Wedding Gift Ideas From Bride to Groom

Wedding Gift Ideas From Bride to Groom

Whether it’s material or written, sentimental or funny, the bride and groom gift exchange is not always easy to come up with ideas. But no worries, we’ve compiled some of the most popular and some of our favorite gifts from the bride to the groom. Boudoir Shoots One of the more common gifts from brides to grooms are boudoir shoots. We’re not going to lie, these can easily turn into a creepy gift if you don’t do it correctly, here are two important tips to avoid a boudoir shoot gone awry. When? Don’t give it to him in front of all the guys, he doesn’t want them to see that and you probably don’t either so save it for a good time. Don’t leave him awkwardly trying to hide it before he walks down the aisle either, save this gift for the night before the wedding or while you two are on the honeymoon. Who? You will definitely need a good photographer, you don’t want yourself to look uncomfortable in the photos or like a glamor shot gone wrong. We love Chrissy Rose Photography, her empowerment shoots always look classy and not trashy. Check out our other blog post about boudoir shoots for more! Leather Travel Bag There isn’t a more classic gift than this one, we suggest a toiletry bag since it will be used on almost every trip or overnight and it will be a staple for years. To add a personal touch consider adding his monogram, we love this one here. Sports Tickets Another great gift idea is season tickets to his favorite sporting event, we’ve...
Bridesmaid Dresses Do’s and Don’ts

Bridesmaid Dresses Do’s and Don’ts

Choosing dresses for your bridesmaids is a special kind of difficult, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Bella Bridesmaids invited us over to share their simple do’s and dont’s for a stress free decision when choosing bridesmaids dresses. We love sending brides to Bella Bridesmaids because of their beautiful selection and Ariel is always a great help! While we were there, Chrissy Rose was with us to capture photos of these gorgeous dresses, thanks for the fantastic images Chrissy, you never disappoint!     DO Mix and Match Prints A HUGE trend this season, you can switch it up by choosing different kinds of prints for each of your bridesmaids. It can result in a gorgeous array of color, but be careful not to choose clashing colors and hues. DON’T Choose Ivory or White Colored Dresses A few shades to stay away from are ivory and white, deciding on these colors will end with your own gown being lost in a sea of white fabric. However, if your heart is set on lighter colors, perhaps go with a blush color and add in texture with various prints, metallics, sequins, and accessories. DO Accessorize Speaking of accessories, there are hundreds of ways to make your bridesmaid’s dresses special by using hair pins, beaded belts, or statement necklaces. These are a great way to either add a pop of color or bring a whole look together. DO Emerald Green A trendy color this season is emerald green which pairs perfectly with a white wedding gown, if you do choose this brilliant color, be wary when taking pictures in front of areas with lots of...

Blushing Brides to Be {5 Tips for Boudoir Shoots}

When on the topic, the word boudoir often times automatically brings a bit of a blush to the face of the inquisitor. Throughout the years, we’ve had brides on the look out for the perfect gift for their husband to be. Often times, boudoir photos are of the first ideas that pop into their minds. They shyly request information on whom we recommend for the service and then quietly resume to other topics, most often leaving us without the knowledge of if they took the step or not. This topic doesn’t have to be taboo. Nor does it have to automatically come to mind as tasteless. You don’t even have to strip down to your skivvies! Milwaukee boudoir (and wedding day!) photographer Chrissy Krueger-Gruendyke of Chrissy Rose Photography takes a different point of view on it; while you’re knocking the socks off of your man, you’re also taking a moment for yourself. “I am often asked ‘what exactly is boudoir photography?’ Boudoir-style photo sessions with Chrissy Rose Photography showcase you as the beautiful, confident and sexy woman that you are. Capturing you in this way is a celebration of all things you. The photos are meant to be seductive and intimate as well as empowering. The women I work with are often times brides-to-be looking to surprise their grooms with a super sexy wedding gift. Or the mom who just got her body back and wants to flaunt it. Or the 50-something hottie who wants to freeze in time how amazing she looks. We all do it for different reasons. The most important reason is to celebrate ourselves at...

Putting Your Best Face Forward {Wedding Makeup 101 with Tayla}

When it comes to your wedding day, not only do you want everything to go as planned-from getting ready in the morning to the transition to walking down the aisle then dinner and dancing-but you want to feel good, from your head to your toes. But lets focus on your face! We all have in our minds exactly what we want to look like as we see our second half for the first name as newlyweds. Whether it be big lashes and nude lips, or a smokey eye with a pop of colored gloss, it is definitely your own prerogative. Regardless of the look you’re going for, there are a few things to keep in mind leading up to your big day. I had the opportunity to speak with our beauty guru go to, Tayla LaMacchia, of Primed Artistry Group, for a little Q&A. 1. In your opinion, are there any specific Dos and Don’ts within your skin routine the week of the wedding? The week before the wedding, don’t do anything you haven’t done before. Now is not the time for experimentation, reserve that to at least six weeks prior to the wedding. Do eat well, hydrate the body and skin and get as much rest as possible. Reduce Sugar and Alcohol consumption and keep in mind that hotels and travel can dehydrate skin, so make sure to have tried-and-true skincare options to respond to stressed skin available. 2. When within the planning process do you recommend a trial? Why do you recommend a trial? Unless you are a totally carefree bride that prefers not to plan for...

It’s All Relative

When it comes time for couples to select the members of their bridal party, it isn’t an easy task to complete. The selection process may prove to be a difficult one to fulfill-especially when it comes to choosing the best man and maid/matron of honor. While it may come easy to some, others may pull out a list of prerequisites that need to be check off the list. Best friends from pre-school to siblings and those college roommates you met on the first day of class tend to make the cut, but someone you may forget? Your parents. Although parents often already have a place within the processional, it is never a requirement that you have to stick to what is deemed to be “tradition.” Case in point, having your father or stepfather step in as your best man. Think about it: they’ve known you since you were born (obviously), they share a bond that is irreplaceable and they’ve taught you the ins and outs of all of life’s encounters-why wouldn’t you want them standing up front with you on your big day? I feel that it is the ultimate nod and way to honor your parent on shaping you into becoming the person that your significant other adores and a moment that neither of you will ever forget. Kudos to our couples present and past who have demonstrated this- it is a trend that I can only hope to see more...

Jumping on the {Band}wagon

There are many ways to bring in entertainment for your guests during the cocktail and reception portions of your big day and this season a plethora of our brides have chosen to go the route of live music. Whether it be a simple duo or a 15 piece band, there are always items to consider leading up to your big day. If you’re not working with a planner, make sure you have the following questions asked and answered prior to your event.   1. Any additional equipment needed or special requests? More times than not, larger groups may request a stage rental. If this is the case, make sure to get the correct measurements as not to have any sizing surprises during set up. In addition to stages, an additional power source (i.e. generator) may be a necessity, especially when doing backyard events. Make sure you know just how much power they need. 2. Have they played at the venue before? It isn’t a make or break if your musician hasn’t played at your ceremony or reception venue before, but it comes in handy if the musicians are familiar with the location. Some venues in the area have restrictions on just how high the volume of the music can be as not to disrupt objects on site. Tip: If your musicians have not been on site prior and you’re feeling anxious, set up a walk through or meet and greet (this can even be combined with additional meetings). At the end of the day, it will only increase your peace of mind and aid in an expedited set up. 3....
Absolut Texas Happy Hour Showdown

Absolut Texas Happy Hour Showdown

Cinco de Mayo-a holiday I find myself celebrating on an almost weekly basis at the Belair Cantina located conveniently two blocks from my house. Tonight I’ll still be celebrating, but I’ll be hosting it at my digs instead and adding a little twist to tradition. While I’ll still be mixing up the expected tequila based margaritas (fresh watermelon to be exact), I’ll also be serving something(s) with a kick! Last week we had a happy hour showdown with Absolut Texas vodka and three of their cocktail heavy hitters. First off, before I continue, I know you’re already asking Absolut Texas? The state needs one more thing dedicated to its namesake? It ABSOLUT-ely does. The serrano and cucumber infused spirit is both refreshing and packs a little punch. It can be mixed with something sweet or something on the more savory side. We tried the following: Tejano, Rodeo Ride & Pineapple Martini. TIP: While we didn’t concoct a Bloody Mary, we could find the two being a perfect pair and accompaniment to your Saturday morning. TEJANO-Easy and breezy 2 parts Absolut Texas 3 parts Grapefruit Soda Build over ice in a highball glass, and garnish with a lime wedge and a chili-salt rim. This cocktail is easy to throw together when you’re in a pinch! I definitely suggest adding the garnishes or it may be on the plain side. PINEAPPLE MARTINI-Perfectly punchy 2 parts Absolut Texas 2 parts Pineapple juice 2 leaves fresh Cilantro Optional (but suggested): add 1-2 dashes Tabasco-we used chipotle! Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, and shake with ice. Fine-strain into a chilled martini glass,...
Bridin’ on a Budget

Bridin’ on a Budget

We’ve all heard of the term ballin’ on a budget, but have you heard about bridin’ on a budget? Check out these tricks to keeping costs down-or at least in check, when it comes to planning out your wedding. I bet you didn’t even think of some! Skip signature drinks. There are a lot of additional costs when having these served at your reception. If your signature drink includes alcohol that is already in your package, you will end up paying double for that type of alcohol. It seems like it should already be included, but that’s not normally the case. If you plan on doing a signature drink, we suggest using liquor that isn’t already included in your package, not technically having a signature drink, but suggesting to guests what to order from already supplied ingredients or taking advantage of using a complimentary champagne toast and adding a fun garnish, like raspberries. Check the chairs. Sometimes banquet chairs can be downright ugly; examine the chairs while you’re taking your venue tour to see what is included. If you have to end up ordering chairs or covers, this could cost you. Tax and gratuity-per guest. Something couples fail to factor in is guest tax and gratuity on dinner and bar services. Sure, $30 per person seems like a steal, but chances are you haven’t received the true total per guest. This will come as a surprise when your total balance is due. Leave out custom linens. Look into what your caterer or venue offers as a linen package. Many vendors have this included into the contract and this will...
‘Maid Manners

‘Maid Manners

We see a plethora of bridesmaids each year. Most are sweet, supportive and oh so helpful to the bride, but others are, well…not. Sometimes I like (and hope) to think this may be because they just haven’t been in a wedding and aren’t sure what to do so take it from me ladies- here are a few helpful tips on how you can be the best bridesmaid that ever walked down that ceremonial aisle. First and foremost, just do what the bride asks. Sure a Belle inspired dress complete with puffy sleeves may not be your style but it’s not your wedding- so as harsh as this may sound my advice would be to suck it up buttercup. Just wear the dress, after all it may come in handy for Halloween sometime. Stay calm and carry on. Do not, under any circumstance, freak out. The day is as stressful as they come already and the bride doesn’t need her ladies upping the ante on crazy that day. If something goes wrong, ask the wedding planner to fix it, calmly, especially if you are in front of the bride. If you have a question, you know who your go to is-the planner. The bride is already focusing on keep herself calm and composed-a flurry of questions will only add to the frustration. Come prepared. We bring an emergency kit, more like an emergency tool box, but do your due diligence as a maid. Take your dress out of it’s package prior to the week, let alone day of. Make sure your dress fits; I can sew on buttons, but I...