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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Detroit December Bride of the Month! Melissa




December’s featured Bride of the Month is Melissa and her fiancé Chris! 

They met at a statewide social worker training in March of 2011.  She had just started in her new position with the state of MI, however, he had been in his position for two years.  He hadn't went to the training yet, but was scheduled to go twice previously but he ended up having scheduling conflicts and didn't attend.  Luckily, he made it to the same training she was at, and out of 200 people, there were 8 men, and one was Chris.  He didn't attend the first day, so by the second day she thought she had saw all of the men in the training, until he walked in 20 minutes late the second day.  When she saw him walk in, she immediately said to herself "I'm going to marry him."  She said, “I guess it's true when they say "when you know, you know."  They started talking and immediately hit it off. They started going to lunch together daily and dinner after the training for the next 3 months. After that they were destined to be together. 

Currently, Melissa is a licensing specialist for the Macomb County Department of Human Services.  Chris no longer works in the child welfare field, but he does teach martial arts (he's certified) and he is working as a fitness associate at the LA Fitness.

Melissa and Chris have an unusual engagement story as it actually happened twice! The initial engagement was in 2011 in her apartment, and it was more of a declaration of his love and he lit candles, they had wine and he told her about his love and devotion for her.  He thought it was a proposal, but she didn't, there was no ring and he hadn’t asked her mother first.  

 The second and more official form of the engagement came in September 2012. He went to her mother's house and asked her if he could marry me, and also the permission from her brother.  They both gave their blessing and said they couldn't have chosen a more perfect man for Melissa to marry. He planned it on a chilly Saturday night. He was on the phone talking loudly so Melissa went into her bedroom and began to read a book, he entered a few minutes later retrieved something from the dresser and left shutting the door behind him. She took no notice and thought he was just being respectful as he talks loud while he is on the phone. She needed to use the restroom 15 minutes later and as she emerged from the bedroom he runs up to her and asked her what she was doing out of the bedroom? She of course told him, and he said after your done go back in their and don't come out until I call for you. She knew what was going on now. With a smile she gladly went back in the bedroom, however she didn't expect him to take so long! Just two hours later, after she had almost fallen asleep, he called for her and she walked into the living room where he had he had candles lit everywhere, music playing and he had the ring in the box on a candle plate surrounded by candles.  He sat me down and gave her his romantic speech and placed the ring on her finger.

They plan on getting married in his father's church, Faith Redemption Center in Detroit Michigan, May 11, 2013.  The reception will be at Joy Manor in Westland, MI. With a wedding party of 10, Melissa will be escorted down the aisle by her brother come the big day. Their color scheme will reflect a lilac purple and passion purple to go along with their lighthearted spring wedding.  We are looking forward to coordinating their special day!



Congratulations on a wonderful engagement! 


  For more information on planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com, or visit our website www.yourethebride.com!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

5 Little Known Facts About Planning A Wedding in Troy, MI


            If you are planning on a wedding in or near the Troy area you may need to know some information! Troy is a beautiful city and a great place for any occasion, especially a wedding! There are so many choices and so many resources that you may not have to travel far for vendors! Use these 5 tips below to help you decide if Troy is the right place for you!

1.      There are over 20 venue locations, both indoor and outdoor located right in the heart of Troy that are booked on a regular basis.
2.      22+ restaurants for your rehearsal dinner
3.      Over 8 event and wedding planners (including You’re The Bride!)
4.      More than 16 individual catering services in almost any cuisine!
5.      Over 7 hotels and even a spa resort for you and your guests to enjoy after a long day!

So if you can’t decide on a venue or location check out Troy, MI for all your wedding needs!

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602

Photo and Information Credits:
http://www.eventective.com/USA/Michigan/Troy/Wedding-Receptions.html
http://townmapsusa.com/d/Map-of-Troy-Michigan-MI/troy_mi

Monday, December 17, 2012

Would You Like to Sign the Guestbook?



            Guestbooks are a great way to keep track of who attended the wedding. It’s also a great way for your guests to leave advice, messages, or little notes to the bride and groom. However the traditional guest book is no longer a choice among newlyweds. There are so many alternative to the old guestbook because what do you do with it? It becomes storage material. With these new alternatives you are sure to get more out of your guestbook and your guests are certain to enjoy it too!


Our first suggestion is one we have seen in many recent weddings. If you are planning on renting a photo booth for your wedding make sure to request double prints. The first print is for the guest to take home and the second is for a photo album/scrapbook! Guests can pull out the scrapbook pages and sign them and then attach the photo next to it. It makes a great coffee table book and it fun too look at!

Materials:       Photo booth Rental (double prints)
                        Scrapbook/or Album
                        Scrapbook pages
                        Glue/or Double-sided Tape
                        Sharpies (Permanent Marker)
                        Fun stickers to place in album



        

We also recommend little cards at every place setting (can be round, square, ect).  Leave space for the person/group to leave a little message and who it was from. Then make an announcement for the guests to please drop off their cards into the card box. They are great keepsakes and are a lot of fun to read after you get back from your honeymoon!


Materials:      Card box (can be the same or separate                         from the gift card box)
                        Paper cutouts
                        Pens/markers

           



 
 Thirdly, a unique idea that comes from one of our recent brides, Randi Fardig, is to have wine bottles (dark glass) personalized. We recommend 3 bottles; each one has an anniversary of the married couple printed onto it, the 1 year, 5 year, and 10 year anniversaries. Then using a silver sharpie guests can sign them, or write a small personal message. They are perfect for couples who would love to share a bottle of wine and be reminded of all their loved ones who shared in their special day. 

Materials:       3 of your favorite wines (dark glass)
                        Get them inscribed/etched/embossed
                        Sharpie markers in silver, gold, brass



Another guest book alternative is to put questions at each table setting. For example,  “what should we do on a date night?”, “where do you see us in 25 years?”, or “what should we say to each other every night?” Each guest can answer the questions and give them to the bride and groom. They can be hole punched and attached on a ring for you and your husband to read through for fun!

Materials:       Cardstock with printed questions
                        Hole punch
                        Ring Holder
                        Pens/Markers

            





 A fun and exciting idea is to get blank wooden puzzle pieces. Lay them on the table to the entrance of the ceremony unattached. As guests arrive they can sign a puzzle piece, which you and your new husband can put together! You can leave it apart to put together when you please or you can glue it together and use it as a personalized wall hanging!

Materials:       Wooden puzzle pieces blank
                        Sharpie Markers (don’t be afraid                           to use colored ones!)
                        Wood glue (if needed)


Our last idea is one for the books. Place an old typewriter at the entrance with a long sheet of paper attached. As guests arrive they can type you and your significant other a message. It is a very exceptional addition to any wedding. You can save this keepsake to read whenever you and your companion want to feel like newlyweds again or for a fun read to spice up a dull night!

Materials:      Typewriter
                        Parchment Paper (preferably long                           to be scrolled but individual sheets                           will work)
                                                                                                            Ribbon to tie the sheets together


Congratulations on your engagement!

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602

Photo Credits:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wouldn’t You Like to Know?


Are you curious as to how much the average groom spends on an engagement ring? Do you know how many men propose to their fiancés on their knee? Is your ring among the most popular cut/shape choices? Don't worry, You’re The Bride has the answers! Check out all these amazing statistics provided by Simply Bridal. Some of them may surprise you!






Congratulations on your engagement!

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602

Photo/Information Credits:
Simply Bridal

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wedding Inspiration Style Shoot!




We are so excited to show you the images from our first ever photo shoot!

From You're The Bride...Weddings are such a joyous and momentous occasion that we love being a part of. We wanted to create a unique style shoot that really inspired brides and had a deeper meaning. Our inspiration for this shoot came from the idea that weddings are “timeless.” The day remains in a bride and grooms memory for the rest of their lives, no matter the budget. A timeless wedding is classic, elegant, and full of wonderful memories, so why not make it the theme! We loved the idea of a “timeless” wedding in a place filled with history and character. We choose the library inside The Long Acre House in Farmington Hills, Michigan. We used elements of “time” by adding clocks to the napkins, cake, charger plates, menu cards, and timeline. The color palate was inspired by the tone of the library and the fact that we wanted a classic and clean look. The burgundy meshed well with the wooden fixtures, and the gold tones just brought a feeling of elegance to the room.














Brittany, Tracie and Kaylie (Cake Designer)

We are so excited to have done this style shoot and thank all of the vendors who participated in it. Now we are contacting several wedding magazines and blogs hoping they will love our work and publish us! A big thank you to my friend Joyce for letting us borrow very important and antique pocket watches.

Styling, Concept, + Design- You're The Bride, Livonia

Wedding Cake - Kaylie Strzelecki, Ann Arbor

Flowers - Merri-Craft Florist, Livonia

Stationery - Senor & Senora, Royal Oak

Rentals - Event Source, Detroit and Your Event Party Rental, Plymouth

Photo Shoot Venue - The Long Acre House, Farmington Hills

Photography - Inner Circle Photography, Royal Oak

Decisions...Decisions...


Monday, December 3, 2012

Nailography


Essie's "Fiji"

The little details on your wedding are just as important as the big things.  Since, they can sometimes get overlooked, it is good to set aside some time to think about them.  Have you ever considered how you were going to do your nails and toe nails on wedding day?  You've got that lovely engagement ring and a wedding band to add soon so they've got to look great!  Not many brides realize this but your hands may be photographed just as much as your face because of the rings. Nail polish and nail art have been very popular nowadays with brands like OPI and Essie trending.  Here are some fun yet classic possibilities on how to style up your nails for wedding day:


From left to right: OPI's "Mimosoa's For Mr. + Mrs." and Ciate's Caviar Nails

For more information on wedding nails or advice in planning your day contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or via email at tracie@yourethebride.com.

Happy planning!

Photo credit: www.pinterest.com

Friday, November 30, 2012

Oh The Places You'll Go!

Your wedding venue is a crucial part of your big day.  It sets the mood and creates the atmosphere for your guests.  It is the place they are enjoying your day and continuously surrounded by.  No one one wants there wedding at a dull, drab same-old hall so we've come up with a list of eight new trending venue locations around metro Detroit.  Ranging from restaurants to museums, these modern new sites will guarantee a different and special feel to your wedding. Check 'em out!



















For more information on wedding venues or assistance in planning your perfect day, contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or at tracie@yourethebride.com

Happy planning!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Be Our Guest


Escort cards are a great way to incorporate some fun in your wedding.  There are many creative avenues you can take to assign your guests seats that deviate from the traditional name and table numbers or place cards.  Think of personal stories, places, or events that occurred while you were dating.  You can use these as ways to assign your guests to tables things such as street names, special dates, etc. will allow your guests to learn more about you plus make your wedding much more interesting.

For more information on wedding table numbers or assistance in planning your big day, contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or via email at tracie@yourethebride.com.

Happy planning!

Photo credit: www.pinterest.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ooo La La


After the wedding is all over, no bride and groom want more to spend time with just one another alone. Pre-honeymoon, brides want to look and feel their best.  To look and feel fabulous for your groom, most brides opt for something special like lingerie.  Brands like Victoria's Secret and Frederick's of Hollywood are always a popular option amongst women.  These companies typically have options tailored to bride. Nothing fancy is required but going all out is always fun too; when else will this happen again! Needless to say, your future husband will love you for who you are and this is just another way to ignite that even further.


For more information on night of wedding attire or assistance in planning your big day, contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or via email at tracie@yourethebride.com.

Happy planning!

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Lets Hear It For The Boys!

The focus on your wedding should clearly be you, the bride.  With no groom, however, there would be no bride to look at.  So it is key that your man and groomsmen look just as great.  There have been several clear trends in wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses along with trends for the guys.  Here are some popular color and outfit combinations for the boys:




For more information on grooms attire or assistance in planning your day, contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or via email.

Happy planning!

Photo credit: www.pinterest.com

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Testing, Attention Please!


It's time to plan your ceremony and reception you've got roles with big shoes to fill.  People to do readings, toasts, announcements, and speeches. These are all great ways to incorporate those special people into your wedding.  The wedding party is a great way to do that but a Mom as a bridesmaid just isn't a typical option.  Consider your friends and family members reciting things they wrote, others wrote, or celebrity words to make them feel special.  This will also take great notice and respect amongst your guests.  Speeches are some of the most treasured and memorable parts of a wedding and really need great attention.


For more information on wedding day speeches or assistance in planning your perfect day, contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or via email.

Happy planning!

Photo credit: www.pinterest.com

Monday, November 26, 2012

Made of Honor



            So you have been given the best honor the bride can give someone, you are the Maid/Matron of Honor. Of course you accept, but what are your duties? What do you need to do? Are you helping to plan the actual wedding? All of these questions are great ones that you need to get answers to. Many maid/matrons of honor have no clue where to start or what to do.
            Some brides are proactive and will explain to you up front what you will need to do during your time as the maid of honor. Some may even have a list of duties for you already made up, but what if they don’t? You need to ask the bride specifically what she would like you to do. Do not be pushy and start planning her wedding like it’s yours, keep in mind that you are there to help her with her special day, not make it all about you. The maid/matron of honor is there to support, help, and respect the bride all through the planning process.
            So to help all of you “new” maid/matrons of honor here are some things that you may need to for your bride, just make sure to ask the bride before doing anything. You don’t want to disappoint!

·         Planning the bachelorette and bridal parties
·         Venue location shopping
·         Invitation/Stationary selection
·         Dress shopping
·         Wedding registration
·         Seating arrangements
·         Contact with other bridesmaids
·         Cake selection and Tasting!
·         Be the messenger
·         Helping bride dress for wedding
·         Holding the bride’s bouquet and, if applicable, gloves at the ceremony
·         Adjusting the bride’s veil and train before the processional and recessional, and during the ceremony
·         Signing as a witness to marriage license
·         Holding the groom’s wedding ring
·         Participating in the receiving line
·         Giving speech at the reception
·         Making sure the bride has packed everything she needs for the honeymoon
·         Helping the bride change into her traveling clothes after the reception, if the bride a groom will be leaving directly for the honeymoon
·         Informing the bride’s parents when the couple is ready to leave the reception


Though this list may seem long you are really there as a support system as most brides just need to be reassured they are doing things correctly and effectively! You are there for the times the bride is about to freak out, and just reassure her that everything will be perfect on her wedding day. Just be as supportive as possible and remember that planning a wedding is fun!

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602

Photo Credits:
http://www.sheknows.com/love-and-sex/articles/956047/how-to-choose-your-maid-of-honor

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tying The Knot in Detroit

A couple months back, Tracie and I were invited to the annual Knot + Bump event industry party.  The Knot and The Bump are nationally published magazines that are geared towards brides and expecting mothers.  At this event, we were able to catch up with great friends and peers in the industry.  Along with this, we were able to network with new companies and businesses to further our potential clients in the area.  This event was packed with great music and especially food! Fox Hills was a beautiful venue in it's self and provided the best site for this get together.  Take a look at some pictures from this fabulous event:






For more information on The Knot or assistance in planning your big day contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or via email.

Happy planning!

Photo credit: Samantha Sant

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hustle and Bustle


Bustling is a very old and popular way of gathering the train. It was created to help the bride walk easier and get around at the reception without ruining her train. Created in the 1870’s, the original bustle was created to make the waist look smaller by creating fullness at the hips and down the back of the dress. Then catching on quickly, bustling was altered to fit different types of dresses and trains. There are two different types of bustle to choose from and each is unique in its own way.
The first is underbustling. Usually harder to do and more costly. However it creates a stunning look. The dress is fastened underneath the dress so that you cannot see the lines. Creates a cleaner and more overall look.
The second is overbustling. Much easier to do and can be as simple as fastening a button or tying a ribbon. Each type of bustling can be attached at the hip, knee, wrist, or even shoulder.
Every type of gown can be bustled, but not every gown looks good in a bustle. However the longer the train the more space it will require to bustle so just be sure to try the bustle before you purchase the dress in case you don’t like the look of it.
In the end a bustle can create a gorgeous look and creates elegance in the gown.

 
For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602 or visit www.yourethebride.com

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's All In Your Head


So we all know the attention on your wedding day is the bride!  That means you definitely need a statement and bold way to stand out.  The dress is an obvious way to do that but have you ever thought of any other ways? Well look no further! Headwear is a great way that will have all eyes attracted to you as you walk down aisle.  Aside from the traditional veil, there are several other options including a bird cage, head bands, and barrettes to accent your hair and attire.


 For more information on bridal head wear, contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or via email.

Happy planning!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Minty Fresh!







One of the hottest colors for 2013 is mint! First seen in homes and décor , mint is all the rage for next season. It is a very soft and inviting color. It can be used on just about everything! Invitations, décor, bridesmaid’s dresses, and much more! Mint is also a great flavor! Incorporate it into your appetizer menu or even a signature drink!









During the 1940’s and 1950’s mint was huge, it was seen in almost any home. As we have seen this past 2 years, many of the old color palates from those era’s are being reinvented and modernized. For weddings it is a great color for most seasons, including winter, spring, and summer. It is best paired with yellow, black, white, silver, pink, peach, and tan. This is sure to freshen up any bride’s big day!





For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602 or visit www.yourethebride.com