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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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Hi Sharon, I am the Mother of the Groom planning a rehearsal dinner in July. My husband and I have our own idea of who is invited to this affair, based on 30 years ago, but today's generation of 20 somethings have a different idea! My problem is considering what the Bride and Groom want-inviti...
Answer From Sharon:
Hi Terry! The trend of inviting all out of towners to the rehearsal dinner has actually faded out a bit now, given the economy and the expense of the wedding. While it's completely understandable that the bride and groom want to have their out of town guests' dinner provided, what's being d...

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my husband and i are renewing our vows and i was wondering what the proper ettiquette is for gifts. do we register or what. we have been married for almost 20 yrs
Answer From Sharon:
Congratulations! No, there's no registering for gifts for a vow renewal celebration. Guests decide if they want to bring something -- most do! -- and they'll decide what to get you. Have fun!

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Hi Sharon, I am planning a cocktail only reception for my wedding. How do I word the invitations to let guests know that dinner will not be served (there will be a few hour break between the ceremony and reception. We plan on starting our reception at 8 pm. Thanks!
Answer From Sharon:
Great question! You have a lot of freedom on how to word this, so one idea is to say: "Cocktail Reception" and put beneath it the location and starting hour. Guests will understand that there's no dinner planned when you use that phrase. Congratulations, and have fun! Sharon

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Hi Sharon I am planning a wedding in december and I need a venue in East London and surroundings
Answer From Sharon:
Thanks for your note, but I'm not a wedding coordinator and can't suggest locations. But check our wedding couples here on Wedding Mapper to see if they have any locales to suggest, and of course a great wedding coordinator will be able to show you all the best places in the areas you like!

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Hi Sharon, My fiance and I are getting married/eloping in September in FL. We would like ton have a small celebration when we get back, 40-50 people. Do people do brunches or luncheons? I am stuck!
Answer From Sharon:
Thanks for your question! You can have any style of celebration you wish! There's no set style of post-celebration, so you can choose any type of party that works as your favorite style, on your budget. I like hotel brunches because they're usually quite inexpensive, offer a huge array of fo...

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Hi Sharon, I was wondering how often people show up late for a wedding ceremony? I am trying to decide if we should put the ceremony start time 15 minutes earlier than the actual time on the wedding invitations. If a guest arrives late at our venue they will actually have to drive past the cere...
Answer From Sharon:
People do show up late, usually for traffic and parking reasons. They try to avoid being disruptive, but the layout of your ceremony spot sounds like this could be a problem. I would add a note to your personal wedding website listing the guest arrival time for twenty minutes earlier than the ...

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Hi Sharon.I am a big fan of lavender...could you suggest some colour combinations that would go great with it in terms of bridesmaids dresses and decor. Edith
Answer From Sharon:
Hi Edith: Lavender is so in right now! I'm seeing bunches of different shades of purple, from lilac to deep eggplant, that are really flattering to most skin tones, and I'm also seeing really deep, rich purple shades in table linens -- and a perk to going with a dark purple shade for your tabl...

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How long do need to be in portugal for to be allowed to get married
Answer From Sharon:
A great wedding coordinator with experience in that region of the country will be able to tell you about the rules and requirements for marriage licenses overseas. Coordinators know which government agencies to contact for the current rules. Never take info off of a website, or you could make a b...

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Good Evening Sharon! My fiance and I are from Chicago and we are looking to do a destination wedding. We were currently looking at the Bahamas, when it was mentioned to us to check out some of the islands on the east coast. The farthest east that I have been is D.C. so I don't know a whole lot a...
Answer From Sharon:
Hi Kristen! If you're looking to go right off the coast, there's Hilton Head Island, SC that's really nice for weddings. They have a tremendous amount of nice resorts there, with plenty to do, and that's a very popular golf destination in case any of your guests are golfers! My #1 choice is...

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Hi Sharon, I'm in the process of planning a wedding with the wedding and reception in the same ballroom. I am having trouble arranging my seating for both events without taking down & setting back up. There's only about 150 people attending and we're using round tables.
Answer From Sharon:
Quick question...after the ceremony, will the guests go to a different room for the cocktail party? If so, then the site may be able to tell you what they usually do for same-location ceremonies and receptions. They may very well arrange seating for the ceremony, with the tables and seats for the...

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