Engagement Ring

You’ve gotten what you dream of: the man, the future and now you just need the engagement ring! It won’t be just any ring because it symbolizes so much hope, love and commitment. Some brides prefer their grooms to pick out the engagement ring themselves but some like to give a little input.

We have a few engagement ring trends this year to watch out for!

You might be the kind of bride who likes a unique halo engagement ring. The halo effect has a row of gems that all point to the main event – the even bigger diamond in the middle. This style has been popular for a while and it’s easy to see why. It’s such an elegant setting and can be customized so much. You can decide the shape of the halo gems and the size of the middle gem.

Another engagement ring style is the colored gem accented ring. Having a colored stone accent makes your ring very unique and eye popping! You can stylize this type of ring so many ways – maybe you and your soon to be fiance have a certain gem you both think is special or means something to you. We think in 2017 there will be a more than one colored gemstone trend.

Or perhaps you are a bride who prefers a vintage engagement ring. Edwardian style rings are also quite popular. They are elegant, and beloved for their intricacy and beauty. You can have them handmade or vintage inspired. In a platinum setting these rings will shine from every angle and they’re so unique everyone will ask what the inspiration was!

 

The details of an Edwardian inspired ring are so intricate and delicate! Your ring is unique from every angle.

Whether you want a simple diamond or decorative style, your engagement ring should fit you! You’ll have to look at it for the next lifetime right? So why not fall in love with it!

Wedding Mistakes

We usually give brides tips on what TO do but today let’s go over some wedding mistakes to avoid! These aren’t deal breakers or bad etiquette but they are trends in 2017 that you may want to skip.

First, we can stop naming drinks. It was cute a few years ago but we’re getting tired of “Dantini” or “Georgeorita”. A signature drink can be fun but this year it’s time to stop the witty bar banter. You can feel free to serve artisan drinks, seasonal cocktails and top shelf liquor but we’d stay away from cutesy names.

Another wedding mistake is the “rustic” wedding. This theme of rustic can mean anything from twine, painted tree branches, burlap napkins to tee-pees and dream catchers. These elements can be fun but they are often not representative of the bride and groom. They hire a wedding planner and end up with kitschy instead of elegant. Unless you and your fiance are very much into living in tee-pees or want a barn ceremony then you might be best looking into more “mountain elegant” rather than call it rustic. The boho theme is also a trend that is on it’s way out – it goes hand in hand with “rustic” because it uses the same outdoorsy, hippie vibes.

Lastly, a wedding mistake to avoid is the clown car full of your bridal party. We know you have a hundred best friends but they don’t ALL need to be in the party car to the ceremony or reception! The focus needs to be on you the bride and your fiance. It’s fun to have all the important people in your life celebrate the day with you but leave the bigger crowds for the reception. The day goes fast but you can make time to greet and talk with guests at the reception.

So, once again, these aren’t faux pas but they are some wedding mistakes to think about. You can certainly do whatever you feel is best for your style and bridal party!

Bachelorette Party

It’s that time – the bachelorette party! Whether you’re the one planning it or you’re the bride for whom it’s thrown, the bachelorette party is the time to let loose and laugh a lot. We decided to go with a 50 Shades of Grey theme seeing as how the second movie, 50 Shades Darker just came out last weekend! What a perfect time for a little something sexy and daring!

You can do so much with this fun theme for a bachelorette party. You can make it as silly, scandalous or smoldering as you want! Our first idea is to fashion a room, whether it’s your house or you rent out a place, into a lux and decadent space. You can use glittery golds and grays to give it a sexy atmosphere without it going NC-17! Use pinwheels to decorate, use props from the books. Try having a delicious cake with icons from the book such as hand cuffs and a mask.

 

 

Another idea would be to have a sultry ice cream station along with the food! Your bride to be can load up on whipped cream and toppings. It gives the sweet to the salty!

You can even read from the book to spice up the bachelorette party! Why not take direct inspiration from the source? The 50 Shades is a trilogy so you can pick out any of your favorite parts. Extra points for role playing and voice acting! Any bride to be will be thrilled to have a little risk at her party – you can incorporate blind folds and whips for fun!

 

We hope you’ve got a spicy bride that loves thrills at her party.  But if you’ve got a bride who prefers more low key there’s a simpler way to party: rent out a row of seats in the theater for the girls and see the movie! You all can dress up in little black dresses, masks, silvery heels and big makeup! Any way you slice it, the bachelorette party is meant to be fun and no restraints! Feel free to touch on everyone’s wild sides!

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!

2017 Color

It’s that time – pick a 2017 color scheme! Every bride has certain colors she loves or knows that flatter her (and her bridesmaids we hope!) Color scheme can be simple from one over all color to having five. Color accentuates you and your groom’s personalities or traditions or can be just fun to play around with.

Natural, white and green is one of the top 2017 color schemes this year.

 

For this color scheme you are electing to go very garden/natural and it fits a wedding in the spring or summer! Pairing a bold green with two neutral colors makes your wedding palette pop. You can choose from hundreds of shades of green and beige to find the one that fits your style the most.

Another 2017 color scheme is mauve and gray.

For this color wheel you can be a bit more romantic. There are also a lot of varieties of purple and gray you can choose from. A deep purple for bridesmaid dresses to light gray suites for the groomsmen. Purple can even run as light as pink as shown above and pink can help bring together the more bold purples.

 

A third 2017 color scheme is navy, gold and coral. These are definitely more preppy colors but they also make great statements!

This color scheme can work if you’re on the coast or in the Midwest – it gives the wedding feel a classy, beachy sense. We love the pops of coral with the navy blue. Again, there are hundreds of blues you can choose from and the darker shade also makes it more masculine if your groom is worried about the wedding being to girly! Gold is always an elegant staple color and goes well with everything. What bride doesn’t want more gold to accessorize with?

No matter your style choices have fun picking out a color theme for your wedding!

Spring Trends

Brides to be spring trends are right around the corner! You may think it’s too late to be shopping for a dress if your wedding in the spring but not if it’s the right one. Spring trends 2017 are fabulous and here are some examples of what we’re seeing.

The first is dare to bare. We are seeing quite a bit of off the shoulder styles this year. This style embraces the bold bride – one who is unafraid to be sexy but tasteful. Off the shoulder is a great choice for those who want to show some skin but remain classy.

 

This style is sexy and romantic! It’s seen in both dramatic fashion or minimal.

 

Another spring trend we’re seeing are big bows! Use these decorative statement pieces to up the drama on your dress. They can be used as a show-stopping back bow or attached to jewelry. Bows can also be added to bridesmaids dresses for accents. Spring trends demand that the bows be used either a big, bold piece or a demure, sweet bow if that’s more your personality.

 

Bow 

And why not try a bow with some color?

Spring trends this year are a fun way to celebrate your wedding day. We are seeing a shift for bolder brides and there’s no shame in that! No matter your style for this spring trend we are loving the lavish bows and daring shoulders – dare to be different and make a statement on your big day!

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.