Planning Your Wedding – Partner with Local Professionals

One of the most important steps in your wedding planning strategy is choosing a ceremony and reception venue. To a certain degree, it is your circumstances and budget requirements that define the location of your wedding . First and foremost, the place should be an environment that fits your desires before you consider the input from family and friends (there will be tons of input!). 

Do not worry too much about tradition, if it isn’t your thing, or what your friends and your family like and say you should do. If you, the bride and groom, pay for everything, you need to be much less concerned with what other people think of your location. If your parents pay for it, your decision should probably be much more democratic.

Most importantly, you’ll want to create an environment that will be unique and memorable for you and your guests. It sounds simple, but it is easier said than done. To be successful, you must be very clear about what you are looking for in a venue. Are you looking for an intimate environment, do you want to get married on a sandy beach, in a five-star hotel, or in your parents’ house you grew up in?

Even though churches are the most common wedding ceremony locations, it is OK to look elsewhere. There is an endless list of possibilities for wedding ceremony locations. You may decide to have your ceremony held at a hotel ballroom, a beautiful house, a clubhouse, a botanical garden, a romantic beach, a park, and the list goes on and on.

It may be beneficial to have the wedding ceremony and the reception in the same physical location. It can simplify logistics such as transportation, and it can potentially save you a lot of money.

Remember, if you select a popular location there will be many other couples interested, so plan ahead and book your venue early. The sooner you start your search the more options you will have.

You should have the following list at hand when considering a wedding reception/ceremony venue:

  1. Venue – The cost of the venue and the amount of deposit required often is the most important consideration.
  2. Food & Drink – What is your budget per person? Who is going to pay for it?
  3. Capacity – You should make sure the facility could accommodate the number of guests you are planning to invite.
  4. Cancellation Policy – How much time in advance do you have to cancel in case of emergencies or if you change your mind about a vendor?
  5. Music – Are you looking for a DJ or a live band for the ceremony and the reception? is there a noise ordinance at your wedding location that you should be aware of? 
  6. Accessibility – Do they have handicap access? Is there public transportation available?

… and the list goes on.

I highly recommend that you take advantage of working with wedding industry professionals. They will consult with you and find the perfect wedding venue, catering, entertainment, florist, make-up/ hair stylists, photographer, officiant for you and save you tons of time and headaches making these all-important choices.

Visit the Savannah Wedding Vendors website and explore a wide range of local vendors who can help you with your planning.

Upgrading Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0

Marriage has its ups and downs for sure. I have been married for over 33 years, and my wife and I certainly had a share of them. While challenges and glitches are normal in any relationship, wouldn’t it be nice to have a computer program of sorts that upgrades, refreshes or tunes up our marriage?

Well, there apparently is such a thing. Read on.


“Dear Tech Support – Last year I upgraded Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0 and noticed that the new program began unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space and valuable resources. No mention of this phenomenon was included in the product brochure. In addition, Wife 1.0 installs itself into all other programs and launches during system initialization where it monitors all other system activity.
Applications such as Pokernight 10.3 and Beerbash 2.5 no longer run, crashing the system whenever selected. I can not seem to purge Wife 1.0 from my system. I am thinking about going back to Girlfriend 1.0 but un-install does not work on this program. Can you help me?”
– Billy Bob


Dear Billy Bob –

This is a very common problem men complain about but is mostly due to a primary misconception. Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0 with the idea that Wife 1.0 is merely a “UTILITIES & ENTERTAINMENT” program.

Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and designed by its creator to run everything. WARNING DO NOT TRY TO: un-install, delete, or purge the program from the system once installed. Trying to un-install Wife 1.0 can be disastrous. Doing so may destroy your hard and/or floppy drive. Trying to uninstall or remove Wife 1.0 will destroy valuable system resources.

You can not go back to Girlfriend 1.0 because Wife 1.0 is not designed to do this. Some have tried to replace it with Girlfriend 2.0 or Wife 2.0 but end up with more problems than the original system. Look in your manual under Warnings-Alimony/Child Support. Others have tried to run Girlfriend 2.0 in the background, while Wife 1.0 is running.

Eventually, Wife 1.0 detects Girlfriend 2.0 and a system conflict occurs; this can lead to a non-recoverable system crash. Some users have tried to download similar products such as Fling and 1NiteStand. Often their systems have become infected with a virus. I recommend you play safe by keeping Wife 1.0 and just deal with the situation.

Having Wife 1.0 installed myself, I might also suggest you read the entire section regarding General Protection Faults (GPFs). You must assume all responsibility for faults and problems that might occur. The best course of action will be to push the Apologize button then the reset button as soon as lock-up occurs. The system will run smoothly as long as you take the blame for all GPFs. Wife 1.0 is a great program but is very high maintenance.

Suggestions for improved operation of Wife 1.0
– Monthly use utilities such as TLC and FTD
– Frequently use Communicator 5.0


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