It's pretty common today for people to have tattoos on their bodies, with many located on their back, shoulders, neck and arms. On a brides wedding day, she really wants to look pure and innocent. Unfortunately, sporting a tattoo at your wedding is not as feminine when teamed up with a white or ivory wedding gown.
Most brides don't have the extra time, money or desire to say good bye to their body art, however they may just want to cover it up for the day, especially for mom or the grandmothers. Some brides believe that if it were up to them, they would have them exposed - however because they respect the ladies that disapprove of the art, they feel compelled to cover them up.
Kat Von D, famous for her television show LA ink has created a cosmetic and fragrance line exclusively for Sephora called Invisible Ink. Her most popular item happens to be the Tattoo Concealer. The concealer is very heavy duty and is perfect for covering up tattoos on your wedding day. Oil-free and paraben-free, this is perfect for those days when you just want to feel flawless. Even if you have no ink to hide away, the concealer is great for under eye circles and other blemishes.
Here's the website for you to check out this great product that I highly recommend.
We're starting to see a trend where more and more couples are planning elaborate destination weddings - usually on popular dates like long week-ends in the summer.
In order for couples to pull off these fantastic weddings, they need to let their guests know in advance when and where their wedding will be held so that they can plan to come. The earlier you notify your guests about the wedding, the more likely they're going to be able to attend. A general rule I give my clients is that a save the date notice should be be sent at least six months prior to the wedding; for a destination wedding, it can be sent nine to twelve months in advance.
Instead of the popular save the date cards, here's a new idea to help announce the wedding date - Save the Date Magnets. When using a save the date magnet, it should always include the couples names, the wedding date and location of the wedding city. Keep in mind that you can personalize these magnets to include a photo of the bride and groom or an image of the location; beach, mountains or Niagara Falls in the announcement!
Here's another tidbit of advice - when I'm helping clients plan destination weddings, I always suggest that they include a save the date along with information about airlines, hotels, car rentals and sightseeing. A schedule of events should also be enclosed, letting your guests know the who, what, where and when of your wedding activities.
For your save the date magnets, I use an online company called Magnet Street, the website is www.magnetstreet.com Check them out, you'll be surprised at all the cool stuff they offer.
The number one fear a bride has for her wedding day is rain. No one wants it to rain, but now we have a perfect solution for a soggy day - Wedding Umbrella's!
I've always loved seeing a photo of a couple kissing under an umbrella during a rain storm on their wedding day. In recent years the umbrella has become the hottest wedding accessory and now you can find them in a variety of colors, shapes and styles. When you're getting ready to purchase, keep in mind that some of the wedding umbrellas are for pure beauty and not for a major rain out - so they may not keep you as dry as you'd like.
What I like about these wedding day accessories is that they are great keepsakes for the bride and her bridesmaids; it's also a great alternative to purchasing bridesmaids bouquets. Remember, it's not just about covering up from rain or beating the sun, it can also be part of your wedding day ensemble because it's very fashionable. Photographers also love working with wedding umbrellas.
I use a company called Bella Umbrella from the United States. They have a variety of wedding umbrellas to choose from and the best thing about this company is that you don't have to purchase the umbrellas, you can rent if you prefer. Please check out their website - http://www.bellaumbrella.com/
When asking someone to be in your wedding as a bridesmaid, one thing a bride needs to realize is that it is an expensive endeavor. Costs can quickly add up - remember you're asking your bridesmaids to pay for a dress, matching shoes, professional hair and makeup, and costs associated with travel (if they are from out of town). Your bridesmaids may even help with the wedding shower by sharing the costs of that event. Lets not forget they're also going to provide you with a gift.
I always advise brides to take their time when choosing gifts for their bridesmaids - considering that they have to spend so much extra money on YOUR wedding. You should try and show your appreciation to them by choosing a thoughtful gift.
I recently found a fantastic company called BeeGee Bags that offers small designer style purses that are very retro looking and come in a variety of shapes and styles. I think these types of purses could be given as a gift to each bridesmaid and with so many styles to choose from, it would be easy to match them with the bridesmaids gowns, providing a great look for everyone on the wedding day.
Here are a few examples to consider:
One of the biggest wedding accessories a bride will have on her wedding day is her bridal bouquet. When thinking about what type of wedding bouquet yours will be, brides need to consider two things - style and class.
No matter what you choose, try to make sure your wedding bouquet complements your wedding gown and the theme of the day. Also, make sure the bouquet is not too big for your body type. Your floral designer should consider your body type and the style of your dress and be able to determine the best size of bouquet for you. Please listen to them when they offer their advice; you really don't want the bouquet to stand out - you want it to blend into your wedding day ensemble.
One thing that brides often overlook is how their bridal bouquets stems are wrapped. Most wedding bouquets are wrapped in ribbon or leaves, but nowadays we are seeing pearls, gorgeous gems, pins and vintage broaches attached to the ribbon wrap. Doing this takes the typical bouquet up a few notches to spectacular. That little bit of bling goes a long way, especially when the photographer stages a photo of your bouquet and you see it in the album afterwards. It's a beautiful way to always look back at how gorgeous you and your bouquet made a perfect fit on your wedding day.
In order for a bride to enhance her look on the wedding day, its nice to have some great "bling" and not have to pay a huge price to get it. Most brides raise an eyebrow when I tell them that they can rent some really high end fashion jewelery for their wedding day. Then I explain how:
Kleinfeld & Adorn from Manhattan NY have teamed up together to offer brides, bridesmaids and all women in general the option to rent sophisticated jewels for any occasion, but especially for weddings. Renting jewelery has been a long tradition for a celebrity to wear when walking the red carpet, but now the average women can feel like a star on her wedding day.
The process is very simple and done completely online - all you have to do is select the pieces that you want, then provide the company with your mailing address and credit card. A few days later your jewelery will arrive. After the wedding day, you will be required to mail the jewels back in the original boxes via UPS. The big bonus to this service is that all the jewelry is insured, so no need to lose sleep after the special gems are shipped back. It's that simple.
Here are a few samples of what's available:
When I plan a wedding with a couple and find out that many of their guests are coming from out of town, I always recommend getting maps and directions for everyone. The last thing you want is frustrated guests arriving at the wedding ceremony just as you seal your wedding vows with a kiss.
All wedding couples want their guests to show up on time and not miss any important parts of their day. When looking for something a little different than the old "goggle" maps route, I deal with a company called Trial by Cupcakes; I know, funny name for a company that creates custom wedding maps, however what a better way to let you guests know how to get to your wedding celebration.
All of the wedding maps they create are hand drawn, lettered and painted - nothing is done on a computer. Wedding couples will have a phone consult with the artist to discuss the style of the wedding, symbols, landmarks and words you would like to include. Sketches will be sent to you via email before the final project is completed. The fee that you pay includes the design, original watercolor map, inked and painted on high quality cotton. Couples can reproduce and print the wedding maps as needed and the map designs are so personalized, they end up becoming a beautiful (and frame worthy) keepsake of your big day.
Having a modern wedding is one of the big trends this year. A modern wedding would be defined as an event that has a lot of personal style injected throughout. This is accomplished by using non-traditional wedding sources - things that people haven't seen before. One of the best ways to set that tone and style of the wedding is through the invitation.
Let me explain - when someone receives your invitation, they open it up and look at it. From the first glance they should be able to tell many things - the style, colors, modern or traditional - the invitation says what type of event this is going to be. It should also send a message about who you are as a couple. So when you choose your invitation, don't just do it because you thought it was cute; think about the type of wedding you're having and try and define it through your invitation. I know that when I see an invitation that is modern and whimsical with a splash of bright vibrant colors, I think of that couple - and I expect the wedding to mimic those things.
I found a great internet site with some really modern wedding invitations - Fabulous Stationery. This company has a fantastic on line catalog for couples to choose from and they even have invitations for your engagement, the bridal shower, save the date and any other special occasions. When you look at their work, its easy to start to see exactly what I am speaking about. I think I'll let these examples in the blog say it for me.
Looking for a unique way to display your Wedding or Engagement Photo?
Recently I discovered a company called Frame the Date, a really unique company from the United States that will take your favorite wedding or engagement photo, add your wedding date to it and then place it in a really cool frame.
What's great about this concept is that the numbers aren't just some computer generated fonts, they are much more then that. The company has searched high and low for really unique, artistic numbers to photograph and then they are used in conjunction with your wedding or engagement photo. All of the date photographs are original and the frames are handmade, the mats are cut from acid free high rad content stock and you can choose from rustic, urban or traditional styles. This is a truly one of a kind wedding or engagement gift that the newly married wedding couple can hang this in their home - and the bonus is that groom will never have a excuse for missing their anniversary date ever again.
Here is the website of the company for you to check them out - Frame the Date
Often, we turn to the trend setting celebrity's for amazing fashion ideas and inspiration. This year, there's a new trend in bridal headpieces and its from a California company called Bando.com. Inspired by the golden years of Hollywood, they carry an array of gorgeous headbands that can be worn by the bride and bridesmaids.
These headbands are very fashionable and they make a bold statement when paired up with a beautiful wedding gown or bridesmaid dress. They come in a variety of styles, colors and materials to match many wedding styles. All of the wedding headbands are one of a kind or limited edition and are handmade with vintage materials and embellishments. I think they're stunning and I can't wait to see a few brides pictures with these this coming season.
Every client that I have always wants a really unique guest wedding favor. I'm always on a mission to find something fun, useful and of course super unique. Most of the wedding favors that I find are so interesting that many soon to be brides that are guests at another wedding are wanting the same item or upset that they didn't discover the favor first. I guess that's the benefit of hiring a Wedding Planner!
Beau Coup is a fantastic website to find unique gifts for your bridal party, bridal shower and wedding favors. One of my favorite items is a really adorable set of heart shaped measuring spoons. It has four clever and romantic phrases (A heap of love, A spoonful of affection, A dash of tenderness, A pinch of joy) engraved on the handle of each measuring spoon. They consist of traditional measurements (1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 tablespoon) and are listed on the back of the handle. Heart shaped spoons are made of stainless steel so they won't tarnish. This is a wonderful wedding favor that your guests will be able to use, and always remember you gave it to them.
The set of measuring spoons are presented in a black gift box with black velvet lining and clear lid. The box is also wrapped with white ribbon and the gift tag reads "Love Beyond Measure."
Here is a link to Beau Cuop for your wedding favor
This is the first of many articles I'll be contributing to the blog titled "Occasions Favorites" These articles will consist of things that I find on the internet that I think are great ideas for a wedding - its a pretty simple concept, so let start off with the first one:
'I Do" Cookies
Let's face it, guests love receiving favors at a wedding. The newest trend nowadays that guests love are "edible wedding favors'. After a night of food, fun and drinks, who doesn't like a little something sweet to munch on. You can have the cookie on the way home or you can fight over it the next day. And with these, you'll never hear the words "dust collector wedding favor" again.
I found a great company that makes beautiful wedding favor cookies called Elenis.com. They have a huge variety of cookies to choose from that can be personlized with your names and date, or have your monogram on it. These are not only great wedding favors but they can be given out at your bridal shower as well.
Check out these sweet designs:
In many cultures, it's considered okay for a woman to propose to a man. Today, society doesn't look down on women who do this, however that was not always the case.
Back in the day when the rules of a courtship were much tighter, women were allowed to pop the question - but only on one day every four years. That day was February 29th.
Here's a few stories that provide some some background on how this rule came about:
St. Bridget's Complaint - Back in 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose. According to legend, St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose on this one day in February during the leap year.
February 29th in English Law - According to English law, February 29th was ignored and had no legal status; people assumed that traditions would also have no status on that day. It was also reasoned that since the leap year day existed to fix a problem in the calendar, it could also be used to fix an old and unjust custom that only let men propose marriage.
The first documentation of this practice dates back to 1288, when Scotland supposedly passed a law that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of their choice in that year. Tradition states they also made it law that any man who declined a proposal in a leap year must pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss to payment for a silk dress or a pair of gloves.
Sadie Hawkins Day - In the United States, some people have referred to this date as Sadie Hawkins Day with women being given the right to run after unmarried men to propose. Sadie Hawkins was a female character in the Al Capp comic strip Li'l Abner. Many communities prefer to celebrate Sadie Hawkins Day in November because Al Capp first mentioned Sadie Hawkins Day on November 15, 1937.
Greek Superstition - There is a Greek superstition that claims couples have bad luck if they marry during a leap year. Apparently one in five engaged couples in Greece will avoid planning their wedding during a leap year.
Mindy Weiss has been in the wedding planning industry for more than eighteen years, and in that time has become one of the most sought after planners in the wedding industry. Working out of Beverly Hills, her clients are some of the who’s who in Hollywood’s celebrity circles.
Some of Mindy’s better known celebrity clients include Ellen Degeneres & Portia Rossi, Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz; Eva Longoria & Tony Parker and Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale to name a few.
These days, Mindy is known not only for her creative and extraordinary ideas, but also for her surprising décor accents and her superb attention to every detail. She has created a wonderful wedding planning book and a fantastic wedding product line.
Mindy expanded her brand in 2008 to include a new wedding product line called “Two’s Company” – its niche is providing trend-setting gift products to the average wedding couple. After looking at all of her product line, I found everything to be very moderately priced so that everyone can afford her high fashion and unique items for their wedding.
Here is one of her books, the "Wedding Book" the big book for your big day:
Having trouble finding something blue? Well, not anymore! This brilliant rhinestone applique is not only blue but it holds the answer to the big question - right on the bottom of your shoe! How cute will the picture be of you holding up your feet for all to see "you do" have style...and a sense of humor.
These are just two of the wonderful products at her site; I urge you to take a moment and look at her site, you'll love it - Mindy's E-Store
Why do couples make such a big deal about wedding favors!
We have found many theories about what stimulated the tradition of giving wedding guests a favor for attending their wedding. Some history books are saying the tradition originated with the Romans during the 8th century, while others believe it started with the throwing of rice and giving wedding favors to guests around 400 B.C.
What’s up with the Almonds as Wedding Favors?
Almonds have always been a very traditional symbol for good luck and assurances for a successful marriage. Originally, only well-off families followed this practice. Often the favors were placed in silver, gold, or crystal, called bonbonierre. When the tradition filtered down to the other social classes, by the end of the 19th century, almonds were dispersed in golden paper boxes.
In the Middle East they use Jordan almonds at their weddings, and they believe it’s an ancient symbolic rite. Guests are given only five Jordan almonds, which represents traditional wedding wishes of health, fertility, wealth, good fortune and a long life of happiness. The outside candy coating on the almond is supposed to represent both the bitter and the sweet parts of marriage.
Today, many wedding couples will present guests with Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle as one part of the wedding favor. It’s often attached to a much larger gift for the guests.
The wedding favor tradition has evolved into a thriving industry. It can be a very time consuming search for bride and grooms. Couples want the wedding favor to suit the style of the wedding and match their personality.
Personalized wedding favors are really important to couples. Often they choose to have a set of pens or paperweights engraved with the date of the wedding or a shot glass engraved with the details. Another thoughtful personalized wedding favor is a small picture frame with a photo of the bride and groom or it can be used as a place card for the guests table.
Some wedding favors are traditional, but some of them have evolved into themed items, like wine, wine stoppers or decanters. Beyond the tangible favors, some brides and grooms choose to make a donation to a charity of their choice.
Regardless of wedding theme, knowing the history behind the gift for guests, can help motivate couples to give a personal, thoughtful, and meaningful wedding favor.
Nothing is more important than a comfy pair of wedding shoes. Before you purchase a pair of super high wedding stilettos, remember that on your wedding day you will be standing for long periods of time and the last thing you want to worry about are achy, cramped feet.
Here are some really good tips to remember when purchasing your wedding footwear.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your wedding day shoes.
- Try to bring a swatch of your wedding dress material with you while shoe shopping. That way you can match the two up perfectly; a new trend is colored wedding shoes, sometimes the same color as the bridesmaid’s dresses.
- Wear your wedding day shoes about one hour each day one to two weeks prior to your wedding.
- Add some non-slip pads or rough them up on concrete so there’s so slipping or sliding on the wedding day.
- If you are wearing a long wedding dress your shoes won’t even be noticed. So go with comfort on the wedding day.
- Low heel wedding shoes are great to wear and very comfortable.
- Buy two pairs of wedding shoes – the must have outrageous ones and the comfy ones - bring them both with you and choose when to wear each of them.
Just like the title says, finally something for the groom. A “groom’s cake” has been part of southern wedding tradition for years, but lately this trend has crept into the North.
When the bride decides to have a grooms cake, usually its kept a secret from the groom; the bride will order the cake from the same baker who will do her wedding cake and work with them on a design, usually something that describes the grooms personality, a hobby or special interest. Sometimes grooms choose their own cake and refuse to let anyone in on the secret. No matter what, this cake really serves as a way for the groom to have his own unique part of the reception.
While the bride’s cake is pretty traditional using light colors, the groom’s cake is usually a dark in color and uses the groom's favorite cake recipe. Some favorite cakes I’ve seen are sports emblems, a golf bag with clubs sticking out, and even a cake with the grooms favorite band album cover.
Most couples will serve both cakes at the reception – however it can be the groom’s cake that can highlight the reception because it’s so unique. Sometimes it’s the first thing guests notice as they enter the reception location.
This is something I highly recommend to my clients and they enjoy doing it. Its not just the brides day, include the groom too!!
The Holidays are over and there's a good chance that if you got engaged, you're now looking to make it official by announcing it to everyone you know. Here are some great tips to help with the wedding announcement:
Who makes the announcement? - Traditionally, a wedding announcement is made by the parents of the bride to be. Since in our society there are various types of families, the traditional engagement has evolved and today some couples choose to announce their engagement themselves. Here is a sample wedding announcement made by the bride's parents:
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of Niagara Falls announce the engagement of their daughter, Mallory to Joe Clark, son of Michael and Mary Clark, also of Niagara Falls. Very proud grandmothers are Andie Smith and Margaret Clark. Thrilled siblings are Charlie Smith, Zach Smith and Richard Clark. An August wedding is planned in Costa Rica.
Where to make your wedding announcement?
There are a few different options:
In the Newspaper - Formally, many couples choose to print in the local newspaper and, if you wish, in your local congregation or community newsletter (synagogue, church).
Create a Wedding Website - The modern spin on the newspaper advertisement is to build a wedding website. Websites like theknot.com and the Wedding Channel offer easy-to-create personal websites that will help you inform your guests, and keep them updated on details of the wedding. Once you've created a site, you can send an email letting friends and family know the URL. We recommend telling those closest to you in person, and save this announcement for out of towners and those not as close.
Mailing Formal Announcements - I've seen some great cards that can be designed by an invitation designer company that you can find online or simply go to your local stationery store. You can word them however you wish, but typically wording is similar to what appears in a newspaper announcement. If you include your wedding date, it can double as a save-the-date card!
When should you announce your engagement? - f you are having an engagement party than the announcement is made after the party took place. (the next day if we go by the traditional etiquette).
Bed Hog His & Hers Sheet Set
I’m always searching on the web for new wedding inspired stuff to recommend to clients and I came across these sheets that I thought were hilarious and wanted to share them with you.
These luxurious His & Hers sheets make a distinctive gift for a wedding, bridal shower, or anniversary. Since the second anniversary is the “cotton” anniversary, these would make a great gift (listen up, husbands everywhere).
Each package contains:
1 Flat Sheet, 1 Fitted Sheet
2 Pillowcases, 1 His & 1 Hers (extra pillowcase sets are available)
Flat & Fitted sheets are reversible, so partners have a choice of which side to sleep on
100% Cotton Sateen
Luxurious 300 Thread Count
Fits up to an 18" deep mattress.
Queen fits mattresses 60″ × 80″
King fits mattresses 78″ × 80″
Here is something I found on Youtube that will help you create your own wedding planner.
It's a great video, although I strongly disagree with the first statement about not hiring a wedding planner; this will give you an idea of all the work that goes into planning your wedding and will help with your organizing if you decide not to use a planner.
Congratulations on your Wedding Engagement! Here is the third part (of my three part series) on getting engaged.
The third and possibly largest decision you are going to make regarding your wedding is choosing a ceremony and reception venue for your wedding day. So here are some tips to get you started:
The Dream Wedding Venue – I suggest visiting all of the wedding venues that you like, even if you think they are out of your price range. Some wedding venues are very flexible with pricing if you choose a Friday, Sunday or even select a wedding date that is in the off season (November to April).
Wedding Dates – Try to be very flexible with all the wedding dates that your dream venue has available. Visit all the wedding venues that you like then talk about what dates they have open; do this before you even look at their wedding menus – if they don’t have your date, the don’t waste your time looking!
Wedding Budget - Since you already know your wedding budget (see part 1 of this series) you can dedicate more time at the wedding venue having what is called a site inspection and meeting with the sales team. They will explain all of the wedding polices, procedures and provide you with all costs associated with their wedding venue.
Wedding Caterer - Ask the wedding venue if their facility only offers in house wedding catering or do they allow outside wedding caterers on their property. Sometimes you can find a more reasonable wedding caterer but the venue charges a large fee to allow them on their property to prepare the food. Also, try to have the wedding venue provide all catering options to you on paper. This way you can both go back home, read through the information and make a well-informed decision.
As soon as you have selected your venue and wedding date, you can start to plan out your wedding day service providers. Good luck with your plans, and again, happy New Year!!
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