Sunday, March 19, 2017

WEDDING NOTES™ - A Working Check List

It may seem overwhelming at first, but every wedding moves according to THE PLAN if you take the time to do it right.  No time?  No experience?  Scared of where to start?  Follow this list and check them off when completed.

1.  Work out your budget.  Determine how much you've got to spend and what are the sources of those funds?  (Hint:  do not say my Visa or MasterCard).  This will include the guest list.  How many people do you plan to attend?  The reception will likely represent the single largest  wedding expense.

2.  Decide on the type of wedding you want.  Morning, afternoon, evening?  Formal or not?

3.  Decide on the date and book your venues for the ceremony and reception.  If they are in separate places, try to minimize the travel time between them.

4.  Book the officiant for your ceremony.

5. Research, decide on and book photographers, florists, caterers (if needed) and entertainment (if wanted).

6.  Find your dream gown.  Order it and make possible  bridesmaid selections.

7.  Select members of your wedding party.  Select and order bridesmaids gowns and order tuxedos.

8.  If you will have out of town guests, book a block of rooms at two or three different sites with price options available for your guests.

9. Register for gifts.  Sign up at a minimum of three retail locations - again with a variety of price points.

10.  Know that there are many other decisions you'll need to make but these are key and will provide a structure for you to follow as you choose options.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

WEDDING NOTES™ - 2017 Bridal Gown Trends

Every year designers create beautiful wedding gowns for brides.  And while their look may have longer impact than the rapid turn of trends in ready to wear, gorgeous gowns do reflect the changing tastes and preferences of their customers.  The "red carpet" is now a generic term for fashions created by designers for their famous clientele.  It also provides an impetus for bridal designers to incorporate or capture elements of what's new and exciting into their creations for brides.  Spring of 2017 is no exception.  Here's what to look for in bridal shops nationwide.

  • ·         Lace has been important for several years in bridal, but the current iteration is special.  It captures the feel of sheer fabric but with exquisite patterns and beading. It is part of the current trend of bare skin seen through plunging necklines (both front and back) or through beautiful and intricate lace patterns.  Gorgeous but not for the faint of heart.

  • ·         A version of bare skin is also seen in the design of off - the - shoulder gowns.  The look maintains the bare shoulder feel of the years of strapless wedding gowns but gives it an elegant and flattering feel.  This look is seen in bridesmaid and some MOB lines as well.

  • ·         After years of the full, sweeping skirts of the ball gown look, some designers are including detachable trains and/or skirts on their gowns.  Usually on sheath skirts, these detachable trains also work on A-line and softly full fabrics.

  • ·         For brides who still love the look of strapless, this spring sees a wide variety of bridal capes to complement nearly every possible gown look.  Whether the bride likes tailored or flounce, smooth or ruffled, there is a cover up cape out there for her that changes the look of the gown for the ceremony and then for the reception/dance.

  • ·         Sequins and shine are everywhere, as well as gorgeous beadwork on all sorts of fabric. 

  • ·         And for the unconventional bride - there are stunning pants suits and gowns.  White and ivory predominate but for some designers, bold bright pinks and purples as well as black.

Whether your preference is for traditional or red carpet new, our salon has the look you'll love.  We have all the latest fashions for brides, maids and mothers, so shop with us for your perfect gown.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Congratulations!  You have established your wedding website.  Now - what to put on it?

You no doubt have a personal site, are on Facebook, SnapChat and a variety of other Social Media accounts.  But information about your wedding does not really belong on those sites.  It is a special time in your life and should contain information that is not just important to you as a couple, but information that is necessary for those persons invited to witness your wedding at the ceremony and celebrate with you at the reception.  It is not for general consumption.

If you have had friends with wedding web pages, you are familiar with them.  You will see what they have posted there and decide if that piece is something that fits for you.  In our years working with brides, we have seen some of the best components for a wedding web site.  Here are some of them.

  • ·         Many sites begin with the story of the couple's courtship.  It details how they met, how the groom proposed and the date of the wedding.  You may wish to include some details about your plans.  But be careful not to list every single tiny detail.  An overview is surely sufficient.

  • ·         The site is a good way to introduce and profile your attendants chosen for the wedding.  Be sure you include both the bride's attendants and the groom's.  Pictures of them are a nice touch.  If you feel comfortable sharing the information, include why this person was chosen and their relationship to you.

  • ·         You may wish to include photos of the church and the reception site.  Some brides include info on the destination of the honeymoon if it's not a secret.

  • ·         It is ok to include bridal registry information if you wish.

  • ·         This is a perfect spot for hotel accommodations for out of town guests.

However, there are a few things NOT to place on the website.
1.  Do not ask guests to reply to the invitation via email.  Send with the invitation.
2.  Do not send thank you notes to guests at showers or the wedding via the web site.
3.  Likewise - do not send your wedding invitations via the webpage.  You don't know who may respond, or who may never look at the site and end up missing the event.  In spite of the electronic world we all inhabit, some things are still done in the traditional way.

The world of electronic communications can be speedy, timely and convenient.  Stop in and talk with one of our experienced consultants for more good ideas for using the Internet as an effective communication tool for your wedding.

Monday, February 27, 2017

WEDDING NOTES™ - To Gift or Not to Gift

When do I need to send a gift?  What guidelines can I use?  Our brides ask us lots of questions and these are some we hear frequently.  There are lots of activities surrounding a wedding and questions for those events.

Engagement Parties:  There is no gift required.  Friends and families may give presents if they choose, but guests may find the announcement a surprise and come without a gift.  Since not everyone will bring a gift, the ones that come should be opened after - not during the party.

Bachelorette Parties:  No gift required.  Female attendants and close friends usually chip in to cover the bride's expenses for the fun night out.  If you have been invited to one, be sure to ask the hostess how much attendees might be expected to contribute.

Bridal Showers:  Gift required if you attend.  No gift is expected or required if you do not attend, although sometimes a gift is sent along with a friend who is attending.  When in doubt, send the gift ahead of time to the hostess of the shower.  She will then present it to the bride at the event.  If the invitation does not indicate a shower theme, ask the hostess when you R.S.V.P.  In all cases, spend less on a shower gift than you would on a wedding gift.

Weddings:  Gift required for sure if you attend.  If you do not attend, the question of whether to gift or not depends.  This is the usual solution:  if you are friends with the couple it is appropriate to give a modest gift when you decline the invitation.  If you are attending or have decided to send a gift even though you've declined the invitation, plan to send it to the bride or groom ahead of the wedding so that they don't have to lug it home from the reception.  Base your spending decisions on how well you know the couple and on local customs.

Second Weddings:  No gift required - especially if you went to the first wedding of the bride or groom and gave a gift then.  Close friends and family members may gift the couple.  However, most couples in second weddings will make it known that they prefer no gifts.  They may include that message on the informal party or reception invitations that are sent to guests following a small family-only ceremony.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

WEDDING NOTES™ - Busy Brides

You are working hard at your new and demanding job(s).  You are paying off student loans.  You work out at the gym.  You have an apartment to clean and a group of friends you like to spend time with.  And oh yes - You are engaged and planning a wedding.  Your busy life just went into overdrive!  Congratulations are certainly in order, but so is some excellent advice.  Interview candidates and hire a wedding planner!  That decision will pay off in huge rewards.  The help you receive from a professional consultant will be invaluable.  The advice and assistance will leave you free to enjoy being a bride-to-be.

Most professional wedding planners offer a variety of programs designed to fit your needs.  Many of them specialize in full service planning which handles booking sites, arranging details with the photographer, florist, musicians, caterers and providing hands on supervision for the wedding day itself.  Other planners may specialize in a particular area and/or may be available for day of coordination.  Think about what you need or want to have done and then interview potential consultants to provide the services you need.  Their help can leave you free to enjoy this incredible time of your life.

The cost of services can vary on the region as well as level of services required.  However, know that the
fees you pay to a wedding consultant/planner are likely to be offset by the time and money you save by hiring a professional to assist you.  You'll want to hire one who comes highly recommended.  You'll want to find a consultant with whom you'll feel comfortable, one who has experience and will not hesitate to provide client references for you.  Know that the Certified Wedding Specialists trained and certified by Weddings Beautiful Worldwide bring you both experience and expertise.  You'll find them a pleasure to work with and eager to share creative ideas with you that will result in the wedding of your dreams.