Bridesmaid dresses

You’ve asked all your best friends or sisters to be in your wedding but now what? The dreaded bridesmaid dresses! Some people are reluctant bridesmaids because they’re obligated or spoil sports. As the bride you can help alleviate some of that stress by what you decide they should all wear.

Bridesmaid dresses can range from ball gown to boots and jeans. We’re sure all your bridesmaids are models and would look exactly like the pictures in the catalogs…Or they’re people with bodies that work hard for them and are of all shapes and sizes! As the bride you should definitely be aware of who’s in your party and what their body types are. Maybe give them a color or style of dress but leave the details to them like straps, no straps, belt or no belt. Some women are larger up top than others and will not feel comfortable in strapless gowns.

It may be easier to ask your bridesmaids what they do not feel comfortable with rather than what everyone wants. Bridesmaid dresses come in all sizes so that shouldn’t be a problem. But some maids may feel shorter is something they’d rather not wear. To make things less complicated and to keep you from pulling your hair out try selecting a designer and color you like. Then, let the bridesmaids pick among the style choices in that range. It can keep everyone on track and also feel their comfort levels are being taken into consideration.

Bridesmaid dresses can also be easier if you try Brideside, a site that lets you choose 3 styles you like, are shipped to your house and you get to try them on! They have consultants who can organize your bridal party as well and thus alleviate some stress off of you. They understand your girls have actual body parts that sometimes don’t cooperate or look good in certain styles. We recommend you tell your girls to give those dresses a good shake and jump too! You never know how the dress will hold up dancing versus just standing or walking. You and your bridesmaids can have a lot of fun picking dresses that will compliment them and make you the center of attention on the big day!

Unique Venues

You’ve been to those cookie cutter weddings where everything seems like it’s a repeat of the wedding before. But, unique venues are not as hard to find as you might think! You want unique venues to not only make your day extra special but also one your guests will remember!

First on our list is the Lacuna Artist Lofts located at 2150 South Canalport Avenue, Chicago. If you want an amazing view of the cityscape if you’re looking for a unique venue that offers space outside. You can get hitched on the rooftop or inside in one of the four art gallery rooms. The outdoor deck is 5,000 square feet and can accommodate 200 guests. It’s the perfect place for your artsy side and also capturing the city that you love!

Our second pick for a unique venue is a hop away in Elkhorn,Wisconsin called Camp Wandawega! Remember those great camp memories when you were a kid or maybe you never got the experience. Now’s your chance. In 1925 it was used as a speakeasy but these days it’s being used for wedding weekends!

Guests get to stay in cabins or teepees and enjoy all that camp has to offer. There are swimming, rope climbing, stargazing and all with the luxury of access to booze!

The camp Wandawega experience will bring out the hippie in all of you! It offers fun outdoors activities to entertain families and also romantic lakeside spots for couples.

 

Our third unique venue is Thalia Hall located 1807 South Allport Street, Chicago. This building was designed to resemble the Prague Opera house and what better space to hold a wedding and feel like royalty?

The space is beautiful for any decor or theme you’d like! It can accommodate 250 seated guests and after the night’s over guest can go down to the basement the Punch House for more fun!

Wedding Decor

It’s nearly Springtime brides! If you’re a June bride or later it’s time to start thinking about your wedding decor! We hunted down the top four wedding decor trends for 2017 and here they are.

Number one is : Paper decor. Give us a moment here – you may be thinking paper? That’s cheap and not classy but wait, it can be! Paper decorations can range from table toppers to flowers. They can be less expensive than actual flowers depending on how many and how intricate you want your paper wedding decor.

Check out the Paper Source for sales and deals on paper decorations.

Number two is Greenery and Rustic wedding decor. You may not be a “rustic” bride but you can still use these touches to your advantage. Guests will love a clean, nature feel with decorative greens mixed in with flowers. You don’t have to use a barn door but sometimes a well placed lantern or piece of drift wood looks elegant and jazzes up a regular old space.

 

We love a simple sprig of greenery for a spring or summer wedding. It can even be something as simple as put on a plate!

Number three on our list are hanging and tall wedding decor. These can range from chandeliers to giant center pieces. They are also perfect for a summer or outdoor wedding since they can make a big statement!

The hanging wedding decor can also incorporate the greenery theme from before.

 

Finally, number four on our list of trending wedding decor is color! The all white wedding is out and you are free to use color to whatever advantage you want. You may pick a few colors that compliment each other or two diverse opposites! We love this lavender and pink color scheme.

The colors are bold and beautiful making the room pop. You can also incorporate light color into your reception hall as shown above. The tall wall lights illuminate the space for a cozy, romantic atmosphere.

Wedding Date

You’ve got the groom, the family is on board and you know who your bridal party is but now the important question: when is the wedding date? It may seem like a simple question and one that you don’t have to think about for a while. That is true to an extent; enjoy the engagement period. Let yourself bask in the ambiance of your amazing ring and daydream about what could be. But then get down to business and pick a wedding date so you can get those save the date cards out!

 

The wedding date may be easy for the two of you – a significant day/time you’ve already thought of or an existing anniversary of someone or something important to you. However there are some things to think about. Look ahead in your personal calendars and see if there are personal days that would interfere. Look for family weddings, college/high school graduations, friend’s anniversaries or festivals in your city.

Another thing to watch out for are holiday weekends such as Labor Day, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day. These weekend holidays are great because you automatically can get a Monday off but you need to think of your guests as well. They may not want to spend an entire holiday weekend around your wedding. They probably have family traditions they’d like to honor. And there’s the expense. If you’re thinking Valentine’s day beware the extra charges in floral cost.

You also need to be aware of cultural holidays like Easter, Palm Sunday, Tisha B’Av, Rosh Hashana and Hanukkah to name a few. You may not be particularly religious but if you’re planning to be married in a church venue there could be some restrictions on time. A final wedding date you should keep in mind is more superstitious – the unlucky wedding date! The Ides of March, any Friday the 13th or leap year. You may not have any objection to these dates and that’s fine with us but just things to think about!

Dress Shopping

Today we have a few wedding dress shopping tips for you eager brides! We all have that crystal image in mind of the bride going to the dress store and adored by everyone around her. Let’s stop the dress shopping fantasy right now. While dress shopping can be fun, exciting and inspiring we have some cautionary tips so you don’t get disappointed!

First, wedding dress shopping is tiring – exhausting even. We recommend limiting appointments to 2-3 per day. That way you’ll have time to try on all the dresses you want and not feel rushed. Trust us, it’s a little like mall shopping except you can’t exactly return your wedding dress as easily!

Second, the dress you dreamed off might not be the one you find is the best! We’re sure you have dreamed of the perfect ball gown with poofy skirts and tulle but once you try one on it may not be what you want. The puff may not flatter your body or the accents might be wrong. We recommend listening to the professionals even it seems they’re crazy bringing you a mermaid cut dress. Just try all on all options and you might be surprised!

Third, you don’t have to buy accessories all at once when dress shopping. It might be tempting once you have the dress to get the shoes, veil, belt, or any other accessories right away. But, let yourself breathe and shop around. You might even be able to get the accessories cheaper somewhere else. Sometimes the veil is complimentary with the dress and that’s great if it’s the one you want! But if it’s not quite right keep your eyes open.

 

Wedding dress shopping should be fun for you not like pulling teeth. Enjoy the process of trying on beautiful dresses!

Wedding Trends 2017

Welcome to 2017 brides to be!

With a new year come new trends – or possibly repeats of old trends. Either way let’s take a look at some of the awesome wedding trends 2017. One of the first is color. This year color pops seem to be the way to go versus an all white wedding. Take a look at the Knot for some ideas on color combinations! Depending on the time of year you can custom create colors that will wow your guests.

 

 

A second wedding trend 2017 we’re seeing is elaborate entrances! Go wild with over the top decor and impress guests on their way to the reception. You can organize a flash mob with your wedding party, arrive in a helicopter or boat, arrive in a shower of rose petals or stage a grand entrance in your venue! The possibilities are endless. You can even think about using unique entertainment at your reception like a fire starters!

 

And finally for wedding trends 2017 we are seeing a rise in destination weddings! Try getting away from your hometown and go someplace exotic like California, Hawaii, Alaska or anywhere that’s out of the norm. You can also try off the beaten path places like Italy or Iceland. Depending on how many guests are important to you to attend, a destination wedding can be fun for everyone and let all your guests enjoy a mini vacation as well!

Prioritizing Family

Prioritizing with Family
Congratulations on your new engagement! Prioritizing family as a new bride-to-be can be stressful since you have a lot of decisions to make in the near future. Welcome to the exciting, fast-paced, chaotic, and busy world of wedding planning. Time is of the essence when it comes to planning a wedding and as cliché as it sounds, the early bird truly gets the worm.
First thing is first. You must decide what kind of wedding you and your significant other want. Is prioritizing family something you both agree is important? Do you have kids from previous marriages? The best way to gauge this is not only a discussion with your fiancé, but it is also helpful to include either set of parents – that is if they are involved or you want them to be involved. Determining the type of wedding you desire will play into everything else for your big day. Is a Sunday afternoon backyard BBQ or a Saturday evening country club wedding more the style you imagine?
Eating pulled pork sandwiches with red and white checkered table clothes lining picnic tables and Chinese lanterns glowing above your or golf course views in a giant ballroom illuminated by canned lights in your wedding color palette. So many choices…so little time.
As you can see, there is a pretty vast difference between the two soirees mentioned above. A backyard BBQ could quite easily cost less than $5,000 while a country club wedding may as well have another zero added to the earlier figure. Perhaps as much as $50,000. Aside from budget, which is a topic for another day, there are four major decisions that must fall to the top of your priority list. These four are the most crucial aspects to discuss at your family meeting include the following:
– Ceremony location
– Reception location (this may be the same location as above)
– Photographer
– Music
To secure these four, possibly two areas/vendors, you need to have a date in mind. Will you have your event during high wedding season (i.e. May through October) or off-season (i.e. New Year’s Eve bash)? These are all things to consider and should be some of the first decisions made. Prioritizing family in all these decisions can be easy if both sides of the family are willing to do whatever it takes for you both to have a great wedding day. If not, just remember that this both of your days and you can do things that make you comfortable, not the other way around.

Family trouble

Family Trouble

 

Family trouble can pop up in any wedding situation when two people decide to merge their families and traditions. With the holidays coming up we will address some ways to cope. There are always two sides of the situation. Perhaps your fiancé’s family you are the problem.  Maybe they view you as not ambitious enough, or domestic, or whatever. However, their son chose YOU. And, they will be stuck with YOU for the rest of their lives as well. It might not be an ideal situation but family trouble can fade over time.

You might not know the reasons why they are not fond of you, but you can definitely feel the tension and uneasiness when you are around. They may bring up your fiance’s former girlfriend (a lot) in your presence or ignore you at family functions. The good news is that you can try and work through that – you will be around for a lifetime. Hopefully they will be welcoming you with open arms and not folded ones. Some ways to get in your this “person’s” good graces is to always be graceful, appropriate and the bigger person. This is hard but in the long run it can save your marriage.
Maybe his parents take shots at you. You know, little digs, here and there. Which, is not cool, but rise above that nonsense! Never stoop to the level of immaturity that they might. Take the high road if possible. Do nice things for them. Whether it’s take them to lunch, send a hand written note (just because) or to thank them fora gift, gesture, or whatever…they will take notice. And if they don’t, that’s their prerogative and you’ll still be the classy person.
If you feel comfortable enough doing so ask them to meet with you sans your fiancé. Ask them why your relationship is not as close as you would it to be, and if there is anything you can do to win their approval. Sometimes putting them on the spot will immediately solve the situation.Other times they may be obstinate and your fiancé may have to step in to say something. But, first thing is first, show them you aren’t afraid of them, you love their son, and you want to make this work.
It might not be overnight, but family trouble is a common thing in marriages. Most of the time it can be solved with simple communication and understanding. Hopefully, they will come to their senses and love you as much as your significant other does. There is a reason why you two are getting hitched- they should realize that!

Wedding Budget

Wedding Budget
Here are more wedding budget tips for you! Remember, your wedding day is just ONE DAY but you could be paying for it for many days after. It should be beautiful, memorable, and most of all suit your style and taste. However, brides (and grooms) can go overboard if not kept within budget. To continue on
with our wedding budget strategies, here are five ways to keep you in check.
1) Wedding Attire
Would your groom feel more comfortable in a custom suit versus a tux? He could end up paying less and will have a suit to last him a lifetime(or at least until his waist band expands!) Do you require your wedding dress to be couture, or would you consider buying a dress off a site such as Pre-owned wedding dresses. Many people sell their dresses, veils, shoes, and other accessories after the big day because they feel like they could help out another bride-on-a-budget and could probably use the cash too!
2) Flowers & Other Décor
Some brides opt to use alternatives to fresh flowers for a unique twist on wedding décor. You can find great options through rental companies such as candelabras, votives, frames,vases with floating candles, and much more. However, let’s say you do want to use flowers in your wedding – using silk flowers gives you the same result, but also won’t wilt or die on you. Some flowers are very fragile
and cannot withstand harsh elements. You could end up saving a lot of loot if you choose silk versus fresh flowers in centerpieces.
3) Invites
In this modern day and age, a majority of people have access to the Internet, smartphones, etc.
Some couples will opt to go paper-free for their wedding and send their invites online using such services like Evite. Sending things electronically also means you do not have to pay for postage!
4) Music
DJs and bands can cost a fortune. With iTunes and other music sources, people can opt to create their own party list and simply press play. If you think you might miss out on the lasers, fog, and up lighting your reception hall may have this option as an up charge. Otherwise, there are vendors who simply offer services such as this and give good deals.
5) Pictures / Video
Pictures last a lifetime. However, they can sometimes be on the pricey side. If you have a friend whom is an amateur photographer, ask if they would be willing to photograph your wedding. Other small business photography businesses tend to give better discounts rather than the“cookie cutter”big-name companies. Sometimes you can negotiate and strike up a deal!
We hope these tips give you a better idea on how to prioritize, strategize, and budget your big day. Wedding budget doesn’t have to be stressful if you plan a head a few steps.

Unsupportive Families

Unsupportive Families Part I
Thanksgiving is right around the corner so now’s the time to address unsupportive families. Your parents don’t approve of your fiancé. We’re not just saying boyfriend, but fiancé. It’s crunch time before the wedding and plans are in motion…yet, Mom and Dad aren’t big fans of Mr. Right.
So, how do you deal with unsupportive families? Does this affect your decision to move forward with a marriage? Basically, do you choose your man over your family? Perhaps, they think he could be a snazzier dresser or have a better haircut. Maybe they’re not crazy about his family,his paycheck, his car. Or maybe they fell in love with the navy officer you dated in college and feel no one else will ever compare. Whatever the reason, and despite how happy you are to be engaged, your parents have yet to embrace their future son-in-law (though at this point, you’d settle for an acknowledgment of his existence). In this situation, the hardest part of planning your wedding may be the one thing you can’t control: your parents.
1) Be Up Front
Tell your parents that you would like them to be part of our day, but that their involvement is their choice. A decision to respond in a proactive-rather than reactive-way to your parents help keep things in perspective.
2) Keep Your Chin Up
A positive attitude will be your best defense against your parents’ snide comments or chilly indifference. Before these things make an ugly dent in your earnest enthusiasm, develop a motto with the staying power to get you through. Repeating a mantra, something that keeps you calm and focused, can be the quickest way back to sanity. Unfortunately, when you are an adult, your parent’s don’t always know what is best for you. You do. Live your life and hopefully your parents will be proven wrong about your “big mistake” on marrying Mr. Not Good Enough. Unsupportive families can sometimes come around when they see how good it is for you.