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Friday, July 29, 2011

Lovett Hall Dearborn ~ Andy and Erin are Married! 7/22/11

Erin was a out-of-state bride living in Ohio while planning her Michigan wedding. She hired You're The Bride last July for Day-of Coordination so she could relax and have peace of mind that all of her wishes were carried out. We gave her recommendations on linens, transportation and hair and make-up.

Check out her fabulous flowers provided by Viviano's.

I spotted this cool chair inside of the church and had Erin go sit in it since she was Queen for the day!

This couple had a fabulous day starting at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Woodward in Detroit. 

Upon arrival to the cocktail hour they rode in a Model T car around the grounds and Greenfield Village and got some great pictures which I can't wait to see.

Their reception followed at Lovett Hall in Dearborn which is part of The Henry Ford. Erin and Andy decided to name all of their tables. They also ordered a custom seating chart from You're The Bride. It turned out
really great! My assistant, Liz, was great about helping the guests find their seats.

Erin's Mom asked up to spruce up the bathroom with some fresh cut flowers in these really cute vases. We also placed candles on the ledge to give it a romantic feel.  It really gave the bathroom the extra touch it needed and the ladies seemed to like it.

We also shopped for some last minute items to go on the bathroom tray that was for the ladies to grab a mint
or freshen up before heading back to the party!

Here is the Bridal Party waiting to be announced by Derek of the Dan Rafferty Band for the Grand Entrance.
They walked into Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus. It was very high energy and a lot of fun!

The room looked absolutely amazing! It was our first wedding at Lovett Hall and I can't wait to go back. We have done weddings at The Henry Ford Museum and Eagle Tavern so it was nice to experience this venue as well.  The staff was truly amazing and offered top notch service.

The cake was a main focal point on the dance floor and the guests couldn't help but snap pictures of it! It was very delicious also!

Here is the new Mr. and Mrs. Madden cutting their first slice of wedding cake :)

We also set up a memory table with the couple's loved ones. Also, the guests signed a photo signature matte and a photo album provided by their photographer.

The guests also enjoyed a photo booth that was brought in by their photographer Amanda.

Here are Derek and Erin Elise (her name is Erin also) in action singing!

Church-Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit
Venue-Lovett Hall, Dearborn
Photographer and Photo Booth-Amanda Williams Photography
Hair and Make-up-Bridal Beauty
Day-of Coordination-Liz and Tracie/You're The Bride
Cake-Pastry Palace
Band and Cocktail Hour Music-Dan Rafferty Band
Limo-Aristocat Limo
Chaircovers and Linens-Gala Linen

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wedding Movie Marathon

Everyone loves a good movie. The best movies are those we can relate to. When planning your wedding you will find you just might have a lot in common with some of the popular wedding themed movies. Here is a list of the top 10 wedding movies you can enjoy:

10. Bride Wars

9. Sweet Home Alabama

8. The Wedding Planner

7. Father of the Bride

6. Mamma Mia

5. The Wedding Singer

4. My Best Friends Wedding

3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

2. Runaway Bride

1. Wedding Crashers

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Brides go Green

With such a big emphasis on the planets conservation brides are joining in and planning ecofriendly weddings. Choosing a wedding venue that is close to where most your guests live is an effective way to limit transportation. Some good locations are parks, museums, or protected areas. Try serving local, organic, seasonal cuisine.

After the wedding you can donate the leftover food to homeless shelters or soup kitchens. Instead of sending out invitations use a website to post directions, maps, accommodations, and any other information. For any paper you do have to use make sure it is 100% recycled and renewable cotton paper.

When shopping for your dress look for fabrics that are natural such as cotton, silk, or hemp linen. You could also recycle, and use your moms wedding dress or find a vintage dress in a specialty store.

Find a florist that uses local, organically grown flowers. With leftover floral arrangements, you can donate to nursing homes, hospice, or hospitals to enjoy. Start a trend that will have an impact on the planet for years to come!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Simple Solutions to a Less Expensive Wedding

Every bride wants their wedding to be perfect and memorable to their guests. Planning a wedding can be a difficult challenge, especially when your tight on cash. It can be a hard choice to decide what to cut back on when budgeting your wedding. Here are a few suggestions to help cut expenses when planning your wedding:

1. Start with your guest list and try not to invite anyone that you haven't spoken to in the last 5 years.

2. Don't get so caught up in designer names, you can buy your dress online and have altered to save money

3. Getting married on a weekday or Sunday is a lot cheaper, most venues can offer you discounts

4. If having your wedding catered you can buy bulk beer and wine to cut down the cost

5. Make favors, invitations, place settings, etc on your own

Just make the most of what you have and get creative!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Fun Summer Trends

This summer we have seen a lot of fun new ideas to incorporate at your wedding. Here are some of the most popular this season:

Personalized Themes: A lot of brides are getting away from the traditional venues and opting for a more meaningful place. Such as a local beach, park, or zoo. Places where the couple first meet or like to spend their time together at.

Desserts: Another fun trend that has been popping up is cake pops. As well as dessert bars, cupcakes, and cotton candy stands.

DIY: The "do it yourself" is a great way to save economically. Also, what better way to incorporate your own sense of style in your wedding. You can make your own centerpieces, invitations, table cards and much more!

Old School Photography: Photography has taken on a vintage vibe. It's a very simple relaxed look and tons of fun to take these pictures!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

FREE inside envelope liners !!

Place your wedding invitation order and receive free inside envelope liners now thru July 31st ! What a great way to add a splash of color to your invitations. Place your order on our website and receive a 40% discount Offer valid on Birchcraft brand only.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center ~ Kate + Scott 7-9-11

Kate and Scott live in New York and hired You're The Bride last July to assist with Day-of Coordination and their wedding rehearsal.  Her now husband is from Redford and his parents live only a few short miles from me so we had a connection right there! We exchanged a lot of emails over the course of a year and I was so happy she relied on me for her wedding advice.  I love assisting my clients when they are not certain so I can help them make the best decisions possible for their big day. Since she is a elementary music school teacher she was very organized and provided me with every detail so I could carry out her wishes since she was the star of her show! We had a very successful day and only needed a few small items from our handy emergency kit.

Seating chart with New York City Subway Stops!

This couple needed a few vendor recommendations so we told them about our great partners for hair and makeup, flowers and they used You're The Bride for their wedding invitations.

My camera was not working the best so I apologize in advance for some of the blurry pictures :(

Kate and Scott were a very sweet couple with such a spark between them! I can tell these two will be together forever! They have the most fun and loving family too. I really enjoyed watching their Grandma's boogie on the dance floor.  Speaking of the dance floor it was packed the whole evening and I remember one thing Kate did not want is the "Electric Slide" but the guests formed one and she and Scott seemed to jump right in and love it! Sometimes letting go and whatever happens on the dance floor really does make for a fun night. I watched this bride and groom dance up a storm and boy did they have the moves!

That's right a Chocolate Ganache covered cake!! YUM!

My two favorite moments of the night were when Kate and Scott did their first dance to "The Lover's Waltz". I think they must have had some kind of ball room dancing lessons because they were good enough to be on Dancing With The Stars! The second was the Best Man speech. It was quite entertaining and really told me a lot about this couple. I hear a LOT of speeches and this by far was one of the best!

Michigan and New York shaped chocolates!

Kate and Scott had a fabulous time with their guests who traveled from all over to celebrate their special day. I can't forget to mention that we used school buses from Catholic Central High School to transport the guests from the hotel to the ceremony and to the reception. I am bummed that I was not able to get a picture! Now the new Mr. and Mrs. Bowling are relaxing on a beach in Hawaii !!! Congrats and thank you so much for letting You're The Bride help with your day. I loved working with you and wish you every happiness!!

Chapel-Catholic Central High School Chapel-Father Elmer
Reception Venue-Laurel Manor
Flowers-Weber's Floral and Gifts
Ceremony Music-LaCorda Ensemble
DJ-First Class Entertainment
Photographer-BJ Enright Photography (flew in from Oregon)
Cake-Elite Sweets
Transportation- Metro Car, School Buses arranged by Mother of Groom who works at CC
Hair and Makeup-Bridal Beauty Detroit
Rehearsal and Day-of Coordination-Tracie and Becca/You're The Bride

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Detroit Jewish Wedding Traditions

A traditional Jewish wedding is full of meaningful rituals and traditions. For the Jewish bride (kallah) and groom (chatan) it is tradition for them to not see each other one week before the wedding. Prior to their wedding ceremony they greet their guest separately and call this "Kabbalat Panim".

Next comes the badeken, the veiling of the kallah by the chatan. This is a sign of the groom's commitment to clothe and protect his wife. The ceremony will take place under a chuppah (canopy), and this symbolizes the home the new couple will build together. The chatan, followed by the kallah, are usually escorted to the chuppah by their respective sets of parents. There are two cups of wine to be used at the ceremony. The first cup to accompany the betrothal blessings and the sanctification prayer. In Jewish law, a marriage becomes official when the chatan gives an object of value to the kallah. Then comes the reading of the ketubah (marriage contract) which outlines the chatan's responsibilities. This must be signed by two witnesses. The seven blessings (Sheva Brachot) will then be recited, accompanied by the second glass of wine.

To conclude the end of the ceremony a glass is placed on the floor and the chatan shatters it with his foot and shouts "Mazel Tov". The kallah and chatan then leave the chuppah together. After their meal at the reception the Birkat Hamazon (Grace after meals) is recited, and the Sheva Brachot are repeated. It is also customary the week following the wedding for friends and family to host meals in honor of the kallah and chatan. This is called the week of Sheva Brachot in reference to the blessings said at the end of each of these meals.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wedding Love Quotes

We decided to compile a list of love quotes. They can be great to use on invitations, programs, menus, wedding toasts, ceremony readings, save the dates, and more!
"Soulmates... two halves of the same soul joining together in lifes journey"
-Author Unknown
"Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale"
You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams"
-Dr. Seuss
"If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand"
-Author Unknown
"True love stories never have endings"
-Richard Bach
"A hundred hearts would be to few, to carry all my love for you"
-Author Unknown
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person"
-Mignon McLaughlin
"Whatever our souls are made up of, his and mine are the same"
-Emily Bronte
"Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods"
-A man is not where he lives, but where he loves"
-A Latin Proverb
"If love is great, and there are no greater things, then what I feel for you must be the greatest"
-Author Unknown
"If I know what love is, it is because of you"
-Herman Hesse
"Each morning as I awaken, you're the reason I smile, you're the reason I love"
-Jerry Burton
"Love is friendship set on fire"
-Anita Hodzic
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"
-Helen Keller
"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves"
-Victor Hugo


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cobblestone Farms ~ Marie + Jason are Married ! 7/1/11

Marie hired You're The Bride last July, a year in advance to ensure she had us for Day-of Coordination for her ceremony and reception at Cobblestone Farms in Ann Arbor.  This venue requires complete setup except for tables and chairs so securing a Day-of Coordinator team is crucial to have a successful event at this location. Marie and her Mom did all the design work for the table centerpieces, bought linens, candles, made table numbers, ordered favors, made a beautiful wedding cardbox, a memory table arrangement and much more. My van was literally packed to the gills with all of their wedding belongings! We were not sure if we were going to be able to fit it all but we were good packers and made it happen. We took everything to the venue and made sure everything was set up just as Marie had envisioned. We gave her recommendations for flowers and her officiant and both turned out great!

The wedding day was a very hot day and required a team of 2 Assistant's and a little extra help from a few family members and friends because there was just so much to setup.We made it happen just before the ceremony and everything worked out just perfectly.

Marie made a beautiful bride and seemed to keep herself cool while she waited for her handsome husband-to-be Jason. They married outside on the lawn facing Packard. Rev. Stephen Goodrum performed a wonderful ceremony.

My favorite part of the day was when all the guests decided to literally do "The Train" and climbed the steps to the loft inside the reception barn when the DJ played that song. The dancefloor was always packed and they had a great party!! I just love to see that everyone has a great time that is really just the best!  Also, when Jason danced with his Mom to Rod Stewart's "Forever Young", Marie caught me with a few tears in my eyes. I admit it, I love that song and it was so special!  ha ha

Thank you for letting You're The Bride share in your happy day. The new Mr. and Mrs. Coletta are now relaxing in Myrtle Beach. Aaaahhhh !!

You're The Bride-Day-of Coordination-Tracie, Liz and Keri
Florist-Weber's, Livonia
Photographer-Lisa Orneiken Photography
Officiant-Rev. Stephen Goodrum,
Catering-Gary's Catering
Venue-Cobblestone Farms
Cake-A Bit of Sugar
Hair and Makeup-Le Sprit
Chair Rentals-A1 Rentals
DJ-Madman Mike