Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Flowers That Last For Bridal Bouquets

Planning a wedding involves so many decisions.  Your bridal bouquet is one of the accents to your wedding dress, you will want to pay close attention to.

Using your favorite flowers may not work out well because of several things that flowers do:

  • They can wilt in the heat
  • They have weak stems and do not make a sturdy bouquet
  • They are out of season and must be shipped which can deteriorate the blooms
  • They are fragile and break easily with hugs and handling

Brides want to look fresh all day and that can include their beautiful bridal bouquets. 

Our suggestions for Flowers That Last For Bridal Bouquets:

Calla lilies Come In Many Colors


Roses of Any Color

Peonies Come In Many Colors - The Smell Is Awesome

Tulips Are Fragrant and Multi-Colored

Succulents Combined With Other Flowers

Hawaii Style

Wild Flower & SunFlower Bouquets provides links to fantastic florists that specialize in creating memorable floral displays, bridal bouquets and reception table flower arrangements, plus unique aisle floral treatments. 

Enjoy this Pintrest Link for more ideas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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Friday, September 9, 2016

The - Wedding Coach: Quick TIPS On Selecting Your Wedding Dress

The - Wedding Coach: Quick TIPS On Selecting Your Wedding Dress

How To Select Your Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid Dresses

We realize at  -  how much you want to go out, find a local bridal shop, and try on dresses in the search for your perfect wedding dress !  Here are some helpful tips in this blog entry, and much of it comes from finding the styles you believe will work well for:

Your Body Contures,  Your Style Wedding, Your Skin Tones & Your Budget

Consider Saving Time and Wear & Tear On Your Life by Previewing Gowns In The Gallery of Dress Designers (Over 300 dress designers.) 

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Save some time and gain some understanding of terminology,  and decide on the time of year, and style of your wedding - before you enter the bridal shops. links over 300 top wedding dress design houses, bridesmaid or flower girl dreses and tuxedo or suit designers.  We also link local bridal shops in the GLOBAL SEARCH Page leading to each area menu,

We continue to encourage you to NOT purchase a wedding dress, until you have determined your wedding site, your budget, and the style wedding you want.  We know the shops tell you to purchase, but understand you will not want to arrive down the aisle with a winter dress in the summer and/or an inappropriate dress for a church wedding, or to formal ....or not formal enough for the wedding you finally create.  

Once you create your budget, determine your style wedding, then consider shopping for your gowns.

1. Learn the names of the styles prior to shopping at a store so the stylist can fetch the correct styles for you.  This link will give you guidance  regarding:  
LENGTH, Short, Long, Knee Length, Tea Length, Mini and Assemetrical.  
STYLE,  Ball Gown,  A-Line, Princess,  Chapel Train, Trumpet,  Modified A-Line and Sheath styles.
FABRIC, Satin, Summer Satin, Lace, Tulle, Tafata, Silk, Chiffon, Embossed, See through can be very embarrassing, if it is see through to a "need to be covered area".

Most shop owners train their staff to understand body shapes and to be good listeners.  Sometimes a dress on a hangar looks awful, but put it on, and  WOW !

2. Please do not buy something online, or on sale, and expect another shop to FIT it for you.  You will need to find a local tailor or seamstress to help you with this.

3. Your body shape and size - please do not be insulted when the dress comes in a larger size. The store seamstress must have enough fabric to work with to complete your fittings.  You want a dress that is flattering.  Looking back at the puffy sleeves they put on Princess Diana is a pure example of what NOT to do to your body.  I loved the Princess, yet this gown was overdo!

4. Understand the difference between summer satin and heavy winter satin.  Lace gowns are very popular in the past five years and the trends will continue.  You can enjoy the videos of current designer bridal gown fashion videos HERE.

5. When you shop, take a friend you trust or your mom, all or one of your bridesmaids when you shop.  Sometimes the first gown  we try on - ends up being IT.  But we do recommend trying on several gowns.  

6.  If you are having your dress made.  Please go to a professional seamstress.  It is a lot of responsibility to hand a friend, or your mom, or your sister.  Just cutting into expensive fabric takes a lot of nerve.  I know, I have done it.  
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cool Ideas For Hosting A Summer Outdoor Wedding -

                                             TIPS For Hosting Summer Weddings
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Destination Weddings and Local Brides Planning a Wedding in The Summer may find planning for wedding celebrations easier than those who live in the tornado or rainy mid-east USA.  No matter where we live, a bride will find herself dealing with weather conditions and problem solving.  I used to think tents were for rainy days, but umbrella tables and tents and awnings are really important in the heat of sun. Here are some tips regarding weather.

1. Even if your wedding and reception are indoors, couples often like to provide water bottles for the guests between the ceremony and reception.  They can be labeled with your names and wedding date, and placed in a basket near the exit of the ceremony or entry to the reception. They can also be offered by the flower girls and ring bearer.  You can also ask for a "water service" set up from your caterer at this time.  

2. Tents today come with misters, air conditioning and heaters  They are amazing, and work well to house your guests.  The protection from the elements is a great asset and they can be beautifully decorated for ceremony and include dance floors, audio etc.   The biggest concern for tents is to not place one of their stakes into your water lines. So if you have a water sprinkle system, you must give them the diagram.  Also anything on a lawn party, your watering systems must be taken off of their timers, so the grass will not be over-soaked and soggy.  Shade the food with  awnings - colorful or white. 

3. Beach weddings are a major concern for those who sun burn easily.  We see a multitude of creative ideas for beaches that include:  Everyone gets, sun block lotion, a large sun hat and sandals to wear - small individual tents are placed on the sand for children to play in, beach umbrellas, awnings affixed in the sand and sometimes the ceremony on the beach and the reception in a nearby ballroom or hall ... away from the elements. 

4. Coastal communities often cool off quickly with fog rolling in. So brides may choose a specific time of day for garden or beach weddings that can move from super hot to down right chilly for their guests.  Encourage many to bring wraps, or you will see your guests leaving early out of desire for warmth.  Many couples rent fire pits for those possibilities and the party rentals also have gas heaters that cover a great deal of area with extra warmth. 

5. Food can really be an issue with a beach or lakeside wedding.  This is one time you want to take the caterer's advice on best foods to serve.  Warm sun contamination sets in quickly and dryness to breads, and ice melts quickly.  Barbecue and picnic style foods work very well. 

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Writing Our Wedding Vows, and What is Love, and The Meaning of Love

Deciding to write your wedding vows is an exciting idea and VERY romantic.  Yet it does add to your Stress levels and lead to arguments in your relationship.  So discuss this carefully with your intended before going forward with the idea.  

This decision can hinge on several things:  
1. How a person feels about public speaking.
2. Whether each of you wants to participate.
3. If you are good writers.
4. Whether your officiant or clergy will assist or encourage this.
5. Lead time before the ceremony.
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There are many websites, books, video and special areas of great interest you may want to investigate as you begin to write and make valid points for a brief, but meaningful message
to your bride or groom.  I have listed a few links for you.

Anne Wycoff's White Paper on   LOVE IS A VERB

Love Poems and

The Poetry Foundation

Video   Couple saying their marriage vows

Video   10 tips on creating wedding vows

Please give us your comments & ideas on wedding vows.  
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Monday, May 16, 2016

6 Tips Regarding Wedding Veils and Hair Style Ideas

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The Big Day is coming up and you are still trying to decide on hair, make up and whether you want a wedding veil.  As a wedding planner I've seen a few mishaps with veils, last minute hair dos and these are a few tips worthy of being passed along. 

1.  When at all possible, consider having one or two pre-style hair salon appointments with your beautician.  Even if your stylist will not go onsite to a destination wedding, it will give you the photos and vocabulary to direct the person who will be completing your look for the day.

2. If you are having a veil with your dress, bring the veil to your hair stylist to understand how this will be attached to your hair style.  The pre-day appointment helps you relax and feel prepared. See the video below.  Also find exciting designer house dresses and veils on plus your local bridal shops are linked in each area.

3. If you are having an outdoor or beach wedding, the long veils can get away from your head in a stiff breeze.  Consider a shorter veil  or hair clip style, and/or flowers - securely attached.

4. Some alternatives to veils are the beautiful designer hair clips, flowers placed on combs that the florist creates for you, and delightful hats that match your dress.  Hats too can fly off with a brisk breeze.

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5. If  you have decided on a very long chapel veil, consider having some help lifting this as you go down the aisle.  Jr. Bridesmaids can help ease the strain on your head.  Yes, the veil looks light and airy, and barely weighs a pound or two, but it can really tug on your head and neck.  No bride needs a headache on her special day.

6. Flower garlands and floral clips on the head are lovely for those who do not have allergies.
Consider this problem for your groom too. Either take a pill or plan to sneeze your way through.  There are many less-allergic flowers to choose from.

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