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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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Ice Cream Social

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Blog

I can’t believe I missed national ice cream day! There are so many ways I could have celebrated my favorite food on the planet, and instead I let it slip by without even an ode to its deliciousness. So to make up for it today I want to talk about the ways you can incorporate ice cream in your big day because of course, there is more than one way to do it.   Tips To Make Your Own The Sundae Bar Cake is amazing, yes of course, don’t be silly, but a build your own sundae bar? Hands down, way better. If you’ve got the budget for it then why not go all out and spoil your guests a little? Think of all the toppings possibilities. And think of all the adorable sundae dishes and striped straws and custom printed cone wrappers you can include.   Store-Bought Treats If you’ve got a local ice cream shop that makes treats or special flavors then coordinate with your caterer and find a way to have them served at the reception. Live in a town with famous ice cream sandwiches? Buy them in bulk and serve them alongside the cake. Win win. It doesn’t have to be from a mom and pop shop either. A dilly bar from Dairy Queen? Now we’re talking. Flintstones push pop? Creamsicles from the grocery store? As long as your caterer has the means to store and serve frozen treats then you’re in business.   Alcohol and Ice Cream These days creative bar tenders have found all sorts of ways to mix ice cream and alcohol. Beer milkshakes. Vodka in an array of ice cream flavors. Signature cocktails a la mode. Cheers.   The Ice Cream Truck Want to give your guests a real surprise? Schedule a local or franchised food truck to show up at your reception with pre-paid for ice cream treats. Imagine guests drinking and dancing and having a wonderful time and then all of a sudden there’s an announcement to gather outside for the ice cream man. Unforgettable, all thanks to ice cream. More Adorable Wedding Pics      ...

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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Blog

So I’ve missed a few of these First Dance Friday Songs, you know how things get away from you sometimes, but I’m bringing it back with a classic song selection that is a favorite around these parts. L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole. Who can resist a little Nat King Cole? Nobody. It’s light and airy and romantic and classic without being boring. It’s an expected kind of wedding song, but in the best kind of way; it’s like coming home. Cole’s rich, velvety voice puts everyone in a good mood instantly. And oh boy, when that trumpet kicks in, forget about it, you’re up in the clouds. His voice will make you dance better. Never before or ever again will you be so light on your feet. And to make sure of that, this is the kind of song you practice for. This is the song you and your partner take lessons for. This is the song that you dance to using the whole floor. You whirl and twirl and move around the room effortlessly, and you wow the crowd because it’s just a wow kind of song. It’s a piece of cake with Cole there to help.   L-O-V-E Nat King Cole   Happy Dancing!...

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A Bit of Light D.I.Y.

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Blog

I am all about the DIY wedding route. It doesn’t necessarily save you time or stress, but it can save you money and truly it can be a fun break from some of the other more practical aspects of planning a wedding. The problem with it is that it often takes a great deal of patience and artistic ability. If you aren’t a Martha Stewart type then the world of wedding DIY can seem beyond your reach. Have no fear. I’ve found a simple project courtesy of a very lovely DIY blog Oh So Beautiful Paper. Watermelon Tray Tutorial I wanted to share this project because it looks relatively easy, but the result is fun and bright and will wow your guests. Imagine a summer dessert table populated with these beauties. You could get fancy and prop them up on cake stands for a truly stunning view. You could even paint them in shades of pink to create a perfect ombre look. You could use them as signage announcing the way to diner or drinks. You could paint your names and the date on them. Endless possibilities. What I love most is that it serves as a perfect reminder that there is inspiration everywhere, and that when it comes to putting your own personal stamp on your wedding, you can accomplish a lot with just a few shades of paint. What’s more at the end of it all you will be able to casually tell guests, “Oh, yes, I made that.”...

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Cutting Costs for Attendants

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog

It’s no secret that being in a wedding can cost a fortune these days. Between hosting the shower and the bachelorette party, buying a gift, hair and make-up, the dress, the shoes, accessories, hotel and often airfare, it’s no wonder that sometimes people must decide between paying more than they can afford or sitting out the wedding. No bride wants to make the people closest to her make that choice, so here are some ways that brides can provide a little relief.   Make Hair and Make-up Optional This is the easiest thing to do to help out the maids. Professional hair and make-up is wonderful, but it is not a necessity. No one will know the difference. Besides, you’ve all probably got at least one friend who was a hairdresser in another life, so hand her the round brushes and the bobby pins and save everyone some serious cash.   Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Naturally brides expect their attendants to buy a dress or suit for the wedding, but as far as everything else goes, there’s no need to purchase new. For example, when it comes to shoes, pick a style or color that you know everyone already owns. They don’t have to match exactly, but if everyone wears a pair of black shoes or nude shoes or whatever, it just makes life easier. The same goes for jewelry. Does everyone need to buy the same pair of matching earrings? If they do, that’s the prefect time to make it a gift. If not, specify a broad category, and don’t stress anymore about it.   Choose a House, not a Hall For your bridal shower let it be known that you don’t need the girls to rent a hall or the banquet room at a restaurant. A living room or a backyard is just fine.   Plan Events Near People This is hard to do when so many people migrate to other parts of the country or world, but if possible, request that the bridal shower and bachelorette party take place near the majority of your wedding party. For example, destination bachelorette parties are great (Vegas, anyone?) but if...

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