Ask the Expert: How Do We Get Our Guests to Use a Photo-Sharing App?

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Question: We are going to use a wedding photo-sharing app so that we can gather all of our guests’ fun pictures from our reception—but what’s the best way to spread the word and really get people to use it during the wedding? I don’t want to spend the week we get back from the honeymoon texting 200 people to ask them to send us their photos!

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Jimmy Fallon’s Horrifying Ring Avulsion Injury Is Another Reason to Make Sure Your Wedding Ring Fits

I was one of the many people in recent weeks who were fascinated to know what kind of finger injury Jimmy Fallon could have possibly suffered that would have kept him out of commission for so long.

I am also one of the many people who lost all feeling in their knees last night when Jimmy described what happened to him and his wedding ring, and who nodded along in confirmation when he warned the people of the world not to Google “ring avulsion”:

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Wedding Planners Confess: Here Are Their 15 Pet Peeves

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I read this post on Bustle the other day, and chuckled to myself in a it’s-funny-cause-it’s-true kind of way: wedding planners have to deal with a lot in order to get your day off without a hitch—a lot of personalities, logistics, obstacles, you name it—but in the end, they do deal with it all because they love it. They want your day to be awesome, and they want to be the ones to help make it awesome.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all fun and games and giggles on the way to that awesome day, and it got me thinking about what aspects of planning a wedding and working with couples and their families drive Philly’s very own fabulous wedding planners insane. So I asked! And they unleashed.

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Newlyweds: Follow These 5 Tips for Getting Off on the Right Financial Track

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We have called on Beth D’Andrea more than once here at PW, because with her experience as a financial counselor (through her Malvern-based firm, Plumtree Financial Planning) who has done a ton of work with newlyweds, she knows a thing or two about what it takes for couples to begin, officially, a new financial life together.

And even though it’s not as fun for us all to talk about as what shade of hydrangea will make up your centerpieces, making sure you off on the right financial track together is a heck of a lot more important—so we asked Beth for her tips on how you can do just that. “So many couples spend hours and hours planning a spectacular wedding day, and we want to help them plan a fabulous life to follow,” she says. “Young couples getting married bring more to the union than couches and silverware—they bring bank accounts, savings and sometimes, even debt. Developing a strategy to merge their finances puts the couple in charge of their money (and their future) not the other way around.”

And so, here’s her cheat sheet: Use it to make sure that when you get back from the honeymoon, you’re not greeted by both a huge pile of thank-you notes that need to be written—and a scary mound of debt.

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Ask the Expert: Can a Florist Still Do My Centerpieces If They Don’t Include Flowers?

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A summery, non-floral tablescape by La Petite Fleur. Photo by Natalie Wi of Allure West Studio

Question: I’m going to have a bouquet for my wedding, so will my bridesmaids, and we’ll probably have some other various flowers for the day, too. For my centerpieces, though, I wanted to do something with clear glass vessels, sand, seashells and lots of tea lights—both to save money on flowers and just because I love that idea for our summer wedding at the Shore. But does a florist do that, even though that doesn’t actually involve flowers? Or is that something I’ll have to either do myself or hire a different type of vendor to do?

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Local Wedding Planner Lynda Barness Tells Us Her Best Stories In Her New Book

Philadelphia wedding planner Lynda Barness's book of tales is out now on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com.

Philadelphia wedding planner Lynda Barness’s book of tales is out now on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com.

If you met a wedding planner at a cocktail party, we’re guessing the first thing you’d ask her wouldn’t have to do with, say, how she got into the industry or what kind of flowers she thinks are the prettiest at spring weddings. Admit it: You’d want her stories! The juciest, the Bridezilla-iest, the most disastrous—and we can’t blame you. Hey, we’re in this industry, and what can we say? They’re entertaining to hear.

Well, Philadelphia wedding planner Lynda Barness, who founded her company I DO Wedding Consulting a decade ago and has been gathering such stories ever since, has just published chock full of ‘em: I Do: A Wedding Planner Tells Tales.

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