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Expert Advice from wedding guru, Sharon Naylor

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Sharon Naylor

Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding planning books and a frequent guest expert on Get Married with Colin Cowie, Good Morning America, and other top shows. Recently featured in such magazines as Martha Stewart Wedding, InStyle Weddings, Brides, Modern Bride and Southern Bride, she is the iVillage Weddings expert and host of "Here Come the Moms" at Wedding Podcast Network.

She lives in Morristown NJ with her husband Joe, and loved using Wedding Mapper for her own April '08 wedding.

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My fiance and I just recently got engaged and we are having a horrible time deciding on a location to keep everyone happy as well as ourselve. The big problem is my family live in Washington State and his lives in Texas. It seems everytime we think we know what we want someone has a disaproving t...
Answer From Sharon:
Have you thought about a destination wedding in which *everyone* travels to a mid-point destination or an exotic locale? This geography issue is becoming one of the leading factors in couples choosing to plan a getaway wedding -- it keeps both families equal and also allows you to keep your guest...

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We are having a small wedding my question is my matron of honor if she backs out a few days before what should I do and what do I do with the flowers a nervous bride...
Answer From Sharon:
If she backs out a few days before the wedding, it's completely okay. You don't have to have a matron of honor, whether or not you have bridesmaids! If she does back out, just use her bouquet as decor, such as placing them by the guest book, or on the table where you're displaying family photos a...

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Hello Sharon, I am newly engaged and just starting this scary process. We have decided to have the wedding in Eureka Springs AK for June of 2011. I have already booked the chapel(Thorncrown 7-10am) and the reception site(Cresent Hotel for brunch) but I live several hours away. I am on a budget of...
Answer From Sharon:
Sounds lovely! Okay, you have your sites booked, and you know you're having a brunch. The next steps to take right now include creating your final, official guest list so that you can send out Save the Date cards. Set up a personal wedding website that includes your wedding's basics - the date, ...

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Hi Sharon, I am just recently engaged and in the preliminary planning stages. We are going to start planning in Le Blanc resort in Cancun, Mexico. We have not visited the resort as of yet. We would like to get married in a Catholic Church there that is close to the resort. Any ideas on what...
Answer From Sharon:
Hi Jaclyn: A great wedding coordinator is going to be able to help you with all of this, and save you lots of money, too!! You don't have to use a local coordinator -- the big trend is finding one near you who plans destination weddings. They have worked with Cancun resorts and may even have a...

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Hi Sharon, I was just wondering if you had any ideas for an indoor picture location in the east suburbs of cleveland ohio?
Answer From Sharon:
No, sorry. I'm not a wedding coordinator and can't recommend specific sites. But ask your wedding experts! Everyone from your florist to your photographer, etc. knows all of the prettiest locations for weddings and for photos, since they attend industry parties and seminars at them. Your professi...

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Hi Sharon, I really like the 3 colors. I was thinking of having. Tangelo (Orange) Sunshine(Yellow) And Coral. I have 6 ladies in my party. I was going to have 2 wear Tangelo, 2 in Sunshine and 2 in coral. I have seen a pic of a wedding party of 3 one in each color. Is this too much. It is an...
Answer From Sharon:
That sounds BEAUTIFUL! I think it works better when you have two in each tone. Plus, those colors work together extremely well, and it would be wonderful if you have your ladies in those amazing colors of dresses, and then have them carry bouquets that contain all three colors as a unifying desig...

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Sharon, can you recommend specific places to get married or have a reception?
Answer From Sharon:
Glad you asked! No, I'm not able to recommend specific places where you can have your wedding, but this is where your fellow Wedding Mapper brides and grooms can help out! Just look for couples who have gotten married in your location, or have a wedding coming up, and reach out to them for input ...

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Would it be cheesy if we add fun locations from our love story to our WeddingMapper map? My groom wants to keep it just to the wedding sites and hotels, but I want to fill our map with cute things like where we had our first date. I think our guests would love that!!
Answer From Sharon:
It's brilliant!! Yes, I think it's a fabulous idea to add some personal touches to your wedding map -- including the location where you had your first date (and make sure to add a sentence or two with an inside story about the date, such as 'It was strangley quiet there that night, as if we were ...

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Hi Sharon, I am three weeks from my wedding. I have put the finishing touches on just about everything. I notice that ettiquite has just about been throuwn to the wind. To that end, there are several people from my fiancee's family who have not replied to our invitation (I sent them out 7 wee...
Answer From Sharon:
You're right...fair is fair, and they're not being fair by not responding to you. If you counted them as 'regrets,' you could very well have a big problem if they show up on the big day, and the staff has to scramble to make a table for them. So just call them in the evening as soon as pos...

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On the table cards you put out for the dinner reception: how do you write them out and what do you put inside them?
Answer From Sharon:
Great question! Each table card is meant to tell the guests which table they're sitting at, so you'd write them out like this: Mr. & Mrs. Scott Smith Table 7 Single guests at a formal wedding can have their cards read: Mr. Scott Smith Table 7 At a less formal wedding, you can write th...

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