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Bridal Party Mixer

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Blog

Your bridal party is asked to do a lot. They have a long list of duties to perform and more importantly they give up a lot of their free time. Realistically they have to devote at least two separate weekends to your nuptials, and typically they have to travel quite a distance to do so. Of course, trust me, they want to do these things, but you still might be hesitant to give them yet another task. I understand the hesitation, but I ran across a good idea on The Knot that I felt compelled to share.     A bridal party mixer. It doesn’t have to be anything big. It could be a precursor to the respective bachelor and bachelorette parties, but it makes for a great opportunity for everyone to get to know one another. There is usually a desire for the bridesmaids to get acquainted with one another and for the groomsmen to do the same, but quite often no one thinks about the other side. I certainly didn’t, but in hindsight, it might have been nice if the men and women who had to walk down the aisle together had met before they had to walk down the aisle together.   Of course it could be that everyone is already super close. In which case, why wouldn’t you want to have a party together? It’s a win either way, and if you plan all the parties for the same weekend then you really aren’t asking anything extra of anyone. A little mixer will help everyone to feel more at ease and in the end it will make the wedding more fun. For everyone.  ...

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Smyth Jewelers Bridal Expo

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Blog

  This is just a friendly reminder about a great Bridal Expo going on this Wednesday at Smyth Jewelers in Timonium. It’s a great chance to meet and mingle with a lot of local vendors from a whole host of categories. We will be there modeling a few gowns and passing out information and special offers.   Bridal Expos are great for fact-finding missions, and it’s especially nice to have one on a local level. If you’re just getting your feet wet or your deep into planning Bridal Expos can really help you get things sorted out, so don’t miss this great opportunity. I promise you’ll get to try some tasty treats and walk away feeling a little more solid in your decision-making. It helps if you bring someone else along with you, and it also helps if you have some questions in mind to ask vendors. This might require a little research ahead of time, but knowing what questions to ask is immensely helpful.   {Lindsey}...

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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Blog

This week I offer you all a friendly reminder that when you are picking your first dance song you shouldn’t be afraid to go outside the box. Google has a tendency to generate the same lists of fifty or so songs that everyone uses for their wedding, and it can be hard to find alternatives. Now there is nothing wrong with those fifty songs. Those fifty songs are great. They’ve made their way onto lists because they are classic crowd favorites. Those are great things for a wedding, but for this week I chose something bubbly and silly and fun.   “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson is less a song and more a ditty. It’s a simple duet driven by the sweet strumming of a ukulele. That gentle strumming seems just made for the swishing of a wedding gown across the floor; the two go hand in hand. The lyrics are a little tongue and cheek and pair nicely with the gentle lilt of the song. “Let’s get rich and buy our parent’s homes in the South of France.”   Oh, but then things pick up a bit and the ukulele strumming is drowned out by clapping. Isn’t that perfect? It allows a little crowed participation and trust me that kind of thing can help people actually pay attention to the dance. Not that people don’t want to pay attention to the first dance, but two minutes in and let’s just get to the cake. So a dance that can engage the crowd a little will help to make the moment all the more memorable. There you are spinning your way across the dance floor as all your friends and family clap their hands, tap their toes and cheer you on. It’s like running a race of love and guess what?   You won.    ...

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Wedding Find of the Week

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Blog

I have long believed that Ikea is oddly the perfect place for people who are planning a wedding. They may major in home décor, but they’re definitely sitting on a minor in reception style. For a good price you can decorate your tables with placemats, table runners and chargers. You can mix up the drink ware with colored or patterned glasses. You can find inexpensive frames for everything from your pictures to your table numbers. The best wedding advice I can offer is to head to Ikea and spring for the big yellow bag to cart all your treasures home in.   So with all this Ikea love I find myself pointing out great items on a regular basis, and I show no signs of stopping. I’m not going to hold back. I’ve got another wedding find that is startlingly cheap and astoundingly versatile. It might not look like much, but trust me; this little roll packs a punch. Let’s just look at this by the numbers. Five dollars! Five bucks for more than ninety feet of paper. This paper may have been designed for kids and finger-paints, but it’s perfect for creating a backdrop to your ceremony. You take some black paint, some nice scripted handwriting and some clever quotes about love and voila. This was made for the DIY couple. It is calling out for creative minds to take that ninety feet of recycled paper and turn it into hand-painted table runners.   Don’t forget about signage pointing the way to eats and drinks, and don’t underestimate this paper’s ability to morph into a colorful pattern perfect for a DIY photo booth. You can even draw inspiration from its intended use and cover the kids’ table with it, giving them a great space to color and play. If you can draw it or paint it or trace it or find a friend with a crafty hand, then there is no end to what you can create for your wedding with just a $5 roll of paper.   The possibilities of the paper made me so excited that I found myself picking up a roll for absolutely no...

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The No-Shows

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Blog

The world of weddings is no stranger to viral internet posts. Somewhere there will always be a groom performing a choreographed dance, or a bride wearing something outrageous or s host or guest making a breach of etiquette. That’s what happened last week when the internet spotlighted the story of a couple who was sent a bill for not attending a wedding they had RSVP’d yes to.   Much was made of this story. Magazines wrote articles about the best way to handle no-shows at your wedding. Etiquette experts weighted in, wedding planners shared their rules, and ordinary brides shared their stories. People were quick to come to the defense of both sides of the dilemma. Some argued that the major offense was the bill and others argued the main offense was the no-show.   While it’s important to understand how to address no-shows to your wedding, it’s really most important to acknowledge that they will exist. Get used to the idea right now that several of the guests who RSVP’d yes will not actually make it to your wedding.     And that’s OK. Of course you want them there and you will miss them and you paid money for them to be there, but force yourself to remember the big picture. You are no more in control of things on your wedding day than you are on any other day. You cannot control the availability of babysitters or the spread of the flu or the resiliency of rental car engines.   Give your would-be guests the benefit of the doubt and assume that they would be there if they could. That’s all the more thought you need to put into it. They would be there if they could. Give them this benefit even if you don’t think it’s true. Give them this benefit even if they don’t reach out to you. Give them this benefit because if you invited them to your wedding you must like them, and you should probably go on liking them anyway.  ...

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Debating the First Look

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Blog

As you plan your wedding you’ll be faced with a myriad of decisions to make. Some of them will be big and important and probably cause some stress and anxiety. Others will be small and insignificant and probably cause some stress and anxiety. Some decisions of course will seem small, but carry a lot of weight in the long run. Those are the trickiest, and the one I struggled with the most was whether or not to have a first look.   Initially when the question was posed to my now-husband and I the answer was short and simple. No. No we didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony. No we didn’t want a private first glimpse. We didn’t want to stage a first look for the sake of great photographs. We would rather forgo the perfectly photographed moment in favor of simply living in the real moment. Maybe the photographer would capture the expressions and emotions on our faces, or maybe all we would have was the memory of the feeling and the electricity in the room. No, we did not want a first look.   Or did we? I started to peruse first look pictures and began to think I want those pictures. Yes, I want a first look. I want a private moment alone with my fiancé as we are perched to be joined together forever. I want a moment out of the hubbub of the day to remember why we are doing this. I want a veritable flip-book of action as I walk up to him, tap him on his shoulder, and he cries the most beautiful tears of joy. Obviously.   Or maybe I don’t want that. I wavered back and forth, and I imagine other couples have done the same thing. There is some middle ground available. One of us could have been blindfolded as we said a few words to one another. We could have stood on opposites sides of a door with no peeking, but ultimately we decided to reveal ourselves in real-time as I walked down the aisle. I occasionally pine for first looks as I scroll through...

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