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Wedding Trend: Satellite Bar

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Blog

I decided to take a look at the Knot’s list of the wedding trends that are supposed to take 2016 by storm. You can take a look at the list here, but most of the trends are more or less more extreme or extravagant versions of what people have already been doing. For example, wedding websites have been very popular in recent years, but now couples are having personalized websites designed just for them.     But one trend stood out as something that has practical as well as extravagant capabilities, and one that I wouldn’t be surprised to see couples embrace: the satellite bar. It’s a fancy way of saying a second bar, and it’s intended to be a place where couples can serve up a signature drink or offer a wine tasting or introduce guests to their favorite expensive liqueur.   If your guest list is pretty long the satellite bar is a practical way of reducing any bottleneck and helping to control the drink line. It might even make sense to designate one bar for wine and beer and leave the satellite bar just for mixed drinks. That way both lines will run smoothly, no bartenders will get overwhelmed and you can save the fancy drinkware for the signature cocktails. You’ll want to make sure guests know which bar to go to, but as long as you can accomplish that, guests will appreciate your efforts.   As with so many wedding trends the most relevant question is, is any of this necessary? Again, if you have a big crowd, it’s certainly helpful, but the real benefit is that it makes guests feel special. Can you make guests feel special in other ways? Sure. Is it fun to design a signature cocktail and have it served in retro patterned vintage glasses. Yep, it sure is.   The choice as always is up to you, but at least you can stay on top of the upcoming trends to know which ones to ignore and which ones to embrace.  ...

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Welcoming the Welcome Bag

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog

I’ve never really been much in favor of favors at weddings. If you have the means to do it, then by all means do, but for most couples it’s just another extra expense. That’s also because most guests aren’t really interested in favors. No one needs a monogrammed champagne glass with your wedding date on it except for maybe you, so don’t succumb to the wedding favor pressure.   Instead, channel that favor energy into welcome bags. It’s really the same thing, but it’s also different. For one thing, you only have to provide one welcome bag per room, and you can fill it with information that will be useful for your guests. It’s less a party favor and more a kit. For example, even though all your wedding info is probably up on your website it’s nice to provide a hard copy of the directions from the hotel to the ceremony and from the ceremony to the reception. You can include a map or a list of local spots for your out-of-town guests to see during any downtime. It’s also a great place to include a note thanking your guests for coming, and it helps get them in a celebratory spirit.     Magazines would have you add a bottle of wine, a pound of coffee and a customized tote, but the truth is you could simply leave it at directions and a nice note. If you want to add in some goodies there are easy and budget friendly ways to do it. The easiest and most budget-friendly thing to provide is food. A sprinkling of mini candy bars or a lunch-sized pack of chips makes for a nice gesture. It shows your guests that you understand that they have traveled, that they have put in effort to come to your wedding, and they might enjoy a snack and a chance to take a breather before getting ready for the shindig. A bottle of water is also always a nice gesture or even a soda for later is a nice touch.   It’s truly the thought that counts and every little bit certainly counts. I promise that if...

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Look Who’s Here

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Blog

  I am so happy to share with you a whole bundle of cute bridesmaid dresses that have just arrived from Donna Morgan. Donna Morgan gowns are great for mixing and matching and great for introducing pattern or embellishment to your wedding. It’s really easy to build your bridal party around a tone or theme instead of simply around a color or style. In other words, if you’re looking for the stuff of Pinterest dreams, you have come to the right place.   Donna Morgan offers floral patterned dresses, lace dresses, crop-top separates and patterned sequin dresses. I love being able to mix patterns and fabrics and any opportunity there is to make your bridal party look like a party and not a team is an opportunity worth taking. Of course you do need some unifiers so that your girls don’t look like party guests. So for example, you can get away with four different gowns with different materials and patterns as long as they are near in color or tone. This would be a killer bridal party if they were all pale, neutral colors.   I once read an article about mixing and matching dresses in which a bride advised her girls to dress like they were going to a New Year’s Eve ball. That has been my favorite description ever for a bridal party, and I am constantly searching for looks that fit that bill. I like that description so much because New Year’s Eve is essentially what you want your wedding to be: elegant, debonair, joyful, sentimental and a little over-the-top. These gowns give off that perfect glamorous effect and I am so excited to see people come in and try them on.    ...

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Wedding Tip

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Blog

I love to scout through wedding checklists that I spy online in order to see if they have anything new or insightful to say. Quite often it’s a lot of the same information over and over again, or it’s common sense stuff like remember to bring your shoes. That is almost insultingly simple. Of course you know to check that you have all your necessities with you the day of, like shoes. In fact, you probably have already assigned one of your bridesmaids to make sure you have your shoes. You’re on top of things. You’re a pro. But even you may not have thought of this one pro tip that I am totally in favor of.   Assign someone to post-reception snack duty. Odds are you won’t get to eat much during your wedding. You should make a real effort to try some of the food, but you aren’t likely to have time to finish a plate. It won’t matter. You won’t notice or care that you’ve barely had anything to eat. That is, until the receptions is over. At that point you’ll suddenly become aware that you are starving. The rush and emotion and excitement of the day will give way to exhaustion and hunger, but hunger is going to win out.   That’s where your post-reception snack coordinator comes in. Perhaps they can arrange ahead of time for your caterer to make a tray of sweets and cake and take it to your room. Perhaps they can arrange for room service to have late-night food delivered. They could order you a pizza, or stock your room with your favorite after-party snacks. Whatever it is you want, it’s good to consider it beforehand, especially if you celebrate until the wee hours of the morning. If you wait until then it’s not likely that you’ll have many options. It could be as simple as finding out what time the kitchen closes in your hotel, or how late the local pizza chain delivers.     You can of course appoint yourself or your spouse-to-be to this position. It isn’t necessarily a task that needs delegated, it’s just a task...

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The Perfect Valentine’s Gift For Brides-To-Be

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Blog

It’s the season again for flowers and chocolates and perfume. Those at least are the cliché gifts of Valentine’s Day, and while you might pass on the chocolate and flowers for the umpteenth time if you’re getting married soon you should definitely consider perfume. Perfume is absolutely one of the best gifts for a bride-to-be, and I’m going to tell you exactly why.   I’ve written about this before, but it’s helpful to bring it up again because I think it is that important. You simply pick out a new fragrance that you really like and drop some handy hints that that’s what you would like for Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect holiday to make such a purchase because often there are lots of fragrance deals at department stores (you might end up with a tote bag, too!) and it kills two birds with one stone. You get a really nice gift for Valentine’s Day, and you also check something off your wedding supplies list. Easy. Oh, but the benefits don’t stop there. The real beauty of this gift is that you can’t use it until your wedding day. That doesn’t seem so fun, but trust me. Wear it on your big day and wear it on your honeymoon and then set it aside for a few months. Then, maybe for a special occasion or maybe for no reason at all, wear it again. Here is the magical part. As soon as you spritz it into the air you’ll instantly be reminded of your special day. Even better, you’re spouse will be reminded of it, too. They might not even realize why these wonderful memories have come flooding back, but you’ll know. You’ll know that you have been able to brilliantly tie a specific scent to a very precious memory and that years and years later you will still be able to. That’s so smart, they’ll say.   Aren’t you so smart? Yep. Happy Valentine’s Day...

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A Handmade Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Blog

  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if it’s a significant one for you (like your first married Valentine’s Day or your first engaged Valentine’s Day) then you probably really want to make it count. Even if you don’t typically celebrate the holiday I encourage you to embrace it this time around. In fact, maybe it isn’t a significant holiday for you, but why not make it one?   From where I’m sitting the best way to make something special is to actually make it. So if you want a special Valentine’s Day there are three homemade components that you need: a card, a dinner and a dessert. You might prefer to skip making dinner and opt for going somewhere fancy, but I tend to favor a night-in free of battling limited menus and wait lists. So if you’re willing, here is all you have to do to up your Valentine’s Day game.   A Card You take a piece of cardstock or construction paper, fold it in half, and you’re already halfway there. Your skill level with paper and scissors and glue will determine just how intricate your card is, but even a simple heart glued to the front is all you really need. Why? Because people don’t make things; people buy things. So as soon as you make something, with your own hands, you’re already winning. It also helps if you take the opportunity to fill the card with nice words. Hallmark cards never say what you really want them to say anyway, so now is the time to bare your soul in the name of love. Or at least be cute.   A Dinner This one is easy because you can do it together. I’m a big proponent of couples cooking together. A surprise dinner is great too, but when you make it together you get to have fun. You get a glass a wine, you turn on some music, and maybe you dance in the kitchen. You can try a more advanced recipe and you can spend what you would have spent on a meal out on getting really high quality ingredients. You’ll...

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