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A litte something extra

Lagniappe is a word used often in Louisiana and was a house hold term for identical twins Trudy and Sarah growing up.  The word means "a little something extra" and is the company slogan for Lagniappe Weddings, established in 2004 by Trudy and Sarah Tooke.  

This family business focuses on elevating the wedding planning experience with hands on personal attention for not only the bride but everyone involved with the event.  "Executing a wedding is stressful for brides, it's our goal to reduce that stress and bring value with our services," explains Trudy.

When asked about the pitfalls of a destination wedding- Trudy advised the couple not assume it will be a less expensive route for a ceremony and reception. While a destination wedding might decrease the cost to you personally as you may spend less on food and beverage due to a more intimate wedding- you are increasing the amount of money for your attendants and guests- so expect some grumbling. However, many guests, given advanced notice, will earmark your wedding for a vacation.

Trudy suggests the couple and families define a budget and then explore options for venues that will work food and beverage, accommodations, flights and the ceremony itself into the allocated amount.  Going on location does not eliminate the need for a dress, attire for attendants, invitations, wedding party gifts and consulting.

Hiring a coordinator is critical for a destination wedding.  Not only have you not planned a wedding before, but you don't know the intricacies of executing an event in a foreign country or on an island.  An experienced wedding professional, such as Lagniappe will help you navigate and keep you from falling prey to unscrupulous vendors and amateurs new to the wedding industry.

Trudy suggests you hire certain vendors from home.  A planner who can work closely with you and make the necessary discovery trips to the venue is invaluable.  Often resorts and venues offer photography packages for your wedding, but Carmine LiDestri of Visual Image Photography and Videography cautions brides and grooms from relying solely on such services.  "I've had brides come to me after the fact with ruined film, digital images too small to view due to an improperly set camera or even to have photos taken because their wedding photo package only included one hour."  Make sure you know what you are paying for and what you are getting, advises Carmine and be certain to "look at the work of the photographer being hired by the venue to do your wedding."  

The ideal scenario is to take your photographer and videographer with you, Carmine suggests, to ensure seamless and copious coverage of the entire wedding event- not just the ceremony.  Further, with the professionals in your home town- acquisition of the imagery is quicker, the placing of portrait and wedding album orders is more efficient and you can visit with the photographer face to face if you need guidance.

For more information about destination or local wedding planning, call Trudy or Sarah at 214-548-1433 or visit their website www.lagniappeweddings.com   For photography local or destination contact Carmine LiDestri at 214-223-6899.  If you are looking for more wedding planning information please check out So Very Clever for wedding tips for Clever Couples.  

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