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Becoming Mrs. – What to Know About Changing Your Name July 28, 2013

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Whether you’re kickin’ it old school by taking your husband’s last name, or going with a modern approach (hyphenating or making your maiden name your middle name), it’s important to know how to officially change your name. Thankfully, we have some tips that will make the process much easier!


Handling it on Your Own


You may have received your marriage license, but your new name isn’t official until you follow these steps:


1. Apply for a new social security card. Visit the Social Security Administration’s website and fill-out the SS-5 form. Once the form is completed, take (or mail) it to your local Social Security Administration office along with the necessary documents (birth certificate, current driver’s license, current social security card and certified marriage license).


2. Tell your employer that you’re changing your name to makes sure that taxes and social security deductions are credited properly.


3. Change your driver’s license or state-issued ID by taking your old driver’s license or ID, new Social Security card, certified marriage license and a check to your state’s local Department of Motor Vehicles.


4. Tackle everything else. Now that you have a Social Security card and driver’s license or ID in your married name, you can easily change your name elsewhere. Make sure to notify the following:


• Banks and Other Financial Institutions
• Payroll/Administrators
• Creditor and Debtors
• Insurance Companies
• Post Office
• Voter Registration Office
• Telephone and Utility Companies
• Doctors’ Offices
• Passport Office
• Schools
• Landlord
• Investment Account Providers
• State Taxing Authority


Taking the Easy Approach


Overwhelmed by the name change process? Leave the headache behind by taking advantage of services that do the work for you.


1. MissNowMrs.com is a great online service that makes changing your name a simple, three-step process that only takes 30 minutes. How does it work? You fill out a questionnaire, and then the service completes all of the documents for you. From there, you BOOK_12776_Nprint out the completed documents and follow the detailed filing instruction sheet that’s provided by the service. The complete package is $29.95.


2. The Name Change Kit (Available via The Knot Wedding Shop) is another stress-free option for tackling the name change process. The kit includes hard copies of legally recognized name change notification letters, tips and instructions, a checklist and software for Mac or PC that includes access to a database of fill-in notifications. This kit will run you $29.95.


This blog was brought to you by Hello Productions’ Rachel Rodgers.


How to Plan for Wine at Your Next Party July 10, 2013

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These cute labels are perfect for wine favors!

These cute labels are perfect for wine favors!

Planning on having wine at your next party or event? Here are a few tips to help you skip the “whine” and enjoy the “wine”!


First, decide if you want to use the wine list provided by your caterer or you want to choose your own wines (if allowed). Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the wines on the caterer’s list. If you are really undecided, the caterer may let you try some or give you the wine names so you can try them at home before making a final decision. Keep in mind that if you decide you want to choose wines not on the list, caterers will often charge a fee to obtain and/or serve the wine.


Second, decide what types of wines to serve. You can pick wines that pair well with the food you’re serving or simply your favorite wines. If you decide not to serve wine with dinner, you can offer it during cocktail hour and afterwards with dessert. Is your event in the summer or winter? Guests tend to drink more red wine in the colder months and sip more whites in the summer.


Third, calculate how much wine you will need. If you’re sourcing it through a caterer, they will probably help you figure out this number. If you’re supplying the wine yourself, there are several factors to take into consideration. What time of day is your event (guests tend to drink more in the evening)? Are you serving any other drinks besides wine (are your guests a mix of beer and wine drinkers)? A general rule of thumb is to assume guests will consume one drink per hour. For example, 40 guests + 4 hours = 2-3 cases of wine (estimating you will pour 5 – 5 oz glasses per 750 ml bottle).


Last, have fun! You want your guests to have a good time at your party, so why not make the wine fun too. Here are a few fun and useful ideas if your party turns into a wine-themed party!


Cover all the bottles with numbered bags and give guests cards to write down their guesses about each wine. They can guess the region, year and grape. Have a prize (like these fun wine cork flash drives!) for whoever gets the most correct.


Give each guest a notepad or cards to write notes about which wines they liked and didn’t like. At the end of the night, have a raffle where guests can win a bottle of their favorite wine that night to take home.


Serve desserts with your wines or different cheeses. Have signs to explain which wine pairs with which food and why.


Need an easy way to remember your glass? Use colored sharpie markers to write guests’ names on the bottom of the wine glasses. It will wash right off at the end of the night!


Vendor Spotlight: Kata Banko Couture Bridal Accessories July 3, 2013

Hello Productions' Kelsey Teufel wearing a custom Kata Banko Couture piece.

Hello Productions’ Kelsey Teufel wearing a custom Kata Banko Couture piece.

We recently talked with Colleen Banko of Kata Banko Couture. She has a veiling and accessory company geared towards brides. I can personally comment on how fabulous she is as she created a custom hair piece for my 2011 wedding! Read below for more details about her and her work:


1. Tell us a little about you and your business.


Kata Banko Couture is a veiling and accessory company geared towards bridal. I started the company in 2010 after seeing the lack of high quality bridal accessories, and the lack of customization for the bride.


Every piece is hand sewn and carefully thought out, using only the finest materials and techniques. Did I mention that I love my job!!


2. How far in advance do you recommend meeting with the bride if you are going to design something custom for them?


I recommend that a bride meet with me 1 to 2 months in advance, before the wedding date, for a custom designed item.


3. Would you prefer brides to provide you with photos they like of accessories/headpieces, or would you rather they come to you with an open mind?


Pictures are always welcome when a bride is deciding what she would like created, it helps with visualizing. I love when I get a call for a custom piece and can just go with it rather than following picture guidelines; it’s always nice to make something so very different.


4. For brides on a budget (but who still want a beautiful hairpiece or sash), do you have any advice?


For brides on a budget, a custom piece is quite tricky. Usually custom pieces take more time and materials that I may not stock, so the expense is on the designers end as well. Custom pieces start at $150 and can go to $3000.


If you are on a tight budget, keep in mind that this is your big day. Don’t skimp on your look; when you look back at your wedding photos you want them to be beautiful and it’s your day, you want to be completely happy with your choices.


5. Are there any new trends in bridal accessories right now?


The big trend I see coming back is actually an old trend with a new spin, the veil! Top your veil with a “Gatsby” look boho band or a halo of flowers or full on bling. Also the belt!!! This is here to stay; it completely changes the dress and makes it your own.


6. What is your favorite thing about what you do?


My absolute favorite thing I get to do is work with so many interesting people and I get to be a part of their big day!! This is such a privilege!


7. Anything else you want us to share with our readers?


Yes … Remember this day is about you, and your likes and dislikes. I know we all want our mothers and bridesmaids to like what we like but the truth is, it’s all about you.


Interested in one of Colleen’s pieces? Contact her at kata.banko@gmail.com, or visit her website at www.katabankobrides.com or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/katabankobrides to see more amazing accessories!


What To Do With All Those Wedding, Shower, Etc. Cards July 2, 2013

If you have had a celebration-worthy event recently, such as a wedding, baby shower, bridal shower or anniversary, there is a good chance you have a lot of cards hanging around. There is also a good chance that you haven’t been able to bring yourself to throw them away, but you’re not sure how to save them. Here are some ideas to save and display your wedding, baby shower or anniversary card collection.


Card Collage


The Domesticated Diva Blog has come up with an adorable collage using a 2” circle craft punch. With the right matting and frame, this collage would be perfect for a powder room or guest room.

mod podge wedding card collage

Decorate With Cards


Leave it to Martha to come up with an ornament made out of Christmas cards.


Holly Goes Lightly takes it one step further using wedding cards by showing you the step by step directions of how to make them here.


Say Thank You With Cards


If you want to re-purpose your wedding, shower, Christmas, etc. cards, you can make cute thank you notes. Cut off the front of each card and turn it into a flat, thank you postcard. To give it an decorative “edge”, use zig zag craft scissors. If you want to get a little more creative, you can mount them on cardstock cards and add embellishments.


Save Them in a Book


If you don’t want to repurpose the cards but want to save them, you can punch holes in them and make a card book or simple put them in a binder with plastic page protector sleeves. Label the binder for the event so you can easily find it when you want to look through it.

card book

Ask for Card Alternatives


If you haven’t planned your event yet, consider asking for an alternative to cards. For example, the planners of Hello Productions event coordinator Lindsey Bradley’s baby shower asked guests to write their message in a book for the new baby instead of a card, giving Lindsey and her daughter messages that would last (and a great collection of books!). If you are planning a bridal shower, why not ask guests to forgo the card and instead write a special message on the back of a recipe card – with a favorite recipe of course! The bride will be able to read the messages over and over whenever she makes these special dishes.


Have any ideas on how to save cards or card alternative ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!