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When You Don’t Need Gifts

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Blog

  We’ve entered November, which means the holiday season is almost upon us. As that magical time of year rolls around we tend to think a lot about giving and receiving and making and baking and buying, but it’s also a great time to think about donating.   Which is why I bring up the idea of charitable donations in place of wedding gifts. Many couples, particularly those who are already living together, or who have well-established living spaces, find they don’t need a lot from a wedding registry. They don’t want to ask for things they don’t need, but they also want to give their guests the opportunity to contribute. They might already have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer and more cutting boards than they know what to do with, and so they turn to the charitable donation. They’ll feel good, their guests will feel good, and a good deed will have been done for someone or something that needs it.   But maybe you don’t have your dream Kitchen Aid mixer in Tiffany Blue. Maybe you are just starting out and could really use a cutting board. That’s fine, too. There is still a way to add an element of charity to your wedding. Instead of asking your guests to donate in lieu of gift for you, you can donate in lieu of a gift for them. Take whatever money you would have spent on monogrammed wine glasses or personalized candles and donate it to charity. No one will miss the wine glasses or the other favors. They might pause a moment to read the card that states a donation was made in honor of each guest. They might give a thoughtful smile as they ponder the reasons you chose that charity. They might feel proud and glad. Then again your guests might care for the donation as much as they would for the wine glasses, but at least you’ll know the money was better spent.   You can set up a donation site through your wedding website really easily and you can even give your guests a few options of places to donate. That way they...

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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Blog

In honor of Halloween, this week’s First Dance Friday is appropriately bewitching. Frank Sinatra’s Witchcraft is the perfect first dance song for a Halloween-themed wedding. It’s got that tongue-and-cheek nod to the holiday, but it’s much less gimmicky than say choreographing a dance to Thriller. It’s got all the class and style that only Frank can bring to the floor, and it will make you a better dancer. You and your spouse will float across the floor light as a feather. Guests will ask if you took professional lessons even if you didn’t.   And when that band kicks in? Forget about it. It’s infectious. It’s a kind of magical witchcraft of its own because guests will have to sway and move and shimmy in their seats. Their eyes will be glued to you as you twirl across the floor with a grand flourish, and their applause will be uproarious. Choose this song as your first dance and you’ll cast a winning spell.    ...

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Wedding Find of the Week

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Blog

This week’s wedding find is not necessarily a bargain and definitely not a necessity. In fact, its just a plain old splurge, but worth it all the same. These over-sized Mr. and Mrs. balloons from Kate Spade are just the bit of whimsy your wedding needs. By need, of course, I mean want. You don’t need these balloons. You don’t need to spend $48 on them (that’s a lot, I know), but just look at them! They’re so big. The size makes them whimsical, but the black script also makes them classic and versatile. There are other similar giant balloons available in gold and silver mylar that are not so pricey, but these look a little more grown up. As much as a giant balloon can, anyway.   I can see it now. The two of you are standing in a golden wheat field. The light sun is an a deep orange glow set against a bright blue sky. White clouds billow overhead as if painted with a brush.  Your tulle ball gown fills the frame. The balloons hover buoyantly above you. In one shot the two of you look deep in to each others eyes as the balloons bob happily above. In the next shot you each look hopefully up at the balloons. Your future looms large above you, and it is positively beautiful. That is worth every penny.   I do believe they’ve made an error by only offering a Mr. and Mrs. balloon in each package, but to be fair they are operating under the assumption that you’re going to buy enough of these balloons to fill a room. Um, no, two should do the trick quite nicely.  ...

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Look Who’s Here

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Blog

This week I get to unveil two new gowns from Israeli couture designer Galia Lahav that are now in our salon for brides to try on. Both gowns not only epitomize Galia’s style, they also offer a great representation of the latest bridal trends. They’re sheer, revealing, and ultra-sexy.     I love that even though the first gown has such a low neckline in the front there is nothing conservative about the back. I usually talk about balance with gowns, but in this case I think it’s the element of surprise that trumps a need for balance. The back is stunning and unexpected. Did they really do that? Oh, yes, they did.   The second gown by comparison almost looks traditional, but it also employs an element of surprise with the slit up the front and the sheer illusion sleeves. Whereas the first gown is sleek and seductive the second gown is full of fairy tale romance. I love the off-shoulder neckline and the delicate, barely there sleeves. The sheer sleeves give the gown a great modern twist on an old classic.   We are delighted to welcome both these gowns to our salon, and we hope you’ll come meet them soon.  ...

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Bridal Party Mixer

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Blog

Your bridal party is asked to do a lot. They have a long list of duties to perform and more importantly they give up a lot of their free time. Realistically they have to devote at least two separate weekends to your nuptials, and typically they have to travel quite a distance to do so. Of course, trust me, they want to do these things, but you still might be hesitant to give them yet another task. I understand the hesitation, but I ran across a good idea on The Knot that I felt compelled to share.     A bridal party mixer. It doesn’t have to be anything big. It could be a precursor to the respective bachelor and bachelorette parties, but it makes for a great opportunity for everyone to get to know one another. There is usually a desire for the bridesmaids to get acquainted with one another and for the groomsmen to do the same, but quite often no one thinks about the other side. I certainly didn’t, but in hindsight, it might have been nice if the men and women who had to walk down the aisle together had met before they had to walk down the aisle together.   Of course it could be that everyone is already super close. In which case, why wouldn’t you want to have a party together? It’s a win either way, and if you plan all the parties for the same weekend then you really aren’t asking anything extra of anyone. A little mixer will help everyone to feel more at ease and in the end it will make the wedding more fun. For everyone.  ...

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