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Last Dance Friday

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Blog

When it comes to throwing an all-out-dance-party-celebration-extravaganza (which I assume is how you want people to describe your wedding) it isn’t just the way you start off the dancing that matters, its’ the way you finish it. Which is why this week I wanted to serve up some ideas for the almost just as important last dance song.   The last dance is truly about everyone. It’s a reward for the people who made it all the way through the night and if it doesn’t end in some sort of massive group hug then you might have done it wrong. Don’t worry, I won’t let that happen.   I have scoured the internet for ideas and compiled a few of my favorite essential crowd pleasing last dance songs. I was tempted to include a slow love song or two, but that can alienate some guests. The last dance song isn’t about couples or dancing cheek to cheek. It’s about dancing arm and arm with a heavy dose of air guitar and imaginary microphones.   Now that We Found Love – Heavy D & the Boyz Ok, so I stole this idea from the last scene in Hitch, but I only stole it because it’s a good idea. Form two lines and have a dance off? Yup.   Let’s Go Crazy – Prince This is the last dance song to end all last dance songs. Until the elevator tries to break us down, go crazy. What wonderful joie de vivre. And that guitar solo at the end? Bam.   Crocodile Rock – Elton John Nostalgic song about the good old days and dancing? What could be better? How about when everyone joins in on the chorus? You know you want to.   Footloose – Kenny Loggins Because if you grew up in the 80’s you’ve been dying to get your closets friends together in one room to dance to this song. If glitter and balloons happen to rain down from the ceiling so much the better.   I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers If you haven’t played this song by the last dance then you simply must give...

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From the Newlywed Corner

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Blog

I am still a fairly new newlywed who for obvious reasons has stayed pretty deep in the bridal world bubble and from time to time I like to share some of my experiences that others may find helpful. My experiences are of course my own and are always best served with a grain of salt.   As I was planning my wedding most of my big wedding choices were decided primarily by budget, and so when it came down to having a videographer or not it was never really an option. In a perfect-no-budget-world I might decide differently, and I might have rationalized my choice as a defense mechanism; I can’t have it, but I didn’t want it anyway, so there.   I think about my decision not to have a videographer a lot because I have seen it listed that a major regret brides have about their wedding day is not hiring one. That’s probably not a coincidence, and maybe there is a small part of me that feels that way, but then I remember that if I had a wedding video I might never stop watching it.   And that’s the real reason that I didn’t want it filmed. I just wanted to live the moment and not relive it. I have enough trouble trying not to click through my wedding photos on an almost daily basis more than a year later (You will, too, trust me), so imagine if I could re-watch the wedding whenever wanted. Or worse, what if I could make other people watch it? I feared that after spending so much time preparing for one day I might have trouble letting that day go.   So instead of a beautifully composed video I have all these prefect little crystalized memories that overtime will fade and blend into simply a warm happy feeling that washes over me. And when I can no longer remember what our welcome bags looked like or what song we danced to or what we ate for dinner or how lovely the tables looked I will have flashes of the room, of my dad fluffing the train of my dress,...

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Gown of the Week

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Blog

Today I am pleased to introduce you to Mary from Augusta Jones. She is one of our newer gowns, and I wanted to show her off a bit. We have so many gowns in our store that the newer ones have to fight hard for a spot at the popular kids table, so to help a girl out I am making a space just for her. As I said, Mary is an Augusta Jones gown, which means that the lace is outstanding and the attention to detail unparalleled. She is lightweight and whimsical and to the untrained eye might even be called simple. But Mary isn’t simple. She is reserved, for sure. Understated? Yes. Her beauty is sneaky and unexpected. She wins in the details and in her subtleties like the beading that isn’t true bling, but helps give her dimension and keeps her from being plain. She’s got lovely kimono sleeves, meaning they flutter a bit compared to the fit of a cap sleeve. She’s also got a fishtail train that has a nice shape and sweep to it and a back that brings a little romance to the scene.I love the softness of the V-neckline as well, and though it might be calling out for a necklace I’d be tempted to just let the beauty of the collarbone do the work. She offers something great for brides who want to show off their shape without going full mermaid and she offers the modesty of a little sleeve with the allure of an open back.  ...

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Wedding Wire Look Book

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Blog

  Wedding Wire just came out with its Fall Book, and I have to say it had me thoroughly enthralled. Coming from somebody who looks at a lot of bridal stuff, that’s a pretty big endorsement. It’s wonderful. It’s innovative. It’s interactive. And it’s a great example of the tools that modern brides can use to help plan their big day without getting or going crazy. The interactive links are the real highlight. See something you like and wonder how you can get it for your wedding? Just click on the picture and voila, all of the sudden you’re on Macy’s website, and you can add that adorable pair of earrings to your shopping bag just like that. Technology: helping you to spend your money faster. But seriously it’s very helpful. Do you want that bridesmaid dress? Do you want to know how much it costs and where to get it? Easy, just click on it. I love it.   What I also love about the book is that it emphasizes thinking outside of the box without thinking over budget. I was amazed at all the affordable little touches that can be added to create the perfect wedding. Yes, you can personalize your wedding by getting cute desert plates at Kohl’s with your ever abundant and never expired Kohl’s cash. Cheers to that.   So grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte, click the link below and start some very useful perusing.   {Lindsey} Wedding Wire Fall Book...

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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog

For this Friday’s First Dance song I give you one of my favorite bands, Death Cab for Cutie. The majority of their catalog is not exactly wedding material, and hardly suitable for a dance floor, but Stay Young Go Dancing is just plain sweet. Ben Gibbard’s voice is gentle and sincere and the instrumentation gives the song a lovely mechanical music box kind of vibe. This song is also the rare exception where the lyrics are to be embraced rather than ignored. It isn’t just a nice sounding song.   The chorus is a melodic reminder of what lies ahead: the couple’s future together. It is even, in a way, an echo of most traditional wedding vows. Through Autumn’s advancing we’ll stay young, go dancing. That translates roughly to as we age, as we go through times of sickness and health we will stay together. We will support one another, and we will find reasons to dance even amidst all the reasons not to.Who wouldn’t want to dance to that? Who wouldn’t want to raise a glass to that sentiment? Isn’t that what weddings are all about?   When you strip away all the fanfare and fanciness what you are left with is the future in all its ups and downs, success and failures. What better way to greet that future than to dance right into it and to keep on dancing. There isn’t a better a way. So as always, happy Friday and happy dancing. Stay Young, Go Dancing...

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Throwback Thursday

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Blog

I’ve done several Throwback wedding posts and have resisted the urge all along to talk about Princess Diana, but then there I was last night watching Access Hollywood and found the perfect excuse to write about her. It turns out her world famous wedding gown is being handed over to her sons William and Harry on September 15th, Harry’s 30th birthday. And so for today’s Throwback Thursday I give you Princess Diana’s 1981 silk taffeta wedding gown.     It’s not an exaggeration to say that for the contemporary bridal world this gown is an inspiration. It is the cornerstone of a whole new kind of wedding and wedding industry. The twenty-five foot train, the ten thousand pearls, the sleeves a mile high. It’s no wonder that this gown is so famous. It’s no wonder that it travels the world on display. It was made to make a statement, and it certainly does. It inspired and is inspired by a time period of opulence and excess and it foreshadows bridal trends of the 1980’s. How many people tried to mimic the puffs of those sleeves? Too many to count. Certainly the mystique of the royal family itself and the tragedy that surrounds the story of Princess Diana help lend her gown a certain extra air of fascination. It’s not just the gown that draws people in. It’s the window that it provides into a regal and majestic world. Of course the fascination people feel for the royal family is far too big a topic for such a small blog post, but it is interesting the way this wedding gown (and of a marriage that ended in divorce no less) has become such a world renown symbol. People stand in line for the chance to see it and I am not embarrassed to say that if it ever toured Baltimore I would be right there to see it. Perhaps it is because that despite how over-the-top the gown is and how symbolic of the 1980’s it is, it’s oddly timeless. As it rests in its protective glass case it’s easy to imagine that it is hundred years old, and it...

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