The After Party

This year we are seeing couples focusing on the “after party”! The after party is the late night portion of the reception. We love that brides and grooms are wanting to keep their special day going to the wee hours of the morning.

  1. The first way you can prolong the wedding reception is to be sure the venue allows the longer hours. You should call ahead and see if they also allow outside food in. Bringing in snacks like pizza, hot dogs, fries, mini hamburgers and milkshakes are fun for after the main course! You want to vary as well. If you served salmon as the main entree you’ll want to serve something unrelated for the after party!

 

2. The after party gives you a chance to change! You may love your dress to death but odds are it’s also huge, maybe heavy and flows all over. If you’re not that type of bride then consider rocking your dress all night. For others, think of how fun it would be to change mid scene! If you’re wearing a two piece dress you could even keep the top but put on some comfortable jeans or leggings with glitzy shoes. The after party dress is usually shorter but definitely still flashy. This is where you get to really personalize your style and wear something you might not even normally wear.

 

3. The after party will generate some cost so who’s paying? Since it’s a newer trend, there is no etiquette for this. If either family offers that’s great. Sometimes the couple pays for the extended hours. Or, perhaps, you have a very generous wedding party. You can keep costs down by closing the open bar too. It doesn’t have to stay open for the entire after party. In fact, depending where you’re having the reception, you may have to move locations altogether. The after party doesn’t have to be limited to your venue!

 

New Age Bohemian

Welcome to 2018 brides! We are taking a look at a trend for the new year: New Age Bohemian. This may sound like hippie nonsense but give it a try. The Bohemian look is going to replace all the rustic wedding trends we saw last year.

What entails a New Age Bohemian wedding? First, let’s look at where your guests will start – the invitations. Bohemian is all about florals, romance and non-fussy. We love a touch of elegant flower on your invitations to set the mood. You can set the tone you want depending on which flowers you choose and the color scheme. Romantic doesn’t have to mean all pinks or reds. If you’re a more dramatic bride you can incorporate plenty of dark greens and blues.

Let’s not forget where flowers are also a big hit – on a hair piece! The New Age Bohemian look is perfect if you are a bride who wants to wear flowers in her hair and dance barefoot. You can put together a lovely crown of flowers with greenery for both you and your bridesmaids.

The most important aspect, to go with this crown of flowers, is your dress. There are hundreds of Bohemian style dresses out there and we’ve picked out a top few! As an added bonus, the flowy, lacy dresses also look quite comfortable to wear.

Feel free to go all into the Bohemian wedding trend this year! We love that it is fun, elegant and romantic.

Hanging Flowers

As 2017 comes to a close we look forward to the new year! A surprising decor trend we love are hanging flowers. These beautifully put together decorations give your wedding a pop. But, how do you utilize hanging flowers?

We take a look at several options. First, is the hanging flower canopy which could be perfect if you are an outdoor bride. You can drape a canopy at the alter in the flowers of your choice and then accent them with garland, greens and sheer fabric. The hanging flowers give you a perfect backdrop for a romantic photo.

A second idea to use hanging flowers is hanging leis. This is a great tropical decor if you are a summer bride! We also love the versatility. You can use them as stand ins for chandeliers or table pieces. The hanging leis are a beautiful and light decoration that wont get in the way of conversation or block guests at the table.

The last idea for uses hanging flowers in your wedding is more rustic chic – adorn lanterns with flowers. We love the elegant feel of a lantern (even better if it has fake candles in it) that are decorated with blooms of your choice. You can use the lanterns inside or out. They could also be placed on the tables for center pieces but that would defeat the purpose of hanging decor slightly.

No matter what your style, it couldn’t hurt to think about using hanging flowers for your wedding. They provide stunning beauty that are sure to get your guests talking!

2018 Wedding Theme Colors

It’s never too late to start planning your wedding! We explore some of the color themes you should think about for next Spring.

  1. Dusty rose and Green. We love this color palette because it’s feminine enough if you don’t want pink. Rose can come in several shades from a romantic light to a dramatic, almost plum shade. You can dress these colors up or down. If you want a glamorous wedding the rose and green theme can work very well with the darker accents. We are also loving the natural look of a dusty rose and green if you’re a more rustic bride.

2.  Lavender and Lilac. For Spring 2018 we love this color theme because it’s so versatile. If purple is your favorite color then this is the palette for you! And if it’s not, you can still think about using a lavender accent. The shades of lavender run from a beautiful light, dusty color to a deep plum.

3. Dusty blue and red. This palette theme us usually used in the fall but they can work for spring as well! The dusty blue is more of a romantic shade than a sea/cerulean blue and won’t make your wedding look like something from Fourth of July or under the sea. The deep red is a very romantic hue. It can be used to accent your bouquet or bridesmaids dresses

Ideas for Announcing your Engagement

It’s the Holiday season and we have ideas for announcing your engagement! The holidays are a great time to tell family and friends your big news. It’s called the most wonderful time of the year so why not combine that with spreading the word about the engagement.

  1. We love the idea of surprising family. At a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner you could have guests write what they are thankful for on a leaf or festive paper. Then, at dinner, they can all read them a loud. Making yours about the engagement will be just the hint they need!

2.  Going out for pre-dinner drinks. If you and your new fiance don’t want all the attention at a family gathering consider going out for drinks and appetizers the night before. That way you don’t have the big announcement about your engagement putting pressure on the dinner. You can tell everyone at a local bar or favorite restaurant. You should be relaxed and enjoy telling people the news, not stressed and anxious about wedding planning.

3. We love taking a group photo as a reveal too! In the selfie age we don’t think it’ll be a problem to get everyone to agree to taking a picture. You can gather all the family and/or friends and as the picture is about to be taken hold up a sign that says “Save the Date” or “We’re engaged”. See who notices afterwards! If people are not noticing through their holiday drinking phase post the picture on social media.

4. Finally, we love giving gifts to everyone to announce your engagement! It doesn’t have to be big but if it’s near the Christmas season no one will think twice about receiving just a little something extra. We recommend buying one present in bulk like good quality chocolate, cheap cigars or jewelry for women. Inside the gift have a note presenting the save the date or engagement announcement.

Wedding Makeup Mistakes

Your wedding day is the day you’ll be photographed like the star you are! We have your back and here are some wedding makeup mistakes to avoid.

1 . Don’t try anything new. Your wedding day is not the time to try that new found some of these wedding makeup mistakes. dation or eye liner you’ve heard some big actress uses. Your wedding makeup should be products that you’ve tested and hopefully used before. Some brides hire professional makeup artists to help them on the big day. Their job is to make you look like yourself. Sometimes over doing makeup or trying that new thing can make you look unnatural.

2.  Going unprepared into your trial make up test. You will want to give yourself and/or your bridesmaids trial make up runs. If you don’t go into the test prepared you will waste time. Be sure to bring pictures of make up styles you like. You could also bring photographs of yourself in what you either like or dislike about your makeup. That way the makeup artist will be able to compile an accurate color palette for you. Also, don’t forget to wear white! It is a great idea to wear white in order to see what the makeup will look like against your dress. Or, if you are not wearing white, wear the color of your wedding dress.

3. Don’t wear lipstick or gloss. We love a lip stain instead. Lipsticks and gloss will rub off after a few hours or worse rub off leaving weird shapes on your lips. A gloss is also messy. It will stick to your veil if you are wearing one or it can rub off on your groom too! The gloss can also make your lips appear shiny and in pictures this will leave a glare and can make you lose definition.

4. Too much drama in your eyes. We know you want to look at least a little more glam than your normal self on your wedding day. However, black liner and shadow is usually too harsh for most brides to pull off. Think instead of browns, blues and deep purples. Those colors will soften the dark edge but still give you great depth to your wedding makeup.

Winter Wedding

Summer and Spring are the most popular times for weddings but maybe you’re wanting something different! A winter wedding can be just as magical as any other time of year. Your ceremony and reception will likely be forced indoors but you can create a dazzling setting inside with out weather worries.

You can do the tried and true snowy themed landscape to red flowers for a winter wedding. Think beautiful pine trees covered with snow or cozy lodge theme. Your winter wedding will not be a holiday party – it will be a chic, glamorous  event with your own style!

Even if you are in a location that doesn’t get those snowy winters be assured you can create one! It’s a great way to stand out among most weddings. You can bring the snow and chill to your venue with lights, decorations and ice sculptures. You can also have your invites created with your winter wedding theme with a little sprig of evergreen or rustic element that reminds people of being warm and in love!

Another way to stylize your winter wedding is to have a Christmas Tree with guests table place cards on. If you’re not into the religious theme then maybe think about a crystal candelabra or evergreen wreath! We love the idea of a softly lit tree – it doesn’t have to be Christmas – with festive ribbons.

A fun way to do the “get away car” is no car at all. Try a sleigh ride instead! We love the picturesque scene of a beautiful horse and your bridal part all around you! However you decide to do your winter wedding we suggest having fun. Winter weddings can stand out among so many summer colors. Who doesn’t love a good cup of hot chocolate and a celebration of love?

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Now that the autumn season is upon us the big question is: what do you wear to a fall wedding? The weather can be very tricky this time of year depending on where you live or where the wedding takes place. One day it could be 80 and sunny and the next stormy and 64. So, we have some great options for you to think about if you’re attending a fall wedding!

A lot of brides pick this season because it’s beautiful and the cooler temperatures don’t hurt either. For a fall wedding it’s great to wear layers. That way you can be comfortable during all parts of the day. We also recommend looking at the invitation to get an idea of the color scheme of the wedding. Or, if you know someone in the bridal party just ask what colors the bridesmaids are wearing. You wouldn’t to clash with them either.

Let’s take a look at some cheaper dress options if you are on a budget. Or, you might have more than one fall wedding to attend and you wouldn’t want to wear the same thing four times, would you?

First dress is lovely crimson colored dress with lace sleeves. This is a comfortable fit for most body types and it’s a striking color! The lace gives it a nice feminine touch as well.

A second option would be to go to the Rent the Runway site. You can rent high quality dresses for as little as $3o.  You get the option of a 4 day or 8 day rental. The downside is you don’t get to keep the dress but who needs the maintenance of a high end dress anyway?  Just be sure to take lots of pictures!

Whatever your taste is for a fall wedding you’ll do it in style! Let’s not forget that old little black dress in your closet either. That is perfectly fine to wear to a fall wedding – just glam it up with accessories and amazing shoes!

Surprises before the Wedding

You think you’ve prepared everything – the catering, DJ, guest list, venue, dress, bridal party and even a plan B if the weather is bad. But there are some surprises before the wedding that you may not have thought about. Let’s take a look at a few of them so you can be as prepared as possible!

  1. One of the surprises before the wedding is that the ten minutes before the ceremony are the most nerve wracking. You have spent so much time getting ready, having a few drinks (or not) and having a lot of fun with your bridesmaids. It’s easy to forget sometimes that now you have to walk down the aisle in front of family and friends! But, not to worry, just remember your better half is waiting for you and this is a day to celebrate. You might be anxious you’ll step on your dress or say the wrong thing but those are what make ceremonies memorable and personal.

2 . A second thing to consider as surprises before the wedding is that you may want some time alone. You’d think that this day is meant to be shared with everyone and you are obligated to greet and thank all your guests. That’s not wrong but you also might want to carve out just a few minutes for you and your new partner. You both have made a serious, life long commitment and it can be nice to just be alone for a moment.

3. Lastly, something that you already know but we want to mention is that it will never go exactly as planned. You can prepare for all contingencies but life is unexpected and chaotic. That’s what makes it beautiful too! So, if you embrace it and go with the flow we promise you’ll be happier. Ask yourself, is can this be solved easily? Does this affect my guests? Am I still having fun? If the answers are pretty to fix then just go ahead and enjoy your big day!

 

5 Ways to Decorate Tables

Hello Brides! We have 5 ways to decorate tables this week. Tables at your reception leave an impression and will be where your guests reside for a lot of the evening. You want to make sure to decorate tables in the style you want but that is also fun.

  1. If you’re a Disney aficionado why not try to decorate tables with some Mickey Mouse ears or fairy tale items!You can have each guests name on the hats or items as well to make it another way to personalize the tables. It’s a fun way to give your guests both a table place holder and something to take home.

    2. Mirrored glass vases. We love to decorate tables with mirrored glass vases because they’re elegant and also create the illusion of more space. The mirrors catch the light in a romantic way and you can put candles in the vases for even more light. Or you can put flowers and greenery in the vases.

     

    3.  Speaking of lighting we love the decoration scheme using three forms of light. You can use the table center pieces, floor lights and chandeliers from the ceiling to create the ambiance you want. The cool thing about floor lights is you can usually choose the color and have it change periodically!

     

    4. You can decorate tables with cute menu bags as well. The bag can contain a baguette or chocolate and on the bag you can put the menu for the reception or a beloved recipe! Guests will love having the course menu as well as the treat inside.

     

    5.  Lastly, we love to decorate tables with two tier pieces. They are grand and elegant but are also elevated enough that guests won’t have to try to look at each other through the center pieces. No one wants to constantly be shifting the table decor.