Hi, I'm April, nice to meet you! I am a Professional Makeup Artist and I have also worked as a floral designer for a little over five years. As a former employee of one of the elite floral services in the industry, I am fortunate to have received exceptional training in the latest trends of floral design. I have decided to start this blog for brides to share information with women about "Everything Wedding" while utilizing my skills as a designer. Within this wedding blog you will find examples of my work, pricing information in my online store, as well as advice for your upcoming nuptials. You can find articles about beauty tips and tricks, bridal dresses, wedding bouquets, wedding ceremony or reception décor, marriage advice and more in my blog. If you live in the Chicagoland or Northwest Indiana areas there is information about bridal makeup services too. Congratulations on your wedding and happy reading!
|Posted on November 13, 2019 at 4:50 PM|
When dressing your wedding party remember your bridesmaids will be exposed to colder weather! If you have them wear strapless or short dresses you must have a way for them to stay warm with either a shrug, stole, or boots. If you are going to take some photos in the snow, if possible have an indoor warming room and provide towels, blow dryers, and makeup on hand so that they feel warm and recovered. You should also have a supply of warm drinks and snacks just in case the temperature dips too low.
If you are planning to take photos in the snow, consider laying a clear vinyl sheet on the ground to layer between the snow and your wedding party. You want to keep them as warm and comfortable as possible. Keeping their feet dry is an absolute must! Another good idea is to have a stash of Hot Hands hand warmers for the groomsmen to keep in their pockets, and bridesmaids to hold next to their bouquets.
|Posted on November 12, 2019 at 4:05 PM|
Having much shorter days is a huge obstacle in having a winter wedding. So why should this matter for your wedding day? It's because your photographer will want to get as many photos as possible using natural lighting. Natural lighting always makes for better pictures and is preferred by photographers vs. artificial lighting. This is why it is extremely important that you talk with your photographer before you set a time for your wedding. You might also want your photographer’s input on the venue that you choose. Let them explore and help you decide what is the best type of location to capture your special day.
Some brides want to have the “first look” with the groom before the ceremony so that they can have a shorter transition between the ceremony and reception. Most are adamant that the first look should take place when the bride first walks down the aisle at the ceremony. Whatever you decide, you will need to plan for the majority of the pictures to be taken before you lose daylight. On the brightside, one of the cool advantages of having a winter wedding is that there are many props and scenes that can be used that are not appropriate or available during a spring or summer event. For example, a backdrop of snow allows for things like bright scarves, blankets, and vintage fur stoles to be used. These statement pieces really enhance the “winter” aspect of your wedding theme and make for unique and striking pictures.
|Posted on October 31, 2019 at 3:50 PM|
An ornament makes a perfect wedding favor, if you and your guests celebrate Christmas. An example of an inexpensive homemade favor is a pretty decorated tin of spiced hot chocolate or hot cocoa mix with marshmallows. Also, you can order snow globes, with a bride and groom inside, or a custom holiday cookie cutter with a cookie recipe attached that says your names, wedding date, and "truly cut out for each other". Or you can include decorated gingebread bride and groom cookies or ice them with wedding dresses and tuxedos. Another great idea is to decorate an extra-large basket and fill it with throw blankets. The throws can be in your wedding colors and tied with coordinating ribbon that has your names and wedding date printed on it. You can set it up next to a sign like in the picture below that says, "To have and to hold in case you get cold!"
|Posted on October 25, 2019 at 3:35 PM|
You should look for an inn with a fireplace for an intimate winter wedding. If your having a larger event, you may be able to book a historic mansion or private club that will still have intimate warmth. Unless you're getting married in a state like Colorado or New York that will have guaranteed snow during the time of your wedding, avoid a room that has a large picture window. You may imagine a backdrop of drifts of beautiful snow, and end up with a gray rainy day!
Be sure to ask if they use any seasonal decorations. You'll save money as many sites are already heavily decorated. Also, check to make sure that your wedding space will be adequately heated during that time. Old churches can be especially drafty during the winter months.
|Posted on September 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM|
The Crowdfunding Registry
Instead of building a list of physical items, register for something big—something you can’t put a name on. You can make it for a donation to a charity you really care about or contributions to a loved one’s medical expenses. People love to feel like they're part of a good cause. Whatever it is, a crowdfund might just be a hit! There are registries like Zola that let you set up a crowd gifting campaign so your guests can contribute to something you are passionate about.
The Honeymoon Registry
Perhaps the most conventional of the unconventional registry options is the honeymoon registry! A honeymoon registry asks your guests to make a financial contribution to your post-wedding getaway. They don't feel like they’re just forking over aimless cash, it's cash for a reason. Again they feel like they are are part of contributing to something. On sites like Honeyfund guests can choose which part of the vacation they want to fund. You can ask for a little help paying for everything from airfare, luxury hotels or romantic dinners and even outdoor adventures. It’s all online, it can't get easier than that!
The Gift Card Registry
You can create a registry for gift cards only! On Honeyfund, your wedding guests can send you gift cards to just about anywhere, from Target and Amazon to Starbucks and Victoria’s Secret. Your more old-fashioned guests may appreciate the opportunity to give you a gift card instead of cash. You can spend them however you wish. This is a great idea for couples who don’t have a lot of space to store bulky gifts because they may be moving into a new home soon.
The Homebuilding Registry
With getting married often comes moving in together or buying a house — which is exciting but expensive. With a registry like this, your guests can help you with things like your down payment, upgrades or home renovations. After all, a wedding registry is all about helping the newlyweds start their life together!
|Posted on August 10, 2019 at 12:55 AM|
Everyone has heard of the bride throwing the bouquet to a crowd of single ladies at a wedding. Yet very few people have heard of unlocking the bouquet. I hadn't either, but this is how it goes:
The MC makes an announcement inviting all of the single ladies to stand in the middle of the floor. All of the women gather around the brides bouquet that is inside a clear acrylic box with a chain around it and a padlock. The bride passes out a different key to all of the ladies but only one actually unlockes the box! You can place all of the keys in a velvet bag and walk up to each woman and let her draw her own key. This will ensure that it is not biased and you can not give a particular woman the winning key. Every woman is allowed to walk up to the bouquet box to try their key. Whose ever key unlocks the box gets to keep the bouquet. This little game is fun and interesting because it builds up a lot of suspense. It is safer because there is no risk of people falling or fighting over your bouquet!
|Posted on July 18, 2019 at 3:45 PM|
The biggest mistake when it comes to buying a dress for a wedding are ignoring your measurements. As women when we are in a store where there are offers of clothes or we see a garment that we like a lot, sometimes without thinking more than once, we buy it and when it comes to putting it on, we realize that it is either very tight or very loose. In order to choose the right dress for your wedding it is preferable that you take your measurments before buying. The mistake that 80% of brides frequently make when buying a dress is to choose a size smaller than they really are, wearing a dress that makes them look very tight and highlighting the stuffed and voluptuous parts of their body. Do not think that a week before the wedding you can lose weight and that you'll fit the dress that you had bought in a smaller size. Do not fool yourself and choose a wedding dress that fits. You have to wear it all day so you need to feel comfortable!
|Posted on June 9, 2019 at 2:45 PM|
|Posted on May 23, 2019 at 12:30 AM|
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|Posted on May 12, 2019 at 2:45 PM|
During a Civil Ceremony you are not permitted to have any music that is overtly religious. Even though today these rules are somewhat more relaxed than in the past, your Registrar will advise and vet your choices. There are many pieces of modern wedding music to choose from that doesn't have any religious association. You can choose classical music for your ceremony and have lighter pop music options during your cocktail hour and reception. Consider choosing two contrasting pieces of music that are a moderate length. The first should be contemplative while the guests enter and the second could hint at the celebrations to follow the ceremony. Choose something celebratory, when your guests leave, that can be heard alongside the happy throng. If your budget will allow it then choose live wedding music. It will feel much more personal and special. The most popular choices are harps, string quartets and pianists. You can also book them to stay during your reception and for your wedding photographs, drinks and hors d' oeuvre. Listed below are a few examples of popular classical music pieces played at wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Bridal March from ‘Lohengrin’ (Here comes the Bride) – Wagner
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – G F Handel
Ave Maria – J S Bach/C Gounod
Adagio – Albinoni arr. Giazotto
Panis Angelicus – C Franck
Wedding March – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – Mendelssohn
Toccata from Organ Symphony no 5- C M Widor
Alla Danza / Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’ – G F Handel