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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hiring a limo service? Be sure it's licensed with the state.



Planning a wedding? Going to the prom? If you are thinking about hiring a limousine service for your special event, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants to remind you to make sure the service is properly licensed with the state of Michigan. Limousine operators in Michigan are required to be licensed, carry sufficient liability insurance and undergo annual safety inspections on all their vehicles. Remember that an advertisement in the phone book, newspaper or Internet does not guarantee that the operator is licensed. Operators who are not licensed are in violation of state law and subject to fines and penalties.

To find out if the limousine service you plan to use is licensed by the state, visit the MDOT Web site at www.michigan.gov/mdot. On the home page under "Favorite Links," click on "Bus and Limo Licensing," then select "Current List of Carriers." If you do not see the limousine service listed, it is likely that the operator is providing service illegally and should not be hired. To help find a limousine company close to you, there is an online option to search by county. (Note that carriers are certified statewide.) Alternatively, call MDOT's Bureau of Passenger Transportation at 517-241-0679 (companies starting with A-K) or 517-241-0680 (L-Z) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To make your event extra special by using one of Michigan's quality limo services, MDOT advises consumers to do their homework. Go to the Web site to look at the checklist.

Image Courtesy of Dream Limousines.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Showroom of Elegance Diamond Hunt Pictures



Here are some pics from the Celebration Party we had at Showroom of Elegance on April 12, 2011. Josh from Thomas's Catering prepared some amazing treats for us. Gary from Glass Wing Photography took these pictures to capture the fun. The three couples played a game of Jeopardy to break their tie. BJ and Tracey ended up winning the Diamond ring and the prize package worth over $8,000. They were so excited ! Congratulations! Looking forward to participating again next year !

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Popular First Dance Songs

Still trying to decide the song to use for your first dance? Here are a list of some popular songs used:




"At Last" -Etta James

"It's Your Love" - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

"A Moment Like This" - Kelly Clarkson

"Amazed" -Lonestar

"From This Moment On" -Shania Twain

"Everything I Do" -Bryan Adams

"What a Wonderful World" -Lous Armstrong

"It Had to Be You" - Harry Conick Jr.

"The Way You Look Tonight" -Frank Sinatra

"I Swear" - All 4 One

"You Had Me From Hello" - Kenny Chesney

"Truly, Madly, Deeply" - Savage Garden

"Endless Love" -Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

"Unforgetable" - Nat King Cole

"Unchained Melody" -The Righteous Brothers

"When a Man Loves a Woman" -Michael Bolton

"Always and Forever" - Heatwave

"Beautiful in My Eyes" -Joshua Kadison

"Could I Have This Dance" -Anne Murray

"All My Life" - KC and JoJo

"Bless the Broken Road" -Rascal Flats

"I'm a Believer" - The Monkees

"Your Song" - Elton John

"1,2,3,4"- Plain White Tees


For more suggestions for your first dance, and for other dances, try these websites:

http://www.aperfectparty.biz/song-suggestions/

http://www.wedj.com/

http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-songs


photo credit:

http://hvceremonies.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/pd_wedding_070504_ms.jpg

~Liz

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Great tip for your RSVP's



We recently sent out wedding invitations for one of our clients, and decided to number the RSVPs. The way we did this was make a numbered list of every person/couple receiving an invitation. We then wrote their number on the back of the RSVP we sent them. It saved us so much time and hassle by doing this, because there were several RSVPs we got back that were illegible or left blank. All we had to do was check the number on the back of their card, match it with the list, and voila! we had our guest!

I highly recommend this trick to any bride. If you're afraid it will look tacky, you can use an invisible pen. It takes a little more time in the beginning, but trust us, it will save you so much time in the end!

If you're looking for an invisible pen, this one costs only $1.30: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/invisible-ink-pen-88
photos:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_zQucD0X4Lss/S8UF_K8AklI/AAAAAAAAEeE/iXBit3qDKZg/s1600/rsvp+003.jpg

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 If you need a wedding planner to address and assemble your wedding invitations give You're The Bride a call today at 248-408-4602.

~Liz

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interesting Wedding Statistics

Liz  found this really interesting website that shows wedding statistics. Take a look here:

http://www.bridalassociationofamerica.com/Wedding_Statistics/


For example, did you know that the average engagement time is 17 months? Or that 15% of brides will plan their wedding using a wedding planner? Or that average cost for all wedding attire is $2,608?


She also found some other interesting facts and statistics while doing research for this blog:


-Weddings in Iowa and Nebraska are the biggest, averaging 200 guests

-"Lady in Red" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" are two of the most popular first dances

-Most brides have one item that they've made themselves, usually programs, favors, or escort cards.

-One-third of those getting married each year have been married before

-91% of brides register for gifts

-Most wedding guests spend betwenn $70-$100 on a gift

-June is the most popular month for weddings, followed by August then September then October

-The top wedding city is Istanbul, Turkey with an average of 166,000 a year. Las Vegas, Nevada is second with an average of 114,000 a year

-The most popular honeymoon destinations are Las Vegas, Hawaii, The Caribbean, and Jamaica

-15% of proposals occur in Decemeber

-99% of newlyweds will go on a honeymoon

-Roughly $40 billion is spent on weddings every year in the U.S.

-About half of all brides will use a wedding consultant or day of coordinator

-The average household income of a newlywed couple is $55,000/year


Here's a graph that shows the breakdown of the average wedding expenses:






 
Top 20 Items For Today's Wedding And Special Events (Infographic)
Sources:

http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-12-wedding-statistics-thatll-surprise-you/

http://www.soundvision.com/info/weddings/statistics.asp

http://www.usawedlink.com/weddingstatistics.html


Graph:

http://bradyoshiro.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/wedding_stats.jpg

~Liz

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Don't Forget to Send the Obama's an Invitation!



Did you know that if you send your wedding invitation to the white house, they will send you a response back? It makes for an awesome keepsake for your wedding!

Along with the White House, here are some other places that will send you a response:








The Pope:

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

00120 Via del Pellegrino

Citta del Vaticano


President:

The Honorable President and Mrs. Barack Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest

Washington, District of Columbia 20001


Vice President:

Mr. Joseph and Dr. Jill Biden

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest

Washington, District of Columbia 20001


Mickey and Minnie Mouse:

The Magic Kingdom

1675 North Buena Vista Drive

Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830


Queen of England:

The Secretary to Her Majesty

Queen Elizabeth II of England

Buckingham Palace

London, England

SW1A 1AA


Photo Credits:

http://sitelife.theknot.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/4/15/44788d7d-dcc3-4da7-af3b-7abfd9d5436d.Large.jpg


http://sitelife.theknot.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/4/0191c520-b1ad-4247-94ad-18d2fd2833a7.Large.jpg

~Liz

Friday, April 15, 2011

Wedding Transportation


If you're looking for a way to spice your wedding up a little, consider doing something fun and different for your transportation. Instead of just searching for limos, think about some of these ideas:



Horse and Carriage

A very romantic and elegant way to arrive at your reception.

Cost: $650-1700 for three hours

Seats: 2-4

Vespa

A fun, fast, and edgy way to arrive!

Cost: $35-$65 for two hours

Seats: 2




Classic Car

Classic cars never go out of style, and are an elegant and sophisticated way to arrive.

Cost: $125-$200 an hour

Seats: 2-4


Sports Car

Make a flashy entrance by showing up in the sports car of your dreams. Show up in a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Viper, etc. and have all your guests talking!

Cost: $800-$2000 per day

Seats: 2-4


Party Bus

If you have a large number of guests to transport, a party bus is the perfect option. They come in all different sizes, and you're sure to have a blast on the ride over.

Cost: $100-$300 an hour

Seats: 16 up to 60, depending on size


Trolley

Another good option if you have a large bridal party. A classic and fun way to show up to your wedding reception.

Cost:$100-$150/hr

Seats: apx. 32


Motorcycle and Sidecar

A fast and fun way to show up to your reception.

Cost: $150-250 per day

Seats: 2


Boat

If your reception site is located on the water, try making a splash and showing up in a boat.

Cost: $3500 and up per day, depending on the type of boat you rent



Horse

Showing up on horseback is a fun and memorable way to show up to your reception. Not to mention, makes for some awesome photos.

Cost: $100-$300 per day


Photo Credits:

http://www.hawaiileihochzeit.com/images/horseDrawnCarriage.jpg

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRFs5bjrXNWctJMQcpWQTE5graGU4zuLA3h38gIizQrHEKDiejx&t=1

http://www.loirechateau.com/images/wedding-Kirstin-dressage.jpg

~Liz

Monday, April 11, 2011

All About Purple

The color purple is an ancient color, the dye originally being produced from the shells of snails. Because of the rarity, only royalty and emperors were able to afford items in this color and so common connotations associated with purple of nobility, dignity, pride and success. Other connotations include passion, sophistication, ceremony, admiration, mystery, spirituality, fantasy, creativity, wisdom, and purpose. Dark purple highlights the richness of this dynamic color, but for weddings lighter purples are often used because the color appears more romantic and delicate.




While not the most common of flower colors, there are a variety of flowers that bloom in shades of purple and violet. Pansies, allium, wisteria, irises, lavender, lilac, sweet pea, orchids, heliotrope, phlox, crocus, violets, hibiscus, roses, anemones, dahlias, freesias, clematis, peonies, ranunculus, tulips, petunias, gladiolus, hydrangeas, lisianthus, camellia, carnations, and mums a some of the more common flowers that come in purple. Purple flowers are good in monochromatic bouquets or blended with other colors such as green or yellow.

Purple is also a fascinating crystal and stone color. Amethyst is a very popular precious gem that commonly comes in purple. Other violet stones include: ametrine, sugilite, lavender jade, selenite, iolite, lavender quartz, and lepidolite. Added to or replacing the diamonds in a wedding or engagement band, purple stones can bring calming a uplifting feelings in additions to those listed above.


Purple is a rare color in food with berries and some roots such as sweet potatoes and carrots exhibiting this hue. Eggplant though, is probably the best known purple food along with certain varieties of grapes. Drinks in this case would probably be the easiest way to tie in a purple color scheme with the reception food.


Scents that are remeniscant of purple often come from purple flowers, such as, lavender, violets, and wisteria. Lavender is a good choice for men for use either in lavender water or in cologne with a lavender note. As are many purple things, purple scents are very light, delicate and soothing.
~Aimee

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wedding Books You Might Enjoy



Need a little help planning your wedding? Looking for some creative ideas to make your wedding special? Or are you just looking for a good read while you plan your big day? Here are some book that you might enjoy! All of these books got excellent reviews on Amazon.


The Little Book of Magical Wedding Ideas

Lisa M. Hughes

This book gives you hundreds of unique and creative ideas to make your wedding special and memorable.


The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Weddings

Martha Stewart

A great book if you need ideas on how to decorate and style your wedding. The book compiles the best ideas from the magazine of the same name. Wedding apparel isn't covered, but all of the other significant parts of the wedding are: ceremony and reception decorating, bouquets and boutonnieres, wedding cakes, favors, guest books, music--even storage and display of photographs and other memorabilia after the wedding.


The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings in the Real World: The Ultimate Source of Ideas, Advice, and Relief for the Bride and Groom and Those Who Love Them

Carley Rooney

If you love theknot.com, you will love this book. It includes everything you need to know for your wedding. Among the chapters are tips to take couples from pre-engagement to post-honeymoon planning, snapshots and stories of real weddings and answers to wedding FAQs, as well as general advice. The book also features checklists which you can use to help yourself stay on track.


The Engaged Groom: You're Getting Married. Read this Book.


Doug Gordon

This book offers a humorous but also helpful look at weddings. Your groom will actually enjoy reading this book, and its a great way to get him involved in planning your wedding.


The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day

Mindy Weiss and Lisbeth Levine

Written by celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss,this book is your wedding bible. The Wedding Book covers everything, in a voice filled with understanding: announcing the engagement, and what to do when someone isn't happy about the news; creating a budget; the pros and cons of destination weddings. Drawing up the guest list; planning the ceremony (and how to personalize your vows); menus to inspire; contracts and wedding insurance. Shopping for the dress, six great hairstyles, tuxedo vs. dinner jacket, the etiquette of invitations. Style tips for flowers, the tabletop, linens; a cake that says "you"; the crucial "Sixty Days Until I Do"; rehearsal dinner strategies; plus freezing the cake and preserving the bouquet.



Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing A Fantastic Wedding On A Realistic Budget

Denise Fields

A great read if your planning your wedding on a budget. Most brides who reviewed this book said it was a huge help in saving money on their wedding. You're The Bride is actually featured in the 7th edition of this book on page 234 thanks to one of our happy customers that recommended us to the book. Thank you to whomever you are!



The Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer

Elizabeth Lluch

This book has a lot of information, and is a great tool to help you keep organized. It also provides extra space and comes in a three ring binder style, so you can keep all of your information in it.


photo credit:

http://cdn.crushable.com/files/2010/04/woman-reading.jpg

~Liz

Friday, April 8, 2011

Your Bridesmaids Dresses

When choosing your bridesmaid dresses, it’s important that you keep all of your bridesmaids in mind. You want everyone to look beautiful, so make sure you choose something that will flatter each bridesmaid. Just because you have several bridesmaids doesn’t they have to all wear matching dresses. It’s easy to stick with your vision and theme, and still ensure each girl loves what she’s wearing.
If your girls are different sizes, try selecting a color, fabric, and manufacturer and then allow each bridesmaid to choose their style. Many designers will have dozens of options to choose from.

Another option would be to choose the style of dress, and let your bridesmaids pick their colors. For example, if you’re having an autumn wedding, your bridesmaids could choose a red, yellow, orange, brown or gold dress. If your wedding has a purple theme, you’re bridesmaids could select from different shades of purple.



It’s also not unheard of to give your bridesmaids a color palette, and let them choose any dress they like, as long as it fits in the palette.

Think about going for separates. You could ask your bridesmaids to all wear the same skirt, but allow them to choose their own top in the color of your choice. This way each girl can find something that’s flattering for her.



Add individual accent colors for each girl. For example, if your bridesmaids are all wearing black dresses, give each of them a different color sash.

Photo credits

http://w-weddinggowns.com/
http://www.theknot.com/

~Liz

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

The tradition of the bride carrying somethings old, new, borrowed and blue originated in the Victorian Era like the tradition of wearing a white dress. Originally the English poem had a final line of “and a silver six-pence in her shoe”, and by having all the items her marriage would be a happy one. This tradition also allows the bride to honor people on her special day.


Something old represents the bride’s past and her family, such as her mother, grandmother or other special relation. By carrying something old the bride connects her past and her future and express continuity in her life. If the bride is honoring a relative a good item to carry would be an heirloom or a memento of the wedding dress a relative wore.

Something new represents the bride and the groom creating a new life together. It also symbolizes luck, success, optimism and hope for the future. Often because so many items are purchased new for the wedding, the wedding dress, flowers or rings are the something new.




Something borrowed represents both the brides acknowledging all the help her family and friends gave her in preparation for her big day and when given by a happily married friend, good fortune being passed on. No matter what is borrowed, it must be returned for the true meaning. Jewelry that a friend wore for her wedding as a popular choice.

Something blue represents what the color blue its self meant: truth, loyalty, faith and fidelity. Blue was a popular color of wedding dresses before white was, probably due to another poem “Marry in blue, lover be true”. So while having blue on the wedding dress used to be a common tradition, having a small accessory or flower in that color is more common now.
If you are looking for planning help putting together your vintage themed wedding call us at 248-408-4602.

~Aimee

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Inexpensive Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are a great way to make your guests feel welcome and appreciated. However, it's easy for this to get costly when you have a high guest count at your wedding. However, wedding favors don't necessarily have to break your bank. Here are a few ideas for fun and inexpensive wedding favors.



Candy

You can buy cute candy holders for relatively inexpensive, and simply buy candies to fill them with. Hershey kisses, salt water taffy, jelly beans or even homemade candies are great and inexpensive options. You could also think about using customized M&M's or candy hearts.



Seeds

Seeds make an affordable and sentimental wedding favor for guests. You can choose seeds that fit your wedding, perhaps picking flowers that are used in your wedding, flowers that match your wedding colors, or your favorite flower. You can easily dress up your seed packets by possibly repackaging them and/or printing customized tags for them.
Candles and Soaps

You can find inexpensive small candles or soaps, and personalize them for your wedding. Candles and soaps like these can be found at dollar stores, and you can personalize them by printing out tags that have your names on it.


Some other items you could consider that usually range in the $1 to $2 range are bottle stoppers, bookmarks, coasters, cards, or shot glasses.

Check out these websites for inexpensivewedding favors.

http://www.favorfavor.com/

http://www.weddingfavorsunlimited.com/

http://www.idoweddingfavors.com/

Photo Credits

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_utx2TOgJeHM/S1gCdr1RKVI/AAAAAAAAMF8/xTn5msTNAuc/s400/candy+holders.jpg






Here are some of the favors we sell. Check out our
seed packets.


~Liz

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Monday, April 4, 2011

The Receiving Line


The receiving line is a great way to greet each of your guests, and thank each one individually for coming. In fact, if you have more than 50 guests a receiving line is considered proper etiquette. The benefit of doing a receiving line is that it ensures you get face time with each and every guest. This way you don't have to worry about finding and greeting everyone at the reception, which can cut into your fun time.


Typically, the receiving line takes place immediately after the ceremony or at the beginning of the reception. According to theknot.com "the most commonly used ceremony site areas include the hallway or vestibule at the head of the aisle, outside the entry doors, down the front steps, or on the front porch. At your reception site the options are many, depending on the party space: consider the cocktail lounge, the lobby, just outside the doors leading into the main room, or the reception room itself, perhaps on the dance floor". Another option would be to personally dismiss guests by row immediately after the ceremony.

If you're wondering who should stand in the receiving line, it's really up to you. Traditionally, the receiving line has the brides parents, the bride, the groom, and the grooms parents. However this can get lengthy and tricky if parents are divorced, remarried, etc. You could also choose to include the maid of honor and bridal party. Traditionally, the groomsmen are never included in the receiving line. However, it's good advice to keep the receiving line short for practical reasons. Many couple opt to have a receiving line with just the two of them.

If you have less then 50 guests at your wedding, you could choose to do your meet and greet at your cocktail hour instead of doing a receiving line. The bottom line is that it is important that you greet and thank every one of your guests.

photo credits:

http://www.jemstarentertainment.com/Article-AllAboutReceivingLines.htm

http://scmedia.theknot.com/~/media/140D0F03E86F4E79B88DB8E94783A828.ashx

If you are planning a wedding and not sure about having enough time for all the tasks that need to be done or have questions about how to get started or anything else please give us a call at 248-408-4602. We would be happy to take you through the wedding planning process either on a hourly consultation basis or you can book one of our planning packages to service your needs better.  http://www.yourethebride.com/weddingplanning.htm

~Liz

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ann Arbor Country Club and More ~ March Wedding Planner Tour


You're The Bride Team!



The You're The Bride team was there including Tracie, Liz and Aimee as they treated us to a continential style bruch and each of us received a beautifully decorated cookie in the shape of a wedding cake.
On the Bus!







Next, we all boarded the bus provided by Satisfaction Limousine and headed over to Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Winebar in Livonia. This place is great for a smaller wedding reception, shower or rehearsal dinner. They provided delicious appetizers for us to try. Sorello's Bakery was there with their delectible wedding cakes. Wow!




Stargazers, my fave flowers!

Our third stop was in Ann Arbor at The Gandy Dancer. Situated in the beautifully restored 1886 Michigan Central Depot, Gandy Dancer is an architectural landmark as well as an elegant restaurant known for creative preparations of seafood, steaks and pasta. A popular choice for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties and other special events, the Gandy Dancer offers guests fine cuisine in an sophisticated, historic atmosphere.  They have a scrumptious sunday buffet too by reservation. What I loved about this place is no room rentals and they have a fabulous outdoor space that is heated and screened in. During the summer months the screened area can be opened up around the perimeter. If you are looking for a unique place to host your next event you must check this place out.



Outside room at The Gandy Dancer



We also visited grounds and inside of Earhart Manor. Earhart Manor offers a picturesque setting for indoor and outdoor events for up to 200. The estate features Pewabic tile bathrooms, chandeliers plated in sterling silver, wood-paneled rooms with hidden panels and secret passages, and an ornate central staircase.

This is another very unique location that offers a 20's feel in my opinion. It is located on the campus of Concordia University. They had wine and a steak appetizer waiting for us.

Reddeman Farms was our fifth stop and a place most of us have never even heard of out in Chelsea. This is a golf course setting complete with a beautiful area to host your next wedding or party for up to 180 guests. They treated us to a fabulous buffet luncheon with everything from shrimp, salmon, prime rib and several declicious sides. Gwen from Gwen's Cake Decorating out of Saline was there with her delicious cake for us to try. I have had her cake before but its been a while and now I remember her yummy frosting!

The last stop on our excursion was the beautiful Ann Arbor Country Club. This is another great venue to host your next event. They work with Primovations Catering and they had a sampling of their appetizers waiting for us.