Pregustation Network https://kellchi.com Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:43:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 BMW 530e Now Available With Wireless Charging in the U.S. https://kellchi.com/bmw-530e-now-available-with-wireless-charging-in-the-u-s/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:43:09 +0000 https://kellchi.com/?p=575

BMW has announced the expansion of its inductive charging program to the U.S. market, which will allow owners of the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid sedan to wirelessly charge their vehicle’s lithium-ion battery. The program will be available only in California. Originally introduced in 2018, BMW limited the wireless charging program to Germany, its home market, before its expansion to other markets.

Spots for qualified California residents will be limited to 200 units, according to BMW. The automaker has also set up a questionnaire asking about owners’ local electrical grids and their garage space to determine eligibility. If deemed eligible, the customer will get a confirmation number to take to one of 33 BMW dealers in California to complete a 36-month lease for a 530e.

Qmerit will complete hardware installation in the garage with all costs and maintenance covered by BMW. Once the 3.2-kW ground pad is installed, an electrified BMW vehicle like the 530e can charge wirelessly by parking over it. Charging starts once the vehicle is over the pad and will turn off once the battery is full. It takes the ground pad three and a half hours to fully charge the BMW 530e iPerformance’s 9.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack. If small objects are detected by the ground pad, it will immediately turn off.

The BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid is available in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. It utilizes a 2.0-liter turbo-four coupled to an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined output is 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. On a single charge, the 530e can travel up to 16 miles in EV mode while the 530e xDrive can go up to 15 miles before the gas engine kicks in.

The system works with a wireless charging pad that’s designed to be put on the floor of a garage. When the BMW 530e pulls near the pad, guidance lines shown on a top-down view of the car through one of the dashboard displays help the driver position it.

In place, the car charges via a wireless power receiver mounted underneath, avoiding the need to plug it in manually. Although its 3.2 kW charging rate is not as quick as a wired charger could be – taking roughly 3.5 hours to fully charge the 530e’s battery – the convenience is expected to be the primary draw. After all, with most EV charging taking place at home, anything which makes that process easier has to be a good thing.

What BMW wouldn’t say last year is just when the wireless charging system would be available in the US. Now, through a pilot program operated by Qmerit, the first 530e drivers will have access. That is, assuming they live in California and satisfy a couple of other criteria.

The pilot, spotted by BMW Blog, is available to people leasing a 530e only. The wireless charger must be located in an enclosed garage, and Qmerit will be assessing the type of garage and home to make sure they’re both suitable. It will also look at the nature of the home’s electric grid connection, to ensure that’s up to the job too.

The good news is that those considered eligible for the program is that BMW will be footing the bill for the installation, maintenance, and de-installation of the Ground Pad Module, or GPM, the pad that sits on the floor. That has to be hardwired to the home’s electric panel, and can’t just be plugged into an outlet. Those in the pilot also agree to give the GPM back at the end of their lease.

]]> The Cadillac XT5 Looks Better, Gets a New Engine, and Costs More https://kellchi.com/the-cadillac-xt5-looks-better-gets-a-new-engine-and-costs-more/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:45:42 +0000 https://kellchi.com/?p=570 Cadillac’s best-selling model, the XT5 crossover, is receiving a minor facelift for the 2020 model year. It gains a new turbocharged engine, slightly massaged styling, new tech features, and an updated trim level hierarchy that matches other Cadillac models like the smaller XT4 crossover and the larger three-row XT6.

The new base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft, the same motor that’s found in the XT4 and a number of other General Motors products. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is an $2000–$2100 option, and the engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The XT5’s naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6, which was previously the only engine choice, is now optional.

The XT5’s three trim levels now comes in three trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. The Premium Luxury model has brighter exterior trim and and a cushier driving experience, while the Sport model is—you guessed it—aimed at a sportier experience with retuned steering and suspension setups and dark exterior trim. Each trim level gets it own interior color schemes.

Compared to the 2019 model, the front grille gets a new design with different mesh textures depending on the trim level. The front and rear bumpers have been restyled, LED headlights are now standard, the LED taillights have different graphics, and there are new wheel designs ranging from 18 to 20 inches.

On the inside, the center console has been redesigned and the XT5 gets Cadillac’s new infotainment system that’s operated by a rotary controller on the center console; the 8-inch display is also a touchscreen. Other updates include standard heated front seats, a new optional Bose Performance Series sound system, available night vision, and improved digital gauge cluster and backup-camera displays.

One of the hallmarks of a luxury vehicle is an unobtrusive powertrain. The XT5’s engine and transmission do little to disturb the serenity of the cabin when cruising but lack refinement when pushed hard. While the XT5’s 3.6-liter V-6 is no match for the engine in a performance-oriented SUV such as the Porsche Macan S, it stacks up favorably against the Lexus RX350 and the Volvo XC60. In light-footed, day-to-day operation, we’ve found the Cadillac’s engine to be impressively quiet and well isolated from the cabin; under heavy throttle, however, the engine’s harshness makes itself known in a most unflattering way. There’s adequate power for passing on the highway and for squirting through heavy city traffic, and the XT5’s standard automatic stop/start and fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation functions work seamlessly.

Encounter a twisty road and the XT5 can tackle it with confidence, although it won’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up even when equipped with the optional adaptive suspension. Body roll is well controlled and the XT5 feels substantial and planted, which is especially comforting on long highway slogs. Over rough stretches of broken pavement, however, our Platinum tester felt jittery and allowed sharp impacts to reverberate through the cabin. This is a disappointing trait, especially considering the suspension doesn’t remotely match the sportiness of the Macan. Steering is accurate but lacks any visceral feedback—another missed opportunity to appeal to enthusiast drivers.

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Porsche Taycan: Here’s What We Know https://kellchi.com/porsche-taycan-heres-what-we-know/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:27:14 +0000 https://kellchi.com/?p=563 Porsche stunned the world two years ago with the debut of its all-electric Mission E sedan concept, later promising it’d go into production as the Taycan in 2020. The spy photos seen throughout this post provide an early look at a Taycan prototype testing in public near Porsche’s development center in Weissach, Germany.

Here’s everything we know about this incredibly exciting car.

Porsche Is Aiming for a Sub-Eight Minute Nürburgring Lap

Porsche is letting loose a few more details as the months wind down until the Taycan is finally revealed. One that stuck out to us—the car should be capable of a sub-eight at the Nürburgring. Porsche hasn’t done it yet, but its simulations indicate that it’s possible.

For a fun comparison, the Porsche 911 GT3 made headlines 20 years ago when it ran a 7:56 on the track—faster than any production road car yet. Progress is an electric luxury sedan being able to achieve the same feat.

It Can Slide

Over at Roadshow,Tim Stevens got to ride along in a near-production Taycan during winter testing way up north in Sweden. There was some sideways action. The Taycan has a version of Porsche Stability Management (PSM, that allows for some yaw in PSM Sport mode, and a lot of yaw when it’s switched off. Stevens also reports that the top-spec Taycan he was riding in had a two-speed transmission and a limited-slip differential at the rear, which should make sliding on low-grip surfaces easier.

It’s Called the Taycan

At first, we thought Porsche would just call this car the “Mission E,” but the company has announced that won’t be the case. It’ll be called the Taycan, pronounced tie-con. It’s a Eurasian word that translates, roughly, to “lively young horse.”

“Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom,” Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said in a statement announcing the name.

Porsche doesn’t just make one 911, and the same will be true for the Taycan. Carmagazine spoke with Porsche boss Oliver Blume who confirmed that the car will likely follow Porsche’s model preexisting hierarchy—that means you can expect a Taycan S, or a Taycan GTS. Maybe not a Taycan Turbo, though, since it won’t actually have turbos.

Automobile Magazine got to drive an early Taycan prototype and reported the car will be initially offered with three power outputs 402 hp, 536 hp, and 670 hp. Like a Tesla Model S, the Taycan will have electric motors at the front and rear axles for all-wheel drive, but Porsche might eventually sell an entry-level rear-drive version.

Car magazine also got spy photos of what appears to be a Taycan wagon, or “Sport Turismo,” in Porsche speak. We’re praying this body style makes it into production.

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Everything We Think We Know About the Ford Bronco https://kellchi.com/everything-we-think-we-know-about-the-ford-bronco/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 10:53:43 +0000 https://kellchi.com/?p=555 After ending production in 1996, the legendary Ford Bronco is making a comeback. Ford announced the Bronco’s eventual return at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in 2017, and we’ve been waiting patiently ever since. As for when it’ll make its debut, we’re not 100-percent sure. Ford said it’ll arrive by 2020, though, so there’s a very good chance we’ll see it debut at some point this year.

But, there is quite a lot we do know about the Bronco, based on credible rumors and comments from various Ford higher-ups since the announcement of the 4×4’s return. We’ve compiled all that info for you here.

This story will be continually updated as new information is learned. The most recent update was published on 7/15/19.

It Might Spawn a Pickup Truck

Ford already has a mid-size pickup on the market, the Ranger, but it might give the Bronco a bed, too. Automobile magazine reports that this truck will arrive in 2024 as a competitor to the Jeep Gladiator, a pickup based on the Bronco’s closest rival, the Wrangler. Ford has made its intent to compete with Jeep quite clear, so it’s easy to understand why the Blue Oval would want a Bronco pickup, even if it already has the Ranger in production.

This Raptor-Based Test Mule Could Be a Full-Size Bronco

Spy photographers managed to capture this strange truck testing recently in Michigan, and we think it’s a test mule for the new Bronco. Why? Well, it’s too wide to be a Ranger, and Ford doesn’t make a single cab F-150 Raptor. Plus, judging by our rough estimates, the dimensions line up.

Here’s a Camouflaged Test Mule Driving Around Michigan

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It’s Go Time! The Perfect Wedding Awaits You https://kellchi.com/its-go-time-the-perfect-wedding-awaits-you/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 03:41:14 +0000 https://kellchi.com/?p=481 Your wedding is only a few weeks (or days) away. There is so much to get done, but that to-do list seems to be growing longer – not shorter. Let’s face it; planning a wedding is a lot of work.  With so many details to cover, how can you ensure that nothing important is missed or forgotten?

1. Check your wedding date

You have a date in mind, but before committing, be sure to check it against the area you plan to get married for any special events (like a concert, playoff game, community block, party, etc) that could affect traffic flow, parking, or even guests ability to attend.

2. Designate a wedding credit card

Keeping all of your wedding expenses on one card is a great way to keep track of expenses, payments, and find receipts quickly. Plus, it allows you to earn more cash back or loyalty points.

3. Create an emergency phone list

Yes, vendor emergencies happen, so be sure to have a list of all of their contact names and numbers in case you need to get hold of someone quickly. As an added precaution, give each vendor at least two names and numbers of people to contact (besides the bride and groom) in the event of an emergency.

4. Learn your state’s marriage license rules

Some states allow couples to pick up their marriage license any time or any day. Others require an appointment to register and then pick up the license. Check out the rules in your state early so you know what is needed.

5. Learn the rules

Does your church allow flash photography? Does your wedding venue permit smoking in the parking lot? Ask about rules for you and your guests and then let everyone know what is expected to avoid unnecessary trouble – or even added expenses – on your big day.

6. Order vendor meals

Most vendor contracts now require meals. Remember though, just because you must feed your vendors doesn’t mean you have to splurge on a $125 lobster or steak dinner. Instead, talk to your caterer about vendor meal options. Whether plated or buffet style, you can save 20-40% by ordering vendor meals instead of including them in your guest count.

7. Pre-register with your hotel

Check-in may not be until 2 or 3 pm the day of your wedding, but if you let your hotel know you are getting married, they just might agree to let you pre-register the day before and leave your overnight bags at the desk to make checking in easier after your reception.

8. Don’t forget to eat

One of the biggest mistakes brides and grooms make is forgetting to eat and drink while they are getting ready on their wedding day. This goes for your attendants too! Be sure you have plenty of healthy snacks like fresh fruits, juices, nuts, etc. to nibble on before heading down the aisle.

9. Check your emails

No one wants to worry about checking in on their big day – but if you are the point person for your vendors, be sure that you (or someone close to you) checks your email throughout the day to ensure that no one needs quick information, directions, etc.

10. Clean your house

The days leading up to your wedding are bound to be hectic, leaving your house or apartment a wreck – and who wants to come home to a big mess after your honeymoon (or ceremony for that matter)? Maybe you don’t have time to spruce things up yourself, but you can find someone who can. Either enlist a family member or a friend to clean up your home before you return from your honeymoon – or hire cleaners to come in and do it for you.

Your day has arrived!

Yes, your big day has arrived! Everything on your to-do list is marked off and it’s your time to shine. Thankfully, by following the list above, you won’t; find yourself battling unexpected issues on your wedding day. So, take a deep breath and make your way down that aisle. Today’s your day – enjoy it!

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5 Tips That Will Make Your Wedding Stress-Free https://kellchi.com/5-tips-that-will-make-your-wedding-stress-free/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 03:32:53 +0000 https://kellchi.com/?p=473 What’s more wonderful than a wedding? Unfortunately, if you ask the people who have had one, some of them will say “just about anything”.That’s because, in addition to all the good stuff, your wedding can be one of the most stressful experiences that you ever have in your life.

Surely, you’ve heard horror stories from brides who have had to slap together last-minute ceremonies after disaster struck. Unfortunately, those disasters are as common as they are creative – vendors who don’t show up, deliveries of the wrong items in the wrong colors, venues that aren’t ready, and guests who have no idea where they are supposed to be.

All of that can happen, even in one wedding! However, there are many steps you can take to protect yourself from a most stressful wedding.

Start the planning more than a year in advance

You’ve been dreaming of your wedding your entire life. You probably have had some of the details memorized since your age was in the single digits. In that way, you’ve been planning it forever. But, what about the real planning? What about making reservations, putting down deposits, and buying the items you’ll need at their best seasonal prices?

If you care about protecting yourself from stress, you need to make sure you start the real planning as far in advance as possible. A year might be a stretch, assuming your engagement is even that long, but that’s a great amount of time to save for yourself if you don’t want the planning process to be stressful.

For one, plenty of top venues in every area are booked for a year in advance or more. Two, a lot can happen to a wedding venue between the time of booking and the wedding. If it’s going to do something like go out of business, you want to know that as soon as possible.

Do your homework on the locations and vendors

Except for the guests, no one causes more drama than the vendors and venues. They’ll fight with you over the bills, over the schedules — there are even stories of them fighting with the guests! Of course, you don’t have to be one of the people with these stories to tell, as long as you are willing to do some homework on your locations and vendors.

To avoid potentially involving dozens of stressful events, make sure you fiercely vet any vendors you want to hire for your wedding. Check online to find reviews of their behavior with their other clients. If they offer you a list of their past clients to call, take advantage of it!

Keep the guest list under control

A wedding should be a celebration, but the more people you invite, the more “experiences” you’re going to be responsible for. Huge weddings are impressive, but they aren’t always as easy to enjoy and be “in the moment” when you have so many operations going on around you. If you want to remember your wedding as being a less stressful event, consider going smaller.

If you have a family that tends towards drama, make sure that you respect your right to keep people who stress you out, well, out. If you invite someone you know is going to kick up personal issues with you or other guests, you have no one else to blame when it leads to a stressful wedding.

Take the support your friends want to give

One of the biggest and most stressful mistakes is thinking that the whole wedding has to be on you. A wedding is a celebration that many people in your family and friends circle will be looking forward to, and you should let them give you the support that you need.

Don’t let yourself get too possessive over small details. There’s a magic in getting exactly the wedding details you want, but there’s also a magic in seeing what the people who love you make for you. By giving up a little management and letting your friends or parents handle some details they enjoy, you save yourself a lot of stress.

Let go!

Even after you’ve done your planning, scoped out vendors you can trust, and found some support in a (maybe smaller) guest list, there’s still one thing you can change — you.

The truth is that something will almost certainly go wrong during your wedding, possibly several things, and that’s the case even if you planned everything just perfectly. How you choose to react to these things is going to have the biggest impact on whether you remember your wedding as peaceful or stressful. So, let go! Accept that you can’t stop every problem, and resolve to not let it stop you.

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Wedding Photo Trends That Will Be Huge in 2018 https://kellchi.com/wedding-photo-trends-that-will-be-huge-in-2018/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 03:25:34 +0000 https://kellchi.com/?p=463 Wedding photos are for many couples one of the most important aspects of the whole event. They are the memories that will last, ones that the couple and the family will go back to from time to time and relive this special day.

Wedding photo trends are just like any other – they change through the years, offering new ideas to couples and allowing them and the photographer to get creative. Let’s just take a look at trends that will be the next hype in 2018.

Backlit photos

There are few more romantic images than those with natural light coming from behind the wedding couple. The best pictures with the backlight are made during the sunrise or sunset, when the light is warm and soft, adding to the romantic touch. Whatever is in the picture will get that dreamy, romantic ambiance – nature is all that you need here.

Underwater photos

Underwater images are so cool – if the bride is ready to trash the dress in a pool, it is a cool wedding photo trend to pull off. It creates an almost otherworldly effect. The best underwater photos are made on a tropical destination that offers a rich marine world.

Day-after pictures

Wedding days can be really hectic and photographers don’t always get their chance to hit every mark. That’s way day-after shoots are becoming increasingly popular – everybody is relaxed, there’s no rush, and the photographer can make use of lighting at different times, which is never possible on the wedding day.

Amazing elopements

These days, elopements don’t mean that you need to sacrifice everything to elope, including the dress, the flowers, and incredible photos. Actually, today’s elopements are just more intimate than traditional weddings – you have all day to make amazing photos with your photographer, and the more time you have, the more incredible and creative the photos will be.

Flipbook photos

This is so much more than a regular photo booth. Actually, it’s a video booth where you are physically able to make a silent movie of your own. More precisely, you get a photo booth backdrop of your choice and you are free to make any movements you like for a set number of seconds – you can dance, jump or act out a love scene – it’s up to you. In the outcome, you can flip it fast or slow or even flick through and enjoy ridiculous faces you made.

Stop-motion wedding photo film

This type of photography includes taking still photos and then animating them, usually in a video accompanied by the music of your choice. A short set of 10-20 images will look really cool when put together on a wedding album page. It can also serve as a wedding trailer on your Facebook page or you can email it to your guests afterward.

Dreamy film images

Similar to backlit photos, film images are highly romantic and have been experiencing a huge comeback these days. It’s the perfect style for portraits and decor, adding the touch of the time passed and retro effect. But don’t use it too much for your wedding – low light or rain on your wedding day will be problematic if you only opt for film images.

All in all

The type of your wedding photos will greatly depend on your unique style as a couple, as well as of the photographer themselves. The important thing is to narrow your choice when it comes to types of photos so that you can find a perfect photographer for them that can add their own creativity to it.

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Why Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer? https://kellchi.com/why-hire-a-professional-wedding-photographer/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 03:14:45 +0000 https://kellchi.com/?p=455 As technology has allowed cameras to become smaller, easier and more user-friendly, it has become even easier to take a good photo. No longer do we have to stand still for hours to get a single image from an early large format camera. However, when it comes to the day of your wedding, a snap from a smartphone, or even an image captured with an expensive lens and an untrained eye, cannot compare with the thoughtfully curated images captured by a professional wedding photographer.

Why hire a professional?

Professional wedding photographers are not just trained in the art of lighting, composition, and structure; they also easily slip into the role of directors and event managers, without stealing the show. So much work is put into the planning and execution of a wedding ceremony. Professional wedding photographers are expert at capturing the details that fly by quickly, but that we know you will not want to forget. Mother nature gives us a big leg up with natural light photography.

However, it takes years of practice to hone the skill to fully embrace and utilize the natural light to create the highest quality of images.

Weddings are also events in which many generations; families and friends who may have never met each other come together to celebrate. While this is a joyous event, there can also be some interpersonal waters that need to be navigated. A professional photographer is able to decipher when to capture a moment or when to discreetly move into another area.

This high degree of professionalism also really shines for those in your wedding party that may not always enjoy their image being taken. A professional photographer assists all of their clients in feeling comfortable in front of the lens while also guaranteeing the highest quality of images.

Clear expectations

The impact of hiring a professional photographer extends past your wedding day into the editing process. As individuals who create images for a living, providing clients with the highest quality of images in the most reasonable amount of time is a priority for the professional wedding photographer. Wedding photographers aren’t squeezing the edits of your photos into the wee hours in between their day jobs; their priority is making sure that each of their wedding clients feels that they are a priority. Professional wedding photographers also know how to digitally enhance an image without losing it’s natural quality and don’t have to rely on a social media preset to create beautiful images.

Keep a friend, hire a photographer

It can be very tempting to hire a friend who dabbles with a camera to document your wedding day. However, going with an established photography company takes the stress out of navigating boundaries during the ceremony with a friend. Professional photographers are adept at knowing when to receive directions and knowing when to give directions, a dance that may be more difficult to navigate with a close friend. Wedding planning can be a series of seemingly overwhelming decisions but hiring a professional wedding photographer, will ensure you beautiful, high-quality photos to share for years to come.

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3 Quirky Wedding Invites That Are Just Perfect https://kellchi.com/3-quirky-wedding-invites-that-are-just-perfect/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 03:06:54 +0000 https://kellchi.com/?p=448 Your wedding day is the most important day of your life, one that you and your spouse will treasure forever, but it sure does take a lot of planning and hard work to get it just right. For many, planning the wedding is part of the fun, especially as it allows them to take control and get everything exactly as they want it to be for the big day. One area that allows your personality to shine through is in the choice of wedding invitations. They’ll be treasured by whoever receives them of course, but they’ll be enjoyed even more when you go out of your way to send something a little different to the norm.

Personalized postcards

Traditional wedding invitations, still available today, have changed little from those used by the generations of our parents and grandparents, and they remain popular. Predominantly white, they feature familiar motifs such as horseshoes, hearts and wedding bells. A much more modern option is to send wedding postcards as invites, and their big appeal is that they can be customized to your heart’s content. There are lots of options to choose from, including rounded corners and different coatings for added durability, and it’s easy to upload a picture that truly represents the special day to come – such as the happy couple to be in a relaxed, informal pose.

Tea towel invitations

Some people like to keep and treasure their wedding invitations forever, especially if they come from a close friend or family member, but over time the card or paper can become faded or damaged. This won’t be a problem if you use a material that’s a little more durable, such as a cotton tea towel. That’s right, you can now have an elaborate wedding invitation printed on a tea towel and then sent to your guests. It’s certainly a wedding invitation that they’ll never forget, and it’s practical too. The ink used on the tea towels are colorfast, so they can be utilized just like any other towel. The only difference is that these will bring a smile to the face each time they’re used.

Wooden wedding invites

Are you and your partner nature lovers? If so, wouldn’t it be great if the wedding invitations that you send reflect this? Well, they will do if you send wedding invites that are made out of wood. They’re very durable and incredibly stylish, so those who receive them will want to hold onto them as a keepsake and a reminder of a great day. Look for ones which are made from sustainably sourced wood, as this also means that they’re an environmentally friendly alternative to standard wedding invites.

Do you want your wedding to be spectacular, or run of the mill? That’s an easy question to answer of course, so why use wedding invitations that are run of the mill? Wedding postcards, wooden invites, and invitations printed on tea towels are just some of the ways that you can stand out from the crowd. They’re fun but memorable and can be an ideal way to invite those closest to you to be your guest at the most special of occasions.

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Top 10 Wedding Questions Answered to Help You with Your Wedding Preps https://kellchi.com/top-10-wedding-questions-answered-to-help-you-with-your-wedding-preps/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 03:03:31 +0000 https://kellchi.com/?p=440 If you are planning a wedding, there are so many wedding questions that you need to be answered, so that you can plan the process smoothly and avoid any impediments on your big day. Here are top 10 questions answered for you that help you plan your wedding and guide you to make your wedding day most memorable and spectacular!

1. Do we have to spend thousands to get a perfect wedding?

Some traditionalists may be ever convinced that perfection requires stacks of money. We utterly disagree with this, you can spend what you are comfortable spending. Perfection always varies, just remember you don’t need to try to impress anyone as it is your day.

2. Whats the rules on ‘plus one’ guests?

We admit, navigating this is no easy feat! We say that anyone on your invite list who has a significant other (married/engaged/serious relationship) are top candidates to have plus one guest.

But it’s again down to what you both want! Remember you don’t need to invite anyone! But if you are open to plus ones, Look at venue numbers, cost of food and also if you know the requested plus one.

3. Who pays for bridesmaids/best men?

The short version is, as a couple, you don’t have to pay for anything. Don’t be pressured into thinking otherwise!

You may feel it is the right thing to do, however, it is all driven by your budget. Most couples we talk to get a thank you present for their bridesmaids and best men but aren’t able to pay for anything else.

4. Are photographers & videographers necessary?

Some way of capturing your memories and the happiness of the day is essential. A big cliche, which is 100% true, is that the day rushes past like a blur. Talented photographers and videographers capture both the key parts of the day and the smaller moments you miss. If budget is a problem, look at how you can involve your guests with disposable cameras or even ask for those with the newer smartphones to film key moments.

5. Should we set up an open bar?

Tradition dictates that you provide the drink for the first toast that often takes place in or around the speeches. An open bar, however, comes with a lot of considerations. It isn’t essential to have one and depending on numbers, sometimes we’d advise avoiding an open bar. If you do choose to go for this, keep a fair amount of your budget free so your guests can take advantage!

6. Do you need a rehearsal?

If you feeling particularly nervous, a rehearsal can be a huge reassurance to you and your partner. Also, a rehearsal can help your best man/bridesmaids be more settled in their role, especially if this is their first wedding.

Whether your ceremony is religious or not, a rehearsal can settle any nerves and allow you one chance to go through the motions of the day and work out the finer timings of the day.

7. What’s the benefit of a wedding planner?

Wedding planners absolutely take the strain when it comes to the organisation of your wedding day. Planners, in short, should be experts in creating the ultimate day for you both. They can source and work with all your suppliers to create your perfect day whilst cutting down on your stress. The cost can vary hugely depending on who you use as most planners add the cost of their travel to their packages.

8. How far ahead do I need to plan?

The key point is that there is no limit! You can easily get engaged and not begin planning until a few months after. 12 months is plenty enough time for a couple to plan a full wedding without any help. Any less time and you may begin to struggle when booking a venue, especially if you want to get married on a summer weekend.

If time isn’t a luxury you have, extra help can aid the planning process hugely in the form of parents, friends or a wedding planner.

9. How many people do we invite?

No rules here apart from the need for two witnesses. You can invite hundreds of people if you have space and the budget.

10. Children or no children?

We’ve saved one of the most debated questions for last. Ultimately, it is your decision. You won’t have to look after any kids on the day but it does add another planning elements to make sure there are child-friendly options on hand for food and drink.

Look at how many children are likely to attend the wedding based on your current guest list. Does it make you worry or are you not phased? The answer to that question will likely help you make a decision.

Wrapping up

Just remember, however you go about it, it is a day about celebrating the love between you and your partner. Hopefully, these wedding questions answered will help you plan your wedding so much easier

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