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Monday Morning … six September 14, 2009

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Ladies and Gents … I know that we have all been super busy and can’t believe that it is already September, much less September 14th … amazing how time flies when you’re having fun.

Because of all this fun, we didn’t get any questions in for this week’s Monday Morning … but, have no fear, i do have something to share.

But … just so we make sure to answer your questions and what your want, please make sure to send all questions, thoughts, tidbits to jaime{at}jackiallen{dot}com with MONDAY BLOG as the subject.

For this monday, I thought I would share with you where we get some of our inspiration around the web.  We have tons of blogs and websites that we use as points of reference if we ever get that “creative block” and need to step away … we love to see what everyone else is up to!

Here are TEN of our favorite blogs …

style me pretty

snippet & ink

brooklyn bride

wedding aces

the bride’s cafe

classic bride

100 layer cake

rock n roll bride

green wedding shoes

kiss the groom


… obviously this is just a small portion of who we keep up with … we love everything weddings and since every wedding is different, there is so much information, photos, ideas, vendors, and more in this industry on the web … so much to see, so little time …

let us know what you think … what are your favorite blogs … do you want to hear more of our suggestions …

celebrate your wedding …



Monday Morning … five September 7, 2009

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It’s week five and we are having a great time with this Monday Morning Blog and we hope you are too.  If you have a question, please send an email to jaime {at} jackiallen {dot} com with MONDAY BLOG as your subject.

Onto question number five …

“My fiance and I have had a few conflicting ideas on “tipping” the individuals/companies we have hired for our wedding.  We want to make sure that we are budgeting correctly for the “tipping” and making sure that we feel comfortable with that amount.  Please let us know the standard.


Kim in Cincinnati, OH”


Kim, fabulous question and one that I think is forgotten until it’s too late or not considered in most couples budgets.

Please take the following information as suggestions….

WHO – Hair/make up artist day of

HOW MUCH – 15 – 20% (depending on if they come to your location)

DIST BY – Wedding Planner (if you don’t have a wedding planner, I would recommend you ask one person to be responsible for distributing your “appreciation”)


WHO – Musicians for ceremony

HOW MUCH – 10% of fee

DIST BY – Wedding Planner


WHO – Musicians/DJ for reception

HOW MUCH – $25 – $50 per member

DIST BY – Wedding Planner


WHO – Wait Staff and Bartenders for your event

HOW MUCH – $20 per person (FYI – we recommend that you check with your caterer/venue to double check the “20% service fee” that is on your contract – this is NOT always given to the wait staff as a tip and simply just an added fee – so you will want to make sure that your servers are taken care of)

DIST BY – Wedding Planner will give all envelopes to Head Chef or Maitre de at end of evening


WHO – Head Chef or Maitre de

HOW MUCH – Flat Fee …. we recommend $100 or more

DIST BY – Wedding Planner at end of evening


WHO – Limousine or Specialty Vehicle

HOW MUCH – 15-20% of total bill

DIST BY – Wedding Planner


WHO – Parking atendants for Valet Parking

HOW MUCH – $1.50 – $2.00 per car

DIST BY – Wedding Planner at end of evening


WHO – Wedding Planner

HOW MUCH – this depends on the “package” that you hired them for.  If you have worked with your wedding planner for the majority of your wedding and the majority of your vendors, then we suggest 10 – 15% of your package price.  IF you have hired them for a Little Bit of Help, then a flat rate that you feel comfortable with.

DIST BY – Someone special that you designate



* Have all Tips in seperate envelopes that are clearly marked with which vendor they go to.

* Have ONE person responsible for distributing all of your tips…. (i.e. wedding planner, maid of honor, someone that needs a “job” for your wedding because you can’t leave them out, etc.)

* Have all Tips and Envelopes ready at least THREE DAYS before your wedding … we recommend a minimum of three days because this is when your out of town guest start to arrive – you start “stressing” over every little detail (unless you have a planner!) – you are putting your final touches on any projects that you are doing yourself – you have the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner – and we want you to be as prepared as possible so you don’t stress over the small stuff…

Side note – these are just recommendations that Jacki and I would make to our bride – please feel free to use this information as you please.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic…. please feel free to leave your comments.

celebrate your love …



Monday Morning … four August 31, 2009

We are on our fourth week of the Monday Blog and we are having a fabulous time! 

Just in case you would like to view the other Monday’s  … here is week one, two, and three.

Now, onto our reader’s question …

“As my big day approaches and my budget is busting at the seams, I am needing to prioritize where I am spending those valuable dollars … my biggest concern is hair and make-up.  I have gotten mixed answers from my family and friends.  So, what do you think … should I pay to have my hair and make-up professionally done or ask a friend to do it?

Katie in Louisville, KY”


Katie –

GREAT question!  We realize and understand that budgets get tight – especially closer to the wedding date. 

We have a few thoughts for you to consider and to see what is important to you.  How important are your wedding day photos to you … and we don’t mean that in a “of course they’re important” … we mean that in a “will your photos be displayed for years to come – will they be passed down to your children – is photography one of your big budget items”?  Do you remember seeing your parents, grandparents and others wedding photos?  Would you like to have a certain “look” on your wedding day? 

So, once you think about these questions and the importance that your hair and make up hold onto your wedding day look, we know that you will choose the right answer for yourself and budget.

If you want our opinion, we would definitely invest in getting your hair and make up professionally done.  This, of course, can be done by family/friend that is a professional or has been doing your hair/make-up. 

As always, we would suggest having a trial run with the person that will be doing your hair and make-up for the BIG day – whether it is a paid professional or not.

Katie, we know you will be beautiful on your wedding day.  And for any other BRIDE or GROOM out there with questions, please feel free to email us at jaime {at} jackiallen {dot} com with Monday Blog as the subject.

celebrate your love …



Monday Morning … three August 24, 2009

Good Morning Ladies and Gents …

We are super excited about our response to these Monday Mornings questions, so please keep them coming!  just send us a quick email to jaime {at} jackiallen {dot} com with Monday Blog as your subject.

Now onto our reader question …

“I just got engaged and I am so excited, overwhelmed and just a ball of nerves.  Where do I start?

I know this may not be what you’re looking for as your question, but I was looking around the internet and found your blog and thought I would just give it a shot.

Newly Engaged – Nicole from Lexington, KY”

Nicole …

first – CONGRATS, we are so happy for you!  second – your question is exactly what we are looking for this Monday Morning …

We suggest that the first thing you do is buy a three ring binder, three hole puncher, and tab dividers … making your own planning notebook will be so much better than any one you purchase.  Here are some suggestions on the tab divider categories – contracts, inspiration, must haves, timeline, planning notes {with vendors}, etc.

Next, BUY MAGAZINES … the more the merrier!  We suggest to ALL of our new brides to tear out pages from magazine of all the things they LOVE and all the “not so much” things as well – they will help to form your feel/design/and total look for your wedding.  Some our faves … Kentucky Bride Magazine, Bride & Bloom, Martha Stewart Wedding, Elegant Bride, etc.

To go along with the magazines, find some fabulous blogs that you LOVE – these blogs will help you with ideas, vendors, planning process and so much more. We recommend to our brides to have a TOP 10 list and not to subscribe to more than 10 blogs … let’s be honest, you don’t want to be reading blogs all day/ everyday until your wedding.  Some our faves … Style Me Pretty, Snippett & Ink, What Junebug Loves, 100 Layer Cake, and so many more.

and finally … what every little girl dreams of … THE DRESS!  If you haven’t already – start learning about your designers, your budget, your style, your dream.  begin to start the process of finding THE DRESS!  once found, you will need a minimum of eight months (in most cases) to get the dress ordered and to have at least two fittings for any alterations that need to be made.

Nicole, we hope we’ve helped you get started.  And for any other BRIDE or GROOM out there with questions, please feel free to email us at jaime {at} jackiallen {dot} com with Monday Blog as the subject.

celebrate your love …



Monday Morning … two August 17, 2009

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Thank you so much for your emails for our MONDAY MORNING series.  Here is our first question …

“I was reading your blog, and I have a question for Monday Morning! I am the Maid of Honor at my best friend’s wedding…..which means I must give a toast! There is so much to say but I have no clue how to start and what to include/not include in it! Do you have any suggestions on what I need to do?

Thanks so much!

Sara, Tompkinsville, KY”

Sara … great question.  This is a great honor and your opportunity to send good wishes to the happy couple as well as give the guests a little bit of insight into your best friend.  First, you could say something about what an honor it is to be able to share in this experience with your best friend since you’ve shared so many other life experiences together … and how happy you are for her.  Then maybe a very short … “who would have thought” snippet about some of the things you all got into as friends … before she met her Prince Charming!  Then end with a heartfelt congratulations to them for finding one another and wishing them well on this wonderful next part of their life and asking everyone to raise their glass to this fabulous couple.  I’d say 1.5 – 2 minutes is plenty of time … it’ll seem like 30 minutes to you!  You’ll do great … after all, she’s your best friend and you’re doing this for her.

celebrate your best friend’s love …



Monday Morning … one August 10, 2009

How many of you dread Monday Mornings?  No more weekend – five more days of the routine 9 to 5 … etc. etc.

Well, we here at Kentucky Bride want to make your Mondays FABULOUS!  How can we do that you ask … by answering your questions, giving our advice, making suggestions, sharing our tips and tricks, and so much more.

All you have to do is email me … jaime{at}jackiallen{dot}com … just type MONDAY BLOG as your subject.

To get things started, I thought I would do the first MONDAY MORNING …

Below is a photo that I put in my inspiration folder …


… from this photo, I can come up with about three ideas, concepts, ways to incorporate into your wedding right off the top of my head…

* have a 1940’s {i’m guessing on the year} camera take the photos for your engagement session or at your photo booth at your reception

* incorporate these types of cameras into your centerpieces {not all centerpieces have to be flowers} maybe pair the camera with some film bottles, or some old books, or even photos that you may have taken with the camera

* go all out and have a “themed” wedding – not necessarily around the camera, but around that era … and incorporating the camera – the 1940’s swing era is one of my favorites … and who doesn’t love to dress in character – imagine how fun it will be for your guests and your wedding will definitely be remembered

how does this photo inspire you?

celebrate your love …