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Thursday, May 26, 2016

May Couple of the Month ~ Kelley + Corry, Royal Park Hotel




A few words from Kelly....

He grew up in Lansing, I grew up in Clarkston, Michigan. We met in the summer of 2014 at a Karaoke Bar in Chicago. I'm an oncologist he is an investment consultant. We have an awesome beagle, Lucy Kozma-Walsh. She is in some of the engagement pictures. We are going to Ireland, London and Paris for our honeymoon at the end of July. We are super exited about the wedding, having a great time (most of the time) planning the wedding. So happy that our friends and family are all coming together.

We are pretty active people, I love to run. I forced Corry to to run an 8K race this winter, 'The Shamrock Shuffle" he loves to Golf. I went golfing with him last week for the second time in my life and got PAR on one hole, we will not mention what happened on the rest of the course! We love to travel, spend time with our friends and family.

 Corry proposed to me on Christmas Day in front of both of our parents and Lucy of course. It was perfect! Our wedding colors are blush, pale yellow and silver. We have 7 bridesmaids, 6 of my closest friends and my Sister in law Teresa. My maid of honor is Ling Pyng, a truly amazing person who I am so lucky to have found. Corry has 7 groomsmen. His Best man is Anthony Lottes who is an extremely talented musician. He sings regularly at Mojo's Dueling Piano Bar in Grand Rapids Michigan. We have two junior bridesmaids, Sophia and Elinor Windrow who are my very dear cousins. Our flower girl is my niece Eden Kozma.  





Photo Credit: Ashley Letourneau Photography



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Origins of Popular Wedding Traditions

Have you ever wondered about where all the wedding traditions we are so accustomed to came from? Why do we have flower girls, wear blue or eat cake on the big day? Interestingly, many traditions have roots in Ancient Rome. Scroll through this timeline by Personal Creations to learn the origins of 16 wedding traditions and find out why so many have stood the test of time. 



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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Location, Location, Location...

           

           Church…? Beach…? Barn…? With all of the details that go into planning a wedding, the biggest and perhaps most challenging first step is to settle on a time, season, and of course, location. There are both pros and cons to every option, which makes coming, and more importantly, agreeing on a decision that much more difficult. Today, I'm here to help you weigh out those options, and provide you with some insight that may simplify making that daunting first step.

            A common dream destination for any bride-to-be is the Caribbean. What could be more romantic than tying the knot on a warm tropical beach, with all of your family and friends? Although mystical, it may lack in practicality if you hope to celebrate the day with all of your loved ones. The biggest, yet often neglected problem to this fairytale scene is cost. Unless you’re able to pay for the accommodations of all of your guests, it may be a financial challenge for them all to attend your special day. If your heart is still set on a beach setting, a less costly alternative is a lake ceremony. While it may not be a tropical island, being able to share your big day with everyone you love is what you’ll remember forever! In many cases, that may also allow more money to be spent on food, a dress, and a reception venue.

            Receptions are frequently the most memorable part of a wedding, especially for your guests. Unfortunately, you are again presented with the question of location. If you hope to be cost effective, choosing the same venue for both your ceremony and reception is a great trick. Many churches, golf courses, and resorts can provide a hall for the ceremony, as well as a banquet area for the reception. With weather always being unpredictable, choosing an outdoor venue may be cause for stress in the days leading up to your wedding. An indoor reception area is always a safe call, but making it unique is still important. One of the most creative and innovative reception areas is a refurbished barn. This venue provides a homey and unified atmosphere, while also giving guests easy access to the outdoors.


           The location is the building block to a fantastic and memorable wedding day; and although I’m sure your pre-wedding to do list still seems impossibly daunting, being able to settle on a venue will put your mind at ease. Whether it be a beach, church, or barn, celebrating your love with your friends and family is the most important element in making your day memorable. Everything will fall into place, and remember, you’re the bride! 



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Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy First Anniversary Laura + Ronnie, Royal Park Hotel Wedding


Wow a year has already passed for this amazing couple! They had a beautiful ceremony and reception at the amazing Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. We are reminiscing on their magical day today! Read more below by clicking on the link.


http://blog.yourethebride.com/2015/09/royal-park-hotel-laura-ronnie-52315.html



Photo Credit: EJ Photography








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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Meet Intern, Abby

We are so excited to introduce summer intern Abby!

 My name is Abby currently a student at Macomb Community College. I have big goals for myself and I am very excited about my future. I am working towards my Associates degree in Hospitality Management and Business Administration. My Bachelor's degree will be more focused in the business field but have not decided what my concentration will be in. One day I would love to refurbish an old barn and turn it into a classy venue with a vintage twist. I love the whole boho, vintage style. I am absolutely in love with love and love seeing people be happy. After I have had my fun with my barn venue I would love to be able to open a non profit that is geared towards helping animals because I am a huge animal advocate. I am very excited to spend my summer interning with You're The Bride and hope to spread my wings into becoming the wedding planner I know I can be.


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Meet Intern, Hannah

So excited to welcome Intern, Hannah whom will be with us for just 5 weeks. During that time she will get her feet wet VERY QUICK in the world of weddings! She is currently a sophomore studying Strategic Communications with a minor in business at the University of Kansas. She is extremely passionate about Public Relations, and Advertising, and aspires to pursue a career within Event Planning. Originally from East Lansing, Michigan, she is ecstatic to be working with You’re The Bride and learn as much as she can about the fast pace field of Wedding Planning!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Meet Event Assistant, Shealyn

Very excited to announce my new Event Assistant. I have been searching to fill this position for a while now and am so happy to have her join the team! Very ironic that Shea knows one of our former 2012 interns Samantha,  Pam from Blumz  and she was an Intern at Garland Resort in my hometown of Lewiston where You're The Bride is their preferred wedding planner partner. I think she was meant to be! We have our first wedding this weekend and we are both super excited. I will be introducing our two new interns very soon as well so stay tuned! 

Shealyn brings a wealth of knowledge to events with her background and education in hospitality, venue management, rentals and event planning. She received her B.A.A. in Commercial Recreation, Event Management and Hospitality Services from Central Michigan University – Fire Up Chips! Shealyn is calm, confident and composed which shows her ability to handle anything thrown her way. She enjoys the ability to dream and create in this amazing industry. Seeing the creation of a space from start to finish and watching it all come to life is what drives her through each and every event. There are few things in life that she enjoys more than being a part of a wedding day. It brings a smile to her face and warmth to her heart knowing that she has helped create a beautiful wedding for brides, grooms, and their families.

When she’s not helping to create an unforgettable event, you can find Shealyn out and about with her family and friends. Her loves include reading a good book, watching the Harry Potter movies for the millionth time, attending as many concerts as possible, traveling, and a nice glass of red wine.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Here's What It Really Takes To Make A Dream Wedding Come True

It may have happened unexpectedly, or you’ve been waiting months for this moment. The love of your life has finally popped the question. And you said yes! You’re engaged, and full of excitement. Rather than thinking about the rest of your lives together, though, you’re probably full of ideas for your beautiful wedding. But planning a wedding is an enormous undertaking. It can be stressful and very hard work to bring such a huge event together. Don’t worry though. Here’s what it really takes to make your dream wedding come true:
Announcement
Traditionally, your engagement should be announced. Sometimes the groom likes to ask the bride’s father for permission to marry. These days, a round of drinks and a toast to the future is all that is expected. Some couples also like to announce the formality of their relationship in the press as well. You may prefer just to post a statement on FaceBook. Either which way, it is exciting news. Let the whole world know you’re in love!
Venue
Before you can confirm the date you’ll be married, you need to find a venue with availability. This can be tough. Some couples with one of the partners in the armed forces may struggle to find a venue within a narrow time frame. However, there are sometimes cancellations or postponements. If you can accept just a couple of day’s notice, you may still be able to have the venue of your dreams.

Both of you should visit the place you want to get married. You should see where the ceremony will be held, and confirm the capacity for that and your reception room. This could determine a limit on your guest list. Once you have found the place you want to marry, you will have your date.
Celebrant/Officiant
The next thing to do is to find someone to marry you. You can have anyone you like guide the ceremony and MC your reception. But to legally marry, you must have someone certificated to take you through the verbal vows and written paperwork required. In some places, one of your friends may be able to take this on with a simple application process. Your local government office is the best place to start to find someone.
Of course, if you are having a religious ceremony to officiate your wedding, you will most likely have it conducted at a religious venue. Some religious leaders are not authorized to marry you legally. You will still need to attend a legal service to make it official in the eyes of the law. Be sure you know what the ceremony will cover.


Invitations

Now you know when and where, it’s time to decide who. Your venue capacity will put a limit on the number of guests you have. And some chapels are quite small, so you may have fewer guests attend your ceremony than your reception. If you’re on a budget, it is possible to find free wedding invitation templates online. You can then print them out. Alternatively, why not try to find a good wedding stationer near you?
You will need the venue address, plus a few directions. You should also detail the times and the date. If you have a gift list, it might be a good idea to detail the register as well. Some couples also list options for accommodation. Put an address for RSVP, gifts, and contact.

Dress
One of the best things about a wedding is choosing the dress. Whether you are on a budget or not, there are plenty of options. The vast majority of brides visit two or three boutiques and try on several dresses off the peg before they find ‘the one.' A few brides commission a designer to make something bespoke. You will need to attend a measuring session and a couple of meetings to refine the design choices.


Picking a dress off the peg requires a fitting too. Your seamstress will then alter the dress to make it fit your shape exactly, as though it was made for you. You may even be able to add a couple of details if you like.

Bridesmaids And Best Men
Many brides take their mothers or sisters with them for dress shopping. Others pick the bridesmaids promptly and invite them along. It can be tough choosing between friends when you need bridesmaids. You could have many bridesmaids so everyone is included but this could be quite expensive when it comes to dresses and flowers. Some grooms also choose more than one best man. It’s your wedding, so there is no wrong answer.

Rings
Picking the wedding rings is a wonderful experience for the bride and groom. Many couples are choosing platinum bands inlaid with diamonds. They are also inscribed on the inside with personal sentiments of love and honor. There is nothing wrong with you continuing to wear your engagement ring. Some people say adding the wedding ring to it ‘seals the deal’!


Limo
There are so many choices for a wedding car. Most brides want to make a grand entrance to their wedding so they choose something like an American Limo to take them to the venue. You can see more about American Limos online if you want to view some of your options. You may want to use the car again to take you from the chapel to the reception. And if you are going on honeymoon that night, why not have your chauffeur take you to the airport too?

Catering
Many venues provide the catering as part of the package deal. However, it’s worth considering booking your own caterers if you have something special in mind for the reception. You will also need to hire some people to serve drinks and meals if your caterer doesn’t provide that.

Flowers
The bride’s bouquet is perhaps the most important order from the florist. But don’t forget all the other flowers you’ll need for the wedding. Your bridesmaids may also carry smaller bouquets. The men may wish to wear buttonholes. And don’t forget the centerpieces for the table decorations. Other flowers to consider are garlands, planters, and decorations.


Cake
The wedding cake is a symbol of the marriage. Some people even save one layer for the birth of the first child (although I doubt they eat it)! Cutting into the cake at your reception is the first job you do together as a married couple. And it can symbolize the start of your lives together. Some couples even feed each other the first slice, although that can sometimes get a little messy.

Music
Your choice of music for the ceremony is very personal. Some venues will not allow religious music though, so be sure you’re adhering to their rules. You may want some background music playing as people take their seats. Then you will want something to walk down the aisle to. Many brides choose Pachelbel’s Canon. You could even have musicians present to play it for you. Finally, after the ceremony, you will want something uplifting to celebrate the moment you marry.

Vows
Your vows will also be very personal. They’re often statements of love and commitment. You will also need to say specific wording as part of the legal side of marrying. Your celebrant may read a poem on your behalf if you like. This can be in addition to your vows or as an alternative if you’re not keen on public speaking.

Speeches
Usually the Best Man will start the speeches. The Father of the Bride may also give a speech welcoming his new son-in-law to the family. The Groom will toast the bride too. These days, it is acceptable for the bride to give a speech. This may be to thank her friends and family for helping to organize the wedding.


Gifts
The bride and groom may also give gifts to thank those who have helped with their big day. The gifts for the happy couple are not usually opened at the wedding.

The First Dance
The First Dance is usually choreographed these days. Of course, you can choose to do something traditional like a formal waltz. Or you may have the entire wedding party get up and do something with a little more energy! Your First Dance should be to a song that means something important to both of you. It may be your first moment (almost) alone together as a married couple, so it should be incredibly romantic.

Honeymoon
At the end of your reception, you may be ready to head off for your honeymoon. You may be flying somewhere exotic, or heading upstairs to the hotel for the night. Many couples are absolutely exhausted and a little drunk by the time they get to this point. That’s why it’s so important to pace yourself during the day! Don’t sneak off though. Throw your bouquet to the ladies, and bid your goodnights before you go.

A happy marriage begins with a wedding. Whether it is big or small, it will be the most memorable day of your lives together for a long time. Enjoy your beautiful day.


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