Superstition or Tradition?

We always touch base on certain details when going through our wrap ups with brides. Are you doing a bouquet toss? Cake cutting? Toasts? When it comes to your wedding, there are tons of traditions to follow. Every little “tradition” has a rhyme or reason to it. You’ll be even more surprised to find out that many of the reasons boil down to superstition. Check out some of my favorite and most surprising reasons behind traditions we see in weddings-maybe it’ll make sense as to why so many people are skipping or changing tradition! Diamond Rings: This may be my favorite tradition debunked-while I’ve seen some brides dangling other jewels on their ring fingers, diamonds still reign supreme. But it started out as an advertising scheme! Diamonds are indeed a luxury, but their popularity came to the well known De Beers needed to revamp their image and sell their product to the rich, the poor and everyone in between. “A Diamond Is Forever” was born and a tradition was formed. Bridesmaids Dresses: These days, you’d drop dead if you showed up at an event matching another guest (perhaps I’m taking that too far, but I know I’d prefer to have my own style) While some people are horrified, to Romans you were to be cursed with bad luck if ten of your guests weren’t wearing matching attire to your wedding, hence, bridesmaids playing the matching game. We’ve come a long ways from the scary maids’ fashions from the 80s, and mixing and matching is now a popular trend. I vote to keep the trend over the tradition-I love when...

Keep Calm & Call Your Mom

There must definitely be something in the water because lately I haven’t been able to log into Facebook without seeing a new engagement on my home feed, but no complaints here- congrats to all of the lucky couples out there that I have the privilege of knowing! SO you got engaged-NOW WHAT? After calming down from the initial shock, excitement, tears, et cetera, there are a few things you should really do to kick start the planning process. Take a few tips from the pros and do these things first (after calling your mom that is!) 1. Create a list of the items which rank most important to you It is important to me to have good food and good music alongside my good company. What is most important to you on your big day? Do you have a dream venue? Do you want your tables flowing with flowers? Will open bar be your biggest expenditure? Write it down, it will come in handy when you are cutting costs on your budget, which trust me-will happen. 2. Book your photographer Photographers book up quickly, especially during prime season. Checking your photographer off your list is one of the first steps to being prepared for your big day. Be prepared to be turned down, while some vendors can technically duplicate themselves, photographers unfortunately cannot; have a list of your top three photographers to inquire with. 3. Follow your vendors on Social Media Namely your photographer, florist and planner. You are going to become close with them throughout the entirety of the planning process. Get to know their style, find out...

Taking a little cheese with that Wine…Maniacs on the River

The city of Milwaukee, as well as surrounding suburbs, has countless options for a great rehearsal dinner spots. Whether it be casual or upscale, there is a guaranteed spot for any couple. We’ve compiled a list of favorites among past clientele and ourselves-for groups big or small. Regrettably, as our list is pages long, we haven’t been to all of them-yet. We’re starting on a mission to try out some favorite Milwaukee restaurants so we can give you the tried and true details. Last weekend I decided to check out Wine Maniacs after setting up a tour for a client. Their manager, Rik, was more than accommodating and informed me of a specialty pre-fixe menu that couples have the option of doing for their dinner. (Now I’m wishing I had an invite to attend!) I recruited some friends, both ladies and gents alike, to join in on the venture. We were sat at the main level, the upper level overlooking the river is definitely a space that I would recommend to brides and grooms planning their rehearsal, and noted that it was a pretty quiet evening as there were only two other couples dining with us. I was very self-conscious at first as I’ve got a voice that carries very loudly, so I had to keep that in check. TIP: Not planning a rehearsal dinner anytime soon? This spot is great for date night! We got a bottle of wine for the table, which was so hard to choose from as their list is extensive, and shared a cheese plate as well. Something I would definitely recommend doing for...

Classic White or Bold and Bright?

Some of our brides walk into the florist meeting knowing exactly what they want and others have no clue. Flower meetings are one of my favorites to be a part of and whether a bride has had her bouquet picked out since kindergarten or if she has no clue what a rununculus is, I love working with the bride and the florist to come up with a cohesive and of course beautiful vision. If you’re a bride who couldn’t tell the difference between a carnation and a peony, I have put together a few tips on picking out your bouquet. The first decision I would make when designing your bouquet is if you want all white flowers or if you would like a colorful bouquet. There are some that fall in the middle with a mix of both but for our purposes I would still classify those as colored. An all white bouquet doesn’t have to be totally pure white, and if you want it to be it will be hard to find since most flowers have a true creamy ivory hue. This style of posey could also be all light neutrals with some soft taupe colors and a pretty blush mixed in here or there. TIP: There isn’t a ton of contrast with this selection though. The pros of a white bouquet include its classic appeal, it feels a little more timeless than the colored options. Possibly because wedding color fads come and go but neutrals are always in style. They are always soft and romantic and fit with any venue or decor which is another added bonus....

A Spring in your Step…and Dress

It is hard for me to not get excited with each season’s change, especially when the new season holds sunshine, warmth and new wardrobe updates…or at least that’s what I’m wishing for! I stumbled across the Spring season’s Pantone color line up and I’m pretty sure it was made specifically for me. I thought I’d share the wealth or at least my recommendations for some springy new accessories/upgrades to your wardrobe. Flexibility in each piece is something that I can’t stress enough. Having an item that can be transitioned from day to night, work day to weekend, only makes it that much more worth the purchase. Especially if it is a pricier piece. TIP: Saving and splurging can be a difficult decision. Splurge on an item if you can get daily wear out of it. Save it for later, when it goes on sale, if it isn’t something that will be often utilized. This is something I’m constantly reminding myself. Especially on wedding days where I can be found in a uniform of black or at the very least neutral, I like to add just a pop of color. Here are a few of my favorite things that are a surefire way to create a sunny disposition in your closet, even when we are still caught in between seasonal mood swings outside. Aquamarine: Dreaming of a tropical vacation? At least you can wear the ocean on your sleeves! Or in this case, around your neck and fingertips. LIZZIBETH Necklace ESSIE Polish in Rock the Boat Lucite Green: The color I wish was on every tree outside; Green is a...

Feelin' the burn without burning up {SportBody Pilates}

When it comes to “good workout”, your mind automatically imagines dripping sweat, being out of breath and really feeling the burn. When it comes to our next adventure in the workout world, I learned that there are a variation of “good” workouts. After really getting into yoga the past few months we decided to switch it up and continue on our journey through Milwaukee’s best workouts. Next up: Sport Body Pilates Located in the Third Ward in a window front shop at 159 N. Jackson Street, the studio has sprawling windows that you can’t help but smile in on sunny days. And in the recent frigidness, the studio is still nice and warm. You may be thinking, “Oh my gosh, everyone can watch me work out!” but that isn’t the case. Random passersby may see you after parking their cars in the Italian Community Center parking lot, but they’re probably envious of you. Pilates was a whole new experience for both Amanda and myself and our teacher, Krista, was so accommodating to ease our jitters. A lot of yoga moves are implemented in pilates, but where you used to rely solely on your body and a mat, there’s now this carriage involved. A carriage with springs and straps and bars…how do I even approach this thing? Kind of intimidating at first. Krista warmed us up and took us slowly through different moves and reps of each. She wanted us to get a feel for the carriage and being able to rely on our body for balance. You see, I’m NOT coordinated and my balance is always off kilter. I...

Nickles & Dimes-The Real Cost of Signature Drinks

Signature drinks are always a fun touch at wedding festivities; they are all over Pinterest and wedding magazines and add a personalized touch to the day. The thing the magazines don’t tell you is that they are pricey. You may think you have open bar so it will all be included, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t usually the case and it surprises a lot of our couples. Typically a signature drink costs extra. You can usually pay per drink that guests order or have a bunch made and ready to go, but you will pay for unused drinks that way. Either way it can add up to an extra chunk of change you didn’t plan for, so we have some tips to have your signature drink and sip it too. First, if you are doing a wine and beer bar and not offering liquor, a signature drink can be a great way to give your guests a hard alcohol option. You can do a his and her favorite drink or a drink that has special meaning to you. This will give guests insight into your story as a couple and give them something tasty to sip on during cocktail hour. Make sure to explain your pick in a sign or on cocktail napkins. You can say something like “Sip on a Moscow Mule, the drink Tom introduced Anna to on their first date!” Second, to make sure you aren’t paying double for an open bar and a signature drink you could pick a drink that isn’t included in your bar package. We always think it is a good idea to...

New Kid on the Block {Lizzibeth}

When I first caught wind of Lizzibeth I remember coming across a bridal photo with these amazing accessories. Having to often come up with accessories and jewelry options for brides, I always seem to have my eyes peeled and that’s what landed Lizzibeth on my Radar. There wasn’t (and still isn’t) a picture that I have come across from her shop that I don’t want something from. Right then and there I knew I had to check it out; I looked into Lizzi’s shop and it was mobile-such a neat idea! Orders were placed online and picked up near Marquette University’s campus, which later I found out is her Alma Mater. After catching wind that she was opening a storefront located at 550 E Menomonee Street in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, I knew I needed to get in there STAT. Being granted the opportunity to meet, I remember walking into the store and being nothing short of dazzled. Right away I had to touch everything within eyesight. Even the displays were gorgeous. I was like a kid in a candy store who had already had too much sugar; I couldn’t focus on everything in front of me because it was all to die for. From brides to be, to maids, to everyday accessories, there is something for everyone there. I hate saying that as we all know one size does not fit all, but if you’re looking for something glitzy and glam, you’ll find it. The best part about Lizzibeth is the price point for the jewels doesn’t go above $40. Seriously. What you see in the magazines for hundreds...

DOiNUT the Right Way {Trending Desserts}

As wedding planners, we are always trying to come up with quirky, fun alternatives to typical wedding day traditions. Dessert bars have been trending through the years with mini cupcakes, macarons and other sweet treats. We’ve even done our fair share of ice cream sundaes and gelato cups. Lately though, we’ve been thrilled with another bakery item popping up out of the fryer. Donuts! Last season we had a few brides ahead of the trend, using donuts for dessert from Cranky Al’s and the Doughnut Vault. We couldn’t have loved it more. The thing with donuts (or doughnuts) is they are fully customizable-from strawberry champagne to s’mores. They really allow brides to go above and beyond with customizations; if you can fill it, you can at least frost it, or at the very least top it. So for the sakes of our brides to be, we teamed up with Heather and Sara from Heather Cook Elliott Photography and tried a few. And by a few, I mean 15…different…kinds…from the likes of Holey Moley, Sweet Perfections and Cranky Al’s all here in Milwaukee. We tried everything from old fashioned to long johns and everything, truly everything, in between. {Cronut, Gingerbread, Chocolate Long John, Lemon Old Fashioned, Egg Nog, Strawberry Champagne, Nutella, Black & Tan, Bourbon & Vanilla, Apple Fritter, Maple Bacon, Cranberry Orange, Hazelnut Latte, Apple Pie, White Cake} After tasting, we rated each donut in 3 categories: Taste (being the most important), Creativity/Expectation (for classics) and Presentation. A favorite all around ended up being Holey Moley’s seasonal gingerbread. The flavor was intense and the donut was perfectly cakey. It...

Leave it to the Pros {Blushing Blog Feature}

A question that we often receive during meetings when explaining the importance of our services is “Well, why exactly should we hire you? Can’t we do this ourselves?” Sure, you could technically plan your wedding by yourself. You could blindly attend vendor meetings, blindly sign contracts, not exactly knowing if you’re getting a great deal or a great vendor. You could plan out your timeline, follow every move of dinner service-has everyone been served?, make sure the bar is serving your guests in prompt manner. You could monitor the gift table and card box. You could corral guests, cue your officiant, not to mention the musicians and readers. When a problem arises, you can be the point of contact, having any and all vendors approach you when they don’t have a go to plan of solution. If it rains, you can take care of moving all of the items into a safe place. Oh and did you remember set up and clean up? Sure you can do it yourself, but we can do it, too! While taking all of the pressure off you. Julissa and Ayodeji’s wedding was recently featured on Blushing Blog. After reading such kind words provided by the bride, you might have even more “PROS” as to why it is a great idea to hire a wedding coordinator. Best use of budget? “The best use of our budget was our amazing photographer, Heather Cook Elliott. Also our wedding coordinator, Tailored Engagements, and videographer, One Fine Day.” Is there anything that didn’t go as planned? “There were a couple of things that didn’t go as planned; however,...