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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, we are planning a wedding at St. Pete Beach Fl. and majority of guests invited will be coming from Ohio and Michigan. It is an evening ceremony/reception and because of finances we have decided on an Adult Only reception. How do we respond to family members who are upset that their children...
Answer From Sharon:
This is a tough situation for any bride to be in. But here's something you can tell your guests: a big new trend is for guests to bring along a relative or their own babysitter who will watch the child(ren) while the parents are at the wedding. Since it's a destination wedding, there will be plen...

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Hi Sharon! I am unsure whether I can have the venue of choice due to budget restrictions. My secondary option is using a venue that would require me to provide all of the chairs, tables, lighting, etc. How do rentals work? Do they set up for you, or do you have to do it yourself? Thank you so muc...
Answer From Sharon:
I'm glad you asked this question...rentals can cost a *lot* when you add in all of the extra things that need to be rented for a wedding [serving platters, lots of utensils and glasses and plates, buffet tables, etc.] so check the price lists of what your rental agency offers, and keep in mind th...

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Hi, I am trying to plan our wedding somewhere around Chattanooga. Our wedding date is going to be abt the 2nd of Dec. Probably an afternoon wedding. My dream wedding is an outside wedding. I understand it will be chilly, but maybe we can do a big tent and heater. I dont know. Im so clueless and s...
Answer From Sharon:
The best way to plan your wedding is to have a wedding coordinator help you out...it's not as expensive as you might think, and a wedding coordinator can actually SAVE you money by pointing out pretty, less expensive locations and connecting you with vendors. Since your fiance is active military,...

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Hello! I am getting married on August 20th, and VERY excited and nervous all at the same time!!! Like any bride, I want our wedding to be all that I have dreamed of! I have a question concerning engagment and wedding ring protocol. I currently wear my engagment ring proudly, however I'm not...
Answer From Sharon:
Hi Sue! Great question! It used to be that the bride put her engagement ring on her other hand, and the groom slipped the wedding ring on her finger [and then she puts both rings on the right way after the ceremony.] But the engagement ring may not fit the other hand well and could actually sl...

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pls pls where can i get cheap invitation cards. i need 500 cards plsss thanks!!
Answer From Sharon:
Check out VistaPrint.com, where you'll find great, inexpensive invitations. I also love www.invitations4sale.com at 40% off for brand-name invitations. And check out the make-it-yourself invitations kits at the craft store...Martha Stewart has a great line of invitation cards, and if you use invi...

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We are thinking of have a destination wedding. We are trying to decide on whether or not to invite everyone, all 200, and let them decide whether or not they are coming, or just include close friends and family (almost an elopement). Also, we are considering have a party (kind of reception) back...
Answer From Sharon:
Keep in mind that if you invite all 200 to your destination wedding, there are lots of expenses that you (or they) will have to pick up. For instance, if you have a welcome cocktail party on the day everyone arrives, as is the custom, that can be a pricy party for you! Same goes for a rehearsal d...

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HI! My fiancee and i are getting married June 18th 2011 in richfield utah. I have always wanted a outside wedding but i dont think it will work out because we cant find a place to do it if you have any ideas or suggestions please let me know! Also if we have our wedding indoors it will be the sam...
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Hi there! I've seen a lot of weddings where the ceremony and reception are at the same place, and the site often has a place for the guests to go for the cocktail party while they change the reception room. Is there an outdoor terrace for the cocktail party? A different room everyone can go to? ...

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Hi Sharon, My fiance and I are trying to plan our wedding. We're really set on March 2012. I know we have a year to plan but I'm terrified we're not going to be ready when it comes. We haven't really decided on anything. We're thinking about a green and pink wedding. How should I dress the brid...
Answer From Sharon:
Hi Brittany! There's lots of time, so don't worry! A wedding coordinator can really help you time out your planning, so look at www.bridalassn.com to find a great coordinator who can help you out. First, make your guest list to see the size of wedding you plan to have, and that will show you ...

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I'd like to see how peach and green blends together in a dress etc.....
Answer From Sharon:
I've always gone to the paint samples section of my Home Depot to see how colors look together. You just look through the paper strips that have all the shades on them and check out color combos. I also go to www.benjaminmoore.com to play with color combos. Sure, it comes up as colors shown on...

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Hello Sharon, I am wanting to use the RSVP option on my wedding mapper website but I am worried that some technical complications might occur. What is your thoughs/experiences with this modern way of getting your guest to RSVP on a website. I also want to give a donation instead of wedding fa...
Answer From Sharon:
Hi Sabrina: I would trust the RSVP option on this site! WeddingMapper has a great team of experts who make sure everything is running smoothly. To give you some extra peace of mind, use the RSVP tool as a way to deliver answers to you, but keep a written/hard copy list of all of your wedding gu...

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