Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Top 10 Wedding Planning Myths

Myth #1: Hiring friends is the same as hiring wedding vendors.

Just because your friend is a fantastic fashion or photojournalist, doesn't mean you’ll get the same results on your wedding day. For example, an experienced photographer knows how to shoot a mix of photojournalistic action shots (getting ready, your first dance, exchanging vows) while also capturing all the must-have family and bridal party photos. Same goes for the other categories like flowers and music. Look for local vendors in your area for leads, and if money is a concern, just be open and honest about your budget from the start. If you really can’t afford a vendor, ask them for recommendations of lower budget professionals with a similar style.

Myth #2: You have to wear a white dress.
If the idea of a big white dress and veil has never appealed to you, don’t feel pressured into wearing one. Hair clips with feathers or even just a fresh flower can replace a traditional veil, and there are plenty of bridal fashion designers who have created dressed in other colors — think blush pink, dusty blue, buttery yellow, and more. You can even add color (and personality!) to a simple dress with a bold sash, bolero, or a cardigan

Myth #3: If you went to their wedding, you have to invite them to yours.

Don’t feel trapped into inviting someone just because they invited you to their wedding. It’s your day — invite the people you feel closest to. If someone assumes they’re invited, let them know up front (and sooner rather than later) that because of space or budget constraints, you had to limit the guest list.

Myth #4: A wedding planner is too expensive.
Here’s the deal: Not only can a wedding planner help keep you organized and suggest incredible never-been-done ideas, but a wedding planner can also end up saving you thousands and keeping you on track with your budget. Many planners work closely with florists, rental companies, and other vendors and often have access to industry discounts, which they can pass along to you! Not a bad deal, eh? Even if you can’t afford a full wedding planner, look into hiring a day-of planner (to take some of the wedding day stress off of you) or a wedding coordinator who can give you vendor recommendations before you start planning.

Myth #5: Going DIY will save you money.
Make no mistake — DIY isn’t always the cheapest route. Unless you have unlimited access to the supplies it takes to create your own stationery or flower arrangements, the cost of these items alone is really going to add up (not to mention the amount of time it takes to create invitations for 100!). Do your research before you start buying paper and flowers in bulk to make sure it wouldn’t be worth your while (and sanity) to simply hire someone else to do it.

Myth #6: You have to have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen.
So maybe he has a ton of friends, and you just have a few close girlfriends. Don’t feel like you have to hire extras to stand in for you to even out the sides. What’s important is that everyone you feel close to is a part of your day so divvy up the jobs. Make some of the guys ushers and others readers. One can even be your honorary toast-giver. If those positions are filled, that’s okay too — there’s no rule that says both sides should have the same number.

Myth #7: You have to take out a second mortgage to pay for a wedding.
Listen up — there are easy ways to save money, so don’t start your marriage together in a terrible amount of debt. It’s all about setting your priorities. Maybe you’ve always known you want a designer wedding dress, a venue with a view, or an amazing bouquet. Make a list of your splurge items, and then look for ways to save in the other categories.

Myth #8: A DJ will play too much cheesy music while a band will take too many breaks.
You’ve probably heard about it or been to a wedding where the DJ played outdated music with cringe-worthy results. Simply talking to your DJ about which songs you love and which you’d rather not hear (ever) can help guarantee a playlist that everyone will love. As for bands, you know the drill — the dance floor is packed, but as soon as they take a break, the floor clears and everyone gets bored. Instead, see whether they can go down to a 2-piece or a 3-piece set instead of popping in an iPod.

Myth #9: Wedding food always tastes bad.
Don’t assume that just because you’ve been to some weddings with less than tasty food that that’s the norm. Some of the hottest wedding catering trends involve comfort foods like sliders, French fries, and sundae bars. Plus, many catering companies are bringing farm-fresh items to the reception table with localized gourmet menus that will have you and your guests oohing and ahhing.

Myth #10: All wedding dresses are created equal.
Why do some dresses cost $500 and others $5,000? It’s all about the quality of fabric, the embellishments, the construction of the dress, and the amazing fit. In other words, those pricey dresses are made to make you look drop dead gorgeous. That’s not to say you have to go over budget to find a dress — a good bridal salon consultant can suggest dresses that fit and flatter in your price range, so rely on them to help you find the right dress.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Engagement Shoots

I came across these fun & unique ideas for engagement shoots & i just had to post! 

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips♥


*Shop Early*
Not that you need any coaxing, but you should start dress shopping around 8 to 10 months before the wedding. It can take up to two months to find the right gown and then four months for the dress to be custom made to fit your body. The first fitting usually happens six to eight weeks prior to “I do.” Give yourself plenty of time and keep in mind that the sooner you start shopping, the less likely you’ll feel rushed and make a quick decision that you may regret later.
*Set Your Budget First*
As excited as you are to start shopping, work out your budget first. Trust me — you’re better off not trying on gowns outside of your price range. You’ll either end up falling in love and being disappointed by every other dress you see (even if they’re just as beautiful), or you’ll blow your budget. If you do find yourself pining after a dress that’s outside your budget you can ask the designer if they can limit the beading to the bodice only and skip it entirely on the skirt or train. Or ask if the dress comes in an alternative fabric that is less expensive. Savvy savings can also be found at sample sales, where you can get discounts on past seasons’ gowns. Consider a bridesmaid or ready-to-wear dress in white: Wear your mom’s dress or surf the web for lightly used gowns. Also, remember that within your wedding dress budget, you’ll need to factor in the cost of alterations, and your veil, headpiece, shoes, lingerie and wedding jewelry, which can easily run up to $500.
*Determine Dress Code*
Take a cue from your venue and the time of day of your wedding to determine the formality of your dress code. A ball gown might look out of place on a beach but would be perfect for a hotel ballroom wedding. Also, keep practicalities in mind when choosing your dress — for example, if you’re getting married on an outdoor lawn, skip the train. Another thing to consider is religious restrictions. If you’re getting married at a house of worship, check with your ceremony officiant to find out whether there are any attire guidelines, such as being required to cover your shoulders.
*Go in With a Clear Vision of Your Style*
Do you want to be romantic, classic, elegant or glamorous? Studying these buzzwords — knowing which one describes the look you want for your wedding — will make telling your salesperson what you want a whole lot easier. Think about your everyday style as a place to start.
*Make Requests*
Just because a bridal salon carries your favorite designer, that doesn’t mean it’ll have the exact wedding dress you’ve been dying to try on. If you phone in advance and request a specific style, chances are that the salon will be able to call for a sample of that gown especially for you. So look through online gown galleries and magazines before you shop so you can give your salesperson an idea of what you want.
*Book an Appointment*
While you may get lucky and snag a salesperson just by walking in, scheduling an appointment is the only way to ensure that you’ll get a full hour of undivided attention. And many salons will only see you if you book an appointment.
*Play Hooky*
Shop during the week while crowds are at a minimum. You’ll get more attention from the sales staff if you shop on a Tuesday morning rather than on a Saturday afternoon. There will also be fewer people hogging the mirrors (hey, a little vanity is allowed!).
*Be Open-Minded*
When you’re in the bridal salon, don’t eliminate anything at first glance. Even though certain styles work best on certain body types, don’t let these “rules” narrow your search too much. It helps to first try on all different kinds of dresses and then decide which shape and style you look and feel best in. So if the salesperson brings you something she says you must try, try it — even if you’re not loving the way it looks on the hanger. Many a bride has ended up falling for a wedding gown the salesperson had to persuade her to try on.
*Shop With a Supportive Entourage*
Limit your shopping partners to one or two of your closest friends to help you start your search. This way you don’t have too many ideas clashing and feel pressured by others’ opinions. Your entourage should also have a very clear understanding about your goal and your bridal style and budget. Also consider taking one solo trip to the bridal salon first to form your own opinion about what you like.
*Buy a Dress That Fits Now*
Even if you’re planning on dropping 15 pounds before your wedding, your body type isn’t going to completely change just because you started swapping cookies for carrots. So you’ll want to buy a dress that fits your body the way it is now. It’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to have a dress taken in than it is to add extra fabric to a gown after the fact. Wedding gowns can run small too, so don’t be alarmed should your final size measurement jump up a number or two. The store will measure your bust, waist and hips. After the final fitting, make sure that the hem (if it’s a full-length gown) skims the toes of your shoes, you can move comfortably, the gown stays in place as you move and there’s no obvious wrinkling, bunching or pulling.
*Read the Fine Print*
When you order your gown from a bridal salon, it’s important to triple-check the contract (yes — you even need a contract for your dress). Check to ensure that you don’t end up with the wrong size or color, and get the designer name, style number, measurements, delivery date, number of fittings included in the price, price of the gown and deposit amount in writing.
*Bring Your Accessories*
While most bridal salons will have undergarments and shoes on hand for you to try on while choosing your gown, you should still come prepared with a nude bra and underwear for the fittings. Also bring along shoes in a similar height to what you plan on wearing at the wedding so you can see how the dress falls with your heels, as well as other accessories like your veil, headpiece, gloves or cover-ups to get an idea of your whole wedding look.
*Sleep on It*
Even if you fall in love with it, you shouldn’t buy the first dress you try on. Give yourself a chance to look at all your options by shopping more ­­ and elsewhere ­­ before you buy. Once you’ve found your wedding gown, take a day to be absolutely sure it’s “the one.” Since bridal gowns are custom-made, most salons put a no-return policy in their contracts.
**Trust Your Instincts**
If you have to be reassured that the dress looks great on you, it’s probably not “the one.” Can you really see yourself walking down the aisle in this gown? If not, take it off and move on. You, better than anyone, know what style you’re looking for and what features you want to highlight. Be vocal about your vision, your favorite assets and your trouble spots when consulting with the salon attendants. When it’s the right one, you’ll know — you probably won’t want to put on anything else. Have some tissues handy, since it’s probably going to be an elating and emotional moment!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bride Tips

  1.  Work out your budget, and stick to it or you will fall in love with all the things you can’t have!
  2.  Think about your guest list – who do you really have to have, who would you like if possible and who will be happy with an evening invite. It will make finding a suitable room at your prospective venues much easier if you have a minimum number
  3. Make a list of things you think you want and don’t want in a venue – there is no point looking around a venue for a candle lit wedding breakfast if they don’t allow candles
  4. Make a list of all the parts of the wedding package or items that you will want on your day, you don’t want to be paying for elements you don’t want
  5. Ask for a bespoke quote based on your items so you can see the full costs of your plans and don’t be afraid to ask to have it re-calculated if you want to add items in or take them  out
  6. When trying on your dress sit down – you need to be able to eat that amazing 3 course meal you have paid for 
  7.  Try the food at your venue, you cannot be expected to pay for food for all your guests without having either eaten in the restaurant or had a menu tasting
  8. Tailor your menu to what you want, you have every right to change it to make it perfect for you and your guests tastes
  9. Don’t stress about the weather! If the forecast isn’t bright sunshine then be prepared to work with it and have fun – have some pretty umbrellas at the ready for some fun photos – your photographer doesn’t need to stay dry!
  10. Remember that if you are having a civil ceremony or partnership, that the venue is not allowed to book the registrar. You should contact them as soon as possible to book this directly with them, without them it is not legal!
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

My Week On Pinterest :)

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Monday, October 1, 2012

New Facebook Page :)

If you like my posts, my inspiration & my blog please head over to 
& "like" my page it would mean a lot to me :) 
and also my twitter is
 Thank you all. xo 
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♥Breast Cancer Awareness Month♥

In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

To all of those fighting, and the beautiful 
angels who now watch over us
Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.  ~Author Unknown

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Happy October 1st!

Happy October 1st! 
Here are some Fall/Halloween wedding inspirations to start your October off right! :) 


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