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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Blog

Whenever I am weary about the state of the world, or anxious about the balance of my bank account or that weird sound the car started making, or when I think I just don’t have any motivation left to do anything, I turn to my cure-all remedy. I dance it out. I can worry, or I can dance, and dancing is just so much better.   It seems like we could all use a little more dancing these days, and so I am finally returning with a first dance Friday suggestion. For this special occasion I have pulled out a favorite song of mine that most of you are probably not very familiar with. It’s called a “With a Girl Like You” by the Troggs. If you’ve never heard it then you have to give it a listen. The Troggs are probably most famous for “Wild Thing” which would be another cool and unusual choice, but first give this number a chance.   It’s catchy, it’s fun and the lyrics are all about asking a girl for a dance. Seems like a no brainer. ‘I want to spend my life with a girl like you.’ It’s a short song, which is a bonus if you’re nervous about being up there for a long time, and it’s a unique choice, too. I love a classic song, but you are an original couple, aren’t you? You want an original first dance. It has a great retro vibe, and you can easily bob around the floor for two minutes and not worry if your dance moves are perfect. The lyrics also lend themselves well to a little choreographed dance number if you and your spouse are up for it. For this I imagine a little sliding across the floor, a plea made on bended knees, and a quickly timed jumped that ends with a hand extended just as the singer asks ‘can I dance with you?’   Ruminate on this song for a moment and think about how you could best leverage the lyrics with your dance skills for an adorable outcome. I promise you can do something amazing with it, and...

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Celebrate Halloween in Style with 4 Couples Costume Ideas

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Blog

Don’t get me wrong I love Halloween, but every year it makes me anxious. Every year I wrack my brain trying to think of a clever costume idea only to wind up feeling defeated. All the good and clever costumes have already been done. Every time I think I have an original idea it turns out about a million other people had that very same original idea.   These costume conundrums are compounded by the fact that ideally I would like not one but two clever ideas. I’m sure I’m not alone in this couples costume no-man’s-land. If you’re newly engaged or newly married you may be looking for the chance to turn Halloween into just one more example of what an awesome duo the two of you make. The fact is, any holiday becomes more exciting during those special times, and you want to make the best of it, don’t you? I know you do. I’m with you, and if we can all agree that a great idea can be repeated then I can provide a few good couple’s costume ideas for this year.   Doug Funnie and Patti Mayonnaise   The cutest cartoon couple on 90’s Nickelodeon is the perfect costume for all the super nostalgic couples who pine for the days of Saturday morning cartoons and orange-couch-Snick Saturday nights. Aside from being a cute little throwback, this costume is also easy to do and not quite as overdone as others. Plus, people are going to get so excited as all their childhood cartoon memories come flooding back.   Jake and Sam   For the true romantics this iconic 80’s couple is topnotch and best of all easy to do. Bonus points if you have red hair, but even without it the beauty and brilliance of this costume is carried by the prom-stocked aisles of Goodwill. I am one-hundred percent certain that you can find an appropriately peach or pink puffy-sleeved prom or bridesmaid gown at your local thrift store and conjure Samantha in a snap. As for Jake Ryan all you need is a good brooding look and a preppy sweater vest. You can do it....

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The Newest Trend in Cute Wedding Desserts

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Blog

Move over French macaroons, it’s time to go nuts for doughnuts. That’s right, I can declare with almost absolute certainty that the French macaroon has been dethroned as the trendiest wedding dessert. I am ecstatic about this change in the dessert top dog mainly because I’m looking forward to enjoying more gourmet doughnuts in the future. Who isn’t? And let’s be honest, French macaroons are petite and pretty and colorful and all, but when it comes to taste, doughnuts reign supreme.     This progression to doughnuts seems pretty natural to me. For one thing they can look as pretty and as customized to a wedding theme as a macaroon can. In fact, they look so good that it’s becoming normal to see doughnuts creating a backdrop to the dessert table. They’ve been attached to walls, they’ve been hung on wooden pegs, they’ve been stacked into sugary towers. They’ve also been drizzled in colorful frosting, and arranged in ombre order. You’ll see them speckled with sprinkles and wrapped in colorful paper boxes.   They are also a lot easier to get than macaroons. Macaroons are notoriously finicky to make and that finickiness often displays itself in a higher price tag and a more limited availability. As with anything associated with a wedding you can find a pricey version out there, but in general, doughnuts won’t set you back nearly as much and you’ll find more places willing to make them. That means you’ll have lots of options and can find one that fits your taste buds and your budget.   Lastly, the best part about a doughnut on the dessert table is that it checks two important boxes that will mean a lot to your guests: it’s a great edible favor and a perfect after-party snack. Imagine your guests leaving the wedding with a wax paper bag with a doughnut inside. Do you know what they’ll be saying? Best. Wedding. Ever.  ...

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Bridesmaid Trends From New York Bridal Market

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Blog

As I mentioned last week, New York Bridal Market has just wrapped up and we spent several days tracking all the latest looks. I’ll start today by giving you a peek at the newest trends in bridesmaid dresses. Over the past several years these gowns have transformed dramatically. Not long ago is was commonplace to see maids all in matching gowns, probably strapless, probably chiffon, and probably all with a sweetheart neckline. But understated has morphed into glamorous and you’re now more likely to see bridesmaids wearing gowns they might wear to other functions. That is, less bridesmaid-y than the norm. So how have the newest crop of gowns from the top designers moved away from the traditional?   They’ve Separated   The separates trend is not new, but it’s also not going away. It’s gaining momentum as more designers come out with tops and skirts that can be mismatched. This allows for each maid to pick an individual look without really veering from uniformity. Also, bonus points for being able to throw on your top with a pair of jeans for a night out later.   It’s not just Dresses Anymore   Say hello to the jumpsuit. It’s sleek and stylish and available in varying necklines and styles. The jumpsuit has a throwback vibe to it, but it’s also thoroughly modern. You don’t have to wear a dress to be in a wedding and that’s pretty cool.   They Keep it Quiet   Muted, pastel tones are definitely dominating the runway and the showroom. It’s not surprising that in the year whose Pantone colors are rose quartz and serenity that color palettes would shift in this more subdued direction. These softer tones make it easier to do prints or sequins or mismatched gowns without the whole party becoming too loud and overpowering. Tulle and sequin gowns in red might take a lot of attention away from the bride, but the same look in pale blush is a totally different story.   Check out the newest bridal trends next time!  ...

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Follow Us for New York Bridal Market Updates

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Blog

New York Bridal Market starts this weekend and it’s kind of a big deal. If you don’t spend your hours researching current bridal trends or if you don’t make your living in bridal, then you might not know much of anything about it. But you’ve heard of New York Fashion Week, right? Well swap the avant-garde street-wear for a bridal gown and you’ve got Bridal Market.     It’s most exciting because it’s where designers unveil their newest collections. It’s the place where we start to see new trends emerge, and it’s the event that influences what styles will be available in salons across the country. Betsy and a few members of our staff will be on their way to New York early tomorrow morning to peruse these new styles, and they’ll be sharing a lot of sneak peeks with all of you. Follow along on Instagram and Facebook and let us know what you think of the latest designs. Will we see more color again this year? More lace? New fabrics? Have you been looking for the perfect gown, and it just doesn’t seem to exist? Maybe you’ll spot it amongst our peeks.   And Bridal Market isn’t just about bridal gowns. It’s also the place where the newest bridesmaid gowns and accessories will be showcased. Over the past few years we’ve seen bridesmaid dresses add more and more sequin and sparkle. What will be the trend this year? What will be the color everyone is clamoring for? We’ll have to wait and see.   Before social media Bridal Market was a much more under-wraps event, and most brides weren’t aware of new trends until they went into production several months later. That’s all changed now, and images of the new gowns strutting down the runway are available instantly to anyone who is eager. That of course doesn’t mean the gowns are available instantly, but it does typically mean that social media is the first and only place these gowns will be visible. We are happy to have the opportunity to share the newest trends with you, and we hope you’ll follow along.    ...

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Great Details to Include in a Fall Wedding

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Blog

I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the year today, which can only mean one thing. Fall is here. Both officially and superficially the grand old time of year has arrived when we seem to get the urge to wrap the whole world in a flannel shawl and give it a pair of knee-high soft leather riding boots. There are so many things to love about fall. There are the cliché things (like pumpkin spice lattes) and there is the smell of the air and the golden glow the sun gets in the morning and late afternoon. There is the tangible taste of nutmeg and cinnamon and the intangible feeling of the low overcast sky rolling in.     I love fall. I wanted to be a fall bride, but the timing didn’t quite work out. I know. It’s ok. It’s safe to say it all worked out pretty well, but if I had the chance to plan a fall  Baltimore wedding here are the top things I’d include.   Out in the Outdoors I know it’s risky what with the unpredictability of the weather and all, but I would still take advantage of the fall temperatures and that wonderful smell in the air. Depending on the time of the wedding (the nights do get chilly) I might opt for a sort of outdoor lounge area. It would give guests a chance to cool off from the dance floor and also provide a little place to relax that isn’t at a banquet table. Toss in a few flannel throw pillows and you’re set and on theme.   As Rich as Your Color Palette I am a pretty firm believer that there are no rules when it comes to wedding colors and you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, but I would certainly capitalize on the season with a rich color palette. I love a mix of navy and cranberry and emerald with just a hint of burnt orange in there. I would also take a cue from the various changing colors and not worry to much about limiting my colors to one or two. You can...

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