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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

David’s Bridal Launches My Event: Online Wedding Planning Tool

With nearly 1 in 4 couples becoming engaged between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, many women will be ringing in 2013 with a ring on their finger!  While eager to plan one of the biggest moments in her life, the newly engaged bride is still obligated to go back to work.

Photo from davidsbridal.com.

Photo from davidsbridal.com.

According to David’s Bridal’s annual “What’s On Bride’s Minds” survey, she may be sneaking in her planning on work time! The David’s Bridal survey estimates that 77% of employed women plan their wedding while at their job!

As the bridal industry’s pioneer in fashion and technology, David’s Bridal recognized that brides turn to the web to organize and plan their weddings, so a variety of tools were created to assist in the process. David’s Bridal’s newest online tool My Event  allows brides to easily plan, organize, share, and track all their wedding activities to create the event of their dreams.  With this new tool, you can:

Build your own planning community and Connect with your wedding party on our interactive newsfeed!

Create mood boards for creativity and inspiration and create shopping lists for everyone in your wedding!

Prioritize, assign, and organize your wedding to-do¹s with customized task lists and manage budgets.

Photo from davidsbridal.com.

Photo from davidsbridal.com.

People all across the country are  “pinning” recipes, décor ideas and DIY projects. Surprisingly, even though this was the most popular tip from David’s brides, below are 10 more great wedding planning tips to help you with the process. 

1). If you don’t have a wedding planner, enlist a friend who isn’t in your bridal party to help you prioritize and plan!

2). Keep reality in focus- know your budget and stick to it! It is easy to get wrapped up in having an extravagant wedding, but remember the day is really about you and your partner.

3). Choose a theme or symbol first to solidify the vision of your wedding, and it will make the party planning process easier.

4). If you¹re thinking of a specific color, keep in mind what flowers are available during the time of your wedding, and that flowers in season are less expensive.

5). Ask for references and read online reviews of potential vendors before booking.

6). If you have older wedding guests, make sure there are plenty of places for them to sit down.

7). If you’re having a large number of guests 10 and under, hire a babysitter to watch  them during the ceremony. Or, set up a children’s table or room at the reception, complete with crayons, coloring books, small toys, and games.

8). Be cognizant of guests and their dietary restrictions- shellfish, vegetarians, gluten, vegan/vegetarian- make sure there is something for everyone.

9). Seat people with similar interests and ages together, and put an even number of people at each table, as people tend to pair off in conversations! You don’t want to leave anyone out.

10). Thank you notes are as important as your invitations.  A great time to write them is on the plane ride to your honeymoon destination while the memory is still fresh.

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