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Fall Wedding Trends

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 3:35 PM

If you're planning a fall wedding later this year than this info isn't coming a day too early! Denim jackets, burgundy suits and balloons, yes balloons have taken over fall wedding decor. Burgundy is the new navy for grooms' suits because it can be paired perfectly with the next popular color, which is orange. Many grooms are really pumping it up by choosing velvet fabric. When the temperature gets cooler across the regions, fall brides will be expected accessorize their wedding dresses with an unexpectedly chic item, a denim jacket. This mix of high and low fashion is going to be one of the popular fall 2019 wedding trends for a rustic themed or outdoor venues. As for using balloons, they are making their way from birthday parties to wedding receptions. But the end result can look surprisingly stylish while providing a hint of whimsy. They provide a unique element that will wow any wedding guest.

All About Planning A Christmas Wedding!

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 11:50 AM

First the colors...

When you think about Christmas that natural colors that come to mind are red and green, so let's go with it! Most likely your venue (especially if it is a church) will already be decorated in red and green for other events and holiday parties. But don't feel limited to using these colors. Other possibilities, which will work with existing decorations, include:

  • silver and white
  • silver and light blue
  • burgundy, forest green, and gold (these tend to be bolder colors, best used as accents)
  • gold and cream

About the cake...

A popular wedding cake design for a Christmas theme is having each tier look like an individually wrapped gift. You might also do a take on a buche noel or yule log, with a tiered chocolate cake that has holly – either real or made of gum paste – cascading down the side. You can use marzipan, which is an almond paste used in many holiday desserts, or red velvet as a filling.

Suitable invitations...

You need the style of the invitations to reflect the season and your theme, but you don't want it to look like a holiday card. So ditch any kind of  folded cards, choose a traditional card that is thick and white, with a border and engraved or thermo-graphed text. You can use the border to highlight the Christmas wedding theme by using white snowflakes, an elegant holly trim, or a drawing of a poinsettia in that space.

Mail your invitations a bit earlier - about 12 weeks before the wedding date beacuse people make plans for the holidays early, and often have many parties and events to attend during that time of year. I also suggest mailing "save the date" cards in addition to the invitations, which will ensure that your most important guests will be able to attend.

What the bridesmaids should wear...

The obvious bridesmaid look for a Christmas wedding is long dresses with shrugs or capelets and a big faux-fur muff. But you can dress them in your wedding colors, give them long wraps or sparkly accessories, all of which will tie back to your theme. Use jewelry as an opportunity to highlight your wedding colors as well. Choose earrings and necklaces that are dainty so it won't be too overwhelming, but adds a punch of color to the dresses so they'll stand out.

The Bride should wear...

A Bride's dress for a Christmas wedding shouldn't be that different from any other kind. Wear the one that flatters you most, you can top it off with a long red velvet cape. Or go with the trend of color in wedding dresses by adding an embellished red, green or other colored silk sash to the waist of your gown. You could also seek a dress with lots of sparkly beads and sequins to evoke the snowiness of the season. And of course, you should wear a faux-fur wrap and muff to complete the look.

It's all about the decorations...

Flowers are usually more expensive at this time of year, you have to be a bit more creative. You can display mirrored platters with pillar candles and sprigs of holly for an elegant and romantic look. Purchase some ornaments in bulk online, and create centerpieces of glass bowls or vases of ornaments and lights. For a simple but elegant look, put pots of poinsettia with a ribbon trim in the center of each table. Use tall white branches and white Christmas trees for added decor to spill the venue space. Today there are more higher quality products available to simulate fake snow instead of the tacky fake snow from way back when. Set candles or small flower arrangements in the middle of some snow. For a special touch, use fake snow instead of an aisle runner. Or, you can always hire a snow-making machine to really make your Christmas wedding a winter wonderland!

Hottest Bridal Color Of 2018 Is?

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 3:15 PM

And the color is......   PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet! If this color is too much for you to handle, you can always incorporate various shades of purple in your wedding and still be cool. Check out the link below to Pantone's website for more information.


Make Your Wedding A Royal Wedding

Posted on May 31, 2018 at 11:35 AM

Just a few weeks ago the entire world stopped and watched the magical wedding of the new Duke & Duchess of Sussex. There are many British traditions that you can incorporate into your own wedding. From your guests dress attire to the type of wedding cake you have, your wedding can be just as royal as Prince Harry and Meghan's event was. Here are some custom details that can be incorporated into your wedding day that will have everyone saying that they too have attended a royal wedding!

It seems as though the most important thing that royal weddings are remembered for are the hats (or better known as fascinators). As guests arrive, the focus will be more on the women's hats more so than the outfits that they wore! If you think that the hat idea would be too distracting, they can be incorporated into your bridal shower. Throw a regal teal party and indicate on the invitations that each lady is to wear their best "royal hat". Those pictures would be precious for years to come!

In America our tradition is serve decorated cakes that are two, three or more tiers. It is tradition for royal weddings to serve fruit cakes. Yes you just read this right, FRUIT CAKE! If you would rather not swap out your swanky seven - tiered wedding cake for your Grandma's favorite confection, there are other ways to incorporate it in your wedding. Serve slices of fruit cake as a dessert option during the reception or have mini fruit cakes as your wedding favors. You can customize them with a sticker that includes the Bride and Groom's name, wedding date or even your picture. Or you can have the bakery make the grooms cake a fruit cake.

The dinner and the speeches are the main focus of a royal wedding reception. Sometimes royal weddings can last up to 14 hours! The speeches are traditionally made by important groomsmen. If you like this concept opt for a formal, multi course sit down dinner and and ask your friends and family to give longer than usual speeches.

Personal vows are not recited at royal weddings. It is tradition that the couple recite the same vows that have been recited by all the Kings and Queens for centuries. Google the royal vows and recite them at your wedding ceremony for a special royal touch.

You absolutley must have pageboys to carry the train of your dress for the ultimate royal way of weddings! How cute would that be to have little boys accompany you down the aisle while performing this special and very important task.

It is tradition that the royal couple design their own wedding stationary. In America, couples usually hire a professional company to do that for them. When you choose your invitations and other stationary think "regal" instead of "pretty". Choose high quality paper and a design that is formal and classy and that has the colors silver or gold on it. Remember that your invitation is like a first impression. It will set the tone of your event in your guests minds so make all choices carefully.

Comfort Ideas For Uncomfortable Wedding Temperatures

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 3:35 PM
When you plan an outdoor wedding you have to consider what the weather will be like during the day and month of your event. Will it be sunny and hot? Don't leave your guests uncomfortably melting! Have the ushers pass out ice-cold bottles of water to your guests as they are seated. You could print your wedding programs on fans so that the guests may use them to cool themselves. Don't forget to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well. If your wedding is going to be at a warm location, look into renting large electric fans (and generators if needed) and a tent for shade from the sun's harmful rays. Since alcohol is dehydrating, consider serving a variety of lemonades, teas, and punches. Be sure to have plenty of ice and water stations around the ceremony and reception areas as well. For a fancy cocktail, why not serve a classic mint julep or a mojito? The mint will refresh and cool your guests. If the weather will be cold and damp such as in the early spring or late fall, make sure you tell guests that so they can wear extra layers. A simple xeroxed insert in the invitations will do. You might want to have folded lap blankets in your wedding colors on hand or rent some portable heaters.

Overcome Spring Wedding Weather Disasters

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Have you thought about what you will do if it starts to rain? The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor backup location as well. Many couples plan to have their ceremony outside and the reception inside. In an instant, the tables can be moved to the back of the room during the ceremony. A tent is another good option, but only for light to moderate rain and they are not meant to withstand heavy storms.

Heavy rain will leave the ground soaked underneath, that will leave your guests with soggy wet and muddy shoes. Make sure that the tent you rent is sturdy enough so that it won't flip over and that the sides are thick and weighted. The wind is another issue for many weddings. Avoid wearing light fabrics like chiffons and china silks in your dress and the bridesmaid dresses. During the trial appointment with your hairstylist, tell he or she that you'll be having an outdoor wedding so that an appropriate hairstyle can be planned. Men in the wedding party should use pomade or other styling products. Include a printed insert in your invitations that indicates that your wedding will be an outdoor event so that your guests can plan accordingly.

Love Notes

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 12:45 AM

Regardless of when or where you leave a love note for your spouse, writing the note and taking time to find a unique place for it says loudly that you are still very much in love with your spouse. The perfect love note to have are your wedding vows. If you write them on something special, like in a vow book, both of you will have each others love notes for years to come.

"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body."                - Proverbs 16:24

Here are some guidelines on how to write the most important love note you may ever write. These tips can be used for writing your wedding vows or for a note if you are already married.

- Before you get started, you should create a loving atmosphere. Play your favourite music; preferably, something restful and soothing, or a song that you both love.

- Place a picture of your husband or (husband to be) in front of you. This will help you focus your mind on him and you'll find it easier to express yourself as if you were actually talking to him.

- On a separate piece of paper, make a note of all the things that makes him special to you. Think of at least three of his unique qualities and include them in the note. Mention more than just physical attributes. Include some of his emotional and spiritual strengths. If the letter only refers to his looks that might sound lustful rather than genuinely appreciative.

- When you re-read the note, ask yourself: would I feel comfortable reading this again in five years? Feelings can change and if you give too much away now or write about the wrong thoughts, it could embarrass you for years to come.
- Write a rough copy of what you want to say first. This gives you the chance not just to check for mistakes but also to think about rephrasing or toning down anything you might not have expressed very well. This is very important because love letters are the most thoroughly read and re-read letters of all time. They're also kept the longest.
- Do not use explicit language. This language is ok for the bedroom but is not not suitable for a love letter.
- When the letter is finished, put it away for a couple of days and then look at it again before giving it, just in case you need to revise something you've written.
- For an ultimate romantic touch, lightly spray the back of the note with your favourite perfume before sealing the envelope.  A scent connects us to a person in a way nothing else can.

- Give it to him or hide it in a place that you know he will find it. Sit back and watch his response!

Ideas For Multiple Flower Girls

Posted on April 15, 2018 at 12:35 AM

When we think about flower girls and ring bearers in a wedding, the more, the merrier! There's nothing more precious than a cluster of little ones going down the aisle before the bride makes her grand entrance. Many brides often wonder, in addition to dropping the flower petals, what are some other duties they can do instead? If your going to have multiple flower girls in your wedding, you can have one girl toss the flower petals and the others can do one of the ideas below. 

  •   Ask one flower girl to carry a sign that says "Here Comes The Bride".
  •   Ask one or two flower girls to walk behind you and carry your train.
  •   Ask your florist to create a garland of flowers and ask two flower girls to each hold one end and walk together down the aisle.
  •   Ask the extra flower girl (or girls) to carry the bouquet that will be presented to your mother-in-law. 

My Top 5 Wedding Venues In Chicago

Posted on October 8, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Venue One (venueonechicago.com)

Downtown Chicago is home to the contemporary and stylish, Venue One. This accommodating venue goes above and beyond to make sure every aspect and detail of your wedding is perfect. Sweeping skyline views bring a dazzling vibe to your event. Modern, trendy, and stylish weddings are what Venue One is known for and they continue to wow brides by delivering a captivating look and feel to each wedding they host.

Loft On Lake (www.loftonlake.com)

Loft on Lake is a highly romantic venue located in downtown Chicago with high raves and recommendations. The brick interior and oak wood arches combined with cozy lighting create a very intimate atmosphere-- perfect for a small ceremony or a large reception. The key feature is the ceiling with a massive skylight, which brings light and depth to this gorgeous space. Loft on Lake is perfect for an elegant, urban, loft style wedding with a relaxed feel, check out their website to learn more about the space and how the team at Loft on Lake can make your wedding truly remarkable.

The Murphy (www.the-murphy.com)

As soon as you step foot into The Murphy, the exquisite beauty and grand luxuriousness will leave you speechless. Built in 1926 with a french renaissance style, The Murphy is undeniably one of chicago’s finest architectural jewels. The four story highlighted dome embellished with gold leaf detailing, stained glass, and a lavish Paris feel oozes glamour and opulence. Nothing but high recommendations surround this historic and lavishly beautiful venue. If you’re looking for glitz and glamour, schedule a visit to tour The Murphy for your wedding today!

Room 1520 (www.room1520.com)

Room 1520 is an exclusively urban and historically versatile premiere venue located in the heart of the artistic West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. This polished loft building has a spacious foyer which is graced with a grand artisan staircase that leads you to a private loft space with high ceilings and Italian crystal chandeliers. The flexibility of this 4000 square foot, raw urban venue allows you to use it’s existing minimalist charm or customize and create a more elaborate setting. Room 1520 is an airy, urban loft venue which is perfect for an ultra elegant and chic wedding event.

The Crystal Gardens (crystalgardenscatering.com)

The Crystal Gardens, located on Chicago’s famous Navy Pier, is a 6 story glass atrium that combines the wonder of the outdoors with the ease and predictability of the indoors. This spacious botanical garden is filled with palm trees, lush foliage, and soothing fountains which create a majestic ambience. Some even refer to The Crystal Gardens as the pocket of paradise in the city. Spectacular views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan, the Ferris Wheel, and Navy Pier’s Dock Street make for beautiful backdrops. The Crystal Gardens is a wonderfully unique wedding venue that is full of magical surprises to make your wedding day stand out.

(*This info was obtained from www.wedding-spot.com)

Is It Alright To Walk Down the Aisle By Myself?

Posted on October 31, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Brides shouldn't worry, it's perfectly fine to walk down the aisle alone when you get married. As long as you make your decision known to your parents in advance to avoid any heated arguments with your dad right before the wedding. Remember, regardless if you have a great relationship with your dad or no so great of a relationship, he may be expecting to do the honors. When you explain your decision to your father most likely, he will understand your feelings. Only if the explanation is told to him in advance but most importantly, in the right manner. If your parents are contributing money (in any way) you may want to think about that decision and ask both of them to accompany you down the aisle, one on either side.