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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 want to add a little card on my formal invitations with the link to the wedding mapper address so my out of town guests can plan their trip for our wedding. Any tips on how to present this information on my formal invitations? Thank you!
Answer From Sharon:
I wouldn't put it on the formal invitations, but rather suggest that you print out a pretty insert card reading: "To help you find your way around town, to our wedding locations and to various points of interest in our area... Please visit our WeddingMapper site to see and print out all the ...

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My Dad and soon to be stepmom overbooked their wedding reception. Occupancy max is 350. The have 425 including family. We have eliminated most of the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. What else can we do to cut the list down? How do you tell the adults you have already invited and...
Answer From Sharon:
Yikes, what a terrible situation, and I'm so sorry to hear that your Dad and step-mom have to unravel this one. If their site doesn't have a second ballroom right next to theirs that can be opened up for extra room, they may have to find a different location, even an outdoor one with a larger cap...

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I want to have a really casual beach wedding...a la Renee Zelweger/ Kenny Chesney, in South Carolina. But..how do you make a "casual" beach wedding elegant and simple at the same time?
Answer From Sharon:
A great wedding coordinator can help you! Visit www.bridalassn.com -- and check out which wedding coordinators were used by brides and grooms registered on this website! -- to find candidates you can interview to help you plan your perfect day. Anytime you're planning from a distance, for any...

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im getting married may 2010 in sarasota fl, but i dont know where and how i find out any information! i live in arkansas but have relatives in sarasota. i would love to do it on the beach
Answer From Sharon:
Sounds like you need the help of a terrific wedding coordinator! You can now hire a professional wedding planner for any number of customized packages: from helping you book sites and vendors only, to working with you during the month of the wedding, to only working your wedding day. Start by ...

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Can I put a tasteful note about where we are registered in the wedding invitation?
Answer From Sharon:
No, not in the wedding invitation. Etiquette rules remain firm on that. Registry info is allowed in bridal shower invitations, though. Here's how to 'get around' this etiquette rule. You *are* allowed to add an insert to your wedding invitation packet, a pretty card that lets guests know the U...

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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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