Monday, August 31, 2009
Beautiful real weddings, inspiration boards, creative products and even stuff for RB when she gets older. It was so much fun to see all these great wedding and entertaining ideas and it was hard to feature just one – especially since some of them are links to competitor sites.
Obviously you, dear reader, are a blog reader but it’s a good idea to follow links from blog rolls and within posts because you never know where they may take you and what you may find!
And when you do find something you like, bookmark it, print out the image or info or copy what you like to a word file and keep track of everything in one document. I find that when I bookmark favorite sites I don't go back to them often, but I do refer to my regular list of favorites that are typed up and tacked to my bulletin board.
Friday, August 28, 2009
It is so important that you have a rain plan if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Either reserve an indoor location or put a deposit on some tents. It is not worth the risk not to have a Plan B. After months of wedding planning you don’t want to let the weather cancel the whole day. And if you get wedding insurance check your policy because I think weather comes under the heading “acts of g-d” meaning that you won’t get your money back.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
When finalizing your color palette, be very specific as to how you tell your bridesmaids (if they’re shopping for their own dresses) and vendors which colors are in your palette. You need to be specific because every color can be a varying shade.
For example if you want a Tiffany blue colored wedding don’t tell your vendors and ‘maids that the color palette will be blue or even light blue. Be specific. And if you have to go to the paint store and give each vendor and ‘maid a paint chip of the exact blue you’re talking about, then do it.
Paint chips are free at Home Depot so grab as many as you need and pass them out. I'm sure you'd be mortified if on the day of your wedding each bridesmaid was wearing every shade of blue from navy to royal to sky and your cake's blue fondant clashed with the pale blue flower arrangements.
So do yourself a favor and be specific.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monograms are a very popular choice when it comes to choosing your wedding “logo.” If you and your fiancé have decided that you want to add your monogram to all of your wedding details there are some “rules” you should follow.
Etiquette dictates that you don't use your married initial until after you are actually married. That means you should not use your married initial on any wedding stationery guests will see before the ceremony, including your save-the-date card and invitation. Some people will use their married monogram during the ceremony because it symbolizes two people becoming one, so while some etiquette experts will say don’t use your married monogram at all until after you’ve actually said “I do,” I don’t think the etiquette police will come after you.
Once you've tied the knot, you can use your married initial on any and every detail at your reception including your wedding favors, cake, menu cards, place and seating cards and any other items you are planning on having.
If you want to follow the rules of etiquette but still want to use a monogram on your wedding invitation, ask your stationer to create a monogram using both of your first initials. An example of this style can be seen in the invitation above, which was designed by Wiley Valentine and available at minted.com.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
So, here's Dave's Teeth Whitening Tip (he's a dentist):
If you're going to whiten your teeth before your wedding make sure you do it no later than 5 days before the big day because it takes that long for the whiteness to even out and second, you shouldn't have food that can stain your shirt in that time because the same foods may stain your teeth and you'll want to enjoy food on your wedding day.
And since cousin Ally Jane (a college senior) is over cooking dinner, here's one from her: Buy your wedding dress in your size not a smaller size, because you may think you're going to lose 15 lbs but you'll probably only lose three.
Thanks Dad, Dave and Al for these great tips!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Molla Space sells a broad range of gift items for men and women, in a wide range or price points and for pretty much every area: Kitchen, personal accessories, work, etc…
I stopped by their booth at the NY Gift Fair last week and just loved some of the new items coming out this fall.
Anyway, for those of you looking for unique, definitely will use, bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, or even for a friend’s birthday, I highly suggest you take a look at Molla Space. Here are a few images of their products. The first is a Perfume Atomizer and the second is a Teardrop iPod Water Resistant Bathroom Speaker.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I think the best way to look for any venue is to talk to recent brides about places they had their wedding as well as places they looked at and decided against. You should also talk to vendors because they are always working at different locations.
Local wedding magazines and Web sites with local features are also a good source. And don't forget to look at both editorial stories and advertisements.
As for searching the Internet, you should be very specific as to what type of loaction you are looking for. The more detailed you are in your search terms the more likely you are to get more accurate results.
As for expensive vs inexpensive venues. You can influence the costs of your wedding venue simply by limiting your guest list, the style you serve your meal and what type of food you serve.
And I should mention wedding blogs. The wedding blogs feature very creative weddings so you may be able to search them for unique locations too.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
- Your guest list. You don’t need the final list, but you should have a rough estimate of how many people you are planing on inviting.
- Your budget. Having an idea of what your wedding budget is before you go looking will ensure that you’ll find a location you can afford. You don’t want to fall in love with a space that’s over $250 a head, if your budget will only allow $75 a head.
- Your wedding’s look and feel. Do you want to get married outdoors? At home? In a church? By knowing what you want, you’ll be able to narrow down the spaces you schedule appointments at and won’t waste time looking at spaces you’ll never book.
Once you've decided on each of the above elements start researching and visiting locations that fit all of your requirements. Don't think you're being too picky if you visit a dozen places or more. It's a very important decision that will impact many details of your wedding so take your time and make sure you choose the right place.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Just take any piece of paper - we used the notepad at the hotel we were staying at the night of the wedding - and write down the gift givers name(s) and the gift. If it's money you can write down the amount but you don't have to.
Once you are ready to write your notes you'll need this list to help write each one. If it's a monetary gift simply write, "Thank you for your generous gift." You can also add what you plan on using the gift towards. If the gift is a specific item you should mention it, "Thank you for the cofee maker." Of course these are just opening sentences, you should write a few lines - maybe mention that you were glad they could come to the wedding, that you hope to see them soon, etc...
You should have everyone's address from your invitation address list, but if for some reason you can't find one don't be afraid to email him or her and ask for it.
You have two months from when you return from your honeymoon to write and mail your thank you notes. If you decide to write them on the plane, remember that you can only use US stamps to mail letters from the US. So if you're going to another country just hold onto them and mail them when you get back home.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
As you know I met with Juli from Garter Girl a few weeks ago and told you about her blog, which is filled with ideas for garters and how to incorporate them in your wedding without embarassing yourself.
This photo is the perfect example of why brides are shying away from the garter toss.
Sorry if you disagree with me.
I could just be a prude, but really? In front of grandma?
Monday, August 17, 2009
When she got up from the table I noticed that her back was much fairer than her front. It turns out she forgot to add the cream to her back so she was half tan and half white.
If you're hoping to get a bronze-ish look for your wedding day go for an even tan. Remember that most of your guests will see you from the back - the cermeony, dancing, etc... so it's important to look good from all angles. Here are some tanning tips:
1. Test the tanning spray, bed, cream, etc.. months before your wedding so you know how your skin will react.
2. Don't lay in the sun the days before your wedding without proper sun lotion. You don't want to get a burn or sun poisoning the week of your wedding.
3. If you are using a spray or lotion to get the perfect tan, make sure you cover yourself evenly and ask for help for those hard to reach areas like your back.
4. Do not put any type of tanning lotion or spray on the morning of your wedding in case it can rub off on your white dress.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Plenty of online retailers offer registries and I’m sure you have favorite e-shops that you’d like to get gifts from. Especially if you don’t need the traditional linens, appliances and other housewares.
Wishpot is an online service that allows you to combine all of your online registries into one convenient spot. Your guests can visit Wishpot.com and purchase anything on your registry from every e-shop you’ve selected items from. Wishpot also allows you to register for your honeymoon. I still frown on the idea of registering for cash gifts/asking guests for cash.
Now, while pretty much everyone has access to the Internet I would still advise registering in at least one brick and mortar store for guests who prefer to shop in an actual store. And remember my tips regarding registering in general:
1. Always register in a range of prices from less than $25 all the way up to $500+. You never know what someone can afford to spend so you want to give people options.
2. Even if you don’t need the traditional housewares and linens, it’s always a good idea to register for them because some guests (especially older ones) will want to get you something for your home. You can always exchange the gift later.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
A few weeks ago I had coffee with Julianne Smith who designs a modern collection of garters. I had been emailing with Juli for months and was so excited when she told me she’d be in New York.
I know that many of us feel that the garter toss is a bit outdated, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo the tradition entirely. A garter can be an easy something blue or something new and it’s also a great keepsake for your wedding memory box.
Juli can design a garter in a zillion different color combinations so you’re sure to find one that works with your wedding theme and palette. You can contact her directly for a custom design if you don't find a pattern on her site. She’s also embroidering names, dates, monograms and sayings on garters so you can truly make it something personal.
For more garter ideas, check out her blog, Garter Girl. It’s filled with new designs, real brides wearing her garters as well as ideas and fun facts about garters and weddings.
Forgive the slighly blurred photo. It was taken on my blackberry and I think RB was in my other arm.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tomorrow, August 13th, casting will be held at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in New York City for newlyweds to appear as a contestant on the popular NBC show. The taping will take place in Connecticut and the show will air next season.
Here’s how to enter: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, how long you’ve been married and which time you prefer.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
"Twittering on your wedding night" is what caught my attention.
Between Twitter, personal wedding Web sites and blogs – not to mention Facebook and MySpace – there are a myriad of ways to let your friends and family know what your wedding plans are, but when it comes to the day of I think you need to put the iPhone, blackberry and computer away and just limit yourself to phone calls and SMS text messages.
If you spend time on your wedding day sharing your feelings and thoughts on Twitter or updating your status on Facebook you’ll miss the whole day. The people you are writing to are probably at your wedding celebrating with you and I hope not checking their own status and Twitter updates.
Remember that your wedding day is only one day and you won’t get that time back. Once the day is over you can share your thoughts and feelings with the world, but for that one day forget technology and enjoy the person to person interaction that we really don’t get that much these days.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
While some religious ceremonies can last longer than 20-30 minutes it is important to think about your guests when planning it. I'm not talking about editing the ceremony itself, but if you are getting married on a summer day you should provide seating, shade and cool beverages for your guests.
I remember a wedding in Puerto Rico I worked when I was at Martha Stewart Weddings and it was hot as hell and the ceremony was held on a putting green so the editors arranged for iced beverages to be passed before the ceremony started and parisols were available for the guests too.
The wedding my friend attended did not offer iced beverages or cover from the hot sun. There were a number of older guests as well as kids at the wedding who became very uncomfortable as the ceremony went on (and on).
If you're planning to get married outdoors on what could possibly be a hot day, think about having a tent available to shade your guests or if the cermeony won't be too long offer fans and parisols. I'm sure you've seen fans with the program printed on it so you can combine two details into one.
Talk to your caterer about offering passed beverages - alcoholic or not - before the ceremony begins or having a bar next to the ceremony site for guests to grab a drink before taking their seats. And don't forget my post last week about seating. Always have seats available for elder, disabled and pregnant guests and of course kids.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
During the Wedding Inspirations 2009 event in Philadelphia I got a chance to see Beautiful Blooms' new store. The shop was filled with gorgeous flowers, gift items and a wall of colored vessels to hold Donna's beautiful arrangements.
I asked Donna to email me a few pictures of arrangments she has created using her colored vessels to show my readers that they don't have to use clear glass vessels or silver reverie bowls for their centerpieces.
After you've selected your wedding's color palette you have to decide where in your details these colors will be used. Bridesmaid dresses, invitations, the cake, bouquets and centerpiece flowers are the most common ways to incorporate your palette but here are a few more ideas: linens, cocktail napkins, signature drinks, favors and their packaging, table decor other than flowers, matchbooks, programs, table numbers, seating and place cards and linens. And I'm sure you can think of a few more on your own. The list really could go on and on.
The point of creating a color palette is to help you use color in your details so talk to your florist about some innovative ideas to really make the room pop.
Below are two more floral examples using coloed vessels and one shot of a wall of blue vessels so you can see that they come in a range of sizes and shapes. To get more fabulous flower ideas for your wedding visit the Beautiful Blooms blog and if you're getting hithced in or around Philly, make an appointment to stop by Donna's shop in Liberties Walk.
Photo Credit: Marie Labbancz
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
PS - That's me and my girl enjoying a day in the park. If I don't give Dave a photo credit he'll say something. Photo Credit: Dave