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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Use the centerpieces to your advantage. Whatever your centerpiece are, using a couple of extras ones will tie into the rest of the reception and bring life and freshness to your candy table.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
- Creating height with an elongated waistline.
- Wearing full sleeves to create the appearance of wider shoulders.
- Drawing the eye up by choosing a decorative bodice or details at the neckline.
- Staying away from bulky or straight skirts.
If you have a reverse triangle shape (your upper body is wider than your lower body), the goal is to highlight lower body width. Do this by:
- Wearing a simple bodice and/or unadorned sleeves which will minimize your upper body width.
- Staying away from high necklines and narrow skirts.
- Selecting a detailed skirt to draw the eye downward.
- Creating additional height with an elongated waistline; one example is a dropwaist dress.
If you have an hourglass shape (larger bust and hips, small waist), the goal is to find balance. Do this by:
- Avoiding high necklines and waistlines.
- Highlighting your small waist with a fitted waistline.
- Wearing soft gathered skirts; they conceal your hips and draw attention to your waistline. A-line dresses work well, too.
- Using details wisely. Bodice details like lace or beading will draw the eye upward and highlight the upper body.
- Sleeves that bring the eye outward.
- An open neckline or off the shoulder dress which will broaden your shoulder line.
- A full skirt with horizontal details. For instance, you can include a horizontal trim from the waistline to the hem.
- A dress with a fitted waist as opposed to high or drop waists.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
* Put all the details of your wedding-- the what, when and where. Also, include maps and directions to the wedding and reception sites. This will answer many of the questions your guests might have.
* For your out-of-town guests, use the website to make their travel arrangements simpler by including hotel, rental car information and maps and by suggesting restaurants and fun activities.
* Share your love story and how you met. Not only will this appeal to guests, it will also make your wedding more personal for them.
* Include info about your attendants. Provide their names and tell how you know them; this will be interesting for your guests as well.
* Place a link to your wedding registries.
* Don't ramble. Sharing a little personal information is good and interesting; sharing your life story is not a good idea.
* Stay away from copyrighted info and pictures.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
- Lengthen you engagement. If you have longer to plan, you'll have a better chance of acquiring the best vendors in your price rage. Additionally, you can usually lock in rates that might increase by your wedding date.
- Reduce the number of wedding attendants. By having less people in your wedding party, you can save hundreds on bouquets, boutonnieres and gifts.
- Choose a multi-purpose venue. If you use one site for both the ceremony and reception, you'll save on the site, and you won't have to pay for transportation.
- Have a brunch or lunch bash. That way, you'll save on food (breakfast and lunch entrees are less expensive), the bar (daytime tabs are generally much smaller) and you might even save on the fee for the space.
- Trim the ceremony decor. Your guests will see the flowers for just an hour or so, so stick with the basics. Think about placing one or two large arrangements in the front (where everyone will be looking) and decorating the rest simply.
- Check out some sample sales. A couple of times a year, a lot of bridal salons sell samples of dresses they carry at a significant discount. You could land a bargain (first, find out what dry cleaning and alterations may cost so you can consider that before buying).
- Ask about hidden fees. Before you commit to a venue, ask about all the little costs-- for instance, some sites will charge to cut your cake or uncork your champagne. You can save money by totaling the extra costs and factoring this into your choice about the venue.
- Go minimalist. Opt for carrying a few dramatic flowers like sunflowers or calla lilies instead of a big bouquet. You'll get a chic look for a lower price.
- Choose a site that's well-dressed. Some of a venue's affordability is based on how much decorating is needed. For example, a grand historic estate might just need minimal flowers for decor, so ultimately, the venue might cost less than a bare reception hall.
- Get a little help from your friends. To free up money for other parts of your wedding, have your more crafty friends make welcome baskets or ask you aunt with the neat handwriting to address your invitations.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
1. If you just got engaged, let him assist you in spreading the wonderful news. Split up the list so he can call his family and friends.
2. If your groom has great negotiating skills, ask him to work out prices with your vendors. You never know what extras he may get added onto your packages.
3. Is he into food? Let him decide the menu, advises Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski, authors of "The Smart Couple's Guide to the Wedding of Your Dreams." And even if he's not a professional, make sure he's with you when taste-sampling with the caterers.
4. Let your groom choose the transportation for the Big Day.
5. Whenever you're updating wedding things, get his input. As your wedding day gets closer, your groom will become more involved with the details-- and that's how it should be.
For more tips on getting your groom involved, check out How to Get Your Groom Involved (In the Planning!)
Feel free to share ways you included your groom in the wedding planning!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Calla Lily: Symbolic meaning of majesty and beauty. Calla lilies bloom in the spring and summer and can be found in many colors like pink, yellow, orange, lavender, green, maroon, purple and white.
Lilac: Means first love, and it blooms in the spring in white and numerous hues of purple like lilac, deep lilac, pink and mauve.
Orchid: Symbolizes love, beauty and refinement. It blooms year round, and its colors include pink, red, white, purple, yellow, orange or green.
Tulip: Represents passion and perfect love and is available in pink, red, white, orange, purple, yellow and lavender.
Check out these photos of wedding flowers for more ideas.
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Thursday, June 3, 2010
- The longest train for a wedding dress was made in Germany and measured 515 feet.
- The longest engagement on record was between Octavio Guillen and Adriana Martinez. They were engaged for 67 years.
- New Yorkers Richard and Carole Roble have taken their vows 55 times, all in different locations and at least once in each of the fifty states.
- On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the United States.
- Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the U.S.
- Valentine's Day and New Year's Day are the two busiest wedding days in Las Vegas.