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Taking Care of the Day-Of Tasks Without a Planner

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Blog

If you’ve paid any attention to wedding checklists then you know that there are about nine hundred things you have to do before the big day and about a hundred that you have to remember the day of. Some of those checklist items are silly, superficial or totally unnecessary, but even after you ditch the items that don’t apply, there’s still quite a lot to do.     Though all the preparation and planning can seem overwhelming, it’s the day-of stuff that I found to be the most difficult. It’s probably because the majority of the day-of tasks had to be delegated and I was no longer in charge. Classic control issues. But it’s not just control that can prove tricky on such a big day, it’s foresight. You have to prepare for all the little tasks that can or will crop up and you have to find a person to fill in for each of those places. If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, then there are some key tasks you want to make sure you have assigned before the big day.   Cards and Gifts Whether it’s a box of cards or a whole table full of gifts, you want to know ahead of time who is responsible for loading them up, keeping track of them and delivering them back to you. If you forget to assign a person then at the end of the night certainly someone will take care of it, but there will also certainly be a bit of panic before you figure out who that person is. Don’t leave that up to chance.   Tips You don’t want to have to bother with keeping track of envelopes and doling out money at the end of the night, so make sure that you give someone else, usually the best-man, the task of tipping your various vendors.   Emergency Numbers Brides and grooms are often the point-person for most of their vendors, but for any day-of emergencies you want to make sure they have a different contact. This way if there is a problem with the DJ while you are getting your...

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New Bridal Trends

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Blog

If you don’t work in bridal you probably don’t know much about New York Bridal Market and you might not have even known that it was this past weekend. It operates much like New York Fashion Week and it’s simply a chance, twice a year, for bridal designers to unveil their latest designs and creations. This past weekend designers were showing off their Fall 2016 looks, and below are few examples of some of the trends we will be seeing more of in the near future. Some trends, like sleeves are carried-over from previous collections, but they have changed and evolved each time. It’s always fascinating to see how trends are interpreted and changed and how reactionary design can be.     Sheer Sheer is still big in bridal and you’ll find that a lot of gowns have some element of illusion to them. This allows brides to remain covered and feel secure, but also not feel too stuffy or conservative. It’s the best of both worlds and something that modern brides really like.   Back to Back Designers have always emphasized the importance of the back of a bridal gown, but this year more than ever they seem to be trying to make it even better than the front. One way they are achieving this is by making sheer dramatic backs with layered appliques.   Interesting Fabrics This season is all about texture and depth and dimension. Lace is still dominating the runway, but you’ll see more lace patterns and a combination of laces on a single dress. Lace is also being mixed with other fabrics like tulle or netting to make it more modern and fresh.   Varying Necklines It’s not just sweetheart and strapless anymore. This year the necklines are all over the place, from plunging low to riding high the options are a lot better. Off-the-shoulder gowns seem to be having a moment as well and it seems to be the result of trying to incorporate sleeves in more interesting ways. Again, it’s about creating a sense of balance and revealing here and covering there.   {Lindsey}  ...

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Repurposing Your Wedding

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Blog

Weddings, just like any big party, can create a lot of waste. From the food, to the cake, to the centerpieces and flowers, there are lots of items that often get ditched after the big day. Some of the waste is simply unavoidable; anytime you throw any kind of function it’s bound to happen, but fortunately there are ways to minimize it.   Donate Your Flowers Earlier today I came across a wonderful story about a company that takes donated flowers and delivers them to nursing homes. The flowers are still beautiful the next day and the effect they have on the people they are given to is pretty amazing. I hope that more companies like this pop up or I hope more wedding venues or wedding planners will start to offer similar services. But until then there is nothing stopping you from making your own arrangements. True, you’ll probably have a honeymoon to get to, but I bet a few of your friends would be more than happy to make such a sweet errand on your behalf.     Encourage People To Take At the end of the night tables are always littered with beautiful centerpieces and everyone seems unsure about what to do with them. If you bought the centerpieces yourself and can’t think of another time you’ll absolutely need twenty five marble filled vases or gold colored candlesticks, then encourage your guests to take them as they leave. Tie a little not to each centerpiece and let guests know they are allowed to take one if they like. You can do this same thing with the food and cake by providing take-home boxes.   Don’t Put All Your Cake in The Freezer I’m not sure if we accidentally ended up with an enormous cake, or whether our guests just didn’t eat enough of it, but after our wedding, my husband and I had leftover cake for years. Literally. Sure, I brought some into work and sure, we brought it out at many family gatherings, but we were never able to finish it. I’m a sentimental person, so I still suggest saving the top layer of your...

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Wedding Find of the Week

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Blog

Planning a wedding is full of lots of fun tasks like sampling cakes and trying on dresses, but it’s also full of some not so fun tasks, and high on that list is addressing envelopes. To get out of this drudgery you can hire a calligrapher or see if your stationer has an addressing option, but both of these choices are pricey.     Luckily, I have found the perfect little gadget that makes addressing envelopes at least a little easier if not more fun. The lettermate guide has been popping up all over pinterest and in stationary boutiques across the country. With good reason: it’s an inexpensive tool that helps you space out your lettering, center your address and keep your lines straight. Plus, the template can help keep you from smearing your letters, especially if you’re a lefty. It’s not likely to make addressing any less of a chore, but it will at least limit the number of mistakes you make and keep you from needlessly wasting envelopes. Trust me. It will also come in handy when you address your thank you notes, and if you’re doing a lot of DIY decor for your reception you can definitely get a lot of miles out of this little guy. Placecards, escort cards, signage, all of these things can benefit from one simple tool....

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Everything You Need for A Reception Coffee Bar

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Blog

I’m all for bars at weddings. I love cocktail bars and wine bars. I like main bars and satellite bars. I like candy bars and dessert bars anytime of year and I like s’mores bars in the summer and hot cocoa bars in the winter. All of these little extras can make a big statement at a wedding and can make guests feel extra special.   Which is why I propose the coffee bar. A cursory internet search will tell you that some couples have already adopted this for their weddings, but I’ll walk you through exactly what you need to pull it off perfectly.     Really Good Coffee That sounds pretty straight forward, but trust me, at most weddings coffee is an afterthought. This is understandable given the amount of money you have to shell out for cocktails, but consider quality over quantity when it comes to coffee. You don’t need to provide a vat of it because most guests will pass. What you’re really doing is saying hey, all you people who don’t want to drink a lot or who have to drive home or who want something besides a beer with the cake, I care about you, too. It will likely be a small number, so you can spring for a bag or two of really nice coffee with a big bold flavor. To really wow guests, choose something from a local shop that they can’t find anywhere else.   Personalized Mugs I love a good chance for a couple to show off their personality, and a coffee bar with personalized mugs is a perfect way to do that. You can buy actually personalized mugs with words or images of your choosing, or you can opt for a particular color or style that goes with your theme. For the quirky couple, a trip to Goodwill and an assortment of World’s Best Grandpa or the Grand Canyon is really Grand mugs is definitely in order.   Cream Not the little plastic tubs of creamer, but actual carafes of half and half and whole milk and soy milk to make sure all your bases are covered. Again...

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