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Wedding Advice From Lauren Conrad

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog

It’s safe to say there is no shortage of wedding advice available in magazines or on the internet. I run across wedding advice a dozen times a day and sometimes I even dispense a little of it myself. But with all the friendly advice piling up it can be hard to glean anything useful from it. It tends to be very similar. It espouses being yourself and being diplomatic and throws in a hint of traditional etiquette when all else fails.   But! Yesterday I found something that I thought was innovative and worth passing along. I’m only slightly embarrassed to say that it came from former reality start turned fashion mogul, Lauren “LC” Conrad. Ok, so her clothes are pretty cute and since she just planned her own wedding she can at least speak from experience.   She came across a lot of guests who were concerned about what to wear to the wedding. This is a common concern. Guests want to make sure that they look appropriate, that they don’t clash with the theme, and most importantly, for the ladies, they want to make sure they don’t match the bridesmaids. Conrad’s solution was to create an inspiration board (presumably on Pinterest) where she could leave a color palette and details that gave off the general vibe of the wedding.   Now of course you don’t want to dictate what people wear, but if you create a beachy inspiration board with sundresses and Bermuda shorts then it will help guests get the picture. Likewise if you pin pictures of your gorgeous ballroom reception site and black tuxes and sequined evening gowns, guests will better know how to dress.     I created a quick little board just to give you and idea of the possibilities. I think this little trick has so much potential to not only help make sure your wedding vision is complete, but it also adds another level of interaction with your guests. By creating a board and reveling some of the details ahead of time, like the color of the bridesmaid dresses, you are allowing your guests in on a little secret. It will...

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Technology & Your Wedding

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Blog

In case you haven’t noticed, technology is amazing. It’s hard to imagine planning a wedding without Pinterest or passing along pertinent information to guests without using a website. Technology has revolutionized planning weddings. It has made it possible to customize everything imaginable and include friends and family from all over the country and globe in your big day. Over the weekend a friend introduced me to Appy Couple, and the more I look into the app the more I realize that technology is just getting started.     If you are planning a wedding and haven’t checked out a wedding app such as Appy Couple then you definitely take a look. Essentially Appy Couple is a wedding website. It’s fully customizable and features an app component that guests can download in their app store and access with a wedding code you provide them.   It provides guests with all the information of a wedding website with the convenience of an app. For the couple it makes updating and adding information quick and easy. You can mange the guest list, get helpful planning tips, and add lots of custom details.   But the real reason to use a wedding app is the sharing capability. Guests can open their camera in the app and automatically share the photos they take on the live stream feature. It’s the tech savvy equivalent of a disposable camera on every table, and it allows all the action of the wedding to be captured by each guest’s individual perspective. Love it.  ...

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Vegas Style

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Blog

  Since on this day in 1931 the state of Nevada legalized gambling it makes for a perfect day to talk about how to throw a weekend Vegas wedding. If you are deep into wedding planning then I’m sure elopement has crossed your mind once or twice as you have struggled to pick out the right color napkins or wrangle in family members to RSVP or dealt with dozens of other headaches that pop up. Yeah, you’ve thought about it. Of course now people have full-blown destination weddings at Vegas with all the usual wedding traditions and the whole nine yards, but if you want the true weekend getaway elopement experience here is what you have to have.   Elvis Elvis at a Vegas wedding has transcended from being cliché to being an absolute necessity. If you’re going to the trouble of running off to Vegas and eloping in a little chapel then you just have to have at least one pic with the King. And what a pic it would be! Maybe you’ll even get a song or two. I can already hear “Can’t Help Falling in Love” playing.   A Tattoo Somebody has got to get a tattoo. You could make it a temporary one, but if you really want to commit to the spontaneity and the carpe diem spirit that encapsulates Vegas, then at least one of you has got to get inked. Just remember that doesn’t have to mean matching tattoos.   Photos in the Desert Whether you wear a long bridal gown or a short cocktail dress the photos of you and your fiancé with the sprawling desert as the backdrop will be drop dead gorgeous. The starkness of the desert contrasted with the lavishness of your dress, of your flowers, of the sheer joy you’ll bring to the scene. And just you wait until the sun starts to set and all the colors of the sky come out to play.   A Convertible Ideally it would be a classic pink Cadillac, but if that’s too hard to find, or too kitsch, then at least get yourself a convertible and drive with the top...

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An Alternative to the Mason Jar

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Blog

The rise of mason jars isn’t hard to understand; they are cheap, easy to find, and instantly evoke rustic charm or vintage flair. They are also a blank canvas of sorts, lending themselves easily to candles and flowers and rubber stamped motifs. Mason jars have permeated popular culture in the last few years, but they have been primarily pervasive at weddings. I think they are lovely, even if they are a bit overused, but it seems time to let a new trend take root.   So in the spirit of beautiful glass that is cheap, easy to find and both rustic and vintage, I’d like to suggest Depression glass as a trend contender. You may not know it by its name, but you have certainly seen it before. It refers to a specific kind of glassware produced very cheaply and often in one of several signature colors, during the depression. These days it is a collectible, but it’s easy enough to find at thrift stores or your grandmother’s living room.     In fact, once you start looking for it, you’ll find Depression glass or at least close reproductions, nearly everywhere you go. Before you know it, you’re bridesmaids will be texting you pictures of the glass they found at Goodwill. You’ll amass a collection large enough decorate all your reception tables at a very inexpensive price as long as you are willing to do a little legwork, and as long as you steer clear of antique stores in favor of thrift stores. What is also great is that because you are buying existing pieces you get a look that is more varied and much less cookie-cutter. By finding pieces with each trip to the thrift store you can weave your centerpieces into a beautiful sort of multi-facetted tapestry with glass in different shades and shapes.   And after the wedding you’ll have a beautiful collection of glass that can either adorn your own tables and shelves, or you can donate it back to thrift stores and provide other brides with the chance to make their own centerpieces.  ...

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Live Event Painting with Patricia Bennett

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Blog

The world of weddings and bridal continues to grow and grow as more and more vendors and services come up with more and more ways to make your wedding day both special and spectacular. One of those recent services to pop up on the weddings and event landscape is something called live event painting. It’s essentially what you would think it is; an artist comes to your wedding and paints the events as they happen. After the wedding the artist does detail work and touch- ups and by the time the painting is finished, the couple is left with a one-of-a-kind piece of art that represents their special day.     I had the opportunity to meet one such artist at a local vendor event, and I am happy to share with you all a little bit more about what she does.   Patricia Bennett has been painting events since 2012 when she painted her grandmother’s 97th birthday party to rave reviews. She is a trained artist who in addition to live event painting teaches drawing and painting to aspiring artists. She paints anything from weddings to corporate galas.   Patricia meets with her clients prior to the event to get a feel for what is most important to them, and what they would like to see depicted in the painting. She focuses on what is beautiful and notes that “anyone wearing a red dress will probably be in the painting as well.”   She arrives to the venue several hours before the event starts in order to paint the background and get a feel for the space. This allows her the opportunity to see the event take-shape. She is able to see the care and planning that goes into the décor and the dedication and skill of each vendor.     As the reception takes place Patricia paints her overall impression of the event focusing again on what is most important to her clients. She enjoys the opportunity to talk with guests as she paints and what she most loves is that “this is one of the most important days of the couple’s life together, and I get...

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After You’re Engaged

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Blog

  I was just perusing the internet looking for a good topic for tonight when I stumbled on a list of all the things you should do immediately after your fiancé proposes. The list was all common sense stuff, but the first item was to tell your friends and family. Immediately. That gave me pause. What if you didn’t? What if for a few hours or a few days it was just your secret? It sounds like kind of a suspicious question and one that is null and void if you were proposed to in front of your friends and family, but I think it’s worth asking.   Perhaps it depends on what kind of person you are and what kind of couple you are, but in a day and age when information spreads so quickly and sweet private moments become public in the blink of an eye, isn’t it worth savoring that news for just a little while?   If that big moment is yet to come for you maybe when it happens you will pause for a moment. Maybe you won’t immediately pick up your phone and call someone. Why? Because you’ll want to take it all in. You’ll want that moment and that feeling to last and not be interrupted. Think about it; as soon as the cat is out of the bag then your celebration is public. You won’t be able to stop people from calling and congratulating you and begging for details. But before the story breaks you are the one in the know and that is a pretty special feeling.   Or maybe you’ll tell everyone and that will be wonderful, too. Or maybe they knew about it before you did!  ...

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