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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 really like the 3 colors. I was thinking of having. Tangelo (Orange) Sunshine(Yellow) And Coral. I have 6 ladies in my party. I was going to have 2 wear Tangelo, 2 in Sunshine and 2 in coral. I have seen a pic of a wedding party of 3 one in each color. Is this too much. It is an...
Answer From Sharon:
That sounds BEAUTIFUL! I think it works better when you have two in each tone. Plus, those colors work together extremely well, and it would be wonderful if you have your ladies in those amazing colors of dresses, and then have them carry bouquets that contain all three colors as a unifying desig...

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Sharon, can you recommend specific places to get married or have a reception?
Answer From Sharon:
Glad you asked! No, I'm not able to recommend specific places where you can have your wedding, but this is where your fellow Wedding Mapper brides and grooms can help out! Just look for couples who have gotten married in your location, or have a wedding coming up, and reach out to them for input ...

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Would it be cheesy if we add fun locations from our love story to our WeddingMapper map? My groom wants to keep it just to the wedding sites and hotels, but I want to fill our map with cute things like where we had our first date. I think our guests would love that!!
Answer From Sharon:
It's brilliant!! Yes, I think it's a fabulous idea to add some personal touches to your wedding map -- including the location where you had your first date (and make sure to add a sentence or two with an inside story about the date, such as 'It was strangley quiet there that night, as if we were ...

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Hi Sharon, I am three weeks from my wedding. I have put the finishing touches on just about everything. I notice that ettiquite has just about been throuwn to the wind. To that end, there are several people from my fiancee's family who have not replied to our invitation (I sent them out 7 wee...
Answer From Sharon:
You're right...fair is fair, and they're not being fair by not responding to you. If you counted them as 'regrets,' you could very well have a big problem if they show up on the big day, and the staff has to scramble to make a table for them. So just call them in the evening as soon as pos...

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On the table cards you put out for the dinner reception: how do you write them out and what do you put inside them?
Answer From Sharon:
Great question! Each table card is meant to tell the guests which table they're sitting at, so you'd write them out like this: Mr. & Mrs. Scott Smith Table 7 Single guests at a formal wedding can have their cards read: Mr. Scott Smith Table 7 At a less formal wedding, you can write th...

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I knew it was a possibility that one of out groomsmen would be deployed with his Army unit when we asked him to be a part of our wedding, but we all agreed it was something we'd deal with if it happened. As we've gotten closer to the wedding (Oct 30) it's about a 99.9% chance that he will not be...
Answer From Sharon:
Oh, that's a lovely idea! On the back of the progra, the bride and groom usually print a note of thanks to their parents, and they thank their guests for sharing their special day with them. That's where you can write a special note to that groomsman. It might look like this: "We'd also like t...

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Hi Sharon, I just recently got engaged and wanted to ask you how can we get the most out of our wedding, given the budget we have. My fiance and I are paying for the wedding ourselves. We're planning the wedding for 2011, either end of August of mid September, and I don't even know what colors t...
Answer From Sharon:
Hi Mayara! I'm happy to help, so please feel free to send me any questions you have while you're planning! I can help you with color combinations when you let me know what your wedding season is, and which colors you personally like, and I can give you budget-saving ideas, too! I suggest that yo...

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My best friend and I are having double wedding next year what would be the order of the ceremony? will we do two separte wedding or altogether?
Answer From Sharon:
Double weddings are such fun! When two friends or sisters decide to have a double wedding, they choose the order in which their ceremonies are done according to their birthdates. Oldest goes first. This is the traditional model, one that works really nicely at double and even triple weddings!! Yo...

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Sharon i wantto do a butterfly release at wedding ceremony at what time do we relase butterflies?
Answer From Sharon:
Great question! For that information, you'll need to talk to the experts at the source where you get your butterflies, since different varieties of butterflies thrive better when released in morning coolness, in the afternoon, in the evening, etc. They'll also talk to you about the location where...

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I ordered invitations and have received them-now I have changed my reception site-what is proper way to let guests know of change?
Answer From Sharon:
This is easily solved :] Just pick out a great card stock or colored paper that coordinates with your wedding invitation, and print out individual inserts that say, "Change of plans! The reception will take place at (name of site), (address), (website)", and put a reminder of your personal weddin...

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