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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wedding Acronyms


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With so many brides now turning to message boards for support and help, learning the jargon used by the other brides is essential. This is especially true as many of these acronyms are becoming the language of that the bride’s family, friends, vendors, and planners use when talking weddings. While these are not all of the acronyms out there, it is a pretty extensive list.  We have also noticed many of these are showing up on http://www.facebook.com/.


Family Relationships:

B2B- Bride to Be

BF- Boyfriend or Best Friend

BIL- Brother-in-Law

DC- Dear Child

DD- Dear Daughter

DH- Dear Husband

DS- Dear Son

DW- Dear Wife

FBIL- Future Brother-in-Law

FFIL- Future Father-in-Law

FH- Future Husband

FI- Fiancé(masculine) or Fiancée(feminine)

FIL- Father-in-Law

FILs- Future in-Laws

FMIL- Future Mother-in-Law

FOB- Father of the Bride

FOG- Father of the Groom

FSIL- Future Sister-in-Law

FW- Future Wife

G2B- Groom to Be

GF- Girlfriend

GP- Grandparent

H2B- Husband to Be

MIL- Mother-in-Law

MOB- Mother of the Bride

MOG- Mother of the Groom

SIL- Sister-in-Law



Wedding Party:

BM- Best Man or Bridesmaid

BP- Bridal Party

FG- Flower Girl

GM- Groomsmen

MOH- Maid of Honour/Matron of Honour

JP- Justice of the Peace

RB- Ring Bearer

TBP- The Bridal Party


Wedding:

AI- All-inclusive (referring to honeymoon resort/hotel)

BP- Bachelor(ette) Party

BS- Bridal Shower

CM- Catering Manager

CP- Centerpiece

DIY- Do-it-Yourself

DOC- Day of Coordinator

DW- Destination Wedding

E-___- Engagement ______

GTG- Get-Together

HM- Honeymoon

MC- Master/Mistress of Ceremonies

NWR- Not Wedding Related

OOT(G)- Out-of-Town (Guests)

PF- Pocket fold (invitations)

RD- Rehearsal Dinner

RP- Repost

SO- Significant Other

STD- Save-the-dates

SWR- Some What Related

TYC- Thank You Cards

WB- Wedding Band

WP- Wedding Planner or Wedding Party

WR- Wedding Related or Wedding Ring


Phrases:

HTH- Hope that Helps

IMO- In My Opinion

RSVP- Répondez, S'il Vous Plaît (French for Respond, if you please)

TIA- Thanks in Advance

TY- Thank You

~Aimee

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dessert Bar ideas for your wedding reception

Whether replacing cake or just offering a wider selection of sweets, dessert bars are becoming an interesting and meaningful alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Many dessert bars are created to reference the couple’s past and their families’ traditions. From cookies that remind the bride of her childhood to the homemade ice cream the groom’s mother makes, there are numerous ways for a couple to express themselves in a new and unique way. Here are some interesting ideas:

Cookie Bar

Offer an assortment of cookies types, either traditional home cookies like chocolate chip or unique and sophisticated cookies like decorated lebkuchen or tuiles d’Amandes. Small glass bottles of chilled milk pair perfectly with a cookie bar. 


Ice Cream Bar

A couple could offer their favorite kinds of ice cream flavors, or they could have ice cream that is handmade by a friend or relative. Ice cream glasses and Sunday toppings could be offered alongside so guests could personalize their dessert. Don’t forget sodas if the guests want to create floats instead.


Pie Bar

Fruit pies are especially delightful in summer and fall, and with all the fruits available during those seasons it can be difficult to choose just one, so why not have a wide variety. The pies can be made even more personal if the fruit used is grown near the wedding site or where the bride or groom grew up.



Mini Dessert Bar

A miniature dessert bar is perfect when a couple wants guests to sample a wide selection of desserts. Every dessert has the option of being miniaturized; parfait, cheesecake, pie, chocolates, cake (even cup cakes can be made in miniature).
If you need help with putting together some unique ideas for your party give us a call at 248-408-4602 or visit our site on some of our past parties. http://www.yourethebride.com/beyond_weddings.htm

photos courtesy of google images

~Aimee

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bridal Shower Games

I decided to do some research and find some fun bridal shower games to play at your shower. Turns out, there are literally hundreds! I thought I’d share a few that I liked. I also compiled a list of websites that have shower game ideas so that you can browse for yourself!

The Happiness Recipe
To play this game, each guest has to write down her answer to what makes a happy or good marriage. When everybody is done, all the papers should be folded and placed in the bowl. One guest will then take out all the sheets one by one and read the answers; some will be funny, some heartwarming while others may be pretty outrageous.

Purse Treasure Hunt

This is a very easy and fun game; you will just need some small prizes. As the name suggests, the game has to do with the purses of your guests. Ask all the ladies to put their purses on their laps. Yell out the name of a random item such as can opener. The first lady to find that item in her purse gets a prize. Start with the simple and most obvious items but then go to the crazy things that normally wouldn’t be in a purse.

How Well Does the Bride Know the Groom?

Ask the groom 20 or so questions about himself. At the shower, have everyone ask how well they think the bride knowes her groom. Have them write down how many of the questions they think she will get right. Some question ideas are: "What was his first pet and it's name?". "His favorite....music group, color, and so on." "How old was he when.... he had his first kiss, etc."

Pin Collector
As each guest arrives, assign them a clothespin (or two) and inform them that for the rest of the day they must not use the names of the bride or groom. They must refer to them only as 'the bride' and 'the groom.' If they slip up, the person who caught them takes the pin. The person with the most pins at the end of the shower wins. This is another good mingling game, and can get quite competitive

Here are some other websites you can check out that offer game ideas:
http://www.bridal-shower-games.com/

http://www.blissweddings.com/library/games.asp

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/10-bridal-shower-games.htm

http://www.abbee.com/bridal_shower_games/

http://www.bridalshower.com/d-games/

http://www.weddingfavorsunlimited.com/Free_Bridal_Shower_Games.html

And find tons of games that you can download and print off!
Sources:
http://bridalshoweretc.com/

http://www.foreverwed.com/Bridal_Parties/brdlshowergames.htm

http://www.justweddings.org/tips-and-ideas/for-the-maid-of-honor-and-bridesmaids/peg-collector

Photo Credit: http://www.playerzblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/funny-bridal-shower-games.jpg


If you need help planning a bridal shower or another party give us a call at 248-408-4602 or visit our site
at http://www.yourethebride.com/beyond_weddings.htm

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Check out our bridal shower invitations at 35% off at the checkout!

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~Liz

Monday, March 28, 2011

Name Card holder ideas for your event

Name card holders, the little table accessory that hold guests’ name cards in front of their seat, are often a hidden cost couples forget about when planning their reception. Fortunately there are many simple alternatives:

Cork Holders

Many wine aficionados collect corks from bottles of wine they have tasted. A simple and chic idea is to flatten a side so the cork can rest flat and slice a thin hole lengthwise to set the card.


Fruit

A really simple way is to have a small hole or a cord in the name card so it can be hung around the fruit (this works well with pears for example). For more rounded or small fruit a small cut in the top should be sufficient for a card to be placed inside it.



Shells

Shells, of course, work wonderfully with beach themes and while a little more difficult to work with than the other options, they are very unique and fun to collect. As many shells have a side they easily rest on, all that is necessary is a thin cut on the top for the name cards.




Fork

Perhaps the simplest and most chic, one just needs to slip the name card between the tines of a fork in the table place setting. There are also ways of bending old forks into more interesting shapes for sole use as a card holder.

~Aimee

Click here to view our table place cards if you want to keep it traditional. Here are also our table number cards to view.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wedding Cake Styles



When it comes to choosing your wedding cake, you choices are virtually limitless. There are thousands of different styles and types of cakes, from modern to colorful to traditional and more. When you choose your cake, it's a great way to show off your personal style at your wedding reception. Here are a few of my favorites!


~Liz


Photo Credits:

weddinganswers.com

wedding52.com

weddingcakepictures.org

top-wedding-dresses.net



Friday, March 25, 2011

Sweet Afton Tea Room Lunch

Last Tuesday, Liz and I met up with Phyllis at the Sweet Afton Tea Room in Plymouth. What a lovely little place for brides to have their bridal shower. They offer a Victorian Tea Room environment for your bridal shower or any other occasion! They Serve a traditional English High Tea.

 Phyllis and Al, the owners are a delight to work with and would be happy to help you with your next event. There is a $75 room rental fee for 3 hours at the time of your reservation. The cost per person is $18.95 per person plus 20% gratuity and 6% sales tax. The minimum guest requirement is 20 and the maximum is 40.









Their High Tea includes:

A Welcome Punch
Mini Savories
Variety of Tea Sandwiches
Scones
Petit Sweets
Personal Pot of Tea

They are located at 450 Forest Avenue in downtown Plymouth. Contact Phyllis at 734-454-0777

If you need assistance planning a bridal
shower or another event please contact You're The Bride at
248-408-4602.

We offer some really cute tea pot invitations to go with your theme!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Your Event Party Rental Vendor Night

Earlier in the month I visited the showroom of Your Event Party Rental in Plymouth for a Vendor Appreciation Night. Thomas's Catering provided an amazing spread of appetizers for us to enjoy.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take pics of the food.

Ralph and Kim Cabildo were there from their company

RC DJ and Video Productions out of Westland. Give them a call if you are looking for a DJ for your next event. Super friendly people!

There were several table scapes and decor ideas for us to enjoy. Check out some of the ideas!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Volunteering on Your Honeymoon


Many couples are now looking for a unique way of spending their first weeks as a married couple. A recent trend has been volunteering (now also referred to as voluntouring or honeyteering due to the increase of popularity) instead of the normal beachside resorts. There are many different types of volunteering holidays available, all the way from having luxury accommodations and working during the day to living alongside the people you help. Either way the experience brings you closer the people and the culture around you.

Couples that volunteer on their honeymoon often find themselves closer as well. It is not surprising considering all the work they do together, because no illusions about it, it is work. While hard work may not be what many people are looking for on a honeymoon, those who do, find it to be very enriching spiritually, emotionally and culturally. Many couples also develop a desire to continue volunteering together after their experience because it touches them and the people they help so deeply. By helping make a change in another’s life you will make one in your own.

~Aimee


Images Courtesty of Bing.com

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Rehearsal Dinner

A little lost on planning your rehearsal dinner? You’re not the first! Here are a few tips on how to plan it.
Who to Invite

If you just want to have a simple rehearsal dinner, theknot.com suggest including just the two of you, the wedding party, your immediate family, the officiant and his spouse. You should also indicate whether spouses/significant others of the wedding party are invited. You can also choose to include out of town guests. However, if you want to keep the party intimate that’s alright too. It’s really your choice, depending on your preference and budget.

What Happens

There are really no rules on how to run your rehearsal dinner. You may choose not to have a formal rehearsal. However, it is a good way to get everyone familiar with the ceremony, and make sure everyone knows where to go and what to do for the actually wedding day. This is usually held at the church or ceremony site, and officiant will give a brief rundown of the wedding , directing everyone where to go, when to walk, etc. Afterwards, everyone meets for a celebratory dinner. It’s a great way for friends and family of the bride and groom to meet and mingle. It’s also a great opportunity for you to thank everyone who has helped you with your wedding. Commonly, the bride and groom will give their thanks with a toast right before dinner is served. Some couples choose to give gifts, but this is completely up to you.

Where to Have it

Your choices of where to hold you rehearsal dinner are really endless. Some common places include a banquet hall, a private room at a restaurant, a barbeque, your house or a relatives house, a private club, etc. Try to choose a place located conveniently for everyone, and if you are inviting out of town guests, be sure to provide them with a map and directions.

Invitations

Invitations are not necessary for the rehearsal dinner, especially if you’re only inviting immediate family and the wedding party. If this is the case, you can simply inform guests by word-of-mouth. If you are choosing to make your rehearsal dinner a larger engagement, you can opt to send out invitations. These should generally be sent shortly after the wedding invitations are sent out.

Contact us at 248-408-4602 if you need a rehearsal dinner or other party planned.

~Liz

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Making Out of Town Guests Feel Welcome


Your out of town guests went to a lot of effort to come to your wedding, show them your appreciation by making them feel at home!

One way to do this is to reserve a block of rooms in the same hotel for all your out of town guests. This way they don't have to worry about making travel arrangements. Also, many hotels offer group rates if you book multiple hotel rooms.

Also, make sure all guests have transportation arranged from the airport. Recruit friends and family members to pick up guests, provide them with rental car information, or arrange for a hotel shuttle.

Think about giving guests a welcome basket. Snacks, drinks, spa items, gift cards, menus for local food places, a city map, driving directions to the reception and ceremony, crayons and a coloring book for children, etc. You could also choose to leave them a thank you card.

Calling your guests and ensuring they arrived safely, and wishing them an enjoyable stay is an another great way to make them feel welcome.

One of the simplest things you could do is leave guests with a wedding itinerary. Theknot.com suggests including key times, locations, who is hosting, what to wear and so on for each activity. Let guests know about any free time they will have, and suggestions for how to fill it. Consider leaving them some brochures for local activities/attractions.

It's fairly simple to make guests feel welcome, and they will definitely appreciate the gesture!

~Liz

photo courtesy of graphicshunt.com

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Woodward Avenue Brewers ~ Bridal Shower

You're The Bride has been working with Bethany since August 2010 on her destination wedding that will take place at Garland Resort in Lewiston on May 7th.

Saturday was her couple's shower at the WAB in Ferndale consisting of about 30 guests. How can a bridal shower that has beer not be a huge hit?! We rented this private space that was perfect for the type of relaxed, casual atmosphere Bethany wanted.

Upon the arrival we gave each guest a name tag and drink tickets. To break the ice a little we played a awesome game that I recently played at a recent ABC event called "Find Someone Who" ( I customized it for her event) .... for example who is not on facebook, who is allergic to shellfish, who does not have more than one tv, you get the idea. The guests loved it.

I surprised the bride and groom with a special table top water fountain that included their engagement picture and shower invitation on a transparency. Here are some pictures to enjoy! Please contact us at tracie@yourethebride.com or 248-408-4602 if you need a party planned.

Event Planning,Coordination and Centerpieces-You're The Bride
Cake-Holiday Market
Venue, Drink Menu's and Drink Tickets-Woodward Avenue Brewers
Name tags and U of M paper products-Mother of Bride, Linda
Couple pictures-Maid of Honor, Jackie


Go Wolverines! That was some delicious cake. Marble with fresh raspberries and jam filling. Their frosting is to die for.

Time to Eat the awesome appetizers!

Check out this drink menu!

This was much prettier in person as my camera doesn't capture it to well with the flowing water.


Practicing to cut the cake before the big day !


Sorority Sisters do a shot before the opening of the gifts!

Present Time!
Everyone loved the pretzels and 3 kinds of mustard. Yum !

Monday, March 14, 2011

DeAnna Pappas Joins Weddzilla Blog

image courtesy of Google Images
Arlington, VA - (March 8, 2011): Weddzilla.com, the fastest growing online wedding portal, announced today that Engaged celebrity DeAnna Pappas, former star of ABC’s hit reality show, The Bachelorette, will join the Weddzilla blog as celebrity blogger.

Weddzilla.com, the fastest growing online wedding portal creating the most efficient, interactive, and social wedding planning experience for both engaged couples and wedding professionals, today announced that engaged celebrity and former star of ABC’s hit reality show, The Bachelorette, DeAnna Pappas, will join the Weddzilla blog as a celebrity blogger.

DeAnna Pappas, 29, was the final woman remaining on the finale of The Bachelor, Season 11. She found out she was tapped to star as the next “Bachelorette” on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeAnna demonstrated her assertiveness and independent nature during The Bachelor, setting her apart from the other women and becoming an immediate fan favorite starring on The Bachelorette, Season 4.

It was DeAnna’s relatable personality that made her a perfect fit for the Weddzilla blog,

the ultimate go-to site for wedding planning tips, advice, and inspiration. "I got engaged in May 2010 and I am so excited to be going through the wedding planning process! Planning my fairy tale ending has been a desire of mine for years now and I'm ecstatic to be joining the Weddzilla blog to share my wedding planning process; all my needs, wants, great finds, decision making, as well as the stress & frustrations," says Pappas.

DeAnna’s addition to the Weddzilla blogging team continues Weddzilla’s mission to give their community access to exclusive celebrity content, always keeping readers in-the-know on celebrity wedding news. In addition to offering readers the inside scoop on celebrity weddings, the Weddzilla blog also offers exclusive content from real engaged couples and the nation’s top wedding professionals.

Before joining the team of Weddzilla bloggers, Deanna appeared on such shows as EXTRA, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Good Morning America, Hollywood 411, TV Guide Channel, and many more. In 2008, DeAnna was nominated and won the Reality Performer of the Year at the FOX Reality Awards. DeAnna’s wedding, which she describes as elegant & classic with a country, rustic twist, is set for October 22, 2011.

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Weddzilla.com, the fastest growing online wedding portal, has created the most efficient, interactive, and social wedding planning experience for both engaged couples and wedding professionals. Engaged couples can browse user-generated wedding ideas such as wedding cakes or wedding dresses, get quotes from local wedding vendors, and invite their friends, family, or bridal party to help them plan their wedding. Wedding professionals can find brides by budget, location, or category and connect directly to them via the Weddifieds, all at no cost.

The Weddzilla blog is a part of the Weddzilla network, which serves the $80 billion wedding industry and $175 billion online retail industries. Other network sites include Weddzilla.com, Weddzilla Consulting, WeddHOT Facebook application, Ask Weddzilla, the Weddmark iPhone app, and DressRush.com.

For Media Inquiries

Sara Morgan

sara@weddzilla.com

800-515-1930

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Showroom of Elegance Giveaway

We are excited to announce that we are a sponsor in the Ultimate Wedding Giveaway hosted by Showroom of Elegance. Only 8 brides and grooms can enter to win. Check out flyer and download registration form.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wedding Gift Registry Questions


A little confused on how to go about registering for your wedding gifts? Not quite sure how to let your wedding guests know? Registering for wedding gifts isn't always as easy as it sounds, but with a little know-how, it shouldn't be that complicated either!

Q. What should I register for?

Household items of course, are the most common and practical choice, and generally this is what you should stick with. Pots and pans, dishes, appliances, bedding, towles, etc.

For some ideas on what to register for, take a look at this checklist from theknot.com:

http://wedding.theknot.com/online-wedding-registry/wedding-registry-checklist.aspx

Also, make sure you keep your guests budget in mind, and register for gifts in a wide price range. A good rule of thumb is to price a third of your gifts $50 and under, a third $50-$100, and a third $100+.

Q. Where should I register?

When deciding where you want to register, you want to think about your guests. It's better to register at a large chain store, rather then a small boutique. You want to make sure all your guests have access to the stores you've registered at.
As far as how many stores to register at, it should generally be kept to 2 or 3. Commonly, brides will register at one pricey store, and one less pricey store.

Q. How should I let my guests know?

It can be difficult to get the word out to your guests without looking rude. You should not include where you are registered on your invitations, nor tell your guests yourself. It's best to have close family and friends spread the word for you. Bride's Magazine suggests having your maid of honor inform your guests with a wedding newsletter, which can also include wedding updates and shower information. If you have a wedding website, you can also inform your guests that way.

Some other things you should know:

-Try to complete your registry four to six months before the big day. This way guests will have plently of time to shop, and can also use your registry to buy gifts for your bridal shower.

-Make sure you register for enough gifts. Martha Stuart Weddings suggests registering for more gifts than you have guests.

-Send out thank you gifts as soon as possible. Don't wait longer then two weeks, and make sure you personalize each one.

~Liz
photo courtesy of http://www.purple-wedding-flowers.com/

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Have you considered a colored wedding dress?

Have you ever thought about going the nontraditional route and wearing a colored wedding dress? Its a fun and playful, yet still glamorous way to make you and your wedding stand out. There are tons of gorgeous dresses out there in many different colors and color combinations. It's a great choice if you want to do something different on your wedding day. It's also a great option if you want to coordinate with your wedding colors. You can go bold and choose a dramatic color, such as a bright red; or go subtle and choose something like an ivory or light pink. There are also many white wedding dresses out there with colored accents. Whatever you choose, a colored wedding dress might be something to consider!

~Liz

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Guest Blogger: Gala Linen How to fold napkin, etc

Heather, from Gala Linen put together these 3 videos for our readers on 3 different ways to fold napkins for your upcoming wedding or any event. Contact them today for your next event.












Gala Linen

2350 Burdette Street

Ferndale MI, 48220

Main: (248)566-0114

Toll Free: (877)425-2546

Fax: (248)566-0120

Email: heather@galalinen.com









Sunday, March 6, 2011

Reception of the Stars Limo Tour-November

I received the images from our November tour. We always have such a fabulous time. If you are a wedding planner and you want to sign up for the next tour let me know and I can get you in touch with the trip organizer. We will be scouting out venues in Ann Arbor!


Reception of the Stars Limo Tour-November

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Guest Blogger: Tony of TONE-eFILMS


I'm always amazed when brides and moms tell me how much energy they put into planning the wedding. Hours and hours on the linens, the flowers, the caterer. Not to forget the wedding dress stress. And when I ask who is going to shoot the event, they may say, "Oh, my fiancée has a friend with a camcorder..." or "We're just going to have a photographer take pictures..." or "We're still thinking about it."

I suppose it's easy to get caught up in the planning minutiae and not realize that your wedding video is the single most important thing you'll plan. Why? Because in your wedding video lives all the love and joy you felt in those few precious hours. And really, it's not about the poses you struck for a picture, but the glances you gave each other that'll tell the touching story of that wonderful day.

What a gift to give your children and their children. A chance to say, "Look at the love we have in our family. Look where it came from." Pictures can't do that. Amateur videographers can't do it. Many of the pros can't do it either. But we at TONE-e FILMS know how to capture all the emotions of your day. After nearly 20 years of documenting brides and grooms in love, the only thing we don't catch is the bouquet.

Tony Gorkiewicz
Innovator of Creative Ideas
( s ) 248.223.9300
www.TONE-eFILMS.com