Winter Wedding

A winter wedding isn’t what most brides think of as ideal but we have a few ideas that might change your mind! Or perhaps you are a bride who loves the cold weather, the boots, jackets and best of all snow. There’s no working around super hot and sticky weather and you can get gorgeous pictures in winter time too.

For your color palette try not to over do the red and green or your winter wedding may end up more Holiday themed than you want. We love subtle accents of glitter like sliver and gold. You could do a white velvet runner up the aisle or satin is very elegant. Accents of plum and darker colors also really compliment a winter wedding theme. Your bridesmaids dresses don’t have to be heavy or covered up either – try having them wear cute mittens in the out doors photos or boots for snow!

For your winter wedding flowers you don’t need to stick the regular roses or calla lillies. Instead, try fuller flowers like hydrangeas or ranunculuses. They provide a still romantic feel but also add depth to your bouquet. These flowers are also perfect for dressing up with a simple white ribbon or greenery. You could try crystals as well for that frosted look.

Another thing to keep in mind for a winter wedding is the escort cards. If you’d rather not include holiday themes like sleighs or bells, try elegant hand calligraphed cards in silver or gold ink. You can decorate the entire table in glitter and snow accents to make them stand out! Also try hanging them from a crystal chandelier center piece.

A final great thing for a winter wedding is the cocktail hour! Instead of the usual foods you  think of like mini steaks or personalized drinks you can serve egg nog and white chocolate drinks. You can of course off the comfort drinks of warm apple cider and regular hot chocolate. Or why not have a hot chocolate drink bar so guests can make their own? If you’re a winter bride then don’t sweat the popularity of a June wedding – you get the amazing backdrop of snow and holiday magic!

 

Ceremony Backdrop

The ceremony backdrop is an often overlooked detail in planning a wedding! How do you envision yourself standing with your significant other? Are there flowers behind you, lights, fish tanks or arbor arches? The ceremony backdrop isn’t exactly the main thing brides need to focus on right away. First, you should pick out your venue where you’ll have the ceremony and go from there. If the space you chose allows props to be put up behind you that’s great! We have a few ideas that you might have thought of.

First, if you’re doing a winter wedding but don’t want the hassle of the cold try a projection of a winter wonderland behind you! It’s great for the ambiance of bare trees and snow.

You and your spouse might be travel enthusiasts and what better way to add that flare to your ceremony space with a world map? You can also add paper decorations like planes or cars. We love making a unique space that people haven’t seen before and that says something about you two as a couple.

Or, perhaps you are more of a fairy tale bride! A great ceremony back drop that adds great flare could be an open story book that starts with “once upon a time”. You can add greenery and glitter to make it sparkle.

Finally, maybe the ceremony backdrop is already gorgeous. Sometimes picking a venue is as much for space accommodation as it is aesthetics. If the space if gorgeous and already has the style you love then why change it? You could spice it up with ribbons and greenery if you want too but remember it’ll save you money if you don’t need to decorate the ceremony space and the reception space!

Do’s and Don’ts of Finding your Wedding Dress

The Do’s and Dont’s of finding your wedding dress can be daunting but we’ve narrowed it down to just a few! You might think you need to rush out and find that perfect dress but hold your horses. This should and can be a fun, exciting and glamorous adventure – not a crazy stressful situation.

The first Do’s and Don’ts of finding your wedding dress we want to share are the DO’s:

  1. Do take into consideration your body shape. We all would love to be a model with sky high legs and tiny waist but realistically if you don’t look like that now, you probably won’t on your wedding day. Take some time to really think about what flatters your body type like a well placed ruffle, silk, lace, what color of white or perhaps no white at all. The silhouette of the wedding dress should make you feel comfortable.
  2. Do bring your camera or phone to the dress appointment if the boutique allows them. This is because mirrors can’t capture all the angles and you want to look your best on the big day! That big bow on the back of your dress might look great from the side but from behind it might be atrocious. Feel free to call ahead at your planned venue and ask if they will allow a few snaps.
  3. Do try on as many dresses you feel the need. This is your wedding day not just a summer picnic. There’s no need to feel rushed or pressured to just try on a few. Dresses look different on the hangers than they will on your body. So, if you need to try on 30 dresses then that’s what it takes! On the other hand, you don’t need to be trying on dresses for “fun” that your cousin thinks are hilariously gaudy.

The Do’s and Don’ts of finding your wedding dress won’t be complete without some Don’ts:

  1. Don’t forget the top of your wedding dress. Many people forget about this and see only the fantastic hemline or giant skirt. The top of your dress will be in the most photographs so be conscious of what it looks like and what shape it gives you. You can also accessorize the top line of the dress to make it pop even more.
  2. Don’t schedule your dress appointment later in the day. The earlier the better! You’ll get fresh staff who haven’t had hours of dealing with picky brides. And, their merchandise won’t be as picked over. You are more likely to get the full attention of staffers and be less rushed earlier in the day. There is no certain weekday or weekend day that’s ideal but a random Tuesday morning versus a Saturday morning might be your best bet!
  3. Don’t try on too many dresses. We don’t want to be confusing here but you can suffer from wedding dress overload! It’s tempting to try on just one more to make sure you’ve picked the “right one”. The truth is, most brides find their perfect wedding dress in the first five they try on. They just need to make sure it’s the perfect one. There’s a fine line between picky and indecisive.

Alaskan Wedding

For you unusual, nature loving and perhaps a bit daring brides we love the Alaskan Wedding! The heat is boiling right now so why not think about a cool getaway? If snow and mountains are your thing then consider a destination to Alaska.

Alaska has been nicknamed the last frontier and it’s one of the last places you can truly get the rustic/nature experience. An Alaskan Wedding can be for those native to the area or if you simply have fallen in love with the mountain peaks and lakes. Wedding venues can be elaborate as huge log cabins with giant fireplaces and views of the mountains or a more simple outdoor setting.

You can embrace the ancient traditions of the Alaskan people as well which is a fun way to deviate from the normal traditional wedding! A lot of brides like to arrive to the ceremony in a kayak or boat rather than walking down an aisle. Additionally, you may want to opt for a ceremony in a large hut with a bonfire or outdoor venue. What’s more romantic than a fire and lanterns? An Alaskan wedding wouldn’t be complete without the stunning scenery. We are loving the unusual backdrop that you can find in Alaska. Many retreats or lodges offer great venues for both the ceremony and reception. We can’t think of anything more amazing than getting wedding photos under the Aurora Borealis.

For the fashion conscious bride strapless dresses are probably not a great option in an Alaskan Wedding. But never fear, there are plenty of great warm couture pieces to help with the cold. It will depend on the time of year you go to Alaska but most of the year prepare for colder than average temperatures. If you want a strapless dress then you can pick out a fabulous wrap or faux fur shrug to go over your shoulders. Even ankle boots are perfectly acceptable at an Alaskan wedding!

 

 

Bridal Makeup

Hello Brides! There’s nothing more important than your dress and groom but let’s not forget about your bridal makeup look. Makeup can be a scary world with so many products to choose from. There are thousands of make up artists as well that are out for your business. So how do you choose?

If you’re a low maintenance kind of bride you may want to do your own make up. There are a lot of great products on the market that you can use that are reputable for long lasting. Look for Laura Mercier, MAC or even some drug store brands like Maybelline or Cover Girl. If you’re on a budget the cheaper make up can be made to last long if you use a primer under it and a pore eraser. We love Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser. The pore eraser will smooth out your skin so the foundation and powder will give you a flawless, hours of wear look!

 

A big make up trend we’re seeing this year is the pink eye shadow and monochromatic bridal makeup. By matching your eye lids and lips color you are creating a soft, romantic look. Try letting your eye brows grow in to complete the look – bold brows and glowing skin are always in!

You don’t have to do monochromatic. If you’re a bold statement bride and want your bridal makeup to be colorful then try a red lip! We love orange undertones and a matte lip for this bridal makeup look. It depends on your skin tone but most of the orangey reds are going to compliment you.

Why not try these bridal makeup trends on your own first? If you decide you’re not up for the task then there are plenty of makeup artists who are! It’s also just a fun way to experiment with your look. Get a few of your bridesmaids for a makeup play day and vote on which palettes you love most.

Metallic Wedding

Hello Brides! We are loving the Metallic wedding accents and breezy metallic dress silhouettes this year. Metallics can range from gold, silver and all the shades inbetween. You will love the sparkle and glimmer they can add to a wedding!

Sparkly gold and silver gowns with metallic beading are gorgeous. They’re great for all seasons too. Metallic wedding accents can brighten up a winter wedding or add mystery to a fall wedding. A summer wedding wouldn’t be the same without sparkle! We also love the off the shoulder trend that is hot right now for wedding gowns!

Breezy skirts and flowing, airy material like organza and tulle are also great for a metallic wedding accent. They are the essence of a summer evening elegance. They are also materials that lend themselves nicely to a destination wedding since they pack up a little better than a full ball gown. Metallic wedding dresses are also great for a second look for the reception if you’d like more dazzle on your big day! They can be a little more informal but still glamorous.

Another way to incorporate metallic wedding accents is on your cake. We love the naked cake this year and a way to dress that up is to have metallic sheen on it!

 

The cake is the centerpiece at your reception so why not make it sparkle even more? The best part of metallic wedding accents is they go with any color scheme. The pop of silver or gold can really take your little details into suave and gorgeous. What other day is it perfectly appropriate to be over the top anyway? We love adding metallics to shoes, bridesmaid dresses or the food!

 

Pinterest Wedding Trend

Hello Brides! We’re sure you are no stranger to the Pinterest wedding trend and we’d love to talk about the hottest ones happening. Pinterest is a great place to get ideas and see what worked for people and what didn’t. We are seeing a lot of off the shoulder wedding dresses. This trend is romantic and a little bohemian! We love the off the shoulder look especially when paired with the other big Pinterest wedding trend: Statement earrings. The off the shoulder neckline leaves your ears and neck bare to be adorned with jewels.

Statement earrings can be anything from dramatic diamonds to long, elegant colored gems. We are loving vintage this season so even better if your earrings have a sentimental value. Necktie earrings elongate the neck and make a great statement.

Another Pinterest Wedding trend is natural hair. Brides are deciding to love themselves and their assets! We think going with your natural look is fabulous. Natural doesn’t mean messy or flat. You can have your stylist work with what’s best for your type of hair. If you’ve got a lot of volume then pump it up! If you’ve got thinner hair do beachy waves or accentuate with accessories.

No matter what your style Pinterest Wedding trends is a great place to get started! You can find several images and get creative with what you see for your big day!

Destination Wedding

For those bride and grooms who want a smaller, intimate venue and a breathtaking backdrop, then the destination wedding is for you! Some couples prefer to leave the hum drum of their home towns and go someplace new. There’s nothing wrong with wanting your wedding photos to include snow capped mountains, beaches or quaint European villages.

There are a few things to think about when planning a destination wedding. First, if you’re thinking of tropical be aware of the Zika virus threat. For anyone pregnant or trying to get pregnant this is a serious health hazard and they will not be able to go. Keep an eye on the places with Zika warnings. A lot of couples are having their destination wedding in Hawaii or Laguna Beach, California. Hawaii is a longer distance to travel but worth the no worries. Laguna Beach has all the perks of being tropical but with perhaps a shorter flight.

If you and your significant other don’t want sand in your clothes than how about someplace like Iceland or the Canadian Rockies? There are plenty of venues that accommodate wedding parties and have amazing views! You’d be asking your bridal party to go further if you plan a destination wedding in another country but maybe they could turn it into a mini vacation too. A lot of couples work with smaller resorts for a destination wedding. The resorts offer more customization and accommodation that will make your wedding easy!

Another touch for a destination wedding you can do is make a map and give out welcome bags! Your guests have traveled varying distances so give them a great welcome bag filled with fun stuff and essentials like Advil, band aids, Pepto or brochures for things they can do around the area. Your custom map can also help with that. If you know the area well you can point out spots for kid friendly activities and adult fun.

Wedding playlists

After the ceremony it’s time to let loose and here’s where your wedding playlist comes in handy! You want your day to be elegant, amazing and stylish. It can also be a super awesome party with the right music! We hear that Christina Perry’s “Thousand Years” is still quite popular and will of course be topping a lot of couple’s dance floors or ceremony aisles.

Here is a list of the top 10 songs for 2017:

  1. Beyonce “All Night”
  2. Emili Sande “Breathing Underwater”
  3. Digital Farm Animals “Only One”
  4. Taylor Swift “I don’t want to live forever”
  5. DJ Snake and Justin Bieber “Let me Love you”
  6. Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  7. Rihanna “Love on the Brain”
  8. John Legend “Love me Now”
  9. Dua Lipa “Blow your Mind”
  10. The Weekend ft. Daft Punk “I Feel it Coming”

Your wedding playlist is the time where you can pick personal songs that mean a lot to your and your now husband or let your guests request songs from the DJ. If you elect not to have a DJ the orchestral musicians are certainly familiar with popular tunes. Give them fair notice that you’d like certain songs played and ask if they do pop music. It can be a great twist on familiar tunes for a three or five piece orchestra to play them!

We love the usual artists for weddings of course like Beyonce, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Lady Gaga! There are some wedding playlist songs that are classics for a reason. A wedding playlist can also be a cute favor to give away to your guests. You can compile a CD of your favorites and give them to your friends and family as a way to remember your big day! Your wedding playlist is a time for you and your fiance to have fun and pick songs that you want played at your reception.

Chinese Wedding

Chinese Wedding

A culture clash doesn’t have to happen at a Chinese wedding! We have a few tips for those who don’t know how a Chinese wedding proceeds or don’t want to be surprised when they go. No one wants to embarrass themselves or the happy couple on their big day. You may be very familiar with Chinese traditions and it’s never impolite to help that person looking “lost” in the corner!

First, you may be expecting to go to a traditional ceremony and watch the bride and groom take vows. In a Chinese wedding this does not happen in front of people. The couple will do their vows at a local governmental office before the wedding and have the paperwork done there. So, you are attending the celebration of their marriage at this point.

Second, in a Chinese wedding tradition pictures are usually done before the celebration. The bride and groom will likely take pictures around their venue, in the city, or popular sites. The wedding album doesn’t usually contain actual photos of the ceremony. These pictures are taken in advance so they can be displayed at the wedding breakfast! This is a great idea since it takes the pressure off the actual wedding day and guests can see the happy couple’s photos all over the reception area.

The third thing you’ll most likely notice is a different color scheme than other weddings. Red is the color of fortune, fertility, love, loyalty and honor. It is used liberally in a Chinese wedding theme and the decorations and bride’s dress are usually red.

Gold is another color you’ll see in a Chinese wedding. This color represents fortune and wealth. White is a color not used in a Chinese wedding because it is associated with funerals. Dark colors such as black, gray or blue are also not usually used because they are considered unlucky.

A Chinese Wedding can be a lot of fun and something totally different from the “traditional” American wedding. Have an open mind and enjoy all the beautiful colors and culture!