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Christina joined the Emily Weddings team in April of 2010, and has sincerely loved every minute of it.
She graduated from Old Dominion University in 2005 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. The knowledge she gained in these areas of study have truly helped in understanding the different types of people and families and cultures she comes across when working on a variety of weddings.
Christina is a “girly girl” in every way and has been obsessed with all things wedding for as long as she can remember. “My DVR is constantly overflowing with wedding shows. It sometimes takes me months to catch up, but I record everything because I don’t want to miss anything that has to do with weddings!”
She is very organized and loves making sure all of the details are in place for the bride’s special day. “It is such a rush to see the months of time and preparation come together and make our bride’s dreams come true.”
Christina was so excited when she got the opportunity to meet with Emily and begin working in the field she loves. When she got engaged in June of 2010, it only heightened her interest in planning and coordinating all of the details that go into a beautiful event. Christina had the opportunity to be the lead coordinator for a fellow Emily Weddings team member in November of 2010, and was lucky enough to have her fellow team members coordinate her own wedding just this past September 2011!
From the flowers to the linens to the wedding dress itself, Christina loves everything that goes into a wedding, and it is absolutely a pleasure for her to work in such a fun environment, with such great people!
Q & A with Christina:
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
"My favorite part of a wedding is absolutely when the bride and groom see each other for the first time. Whether it is a “first look” or its as the bride is coming down the aisle to meet her groom, watching the looks on their faces always puts a smile on my face and tears in my eyes."
What is your favorite season for a wedding?
"My favorite season for a wedding is in the fall. The temperature is mild, the leaves are beautiful, and you can dance outside all night without breaking a sweat. Just make sure you always have a backup plan in case of rain!!!"
What is your favorite bouquet flower?
"My favorite flower is hydrangea. They come in such beautiful colors, and they are classic and beautiful, but also big and bold enough to make a statement. I used hydrangea in my wedding centerpieces and bouquets and they looked absolutely stunning."
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If you belong to a church, your own minister or priest may perform the wedding at no charge. In this case, you could make a donation to the church, and as an extra thank-you, consider sending something personal, such as a gift certificate to a nice restaurant.
If your wedding is performed by a civil employee such as a judge, clerk, or other nonreligious official, then forgo a gratuity. Such officiants are paid a flat rate and are usually not permitted to accept tips or donations -- local law may actually prohibit it. A thoughtful card, however, is always appreciated.
"Most catering staff members receive a decent hourly wage, however, so you needn't go overboard on their tips," says Joe Piane, sales manager and executive chef at Piane Caterers in Wilmington, Delaware.
You can calculate the tip as a percentage of the cost of your total catering bill. Figure on paying about 15 to 20 percent of the amount for the banquet manager to share with the kitchen and serving staff. Another way to compute the gratuity is to offer a flat amount for each worker, which is often a more economical method, especially if your catering company is expensive. You'll want to give roughly $100 for the catering or banquet manager, $50 each for chefs (and bakers), and $20 to $30 each for waiters and kitchen staff, divided into separate envelopes.
Tips can be paid in advance to the director of the catering company, or you can hand them to the banquet manager toward the end of the evening.
"No matter what your deejay or band is charging, the money is going right into their pockets, so don't feel like you have to give extra, unless of course they really went above and beyond," says Kelly Scriven, owner of the Bride's Maid, a wedding consulting business in Whitman, Massachusetts. Valerie Romanoff, owner of New York City--based Starlight Orchestras, adds, "We're always pleasantly surprised when clients tip us and recognize the entertainment value of what we provide, but it's not expected."
If you employ your band or deejay through an entertainment agency, the company will usually either include a gratuity in the contract or suggest that you give each band member or deejay a little extra in cash. If your contract includes a "service charge," don't assume that it is the gratuity. "The service charge often goes right back to the company," says Scriven.
Musicians should be tipped about $20 to $25 apiece; deejays get at least $25. Many bands offer a vocalist for the ceremony at an additional cost. Tip him or her the same amount as you would one of the other musicians. Hand out the tips in cash at the end of the night.
You can hand out tips in envelopes directly to stylists, or leave them at the salon's front desk. If you're short on cash, it's fine to tip by check or include it on a charge. If a stylist comes to your home or the wedding site, tip as you would at a salon, but in general, makeup artists and hair stylists who own their own businesses are not tipped.
If you feel that the service you received from one of these vendors was extraordinary (say, if the videographer stayed and took footage of an after-wedding party even though it wasn't in his contract), an additional 10 percent tip would be a nice gesture, says Ruth L. Kern, an etiquette consultant in Barrington, Illinois. Or you might send a thank-you gift such as flowers or a print from your photographer showing the vendor in action at your wedding.
The people delivering the flowers and cake should receive at least $5 each at the time they make their deliveries. A gratuity for your limousine driver may already be included in your bill, but if it's not, consider giving a tip of 15 to 20 percent of the cost (pay it in cash when the driver picks you up). For seamstresses, a cash tip is not expected, but sending a small gift such as a photo of you in your dress is a wonderful way to show your gratitude.