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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

After Wedding Flowers


Wondering what to do with your flowers after the wedding? You just spent a decent amount of money on your beautiful flowers and you are just going to toss them. Think again! Keep your bouquet for years without going the dusty, dried-flowers route.

Snip blossoms and lay them on newsprint.

Fold newsprint over to cover, and insert in a flower press (or between the pages of a phone book).

Leave them for 10 to 12 days, until dry and papery. Use tweezers to transfer the flowers to card stock and arrange.

Use tweezers to gently lift each blossom, and a paintbrush to apply a dot of glue to the underside, then press into place.

Let dry, and frame.

Not only do you have the memory but you have framed art for your new home!

If you are a busy bride You're The Bride offers flower preservation services so please contact us for pick-up/ drop-off instructions and payment.

Here are some pictures of some recent bouquets that have been preserved.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Plymouth Manor ~ Nicole + David 10/10/10

Nicole was referred to us by Ronald Ponkey Photography. We coordinated her wedding day and the rehearsal the day before. 

The ceremony was at Mill Race Village in the Chapel and officiated by Rev. Fred from We Are Gathered. This historic chapel is located in Northville. Nicole looked absolutely beautiful as she made her way down the aisle to David.

After the ceremony the bridal party went downtown to get lots of pictures before arriving back to Plymouth Manor for a elegant black and red reception. 

Maggie from Memory Makers Decorating did a fantastic job with setting up all of the silk flowers that Nicole made.  She also provided table runners and chair covers for the event and everything looked great!

You're The Bride finished cleaning up the ceremony area and headed over to the reception where we set playing cards at each place setting, table numbers, candles, seating board, toasting flutes,  and placed a restroom basket for the ladies to use when freshening up.

Sweet 220 provided the wedding cake that was delicious!


Bill from Dark Lake Video was there to capture the wedding alongside Ronald Ponkey and his team.

I had wondered for a sunday night if this crowd would party until the end. Well Aaron from Rusch Entertainment did a great job of playing the music as the guests burned up the dance floor.

Nicole and David treated their guests to a photo booth which the guests loved! They also had late night pizza and warm cookies that were delicious!

My favorite part of the evening was when the Bridal Party danced to "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson instead of a slow song for the traditional dance!

Nicole and David plan to take a honeymoon later as right now they are busy with their new restaurant Ohana Cafe in Northville. Congratulations and thanks for letting us be part of your special day!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wish Upon A Wedding

Please take a minute to read about this wonderful organization that helps couples who are dealing with a terminal illness and want to get married :)


 







Wish Upon a Wedding is the world's first nonprofit wish granting organization that provides weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances. Less than one year old, the organization has 16 active chapters, and will have granted 12 wishes by the end of 2010. 

During the month of November, they are hosting several fund raising galas and auctions throughout the country, and would like to invite you to participate.


Whether you are a bride or groom to be, a wedding industry professional, or you simply love the concept behind their mission... YOU can help make Wedding Wishes come true, while raising crucial funding needed to sustain this wonderful, new nonprofit organization.



 
Here's How:
 A Gala Celebration to Benefit Wish Upon a Wedding

The Blissful Wishes Ball is a festive way to support Wish Upon a Wedding.  Enjoy a nice night out on the town with an elegant dinner, entertainment, music, dancing, and incredible auction items.





 



 




Online and Live auctions for a Worthwhile Cause



For the first time in history, couples getting married can plan their entire wedding from virtually any city in the United States, knowing that every penny they spend will go directly towards helping a couple in need.  It's so EASY to bid.  Find everything from invitations to flowers, catering to DJs, photography to wedding planners, honeymoons and more. 



Simply visit their online auction site here to choose from hundreds of items from the industry's best vendors.


Even if you are not getting married, check it out for other exciting items, such as dinners in top-rated restaurants, entertainment, sporting events and popular autographed memorabilia. Every cent earned goes towards Wish Upon a Wedding and their mission to provide these heartfelt Wedding Wishes.






 


About Wish Upon a Wedding

Founded in January of 2010 by CA wedding planner, Liz Guthrie of San Jose Wedding Consultants, Wish Upon a Wedding was

created to help couples who did not have the time, money, resources or strength to plan a wedding on their own, because of terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances. The organization now celebrates the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by

granting their dream wedding wishes. It is their goal that chosen recipients can

inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength, while raising awareness for terminal illness.



 


Growing up with a sister who was deaf since birth, and raised byents who ran a board and care home for people facing numerous disabilities and life hardships, Liz learned early on to value the many blessings in life, and the importance of helping others. Volunteering throughout her life for a variety of nonprofit organizations, Liz was looking for a way to combine weddings and community service.  
After producing the San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway in 2009, a contest in which only one couple would be granted a dream wedding, Liz came up with a way to merge her two passions. While going through the process of giving the wedding "prize" to a woman suffering from stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Liz  created Wish Upon a Wedding. Overnight, Liz decided to change wedding history, and the way we give, by launching a nonprofit organization that was totally unique and had never existed before.

Supported by industry leaders such as Sasha Souza, David Beahm, Stella Inserra, Jenny Orsini, Kevin Covey, Stacie Francombe, Sylvia Weinstock, Steve Kemble, Mindy Weiss, Mary Dann, and Ivy Robinson (to name just a few), the organization has experienced rapid growth and seen voracious acceptance throughout the country.


To date, eight couples have benefited from the generous work of Wish Upon a Wedding. Over 4,000 volunteers have signed up to become Wish Granters. Their facebook page has attracted over 10,000 fans.  


None of this would be possible without public support.


In Loving Memory of Wish Recipients who have Passed On






Dani and Tony married in St Louis on September 1. She passed away September 30th. Dani had suffered from Cystic Fibrosis since age 3, and had recently received a double lung transplant.




 

 
Florence and Micheal married near Sacramento on March 13. She passed away on September 28. Florence battled stage IV breast cancer, and was diagnosed with six months to live at the time of her wedding.



 

Shelly and Jay married in Seattle on May 2.  Shelly passed away three weeks later She had been battling a rare type of cancerous lymphoma, and Jay suffered from Multiple Sclerosis.


 

Please help Wish Upon a Wedding continue to do great things.


And help them spread the word, by sharing this article with your friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances.



You CAN make a difference in someone's life today!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Small Touches, Big Impact

Add these little or big touches for a huge impact.


Little- Up-lights under cocktail tables.

OR

Big- Strings of paper lanterns.



Little- Rose petals on the hors d'oeuvres trays.

OR

Big- Rose petals on all the tables.



Little- Monogrammed Hand towels in the bathroom.

OR

Big- Monogrammed cocktail napkins.


Little- Etched Glass votives.

OR

Big- A forest of pillar candles.



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What is your Wedding Theme?

First and foremost, you should decide which type of wedding theme suit your personalities and lifestyle. Play it smart and pick your theme first. It's easier to coordinate your decorations, favors, flowers, dresses, menu and all the other items required when it revolves around a theme.

Choosing to work with a theme will guide you in your decisions and selections regarding the best wedding invitations, ideas for wedding favors, food and menu choices, beautiful decorations, as well as finding the perfect location for your ceremony and reception, along with so many other critical details. Once you have a vision of what you want your wedding to "look like", you can then begin focusing on exactly what you'll need to buy and/or make, plus have a better understanding of what vendor arrangements will need to be made. This will save you both time and money in the long run.

Here are some themes to help you get started!

*Indoor or Outdoor Wedding.

This will help you figure out what time of the year you want it as well.

*Winter Wedding.

Christmas Wedding.

New Years Wedding.


*Spring Wedding.

Bird Theme Wedding.



*Summer Wedding.

Beach/Tropical Wedding.

Farm/Ranch Wedding.



*Fall Wedding.

Halloween Wedding.

Thanksgiving Wedding.



*Romantic Wedding.

Fairytale Wedding.



*Vintage Wedding.

Jazz/Big Band Wedding.



*Modern Wedding.

Clean and Sleek Wedding.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Makeup at Saks Fifth Avenue

Last week my sister Marcie was in town from Florida so while she was here we went to visit her friend who is a fabulous make-up artist at Saks Fifth Avenue at Somerset Mall in Troy. Loukia treated us each to a complimentary makeup consultation, gave us a fresh look and even taught us a few tricks! We had a wonderful session with her and learned about the Chanel product line. I'm in love with their new holiday eye collection and hope to pick it up soon! Loukia has done makeup for many celebrities including Oprah and many from Detroit. Actually one of her clients Cyndy Canty from Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show on 105.1 had an appointment right after ours. Cyndy was kind enough to take this picture of my sister, Loukia and I for my post. If you are a bride give Loukia a call at 248-614-3357 to schedule your complimentary consultation for wedding day makeup.

Friday, October 15, 2010

One color, four different looks.


Forest green is a beautiful go-to color for an earth inspired wedding. It's nature's natural that is found all year round and also goes great for a wedding. If you love the look, here are four different pairings that are beautifully unique.


1) Forest and Cream

The light cream gives the deep green a breath of fresh air. This duo is sophisticated enough to go great in a sunny day wedding or a modern lounge.

2) Forest and Peach

These hues are perfect to amp up a retro feeling wedding but are elegant enough to off-set the traditionally 'preppy' green and pink.

3) Forest and Wine

These jewel tones complement each other to make them perfect for a luxurious feeling wedding. They will look perfect for a library inspired wedding.

4) Forest and Navy

These rich colors are great for an evening wedding. These colors mimic the view of earth from space, which would be no accident in a reception held at a museum.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Finding something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

You've witnessed countless brides interpret these words in the same old conventional fashion (the handkerchief is old, the dress is new, the earrings are borrowed and the garter is blue). But this is your wedding, and you've never been one to follow the crowd. Take heart. Here are some ideas to make your wedding unique and memorable.

Something Old

If you are pressed for time, you can always throw on a pair of old stockings to take care of this part of the rhyme... but you don't want to do that. You may be lucky enough to wear your mother's wedding gown, but if not, the following suggestions will work:

* A vintage engagement ring or wedding band

* The veil your grandmother wore in her wedding

* Antique or heirloom earrings or bracelet

* A tiny vintage purse

* Vintage buttons on your wedding dress

* Your favorite lipstick

* Your signature perfume

* Antique lace tied around your bouquet


Something New

This is where it can get really fun; after all, who could deny you a perfectly sensible excuse to go shopping? Think of the possibilities…

* Your wedding gown

* A veil that makes the dress

* Luxurious lingerie

* A brand new lipstick or eyeshadow

* Jewelry: a sparkling bracelet, earrings or a classic pearl necklace (if not a gift from your groom, then one to yourself -- you deserve it)

* The perfect shoes

* Elegant silk gloves

* A glittering tiara (what better time to be princess for a day)

* A silk or cashmere shawl (for a fall or winter wedding)


Just because it's new doesn't mean you have to purchase it.

* A brand new penny for your shoe

* Freshly picked garden flowers for your bouquet


Something Borrowed

Your friends and family will be thrilled to help you with this item; however, it may be a bit tricky deciding what to borrow from whom. One of the most traditional choices is also one of the loveliest -- borrowing a gown from your mother or grandmother. If that is not an option, read on.


* Mom's pearl necklace

* The earrings your grandmother wore at her wedding

* The adorable little bag your best friend carried at hers

* Your aunt's veil or headpiece

* Your sister's wedding shoes

* Your parents' (or a friend's) home for the wedding or reception

* An elegant wrap from your future mother-in-law

* Your grandfather's Bible or book of poetry

* Money from your parents or his (for the wedding or honeymoon)


Something Blue

We aren't sure who launched the blue garter craze, but we do know it's still alive in the 21st century. While a lacy blue garter is a viable option, the following are a few fresh alternatives.


* Blue flowers in your bouquet, such as hydrangeas

* Lingerie with touches of blue

* Ice blue toenail polish

* A dramatic blue-red lipstick

* Tiny blue details, such as flowers, scattered on a long veil

* A delicate pale blue barrette

* A beautiful blue Austrian crystal

* A blues band at your reception

* Shoes! It is getting to be the most popular blue item for brides today.



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

5 Ways to entertain your guests!

Weddings are all about bringing friends and family together to celebrate your special day. For guests, the best moments are witnessing the ceremony, enjoying the meal and then hitting the dance floor. Doing so should keep them pretty busy, but there’s always more that you can offer them. Keep the party going with these entertaining ideas.

*Take Them for a Ride

Transport guests from your ceremony to your reception tourist-style. Hire a local tour company to pick everyone up and take them on a brief tour of the area as they make their way to your reception space. If you’d rather skip a formal tour, give them an impromptu one as you joyride between events. Look for a trolley or ferry that will hold all your guests and treat everyone to a free ride.


*Hire a Live Artist



Here’s how it works: An artist will arrive at the wedding, set up a canvas and quietly paint a picture of the event as it’s taking place. While he or she works, your guests can watch and throughout the evening check back in to see how the painting is going. Plus, it’s the ultimate keepsake—what better way to preserve the magic of your special day?



*Make the Meal the Center of Attention

You’ve seen an ice cream truck pull up to a wedding reception before, but what about a gelato hut or a taco stand on wheels? If you have a favorite local vendor (particularly one who’s mobile), hire them to serve dessert or a late-night snack at your reception. This idea is great for park weddings or outdoor receptions and perfect for the summer or fall season.






*Create a Game Night Theme
What is a better way to get to know the newlyweds then playing the game itself! The bridesmaids set out two chairs back-to-back and seated the bride and groom facing away from each other. In each hand, the bride and groom holds something that represents themselves and loved one. For each question, such as "Who is the better cook?" or "Who spends more money?" the bride and groom raise there arm (representing themselves or their better half) that best answered the question. The game elicited lots of chuckles and I thought it was a great way to lighten the mood.



*Try Wine-Tasting Stations

Skip the signature cocktail and host a beer or wine tasting instead. Display top picks from the bride and groom to make it personal and, for added authenticity, hire a sommelier to introduce the wine and teach each guest how to properly cleanse their palate. Give out monogrammed wine bottle holders as favors for guests to take home.



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

You've got your man and you've got your dress, now what. Flowers!

Who knew there were so many different types. Before you become too overwhelmed with the hundreds of types of flowers, narrowing down the style of your bouquet can help your florist determine what will work and save you the headache. If you find yourself looking for a less traditional style of bouquet, here are some other top styles to help narrow down your search.

Asymmetrical- an asymmetrical bouquet allows flowers to flow naturally. The flowers and greens are longer and fuller on one side than the other.

Waterfall- a waterfall bouquet is heaviest at the top of the bouquet tapers down. This style is one of the most dramatic.

Flat or Presentation- this bouquet has long stemmed flowers that rest flat against the brides arm.

Crescent- This bouquet's flowers arc out from both sides of the center of the bouquet.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Candy Buffet for your guests !

A candy buffet is one of the cutest trends in the wedding industry right now. And not only is it a pretty touch, but its also a great alternative to wedding favors. You can set out candy bags or take out boxes so that your guests can take some candy to go. The price is similar to setting out favors at each place setting, and your guests pick and choose exactly what they want. It's a win-win!

Also, with everyone on a budget right now, why not buy in bulk! While handmade chocolates and truffles with your names on them can be beautiful, incorporate some bulk and old fashioned candy to round out the selection. Everyone will have something they like and this option will keep you on budget.



But if you are stuck on personal touches, its easy! You don’t have to just do generic lollipops and plain pinwheels. You can have you and your groom's name embossed on things like M&M's or candy bar wrappers. If you’d like to make your own candy bars, turn printable stickers into personalized candy wrappers.

If you would like us to do a candy buffet for your reception please click here for more details and pricing on this page http://www.yourethebride.com/rentals.htm

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

WEDDING MAKEUP TRENDS FALL 2010

Here are some of the hottest trends in makeup for this wedding season!

-Smokey eyes have been popular time and again over the years but we are seeing a new take on our old favorite. Usually blacks & browns over power the smokey eye look but now purples, grays, metallic and jewel tones are at the top of the list this season. The main difference in this year's smokey eye trend is that the rest of the face looks natural.

-If you like a natural look for your wedding, go with gold and bronze eye shadows. It will appear soft yet dramatic.

-In order to keep your wedding day make up looking fresh, try not to overdo your lips and check bones.

As with anything, a good foundation is vital for a good end result. Determining the best foundations based on skin type is essential to ensure your makeup is even and uniform.

-Remember to include your eyebrows on the wedding day. Make sure you get them waxed at least a week before your big day. 

-If the eyes can’t handle the smokey look then switch it up a bit and try to enhance your lips and leave your eyes natural on the wedding day.

-Hire a makeup artist on your wedding day and make sure you have a trial the week of the wedding.Take a few photos of yourself to see if you really like the look.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pick a Gift~! When you hire us for Day-of Coordination/Planning Ensemble

Why worry about all the little details on your wedding day from managing schedules, vendors, set-up, tear-down and a zillion other things? Just be the bride you deserve to be! We have over 11 years experience in planning and coordinating  Metro Detroit events! This investment gives you peace of mind so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day. You don't get a do-over so please don't rely on family and friends who are not experienced in dealing with situations that could arise. Let them relax and enjoy too!!

We are offering some special booking incentives for next year's brides and we have a few dates left this season if you are in a last minute panic. When you meet and book with us either on the SPOT or within 7 DAYS of your consult you may choose between a Airbrush Upgrade for wedding day makeup from Bridal Beauty Detroit OR A Teeth Whitening Service from RJ & Associates Dental Care Please contact us for more details. If you have already met with us and are still deciding this offer is good within 7 days from the post so please contact us to book your date and pick out the gift of your choice! These incentives are good thru 12/31.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy First Anniversary ~ Jillian + Dave 10/2/09

I can't believe its been a year since I worked with this lovely bride Jillian. You're The Bride assisted Jillian with her invitations, finding a wonderful florist and linens. We actually saved this bride just over $3,500 by using vendors that we have relationships with. Her savings was 5 times more than the fee she paid to us for just Day-of Coordination. Wow! She had a beautiful reception at Partridge Creek with amazing linens provided by Affordable Elegance. Congratulations on your first year of marriage!!