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Displaying Photos at Your Wedding

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Blog

When you sit down and start to think about your wedding décor you probably think about the flowers and the vases and what color tablecloths and napkins you want. You probably think about theme and mood, and you probably jot down a bunch of words like rustic or vintage or elegant. You might find yourself pinning a hundred DIY centerpiece ideas or standing in front of a bulletin board of color palettes trying to make sense of them.   Clearly, you’ve got a lot of options and a lot to think about, and while I can’t help you choose a theme from your endless word maps, I can remind you of one key ingredient you can’t forget to include. Pictures. It sounds really simple. Duh, you should have photos at your wedding, but there is a little more to it.     Go Beyond Engagement Photos Most of your guests have probably already seen your engagement photos, at least your favorite shots. They’ve got your Save-the-Date on the refrigerator and they’ve looked at all your posted pics on your wedding website. In short, they’ve already seen the polished, best version of you and your fiancé. What they want to see are the photos that tell the whole story. The first photo that you took together, or the one where you are making funny faces or totally jet-lagged from an amazing adventure, or the one where you just look so happy and you don’t even know why. As usual, showing off these more private moments is a way of showing your guests that they are a part of a special circle. Not everyone gets to see that photo of you with no make-up on and a goofy grin, but these people do because they are important and you want them to know just how you two crazy kids fell in love.   Show-Off Older Photos It’s also fun to include photos of the two of you when you were little or with your friends or in that cat Halloween costume that your mom made for you. Many of your guests will remember you when you were that age, and they’ll...

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Wedding Find of the Week

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Blog

It’s been a little while since I have discovered a new wedding find for all of you, so this week I made sure it was a really really good find. Voila.   I mean come on, right? Can’t you just picture a hundred ways to incorporate this light into your ceremony or reception décor? The photo here offers a lot of inspiration on its own. Replace the dresser with a dessert table and you’ve just created the most adorable arrangement in wedding history.   If you are setting up a photo booth for your guests then all you need is some white paper, a few hand drawn clouds and one or two neon balloons floating against the backdrop. Cute. Fun. Bingo. They would also make a great backdrop for your ceremony or your escort card table. Or you can one-up all those sparkler photos by attaching these to a wooden dowel and posing for a quick smooch before you speed away in your limousine.   These neon lights satisfy all my major requirements for a truly great wedding find. It’s clear that they are versatile and that make for fantastic photo ops, but they are also ahead of the curve. While everyone else is still posing in front of vintage letters with old-fashioned light bulbs, you’ll have something fresh and funky. You are the coolest couple you know, right? Of course, and that’s why you want your wedding to be different and fun and full of personality.   Of course the last great bonus about these guys is that you can get them at Target. You were going there anyway, right? I mean if you are planning a wedding and you haven’t been doing a bi-weekly Target dollar bin check then you are missing out. So once you finish in the bargain aisle and hit up the clearance at the end of the aisles then you can grab a pair of these hearts and stroll out confident that your wedding is going to be amazing and amazingly fun.  ...

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Blog

Happy Mother’s Day everybody! I hope you remembered to pop a few cards in the mail for all the special moms in your life. My own (ahem, handmade) card is on its way to my mom along with a homemade gift, but I have doubts that everything will arrive on time. Holidays on Sundays really mess with my snail mail.     So just to hedge my bets I thought I’d share with all of you what I did in honor of my mom. I’m something of an amateur midnight oil-burning baker, and I’ve spent the last few months perfecting my royal icing techniques. To be honest, and to throw all modesty aside, I have to tell you that these little guys taste Amazing and that capital A is with a purpose. But that’s not the only reason that I sent a box of them to my mom.   I did it because they represent all the wonderful things my mom has taught me. First and foremost to be creative. She taught me to make things. She taught me how to level off a scoop of flour and how to doodle and scribble and make things for the sake of making them. She taught me that if something you need doesn’t exist you have to find a way to make it. She has also taught me to be thoughtful and try to be kind. She taught me to stay busy and work hard and send real letters and cards in the mail. She takes no credit for these lessons and seems to think I became who I am independent of her, which is such a mom thing to think.   But what better day to think like a mom than on Mother’s Day. So to all the mothers out there who shaped all of you, who taught all of you big lessons and small lessons go out and celebrate today. Be thoughtful and kind just like they taught you to be.   Thanks mom(s).  ...

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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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