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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wedding Dress Rules





You found your perfect man, got the perfect ring, your next step is finding the perfect dress. For some brides this can be a very stressful time for them. But it doesn't have to be if you follow these simple rules:


*Know your frame and pick figure-flattering dresses

*Set a budget and keep in mind not only the dress but accessories, shoes, and alterations will increase the price

*Limit the amount of people you bring to your appointment it will be less opinions and less pressure

*Try to go during the week when the shop is less busy and you will have more time and attention

*Try on all kinds of dresses and then narrow down to what style you like best

*Have a time line so you know how long it will take for the dress to arrive and alterations

*Make an appointment instead of a walk-in so your guaranteed a salesperson's one-on-one help


Just remember to have fun and enjoy trying on all types of dresses!


~Jessie


Photo Credits:

encorebridal.com

Monday, August 29, 2011

Invitation Printing Processes

When choosing your wedding invitations, another feature you will want to decide on is the printing process. There are four main types; flat, thermography, letterpress, and engraved.


Flat

Flat printing is where the letters are printed to create a smooth and flat design.



Thermography

Thermography is a printing process in which the letters are raised.




Letterpress

Letterpress creates a deep impression into the paper, producing an appealing texture, which is the opposite of engraving, which creates a raised texture.




Engraved

Engraving is the most expensive form, and considered to be the most elegant. The paper is pressed against a metal plate, causing the printing press to raise the letters on the paper.




~Liz

photos: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/04/Thermo-stationery.jpg/220px-Thermo-stationery.jpg

http://www.fayeandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/dscn0629.jpg

http://www.mypersonalartist.com/letterpressinvitations/letterpress_wedding_invitations.jpg

http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/engravingdetail_gryphon_stationers.jpg

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wedding Dress Fabrics



Knowing your wedding dress fabrics will come in handy when shopping for a dress. You'll be able to tell the sales person what you do and don't want. It will be especially helpful if you are designing your own gown. Here is a glossary of wedding dress fabrics:

Batiste: A lightweight, soft, transparent fabric.

Brocade: A Jacquard-woven fabric with raised designs; traditionally popular for fall and winter, now also worn in warmer weather.

Charmeuse: A lightweight, semi-lustrous soft fabric, that is satin-like to the touch.

Chiffon: Delicate, sheer, and transparent -- made from silk or rayon, with a soft finish; often layered because of its transparency, making it popular for overskirts, sheer sleeves, and wraps.

Crepe: A light, soft, and thin fabric with a crinkled surface.

Damask: Similar to brocade with raised designs, but woven in a much lighter weight.

Duchesse Satin: A lightweight hybrid of silk and rayon (or polyester) woven into a satin finish.

Dupioni: A finish similar to shantung, but with thicker, coarser fibers, and a slight sheen.

Faille: A structured, ribbed finish like grosgrain ribbon; usually quite substantial.

Gabardine: A tightly-woven, firm and durable finish, with single diagonal lines on the face.

Georgette: A sheer, lightweight fabric often made of polyester or silk with a crepe surface.

Illusion: A fine, sheer net fabric, generally used on sleeves or necklines.

Jersey: A very elastic knit fabric; the face has lengthwise ribs and the underside has crosswise ribs.

Moire: A heavy silk taffeta with a subtle, wavy design.

Organdy: A stiff transparent fabric.

Organza: Crisp and sheer like chiffon, with a stiffer texture similar in effect to tulle, but more flowing; popular for skirts, sleeves, backs, and overlays.

Peau de Soie: A soft satin-faced, high-quality cloth with a dull luster, fine ribs, and a grainy appearance.

Pique: A knit fabric with a waffle-weave appearance, pique has distinct sides. The outside resembles a honeycomb or waffle and the underside is flat and smooth.

Polyester: An inexpensive man-made fiber that can be woven into just about anything, including duchesse satin

Rayon: Similar to silk, but more elastic and affordable.

Satin: A heavy, smooth fabric with a high sheen on one side; very common in bridal gowns.

Silk: The most sought-after, cherished fiber for wedding dresses (and also the most expensive); there are several types with different textures: raw silk and silk mikado are just two examples.

Silk Gazar: A four-ply silk organza.

Silk Mikado: A brand of blended silk, usually heavier than 100-percent silk.

Silk-faced Satin: A smooth silk satin, with a glossy front and matte back.

Shantung: Similar to a raw silk, shantung is characterized by its rubbed texture.

Taffeta: Crisp and smooth, with a slight rib.

Tulle: Netting made of silk, nylon, or rayon; used primarily for skirts and veils (think ballerina tutus).

Velvet: A soft, thick fabric with a felted face and plain underside.

~Liz


Source: http://wedding.theknot.com/bridal-fashion/wedding-dress-shopping/articles/wedding-gown-fabric-glossary.aspx


picture: http://weddings-engagement.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/popular-bridal-fabrics-2.jpg

You're The Bride Attends Colony Club Knot Event


Tuesday August 16th The Knot hosted their annual event. Vendors from all over came to enjoy this wonderful cocktail party. It was hosted at the gorgeous Colony Club in downtown Detoit. This beautiful venue can accomodate up to 400 guests in their grand ballroom and would be a great spot for a wedding reception. The guests were offered fabulous food, such as shish-ka-bobs, a mashed potato station, and even coldstone ice cream was there!





 Special guest host Editor-in-chief, Carley Roney was there to say a few words about the upcoming wedding season.




The hall was decorated in elegant shades of purple and lovely floral centerpieces with candles lined the tables. Their signature cocktail being served was a Black Cherry Martini and was absolutly delicious. At the entrance of the room were candy tables full of goodies. They even had a photo booth upstairs that we got to try out and get silly taking pictures in! It was fun networking and meeting all the other vendors at this event and I can't wait to attend more in the future!

All images courtesy of Wilson Sarkis Photography. Thank you !!

~Jessie

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wedding Dinner Styles



Family Style


Serving food family style means that all the food is placed on the table in different dishes, and passed around the table. It creates a more casual tone than serving a plated dinner. It also allows your guests to have more choice and control over what they want to eat. For example, if a guest isn't a fan of the main meat entree, they can have more of the side dishes. And unlike buffet style, they don't have to wait in a line or wait for their table to be called up in order to eat with options. Keep in mind however, if you are serving fish, which some types break easily, it may not be the best choice as it is too diffifcult to serve each person from a platter.


Plated

Having a plated meal means that each guests is served a pre-portioned plate with the main entree and side dishes. Generally doing this creates a more formal tone. An advantage of this is that your guests don't have to wait in line for food, and you have a lot more control over how long dinner is actually going to take. A disadvantage is that it limits their number of food choices, and there may be guests that don't like the food you are serving. Additionally, plated meals may not work well for guests who are vegetarian or have food allergies. Normally only two entree options are offered in a sit-down dinner.


Buffet

Buffet style means that one or two long tables are set up with the food choices. Sometimes this can be the cheapest option because it cuts down on the number of waitstaff needed. However, if you offer a wide variety of food options, it could run you more than a plated or family style dinner. The advantage of buffet style is that guests have complete control over what they want to eat, and how much of it. The disadvantage is that guests have to wait in line or wait for their table to be called. Because of this, buffet style dinners usually take longer than plated or family style dinners.

~Liz


photo: http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/wedding-buffet.jpg

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tips on hiring a make up artist


If you are planning on hiring a makeup artist, you want to be sure you hire someone who understands and shares your vision. To the meeting, bring pictures of what you like, and ask her to bring her portfolio if she has one. Additionally, here are some questions you may want to ask:

-Do you have experience working with brides?

-Ask about her philosophy, what does she think a bride should look like on her wedding day?

-What do you think would be best for me?

-What if something happens and you can't make it last minute? Do you send a backup person?

-Find out if she'll be bringing her own supplies (brushes, tweezers, etc.)

-Will I need to purchase and bring my own makeup?

-How do you charge? By the hour? By the job?

-How many events do you do in a day? (Will she be rushing off to someone else?)

-Will you come to me?

-Will you stick around for touch-ups? If not, can you teach me how to do my own?

-Do you have references I can call?


Source: The Wedding Book by Mindy Weiss

~Liz

picture: http://www.agelessbeautypro.com/makeupartist.jpg

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cannonsburg Grand Rapids Wedding ~ Laurel + Travis 8/7/11

Laurel contacted and hired You're The Bride this past January regarding Day-of Coordination for her wedding in Cannonsburg near Grand Rapids. I didn't actually get to meet with this couple until April since
they live in Chicago. I loved them right away as they were so laid back and sweet!





This wedding season I have been able to do a little traveling outside of the Metro Detroit area which has been a nice change. Laurel and Travis both work for the Hyatt in Chicago so they put me up in a very nice room so I could be there ahead of time. Since I had some time to myself of Saturday I went exploring the area since I have only been to Grand Rapids once and it was a really long time ago. I started off by asking
the ladies at the front desk where is the best Mexican place to eat and they all agreed the Beltline Bar. Doesn't sound Mexican does it ? Once I saw a cactus on the sign I knew I was in the right place. Wow were they right they had great food and I even had a margarita! Then I decided to go catch a movie as it's not that often I get to take time to myself so I found a movie theatre and bought a ticket. The movie wasn't going to start for a little more than an hour so I walked down to the Buffalo Wild Wings that was in the strip Mall to kill a little time. I ended up talking to this really nice couple Chris and April who were also waiting for a movie. Come to find out they were getting married on Monday at the JP and celebrating afterwards by going golfing! They were are really nice couple and I enjoyed chatting with them while we were both waiting. Congratulations to this happy couple too!



Well Sunday there was a little rain in the forecast but Travis and Laurel remained calm and we sent everyone down the aisle with umbrella's. 



Kristen, a former Assistant of mine was a huge help to me that day with the set-up and tear-down. Ironically she lives in Kentwood near Grand Rapids so having her assist was perfect! Kristen was also able to arrange a hair stylist for Laurel and her girls since she had a friend who does this so that was very helpful.





We also recommended the florist who did a great job on the floral and took Laurel's idea of using wine bottles and simple flowers on the tables.







Thank you for letting You're The Bride share your day. Congratulations for many happy years!

Venue-Warren Townsend Park
Caterer-Adeline Leigh Catering
Rentals-Alpine Rent-All
Bartender Services-Bars by Butch
Photographer-Lions Roar Media
Hair-Aimee Hudson
Florist-Ludemas
Cupcakes/Cake-Sweet Cakes Design
Officiant- Elizabeth Bradshaw (friend)
Day-of Coordination-Tracie + Kristen/ You're The Bride
Live Music-Robin Connell
DJ-Zach Ziegler (friend)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trying on your wedding dress

Before you head out to try on your wedding dress, keep these tips in mind to get the most of your fitting!
-In order to get the best fit, bring all the items you'll be wearing under your dress, i.e hosiery, bra, body shaper, etc.

-Bring the shoes you'll be wearing so you ensure your dress is the right length

-Skip the foundation and lipstick, you don't want it rubbing off on your wedding dress

-Have the front of your dress hemmed an inch shorter then the back to help prevent you from catching the toe of your shoe in the hem and tripping

-Bring pictures of dresses you like and don't like to show the sales person

-Wear underwear you won't be embarrassed to be seen in since trying on a wedding dress is not a solo operation

-If you're shopping a sample sale, wear a body stocking, unitard, or swimsuit under your clothing so you can change in the aisles if need be

-Bridal salons are extremely busy on weekends, especially in the peak shopping months of January through April. Try to get a day off work during the week so you can get an appointment sooner and get more attention

~Liz

photo: http://encorebridal.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/blog-image-9-09-300x240.jpg

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Groom's Cake


The groom's cake is a gift that is given by the bride, the bride's parents, or his own parents. The cake is not meant to be as elaborate as the wedding cake and is often cooked by a family member. The cake is intended to be for the groom and any unmarried ladies that attend the reception. There is an old myth that the groom's cake should be cut into small pieces. They should then be wrapped in a napkin and given to all the single ladies. The night of the ladies place the cake under their pillow it is said that whoever she dreams of that night, she will marry. The groom's cake is usually decorated with hobbies or sports that the groom loves. Whether it is a simple cake or very elaborate it is sure to be something your groom will love!




~Jessie

Photo Credit:

Piece-a-cake.com

weddingaces.com

bridalbuzz.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wedding Cake History


The wedding cake has a long history and tradition of how it all started. Wedding cakes date all the way back to the medieval times. Back then the wedding cake flavor was wheat bread and they would crack it over the brides head to encourage a fertile marriage. In England guests of the wedding would bring many small cakes and after they were all collected the bride and groom would stack them up and stand on top and kiss. In the 17th century a new dish called the bride's pie was introduced. It was said that the main ingredient was a "glass ring" and the girl to find it would be next to be married. By the late 19th century wedding cakes became very popular. These early cakes were simple one-tiered plum cakes. The cake cutting ceremony at a wedding is supposed to symbolize the first task a bride and groom perform together as husband and wife. The once simple wedding cake has now evolved into a multi-tiered extravaganza, which was originally reserved for English royalty only.  Nowadays most bride and grooms save the top layer of their cake and freeze it to share and enjoy on their first wedding anniversary.


~Jessie
Photo Credit:cakepicturegallery.com
fhiky.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Handy Hints for your Honeymoon



Between the cost of weddings and moving in together, a lot of couples find they don't have the extra money they need for a honeymoon.

But there are ways you can save and not spend a fortune on your honeymoon. Here are 5 simple suggestions to cut costs:


1. Consider a Honeymoon Registry- Some travel agencies and resorts offer a registry service and applies contributions from your guests towards your honeymoon expense, they can buy you anything from a nice dinner to golf lessons.


2. Talk to your Friends- Ask around if your bridesmaids or family members have a vacation home for you to use on your honeymoon.


3. Consider an All-Inclusive Trip- Includes all you need for one flat fee. Room, food, drinks, activities, and more!


4. Travel during the Off-Season- Many families vacation between January-April so travel prices are higher. Wait until after these months for a much cheaper deal.


5. Stay Close to Home- The shorter the flight the cheaper the fare! To save even more honeymoon in the U.S.


~Jessie


Photo Credits:

weddinghoneymoonideas.com

Sunday, August 14, 2011

DIY Wedding ideas

Wedding Cake


Try making your own wedding cake! It's not as difficult as it sounds, and it can save you a ton of money.



Here's a great website that shows you how to do it: http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/make-a-homemade-wedding-cake


Reception Chair Labels

Instead of forking out a fortune on chair covers and sashes, try printing one of these chair labels and putting them on the back of each chair.


http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/diy-do-it-yourself-weddings/articles/diy-wedding-reception-chair-labels.aspx


DIY Programs and Menus

Print out your own programs and menus by using an online template. Try this website: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/downloadable-programs-menus


DIY Save the Dates

Instead of getting your save the dates professionally done, try doing it yourself by using a template. Here's a link to a really awesome DIY save the date: http://www.diywedding.org/diy-wedding-ideas/free-downloads/diy-wedding-heart-save-the-date-card

~Liz

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Indoor vs. Outdoor Wedding




Whether you're thinking about taking your vows in the great outdoors or a customized indoor affair, there are some pros and cons of each to consider:


Indoor Wedding Pros:


*You are in a Controlled Environment- No worries about rain or snow, you can be sure your guests will be comfortable

*2-in-1 package- Many indoor spaces can double as your ceremony and reception venue, which could save you a lot of money


Indoor Wedding Cons:

*Could be Rules on Space and Decor- Some establishments don't allow extensive decor and may be limited space for guests

*High Demand in the Colder Months- Harder to book if last minute, recommended to book at least 6-9 months before


Outdoor Wedding Pros:

*Little Decor Necessary- A scenic outdoor ceremony does not require much to make it look spectacular

*More Family Friendly- If inviting kids to your wedding, it is easier to entertain them in an outside venue


Outdoor Wedding Cons:

*Lighting Limitations- Depending on the time of day, locations, trees, etc it can make it hard for your photographer and videographer

*The Weather- Having a wedding outside is a gamble, you don't want the weather to ruin your perfect day


~Jessie


Photo Credit:

stylemepretty.com

betsywhite.com

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cheers to the Bride & Groom


Public speaking is a thing feared by many people. So when a bride or groom asks you to make a toast at their wedding it is not uncommon to feel very nervous about it. Preparing for a speech will make you much more relaxed and you will find it will be a lot easier when the moment comes. You should start by making a list of everything you want people to know about the couple. It is extremely important to make sure you talk about both the bride and groom. You can include memories, best qualities, or the first time they met. Lastly jot down ideas about what you wish for them in their future. Now that you have some ideas written down you can start to piece together what you want to say. Although you might think drunken stories or past relationships may be funny make sure you keep those for the bachelor(ette) parties. If you have trouble remembering you can write down the key points and use a note card when giving the actual speech. A toast should last no longer then three minutes, so you may want to rehearse in front of friends or family to see where you stand. Just remember the best toast is sincere and from the heart!

~Jessie

Photo Credit:
guardian.co.uk

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Prayers of the Faithful


If you are having a catholic wedding, you will need to choose prayers of the faithful to read during your ceremony. These prayers follow immediately after the blessing and exchange of rings. The presidor for each prayer is "For...;we pray to the lord". The congregation responds with "Lord hear our prayer"


According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, the order of intentions should be:

-For the needs of the Church

-For the public authorities and salvation of the whole world

-For those burdened by any kind of difficulty

-For the local community

However, the General Instruction also provides for the intentions to "reflect more closely the particular occasion" during the Rite of Marriage.

Here is an example of some prayers you might use:



1. For all the people of God, that we may strengthen each other mutually in love, we pray to the Lord.



2. For the people and leaders of all nations, that peace may be theirs, we pray to the Lord.



3. For ____________, joined now in marriage, that their love grow and their commitment deepen every day, we pray to the Lord



4. For the families of _________________, that love, marriage and family life grow stronger, we pray to the Lord.



5. For all the lives this family will touch, that people will find love and compassion in their home, we pray to the Lord.



6. For the families and friends gathered here today, that they continue to enrich _____________________ with love and support through the years, we pray to the Lord.



7. For all who have died in the peace of Christ, especially: _____________________________ whom we remember at this celebration, we pray to the Lord.



picture: http://img.ehowcdn.com/article-page-main/ehow/images/a07/ls/ha/petitions-prayers-faithful-weddings-800x800.jpg
 
~Liz

Monday, August 8, 2011

Thank You Card Etiquette



Writing thank you notes is something you should take care of as soon as possible. If you need tips on how to write your thank you notes, here are some tips provided by Mindy Weiss's "The Wedding Book"


Your goal is to make your notes sound warm and personal. Four or five sentences will suffice for all but your very closest friends and family members. In those sentences you want to:

-Thank the guest for the gift.

-Describe how you'll use it. If you're not sure, put your imagination to work. For a hand-painted ceramic soup tureen, you might say "It will look terrific on our table for our first Thanksgiving dinner." Avoid vague, all-purpose phrases such as "Thanks for the great gift. It's sure to come in handy." It should be clear that you couldn't possibly describing any gift other than theirs.


-State how lovely it was or will be to see them at the wedding. If they were unable to attend but still sent a gift, express how sorry you were that they weren't able to be there. If they did attend, add a personal observation- a compliment about how they looked, how beautifully they danced the samba, or their joke that had the whole table in stitches.


-Make a reference to a future visit or get-together, and if you can tie it back to the gift, so much the better: "We look forward to having you over for cocktails soon and putting that gorgeous martini shaker to work"

If you need to order thank you cards click here and receive a discount thank you cards


pictures: http://www.stacymakescents.com/wp-content/uploads/24774.jpg
 
~Liz

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Laurel Manor Livonia ~ Tricia + Chris are Married! 7/23/11


Tricia heard about You're The Bride based on the recommendation of another happy client and through her Aunt back in May. She booked us for Day-of Coordination so she could just relax and have fun on her wedding day and that she did! We took care of all the details so she didn't have to worry.

The bride chose 3 different table looks for her reception.








Keri, my Assistant with the 3rd table look.

They had over 335 guests at their Big Italian wedding so of course she gave Jordan Almonds to keep with tradition! Also, check out her huge wedding cake.




She decided to offer her guests a signature drink was a "Dreamsicle" which consisted of Sunny D and Captain Morgan.





The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen were cheering them in for their Grand Entrance!




Tricia was so funny trying to get their first slice of cake! She was having so much fun!




 Now to give a bite to her handsome new husband!




The First Dance.

They sure had a great time! The new Mr. and Mrs. Owens honeymooned in Mexico. Thank you for letting us be part of your day!


Church-St. Michael's, Livonia
Venue-Laurel Manor, Livonia
Day-of Coordination-Tracie and Keri/You're The Bride
Photographer-Robert Terwillger Photography
Video-George's Video Productions
DJ-First Class Entertainment
Cake/Cupcakes-Cakes By Stephanie
Flowers-Jellibeans 'n' Rosebuds/Debbie Malek, Plymouth
Limo-Millenium Limo
Hair-Dana/Tangerine
Make-up-Lora/The Make-up Loft
Photo Booth-Shutterbooth

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Nania + Aaron are engaged !

Nania and Aaron are getting married in just a few weeks on August 20th at The Michigan League on the campus of U of M and it's going to be great! You're The Bride is so excited to be helping this couple with their special day.

Here are a few of their beautiful engagement pictures from Jean Smith Photography!