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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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I am on a VERY low budget for my wedding, which is hopefully in October of this year. I have about $5,000.00 to go towards it. What would be the best way to divide the money.
Answer From Sharon:
The best way to divide your wedding budget is to list out the Top 5 items that are most important to you -- it might be your dress, your catering, entertainment, photos, flowers -- and put a larger percentage of your wedding budget to those things. It makes it a lot easier when you also list o...

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Hi, i am trying to plan a bridal shower for my only sister. I want it to be special, and i want to have it somewhere that can cater and be beautiful as i am pressed for time. Any Help you can advise would be great.
Answer From Sharon:
That's so fantastic that you're planning a shower for your sister! Do you have a theme in mind yet? Some of the most popular themes right now are for colors (such as an all-pink shower or the bride's favorite color) a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" shower where everyone wears a little black dress, sung...

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Hello, My fiance and I are getting married April of 2011, we are having a very casual wedding because money is very tight I am going to try and do almost everything myself and with help from family. I was wondering if it was wrong to make the reception a potluck?
Answer From Sharon:
While some families have a tradition of weddings, birthday parties and other big events being potlucks, the one thing that makes this a little bit of a challenge is that you may have people on your guest list [from lots of different regions and cultures who have never heard of a potluck arrangeme...

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Hi, My future wife and I are on a very tight budget. We are leaning towards having a cocktail reception and having the wedding on new years eve. To us the two seem like they go hand in hand. The cocktail wedding where we pay for the open bar and some food is perfect for new years eve. We are...
Answer From Sharon:
Sounds like a great plan! A cocktail party reception on New Year's Eve is a big trend, too, and your chosen site's event manager will definitely be able to help you create a satisfying and big-enough cocktail party menu [even on a budget!] plus an open bar that's also designed to be friendly to y...

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Hello Sharon, My fiance and I are having a small destination wedding and plan to have a celebration with the ones that where either not invited or could not come to the destination for our wedding on our 1st year anniversary. We plan on inviting about 20 guests for our destination w...
Answer From Sharon:
Anytime you want to have a small, intimate, destination wedding, there are always going to be guests who feel left out -- even among all of those who understand the trend of destination weddings being small guest list events. It sounds to me like you're picking up on the possibility of people fee...

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hi, im trying to plan my wedding and im having trouble finding places to have my wedding. im on a verry tight budget so im trying to find places that will be verry cheap. can you please give me advice on where i should look to find places to have a wedding?
Answer From Sharon:
A wedding coordinator is going to be a great resource to help you find a unique, super-affordable place for your wedding! And you'll be pleased to know that you can hire a great wedding planner just to help you locate your sites...well worth the investment when they show you the perfect place tha...

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My fiance and I have been together for 6 years and have to beauitful daughters. My queston to u is that we are 19 and plan to get married in Feburary of 2011 just wanted tips for an affordable wedding and reception
Answer From Sharon:
Congratulations! I have several books that I've written that will help you plan a great wedding on a budget, and also personalize your big day to reflect your relationship and include your daughters! Check them out at www.sharonnaylor.net, and use them to help you arrange all of your wedding det...

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So me and my fiancee are getting married in may of 2011 and not sure where to get married at yet , we know for sure we want an outdoor wedding. He is stationed at Fort Lenord wood right now. Since we are both from Virginia we dont expect over 60 people to be there so please help me find a place
Answer From Sharon:
Hi there! A great wedding coordinator is definitely the answer to help you find a location for your wedding! You can hire a wedding planning pro *just* to help you find and assess sites, so I suggest you look into getting a great planner on your team! Look at www.bridalassn.com to find accredited...

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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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