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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 is having a little trouble realizing that we do not need to invite every person he has ever known to our wedding. He does not want a reception because he thinks the guest list is going to be too big. How can I help him to choose who to invite. I thought that immediate family, first cous...
Answer From Sharon:
Building a guest list has always been a huge challenge for brides and grooms, especially when parents have big guest lists of their own to add! Now, with the economy so shaky and weddings so expensive, it's more important than ever to create a good plan to help you keep your guest list in line. ...

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My fiance wants olive as the wedding color -- what other colors coordinate with olive?
Answer From Sharon:
You're in luck! Every hue in the green family is super-trendy for weddings...from light sage to a deep hunter, and a lot of decor options using a range of greenery can save you a fortune on your florals. Even calla lilies come in shades of green, which is a very elegant look. You can pair oliv...

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What would be a fun bachelor party that would not involve exotic dancers? Having trouble coming up with ideas. from Michigan
Answer From Sharon:
The biggest trend right now is taking your group -- even a co-ed group of both the men and the ladies -- to a sporting event. It doesn't have to be a pro sports game where tickets are super-expensive. Right now, tickets to minor-league ballgames are super-popular, with a private box booked for yo...

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What should the groom or what could the groom wear to a casual outside wedding in lake tahoe during the summer?
Answer From Sharon:
Great question! For a casual wedding, I love the look of khaki pants and a crisp, white button-down shirt, without a tie. You might also add a 'pop' of color by wearing a hued tee shirt underneath the button-down shirt. Even though the wedding is casual, it's still nice to avoid shorts or shor...

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Our daughter is getting married in Charleston SC in July (destination wedding). Is it alright if on the response cards we ask what hotel they are staying at? We would like to have "welcome baskets" waiting in their rooms when they arrive.
Answer From Sharon:
You can certainly add that 'checklist' to the response cards! It's a wonderful way to stay organized, and it also reminds guests to hurry up and book their rooms! You might word it like this: Kindly let us know where you will be staying during our wedding weekend: ___ The Hilton ___ Qual...

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We are having a morning wedding (11am to 4pm). Any advice to do after the wedding with our guests that will not require a lot of money?
Answer From Sharon:
It's now common practice for the bride and groom to skip the getaway after the reception and instead plan to spend their post-reception time with their friends and family. Since you have a morning wedding planned, that opens up plenty of time for one or several post-wedding gatherings. For ...

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What would be an appropriate amount to budget per invitation for a relatively formal wedding?
Answer From Sharon:
Ooo, this is a tough question to answer, since there is such a vast range of invitation styles out there, different types of papers and printing methods. I suggest you visit www.invitations4sale.com to see discounted, designer invitations from some of the top companies (Birchcraft, Carlson Cra...

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Is it tacky for a couple to have a small ceremony for both their second wedding? I want an intimate beach setting with just us and he wants a big ceremony because he never had one the first time...... Help please!
Answer From Sharon:
This is something you'll have to discuss as a couple, since it would be terribly unfair for either of you to have a ceremony that doesn't suit your style or wishes. When it comes to second weddings, this is a common dilemma, since one partner often feels the need to 'keep it small' and the other ...

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What are the top 5 questions to ask when you're looking for your cake baker?
Answer From Sharon:
Since your cake will be one of the last great tastes at your wedding, it can make or break your entire day! So you need to be sure you're working with a great cake baker who not only creates gorgeous works of art, but that they taste amazing as well. First, get referrals from recently married ...

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Our wedding coordinator won't give us her cell phone number! She said she only gives it out to brides within a month of the wedding. Is this normal? Thanks, Jackie
Answer From Sharon:
Some wedding coordinators create what I call a Boundary Must when it comes to giving out their cell phone numbers, for the simple fact that some brides (and their moms) overdo it -- calling constantly, at all hours of the night, while the coordinator is on vacation, with tons of questions, or rus...

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