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I am planning a pre-invitation survey to get a guest list headcount. Will this work?

I have been scouring all the posts and comments threads about RSVPs and guest lists, and haven't seen an answer to a tricky question. How do you deal with guest list ambiguity when you live in an extremely expensive area, 2/3 of your desired invites are from out of town, and venues require guaranteed minimums on catering?

Is it over okay to make a survey for your friends and family to gauge best-guesses for will they/won't theys for a wedding a year and a half or two years away?

Be blown away by this wine country destination wedding itinerary (Part 2!)

I'm continuing the lineup of amazing wedding events you can plan for a destination wine country wedding in Sonoma County, California. If you missed part one, it's here! Here are some of the highlights that I got to experience including some farm and winery tours, a pit stop for some soft serve, an outdoor boudoir session, cheese tastings, and of course, the main wedding event.

This Sonoma County destination wedding itinerary will have you scrambling to plan a wine country wedding (Part 1!)

I was ultra lucky to be included on a destination wedding tour of Sonoma County in Northern California to show us all of the reasons why a wine country wedding can be the swankiest, most immersive, and totally customizable wedding weekend experience. Here are some of the highlights that I got to experience that you can totally steal for your own destination wedding. If you particularly love some elements in this itinerary, the amazing all-inclusive wedding planning team at Off The Beaten Path Weddings can hook you up with it.
Let's take a peek at part one of a STELLAR wedding weekend itinerary in Sonoma County, California…

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Bait-and-switch brides: would you lie to vendors to get a better deal?

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably realized just how much wedding vendors will mark up their prices when they know it's for a wedding. You may be pretty peeved that you're having to pay a "wedding tax" for something that would cost less on any other kind of occasion. But in most cases, these extra costs are incurred with good reason. Despite this, some couples are trying to snag a better deal from their vendors by withholding the fact that the service will be used for a wedding instead of, say, a vow renewal, family party, or similar. We've heard these called "bait-and-switch brides."