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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog

Last Friday I went all radical and tried something different for a first dance suggestion, and so to be judicious, this Friday I’m going back to a classic. I always feel Sam Cooke is a little under appreciated in the pantheon of soul singers even though You Send Me is actually considered to be the first soul song ever, but there is nothing wrong with giving the man a little contemporary recognition.   You Send Me is such a delightfully sweet song that blends elements of jazz, R&B and gospel into a wonderful standard that any generation can enjoy. I see a dimly lit room with twinkling lights, a groom in a navy blue suit with black piping on his lapel and a bride in something a little retro inspired, maybe even tea-length. There is a warm yellow spotlight shining down on them. The two dance cheek to cheek in a lazy sort of way. It’s a song that drifts in like fog and lilts like a lullaby. The guests will sip their cocktails and sway to the music without even realizing it.   And yet as soft and gentle as the song is, it is very much upbeat, uplifting, happy and warm. It will fill your guests with warmth as you dance. And what is also great is the song does the work, so you don’t have to. You don’t have to be a great dancer for this number; it’s more about mood than movement. A little sway is all it takes. You Send Me – Sam...

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Throwback Wedding Trend

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Blog

I have, as the desktop background on my work laptop, a picture of my parent’s wedding that I have been dying to share with all of you. I would have posted it on their actual anniversary, but I always get the date mixed up. Oops. So as a solution I thought it would be great to feature their photo as I start a new blog segment: Throwback Thursday Wedding Trends. Now, their wedding has lots of trends to choose from: the sleeves, the small wedding party, the backyard barbecue kind of vibe, but my favorite is the hat. Look at that hat! Charmingly floppy. Simple and sweet. Hats of course are not exclusive to weddings of the 1970’s, but the wide-brimmed straw-like, floppy variety seem to be in the attics of a good deal of our mothers and aunts. Some of them white and ivory and some of them a pale pastel. The seventies were good for hats. Bianca Jagger anyone? Brides wore hats. Bridesmaids wore hats. Guests wore hats. The wider the brim, the better. It’s almost laughable to look back at the photos now (some of them are just so big!), but this one, perhaps because I cannot be objective, is wonderful. And even objectively speaking, it is wonderful : )   Cheers!...

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Getting Ready Checklist

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Blog

If you’ve made it this far you’ve probably already made or looked at at least a dozen checklists. You’ve gone through the 5 stages of the Knot wedding checklist. Fear. Anger. Oh, No Way. Acceptance. And finally, Delegating. And so I don’t want to create more work for you, but I’ve got a checklist that’s often forgotten about: the must haves for getting ready on the big day.   I don’t mean bobby pins and hairspray. I imagine that you’ve been going about for weeks now with emergency items in your purse, in your car, in your pants pockets just in case. I mean fun stuff. When you and all your girls are hanging out, especially if you are getting ready at an unfamiliar place, like a hotel or someone else’s house, then you need to make sure you have some party supplies.   Snacks Hair and makeup and sitting around waiting can really make people hungry, so don’t forget to pack some snacks for the ladies. Cheese and crackers. Fruit. You don’t want to overdue it here, but remember, you need to eat. Not eating is not an option, so plan ahead and pack some snacks so that you aren’t eating junk or spending money on room service. Unless you’re all about in which case you need chocolate covered strawberries, stat.   Booze Again, don’t overdue it here, but having a nice bottle of wine or champagne can help everyone to relax and unwind. It’s also nice to have for a little toast or a few last words of encouragement, and it can be a great time to thank all your girls again for all of their help. Plus a glass of wine makes everyone feel pampered and that’s exactly how it should be.   Tunes This is important and usually overlooked, but it’s great to have getting ready music. Remember those college days? It’s the same kind of thing. You need a little party atmosphere before the party. Again, this has less to do with going wild, and more to do with keeping everyone, as in you, calm and in a good mood. Here’s A Start:  ...

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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Blog

For a change of pace this Friday I have picked a less predictable first dance song, Here Comes Your Man by the Pixies. It’s non-traditional for sure: it’s fast paced, it’s edgy, and it’s really not about anything at all, least of all love. And yet, it’s perfect. Here comes your man as the two dance haphazardly, maybe even awkwardly around the room. Here comes your man as they maybe, maybe break out into air guitar. Here comes your man, as the guests are filled with joy at watching two people just have fun, hold nothing back, and dance with abandon. Here comes your man. It’s not a ballroom or banquet hall song and it’s not a song for a black tie wedding. It’s for beaches and backyards and art galleries. It’s for a couple with a sense of humor and a drumbeat of their own. Ideally this is the perfect song for two men to dance to (I imagine a lot more pointing in that dance version, you, no you!) but I think it could be just as fun to see some Betsy Brides enjoy it, too. Here Comes Your...

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A Getting Ready Tip

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Blog

The wedding world is full of frivolous ideas and full of people telling you all the things you need to have in order to have a wedding. Rational people are starting to realize that when it comes to weddings there are no absolutes, and no one but you and your fiancé should be setting any rules. Having said all of that, let me still just tell you one frivolous thing that you need. A nice pretty robe. I urge you to please find a fun little floral robe or a silk robe in a bright color or some soft white vintage robe that you can wear as you get ready on your big day. You’re probably smarter than me and you probably already thought of all the great getting ready photos that you want your photographer to take, and so naturally you have thought of what you will be wearing before you wear what you’re wearing. I was not so smart, and the photos of me getting ready include someone’s old grey hooded sweatshirt and Oscar the Grouch pajama shorts. It never occurred to me that I should have a robe, but after looking at other bride’s gorgeous pictures I wish I had thought of it. And not just because it would have made for better photos, but because you actually do need a robe. It makes sense. You can’t get your hair and makeup done in your dress and you don’t want to have to pull anything over your head once it’s done. Plus being in a robe sets a nice relaxed tone. It helps keep the time before the wedding calm and leisurely. A robe lends itself to mimosas and a chaise lounge.  A cute oversized men’s button up would do the trick as well, but the point is you do need something. And so does your wedding party. I mean, if one floral robe is cute, then multiple floral robes must be unstoppable. Plus, they make great gifts. So check out all these cute options below and remember that just because they are pretty and flowery and fun doesn’t mean they don’t also serve a good...

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