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Autumn Weddings

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Blog

  The temperatures are still fluctuating and the leaves remain unchanged, but it is almost officially fall and in rare moments throughout the day it has started to feel like it. The evenings and the early mornings have cooled down. The air smells different and the late afternoon sun has taken on an orangey glow. These signs of course all point to scarves and sweaters and nutmeg, but they also point to weddings. Fall weddings continue to rise in popularity giving the summer months a good run for their money. The milder weather, especially in hotter climates, is certainly a bonus of fall weddings, but here are some other things to look forward to as wedding season, round two, gets underway.   The Color Palette This doesn’t mean that your bridesmaids have to walk down the aisle looking like fallen leaves, but fall does allow you the opportunity to embrace a richer color palette. Jewel tones. Mustard yellow. Cranberry. Evergreen. These are sumptuous colors that while they can be used in any season, feel particularly poignant in autumn. They add a certain warmth to the slight chill in the air.   Pumpkins For once, I am not talking about pumpkin flavored things. I’m talking about the actual pumpkin. You can carve them. You can paint them. They don’t even have to be orange. You can use them as centerpieces. You can get tiny ones and use them as your escort cards. You can use pumpkins subtly or overtly, but either way they fit.   The Outdoors Summer outdoor weddings are beautiful and perhaps more predictable in terms of the weather, but an outdoor wedding with the fall foliage as a backdrop is pretty hard to beat. Even if you opt for the indoor ceremony you will still have the opportunity to crunch through he new fallen leaves and snap pics in the brilliant colors.   Keeping Warm Depending on when in the fall your wedding is the odds are it won’t be freezing cold, but as long as you plan ahead you can end up having even more fun even it is. Imagine a cute basket full of vintage...

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Look Who’s Here

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Blog

Ok world, we just got in a brand new Carolina Herrera stock gown, and I am so excited to show it off. Carolina’s gowns are gorgeous and this one is a perfect example of her signature style. It’s delicate and romantic, but it’s also daring. It’s fashion-forward, but rooted in the bridal tradition.     It is first and foremost a showstopper. It’s striking from a distance and captivating up-close. The floral and leaf pattern is embroidered onto the gown in a mix of rich colors that add depth and dimension like the layers of paint on a masterpiece. This striking pattern is subdued by the simplicity of the rest of the gown and the romance of the illusion neckline. The whole composition of the gown shows a profound understanding for balance. The pattern is anchored by the shoulder and the hem and offset by the paper-clean fabric opposite of it. The modified sweetheart neckline is just perfect because it shows a restraint that again balances out the gown. This is what it looks like to create gowns that are visions.   Of course as good as this gown looks in a photograph is nothing compared to seeing it in person. We just want to sit around and stare at, but most importantly we want brides to try it on and see what all the fuss is about.  ...

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How to fit the Bar in Your Budget

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Blog

  Working in a bridal shop I find myself, as all of us do, called upon to give bridal advice from time to time. Can I do this? Should I do that? Am I allowed to wear the same color as so and so? During these occasions I find it best not to speak in absolutes because there really is no answer. I don’t like to say things like “never” or “shouldn’t” with one crucial exception. You should never have a cash bar at your wedding. Never. Ever. Never. Never. Never.   I get it. Alcohol is expensive and an open bar, especially if you have a lot of guests, can quickly cost you a small fortune. But there are plenty of alternatives to a cash bar. Cash bars are better kept for actual bars. For the wedding, the tab should be on you. So before you ask your future spouse “what if we just let people buy their own drinks?” check out these options below.   Beer and Wine Only You don’t have to have an open bar to have a bar. If you cut out hard liquor I promise the price will drop dramatically. You can also opt for less expensive beers and wine and only give your guests a few to choose from. This is totally acceptable, and many guests are accustomed to only wine and beer.   Work with Your Caterer Bargain. I’m not a great bargainer, but even I managed to finagle a cheaper price from my own caterer because I knew they would rather have my business than not. This will only get you so far, but every little bit helps. If your caterer is not responsible for the alcohol then you can save money buy purchasing in bulk, as in kegs, and then asking a local bartender, or even a friend of the family, to moonlight.   A Dry Wedding You don’t have to serve alcohol. Many couples have personal reasons for not serving alcohol, and that’s just fine. The real offense of the cash bar has nothing to do with how much your guests will or won’t be able to drink;...

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Wedding Find of the Week

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Blog

If you’re planning a wedding or helping someone else to plan a wedding then you’ve probably made a trip or two to Michael’s, and I can tell you personally that there are more trips in your future. I was always drawn to the strange and mysterious items of the bargain bins, which is where I found this week’s wedding find. I bring you the classic little milk jug with a vintage, rustic, playful feel and a cute little cow etched into it.   The price ($1.99!) was enough to make me stuff some into my shopping basket for absolutely no reason, and it makes it easy to plan part of your wedding reception with them. As usual I strive to find ways for brides to recreate fancy Martha Stewart-like wedding photos on a more limited budget, and these little dairy glasses have that all covered. I envision these in two ways, on the desert table or at the kids’ table.   Imagine pastel cake stands lined with cookies and miniature cakes arrayed in delicate patterns. If you’re enlisting relatives to bake for a cookie table these little glasses are right up your alley. They’ll make a perfect accent to the table and show guests that you have a little sense of humor, too.  Just line them up in neat little rows, stick a brightly colored striped straw in each one, hang a clever banner or a bunch of matching balloons above the table and voila. Then let guests choose from milk to chocolate milk to a daring White Russian as their drink options and everybody wins.   For the kids table option keep the bright straws, throw in some silly loopy straws, add a little confetti, and cookies shaped like animals and again, everybody wins. Either table will look expertly crafted for your photos and guests will find them adorable and delicious.  ...

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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Blog

Rarely do I ever consider myself on the cutting edge, but we have been long overdue for a First Dance Friday, and this week I think I can get you all in on the ground floor of a perfect first dance song. And so I present for your consideration ‘Fire and Flood’ by Vance Joy. If you haven’t heard it yet I imagine you will start to hear it a lot. It’s sweet, it’s slightly haunting, but it’s catchy. A close study of the lyrics seems to reveal that the song is about a break-up, but have no fear on the surface it’s almost inspiring. Everything is better when your head’s resting next to mine. You can get behind that sentiment, can’t you?   The song starts out slow. It starts out as the kind of song you can slow dance to under the spotlight. You can just stand on the floor and sway back and forth. You don’t have to be a great dancer for this song. Your guests will watch the tender moment in awe and think oh, how perfect and romantic, and just when they start to think, ok, that’s enough standing and swaying, the tempo kicks up. Toes will start to tap and you just might do a nice dramatic twirl. The momentum of the song will carry you across the floor in a whirling twirling magical kind of way and when the music stops you’ll strike a pose and seal it with a kiss.   Take a listen if you haven’t yet.  ...

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