes and dreams with
us so that we can make every effort for those needs to come true. We offer and provide many years of combined experience serving both in the pulpit and now the wedding industry.
It is that experience that will successfully guide you to
your "special day." Of course, an Officiant with a good sense of humor helps too! CALL:
Rev. Ronald Turcot at (727) 871-9900
PHILOSOPHY AND OVERVIEW
My approach to ceremonies, consistent with my philosophy, is that the service belongs to the bridal
couple. No one can dictate the content of the ceremony. It's your wedding. You are in charge of who is in
it, how it goes and to a large extent what is said. As an Officiant, my role is to make sure you develop the right
wedding ceremony of union. As we work together to craft your ceremony, I will make suggestions based on my expertise,
experience, and years of training about different ways that the various elements of a ceremony might best flow together.
Always, the final decision remains yours CALL: (727) 871-9900
WE ARE WEDDING SPECIALISTS
We decided to expand
our focus and learn as much as we can about the process of wedding planning. We constantly reach out to other wedding
professionals and couples to learn what challenges they face, what decisions work best for them, and which businesses
exceed their expectations. This helps us to help you!
Here's an easy way to make the inevitable cutting of your guest list manageable.
As you assemble your unedited list, ask everyone involved (you, your groom, your parents & his) to develop his or
her own "wish list" by ranking the names on their rosters from MOST to LEAST important. After you've determined
the realistic number of guests your budget can accomodate, you can ask everyone to simply cut an assigned percentage
of names from his or her list, starting from the bottom.
LOCATING A SITE
To determine what size venue site you'll need for your reception, you should
take into account the size of the parking lot and number of restrooms as well as the seating capacity and size of the ballroom.
RULES OF THUMB: one toilet for every twenty-five (25) guests, and one parking space for every two (2) guests.
When determining if a room will be able to accomodate your party, keep in mind that it's nicer to have a snug fit than
to have abundance of extra space. It will make the reception look bigger as well.
WEDDING PARTY TRANSPORTATION
One detail you certainly don't want to overlook is how your attendants (wedding
party) will get to the wedding and back. A common snafu: On the return trip, brides usually arrange for their
own and the groom's transportation, forgetting that the attendants who arrived at the wedding in the Bridal limo will need
another way to get home and / or the reception location.
YOUR WEDDING HAIR
Whether you are going to be styling your hair on your own or having someone else do it, make sure
that you have a practice session one month before your wedding. When you have your practice session, don't forget to
bring your veil (if applicable)! You want to make sure that the style looks right for your wedding day.
Also, make sure you have your final haircut at least two weeks prior to the wedding. This allows you to determine the
correct hairstyle, time needed, as well as having you avoid " hair disasters." If you are basing your
hairstyle or color on a picture, you will want to bring that picture with you so that it is easy for your stylist to follow.
It's exciting to have your
wedding plans announced in the local newspaper, but refrain from having your home address printed with them.
Thieves have been known to scour papers for such events and then break into the bride or groom's residences during the wedding
and reception, when they know no one will be home. Consider having a neighbor house-sit for you during the wedding &
reception times or have many lights on in the house with your radio playing.
Make the most of your budget by choosing blooms that are
in season and locally grown. Be honest with your florist about your budget and have them recommend the most inexpensive
flowers. Allow them some flexability. Also, the more labor that goes into making your floral arrangements, the
more expensive they'll be. A simple hand-tied bouquet will cost less than an intricate "cascade."
Ask your florist to provide a "toss" bouquet designed especially for this ritual. It won't cost much
and you'll be able to keep the flowers you carried down the aisle to press and preserve.
Put a bridesmaid
in charge of knowing where this extra bouquet is stored and retrieving it for you when its time. Talk to party rental suppliers about renting large potted plants such as tropical palms or ficus. They visually
fill a lot of space, and will help frame your ceremony site or warm up your reception. Best of all, renting a potted
plant is far less expensive than buying large flower arrangements. Also, you may consider purchasing these large plants
and using them in your home afterwards to get more use of them.
YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS
Realistically, you'll need a week to address your invitations, assemble the many
layers, stuff envelopes and apply postage. You may even want to call on your bridesmaids to help. If you'd
like your envelopes addressed by a professional calligrapher, make arrangements as soon as the invitations are ordered (at
least four (4) months in advance). For an added fee, most will handle the stuffing and mailing for you too.
As you receive your response cards from guests, store them alphabetized, in a
recipe-card box. Record the guest's name on the back of each RSVP card. When opening your presents, pull each
guest's card and write a description on it of the gift they gave you. When you're ready to write thank-you notes, you'll
have all the information you need in one place.
GUESTS HOTEL INFO.
to include hotel information in your out-of-town guest's invitations. Provide a map with distances and driving time
from the airport to the hotels and the ceremony site. Since many hotels offer group rates, it's a good idea to reserve
a block of rooms for your guests. This enables them to make reservations and enjoy a discount to boot.
INSURING YOUR WEDDING
You can insure your wedding day against everything from bad weather to stolen
presents. It's true, and depending on the circumstances of your affair, it may not be a bad idea. Inquire only
with a reputable insurance agency.
It's likely that you, your groom and both sets of parents will be contributing
money toward the wedding expenses. The most effective (and stress-free) way to manage these funds? Collect the
money that each party has promised up front and start a checking account in yours and your groom's name that's used only for
wedding expenses. By pooling all the funds, no contributor will demand to take control of, say the flowers because
she's paying for them. Plus, with only you and your groom paying all the bills, your accounts will be organized.
RENTING A TUXEDO?
or not, choosing a tux can be nearly as challenging as choosing a gown. There are many choices out there, and a tux
included multiple pieces - a jacket, vest, shirt, neckwear, and shoes. Since each piece comes in a variety of styles,
the variations are practically endless. Do yourself a favor and start shopping early. CALL: (727) 871-9900.
1.) DO look for a tux provider with multiple (national chain)
locations. A store with nationwide stores provide the most convenience. Especially if some members of your wedding
party live out of town. Your traveling (incoming buddy) can rent in his hometown, pick up at your location and return
the tux at yet another.
2.) DO rent from a store that carries a large
in-house inventory. Although your tux will probably be sent from a warehouse location, make sure that the store itself
carries a wide selection of tuxes. In the unlikely event that something happens to the suit you ordered, you need to
have backup at your fingertips.
3.) DO visit your store three to five months
prior to your wedding. For the most efficient use of your time, schedule an appointment with a store consultant, who
can take your measurements and help you choose a style. Research the internet and look for different tuxes and their
names. If you do find one, download a photo of it and bring it into the tux store. Ask the tux consultant if he
can recommend one that complements your body type. FOR MORE INFORMATION: (727) 871-9900
4.) DO remember to schedule
a final fitting one week before the wedding. If you gained or lost weight, you may need some last-minute alterations.
5.) You can have your fathers and brothers all match your groomsmen.
6.) DON'T wait until the last minute to rent
your tux. The very minimum most stores will allow you to rent is two weeks in advance. You should also order
early so any mishaps or changes can be made in time.
7.) DON'T forget to consider how your out of town groomsmen will be fitted. If
there isn't a store outlet near them, they should send in their measurements to you ahead of time. Do not let those
groomsmen measure themselves. Have them go to a tailor and let him do the measurements accurately. A tuxedo requires
very exact measurements to look good.
8.) DON'T assume that all your out-of - town groomsmen will be responsible enough to
remember all their dates and details about rentals. Keep them updated with e-mails and calls to ensure that they meet
all the necessary deadlines.
9.) DON'T forget to return your tux the next day. After the reception comes to an end,
your mind will be on your honey and your honeymoon, so arrange for your Best Man or a trusted family member to return your
tux for you. CALL
FOR INFORMATION: (727) 871-9900
FREE VENDOR REFERRALS
This ministry will assist the
bridal couples (our clients) in locating and securing professional wedding industry vendors at NO CHARGE. I will
ONLY recommend businesses that I have previously worked with and have consistently maintained the highest work ethic, integrity,
and quality reputation. My reputation means a great deal to me and I would never jeopardise my clients trust.
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UP YOUR BRIDESMAIDS
Your bridesmaids can wear traditional bridesmaid dresses, formal dresses, or cocktail dresses.
All these options allow you to get the look you want, no matter how formal or informal you need to go. Brideswmaid dresses
are usually more expensive. So, if you want to save money, go with formal or cocktail dresses. Costumes are also
an inexpensive option.
Depending on how elaborate your bridesmaids dresses are, costs can range from $50 to $250 or more.
The more expensive dresses are made of satin or silk, and they usually have handcrafted details like beading or embroidery.
But the purchase
price is by no means the end of the dress bill. Bridal shops almost always charge extra for alterations, which can run
anywhere from $20 to $100. Even if you purchase the dresses at a department store or online, you'll still likely have
to pay a seamstress for alterations. Some department stores offer free minor alterations, such as hemming. If
you find the attendant dresses you like, inquire about the stores alterations policy before you place the order. I have
found great deals on lovely wedding dresses at Davids Bridal from $79 to $99. They have a special area in their
stores for these specially priced dresses. This option would be really cost-effective.
can cost you money. A delay in ordering the dresses can add an extra rush delivery fee to the outfits. So be sure
to order the bridesmaid dresses (or have your bridesmaids order them) as soon as you decide on a style and color.
It's far better and in-expensive to have too much time for alterations than not enough. Besides, the earlier they
have their dresses, the more time they'll have have to find the right shoes at the right price.
SAVINGS WITH FORMAL GOWNS OR COCKTAIL DRESSES
You don't have to confine your choices to traditional bridesmaid dresses.
Formal dresses are often much cheaper. Plus, your bridesmaids will be able to wear the dress again after the wedding.
You can get great-looking informal or formal dresses by buying at department stores or or online retailers, such as Amazon.com
If you want a more formal look, check out cocktail or party dresses. To get a less formal look,
select sleeveless, knee-length dresses for your summer wedding. This choice won't cost you (or your bridesmaids) a fortune,
and it allows them to wear the dresses again for any number of summer occasions.
|" A WEDDING COUPLE IN ST. PETERSBURG"