That Dirty Word … Theme

Theme can be a dirty word in the wedding industry and I would like to clear its name. I am not going to get all David Tutera on you and say that a Pirate themed wedding could be beautiful… so back away from the stuffed parrot ladies. Theme can mean so many things, but I like to think of it as the feeling or aura of your day. Picking a theme for your wedding can be hard, there are so many choices: Vintage Glam, Urban Indie, Casual Elegance, the list goes on and on. With so many beautiful choices it can be hard to figure out which one is best for you, but there is a way to help narrow down your options and come to a decision that fits you and your fiancé perfectly. I am a huge believer that personal style, favorite foods, music taste and personalities should play a major role in deciding the direction for the feel of your wedding day. Look around your house, how is it decorated? Is it clean and minimal or casual and inviting, filled with personal mementos? How do each of you dress? Are you preppy and put together in JCrew or are you romantic, and covered in different textures from Anthroplogy? Consider your favorite restaurant, what type of food do they serve? How is the space laid out and decorated? How do the servers approach the guests? Use these answers to help inspire your wedding day theme. You can plan a cookie cutter wedding, or you can take your guests on a journey that will make them feel like...

The Pattern Dress

Alright, so my classic brides might cringe at this post … divert your eyes classic bride, it’s fine, I don’t blame you. Still reading? Ok, here it goes … I LOVE patterned bridesmaid dresses!! I can’t get enough of them, I have contemplated getting all of my Bridesmaids back together, throwing the old wedding dress back on and making them wear patterned dresses. If any of my Bridesmaids are reading this, don’t worry, no need to avoid my calls, I won’t actually make you do this! Bridesmaid dresses with a pattern are not for everyone, in fact they don’t fit most weddings. I would not suggest them to most brides but if you are daring enough and if it fits your theme (there’s that word again) then I say go for it! Different dresses for each Bridesmaid has become somewhat common in the wedding world. Different styles of the same dress is almost common place and this practice is great because it allows all of your Bridesmaids, no matter their body type, to look beautiful. But, my new favorite trend is the patterned dress. Brides, you can pick a fun patterned dress and have all of your Bridesmaids wear it for a cohesive, more traditional look or you could choose to have your ladies wear the same dress (same pattern) in different colors. They could also wear the same pattern in different dress styles or completely different dresses with different styles and patterns, just all in the same color. All of these options are a fun new twist on the traditional bridesmaid’s dress. Grandma may wonder if you have...

Do it your way

I am a strong believer in making your wedding all about you as a couple, down to the smallest detail. So, you may have guessed that I do not believe in following traditions that don’t mean anything to you. Make your wedding unique. Make it about your love and the things that are important to you. Follow those traditions that are important to you and nix the ones that are not. As Carrie Bradshaw said in Sex and the City II, “Take tradition and decorate it your own way.” So make your wedding tell the story of you. Weddings are full of traditions from “something old, new, borrowed, and blue” to caring a new bride over the threshold. Almost every aspect of a wedding is a tradition from somewhere, and yet we don’t ever really think about these traditions. Most wedding guests couldn’t tell you why the bride wears white. Most brides don’t know what it means for their dad to give them away. It would also be a safe bet that the majority of grooms don’t know why they are cutting the cake as a couple, or why the wedding has cake at all…other than that it is a tasty dessert. So why do we continue to carry on these traditions? Marriage, or the pairing of woman and man as a couple, goes back to ancient times when men used to steal their wives. Can you imagine? A man with a club steals you and then you are his wife! Creepy! Then came the days of bartering, when the husband received goats and other goods in exchange for...

Bridesmaid Tea with a Twist

This week’s sneak peak is from an invitation party we are coordinating. Bridesmaid get-togethers are a great way to not only complete mundane wedding tasks quickly but also to help the wedding party get to know each other before the big day. Not to mention you can save a bundle when you assemble your own invitations and programs. Use the savings to upgrade to engraved invites or to score the turquoise peep-toes you have been keeping your eye on for your something blue. When bridesmaids can meet, relax, chat and share a few laughs a few times before the wedding it makes for more fun on the wedding day. This weekend’s party will have a modern tea party feel and the ladies will enjoy a signature drink, tasty food and what I am sure will be great conversation while assembling invitations. Delicate lace contrasted with bold colors, lots of candle light, and some beautiful china will help us achieve the look. On the Menu: Tea Smoked Chicken Lettuce Cups Prosciutto, Fig and Goat Cheese mini Quesadillas Grilled Cucumber Rolls Stuffed with Mascarpone, Basil Filling Devilled Eggs with Truffle Oil Drizzle And for Dessert: Honey Vanilla Pound Cake Oh yes, and I don’t want to forget the signature drink. The ladies will be sipping Chia Tea Toddy’s and they are Yummy!!! This bride is not going to feel bad putting her ladies to work with this spread. Each bridesmaid will also be taking home a package of homemade Parmesan and Thyme Crisps and a gourmet tea picked especially for them in the most adorable little tin. Left: Wedding Style Guide...

The Details Made My Day

My wedding was a disaster!  Alright, so true to form I am being a bit, okay very, dramatic.  But truthfully, it wasn’t perfect.  I thought it would be. I had planned and re-planned, created list upon list, directions, itineraries, plan B’s, and even a few plan C’s.  Besides, every bride you ever talk to says that their wedding was perfect.  My friends who were married always seemed to glow when talking about their big day.  Every bride I saw on T.V. gushed about how amazing everything was.  Why would it be anything but perfect? Well, one of the biggest storms in the last decade rolled through the Thursday before my wedding, destroying my outdoor BBQ rehearsal dinner and ruining my spray tan, which was going to cover a farmer’s tan.  I burnt half of my eyelashes off (long story) and after spending two hours picking out the right flowers for my bridesmaid bouquets they all had to be switched to roses at the last minute. Don’t get me wrong idea, I had a lot of perfect.  My dress was perfect, my hair was perfect and the guest tables blew me away.  My photographer … She was beyond perfect. (Check her out at http://claryphoto.com/) And most importantly, the man at the end of the aisle was perfect … ok cheesy but true! Despite what you may think from the beginning of this post, I actually adored my wedding day.  I loved every detail and I even loved the imperfections. I loved my dress. My grandmother passed away a few years prior to my wedding and picking out a dress was...