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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Why Would You Want the Same Venue as Everyone Else?!!





The answer is you wouldn’t! One of the hottest up and coming trends for spring and fall weddings are to book tented venues! The unique look of draped fabric and custom lighting can create the perfect setting for any wedding. The use of a tented venue can be created using many different forms including:

* High peaked- adds a beautiful high ceiling with gorgeous draping effects
* Clear span- great for large crowds and allows the guests to view the scenery both during the day and night.


* Framed- just using the metal/pole frames of the tent without covering them. This allows the space to remain open while still keeping the closeness of the wedding atmosphere.


Many brides are choosing not only to have these weddings outdoors but indoors as well! The tents can be set up inside a space to create the look of a tented wedding but eliminating the outdoor elements and limitations. Just about any space can be used for a tented wedding including:

* Back yards

* Old barns

* Beaches

* Estates

* Country clubs

* Parks

* And many more!


When choosing to use tenting as a venue brides must keep in mind the tent size required for the number of guests, vendors, utilities, and anything else the bride may want to include. These are the common tent size regulations according to the number of wedding attendees:


TENT SIZE SQ FEET NUMBER OF GUESTS



20 x 20 400 40 people



20 x 30 600 60 people



20 x 40 800 80 people



20 x 60 1200 80-100 people



30 x 30 900 80 people



30 x 50 1500 93-116 people



30 x 60 1800 113-141 people



40 x 40 1600 100-125 people



40 x 50 2000 126-158 people



40 x 60 2400 153-191 people


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

~Brittany

Information Retained From/Photo Credits:

1. Norris Sales Party Rentals. (May 9, 2012). http://www.norrispartyrentals.com/party-tent-size.php

2. theknot.com (Figure 3)

3. bellethemagazine.com (Figure 2)

4. bellabeachweddings.com (Figure 1)



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Out with the new and in with the old?


Classic, glamourous, and chic. No I’m not talking about the Kardashian’s, I’m talking about The Guardian Building located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan. This stunning venue is a unique and unexpected place to have your wedding ceremony and/or reception. The Guardian building incorporates the historic aspects of Detroit with it’s art deco architecture designed in the roaring 1920‘s but also has state of the art technology. The location includes many great amenities including panoramic views, retail shops, New York Style doorman, and shuttle service. Most importantly the site has prime security, is handicapped accessible, and provides onsite management. The Guardian building will most definitely take you and your guests back in time to those treasured days but now your wedding will be one of those special days as well.




For more information on finding your ideal wedding venues and planning your perfect wedding contact You’re The Bride at tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602. Happy planning!

~Samantha

Photo credit: www.examiner.com

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cupcake Craze!


From Cupcake Wars to D.C. Cupcakes, from Sprinkles Cupcakes to Magnolia Bakery the cupcake phenomenon is taking over the world. Cupcakes have ignited bakers everywhere and intrigued customers in this bite size treat. It has sparked every thing from TV show competitions to specialized bakeries. This “epidemic” has also spread into the world of weddings and everyone is catching the bug.

Cupcakes are a great way to slim down your cake price and offer a fun alternative. Having cupcakes at your wedding will also save some time because pieces of cake won’t have to be cut; everyone can help themselves and no one will have to wait for cake to be served to them. Along with this, cupcakes prevent large amounts of left over cake and are easy to pack in boxes if there is some. In addition, cupcakes are definitely kid friendly to any little ones attending the event. These little cakes are sure to make a big impact on your wedding!



For more information on cupcake tips and planning your perfect wedding contact You’re The Bride via email at tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602.

~Samantha

Photo credit: http://www.weddingwire.com/

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cake Tasting Tips

After meeting with some prospective bakers and you have narrowed it down to one you like your next step is the cake tasting. For a successful cake tasting here are some things to keep in mind:
*Prepare- Bring photos for inspiration of cakes you like, cake topper or any decorations you have planned to go on your cake, fabric swatches of your colors, and anything to help figure out the cake design you are aiming for. Also make sure to eat beforehand and treat this like a "dessert course" and drink plenty of water to make sure your taste palette is clear.
*Budget- One of the first things you should discuss with your baker is the budget then from there they can offer you different flavors and designs that fit into your price range.
*Eat- Savor each and every flavor. Take your time to figure out what ones are your favorite. Try to keep your guests in mind not everyone likes unique flavors so try to include one classic flavor.
*Style- Your baker should be able to sketch out a possible design of what your cake will look like, make sure at that point if there are things you don't like to let your baker know of any changes that need to be made.
For more help trying to pick the perfect cake for your wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
~Jessie
   
Photo Credits:
merrybrides.tumblr.com

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Get Me to the Church on Time!




Planes, trains and automobiles are just some of the common means of transportation nowadays. What kind of vehicles, however, should be used on your wedding day? There are many creative paths one can take in choosing means getting around to use on your special day. On the other hand, functionality is just as important. Here are some unique but practical ideas on ways to hop around on your wedding day.


-Begin by figuring out the total amount of people you need to transport. This will most likely include the bridal party but may also include parents, grandparents, etc. Decide if you’d like the transportation for the entire event. This would include taking everyone to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception, and then to a hotel or other location after. This is the most expensive option but costs can be eliminated in by just having pickup/drop off or one way.


-After this, choose what type of transportation you’d like and make sure it can accommodate everyone. Options vary from town car to limousine from party bus to trollie. Keep in mind your theme and keep it realistic to your day’s plans.


For assistance in planning your perfect wedding contact Tracie at You’re The Bride via email tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602. Happy planning!

~Samantha

Photo credits: www.pinterest.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Got game?


Save the serious stuff for the big day! Ceremony, toasts, speeches are all apart of the traditional wedding day event. At the bridal shower, however, it’s nice to let loose and have some fun before all of the formal events occur. Here are two games that you could play at your bridal shower:



1. Toilet paper dress and veil: look no further than your local grocery store for this game. All you need is a couple rolls of everyday toilet tissue and your set! Start by dividing guests into groups of three or four. Then each team selects one member to be the model. Start a clock for one minute and each team must create a gown, veil, and accessories entirely out of toilet paper. The guest(s) of honor will then select the winning group. Each member could receive a prize or even just bragging rights. This is an easy and fun game that will boast the most scrapbook/photo album potential.

2. Bridal Bingo: use this game as an icebreaker. This way guests who don’t know one another can meet and learn how they know the couple. Simply create Bingo cars with phrases like “college roommate”, “cousin”, or “also born in 1985”. Each attendant finds someone who fits the standards for the particular square and directs them to initial the spot. The first guest to fill the cards wins bragging rights or a prize!




For more bridal shower game ideas and assistance in planning your perfect wedding, contact You’re The Bride via email tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602. Happy planning!

~Samantha

Photo credit: www.pinterest.com


Monday, May 21, 2012

Preserving Your Cake Top





It is tradition to save the top layer of your wedding cake for your one year anniversary, but what happens when you finally go to take it out and it's more like a giant iceberg. This is a common thing when brides try to preserve the top layer but here are some easy steps to follow to make sure it doesn't happen to you:

*Go Simple- If you intend on following this tradition when selecting your cake keep in mind what flavors will freeze well and which won't. Cake with fruit fillings aren't going to freeze as well as simple chocolate or vanilla

*Talk to your Baker- They can help you decide what will work best in order for you to save your top layer and know ahead of time your planning on doing so

*Plastic Wrap- Make sure the catering staff knows you are saving your top layer and appoint a family member or friend to take it and do the following: make sure to remove anything that is not edible, leave the cake in fridge or freezer over night so the icing hardens, wrap the cake tightly so you have about five layers of plastic wrap, then place in a zip-lock bag and make sure it is air tight then store in the freezer. DO NOT use aluminum foil this can cause freezer burn

*New Cake- If after a year your cake is freezer burnt or you just rather not eat a cake that has been sitting that long call your baker that made your wedding cake and have him recreate a small version of your top layer for your and your husband to share

For more advice on wedding cakes contact mailto:tracie@yourethebride.com.com or call 248-408-4602.

~Jessie

Photo Credits:

http://www.weddingclan.com/


Saturday, May 19, 2012

10 Biggest PreWedding Mistakes




You want your wedding day to be perfect so before saying "I Do" here is a list of some of the most common mistakes before your wedding:

*Blowing off your budget- Many times brides start making purchases and booking vendors without having a budget in mind and are shocked when they realize they've already spent all they can afford and still need a lot for their wedding

*Messing up the marriage license- There are so many different rules surrounding marriage license so make sure you look into it and get yours in the right time frame

*Ordering your wedding dress too late- Make sure to order at least six months ahead to leave time for shipping and alterations

*Booking your hotel rooms too late- Brides tend to wait last minute to block rooms at a hotel, but keep in mind if its during busy months they may not have any room availability

*Inviting too many guests- Make sure your reception site will hold as many as your have on your guest-list, assume 80% will respond yes

*Last minute diets and beauty treatments- Don't plan any facials, tanning or other beauty treatments the day before make an appointment at least 2 weeks ahead. After all your fittings crash dieting right before your wedding can lead to your dress not fitting!

*Underpaying invitation postage- Make sure to weigh at least one invitation before mailing them all so your know the proper amount of postage to include on there

*Ignoring religious restrictions- Meet with your officiant after getting engaged and discuss any religious rules and try to pick out a date before booking vendors

*Planning your wedding alone- If you were lucky enough to be offered help by family and friends, take it! Delegate and give each person things to take care of

*Forgetting to focus on what is important- Remember this is a start to planning your life together, not just planning a wedding

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

~Jessie

Photo Credits:

chiqweddings.com

Friday, May 18, 2012

Detroit May Bride of the Month ~ Lindsay

May's featured Bride of the Month is Lindsay and her fiancĂ©e is Erwin. Lindsay and her friend Emmy who happened to be Erwin's sister were students at Champion Karate. Erwin was and still is an instructor there. Lindsay then went her separate way to concentrate on her studies and after six years she revisited the new Champion Karate. They spent a few nights out with mutual friends and Lindsay finally asked Erwin out. On their first date they took a walk down to Hart Plaza and this began their love story.

The day of their proposal Lindsay and Erwin went downtown to the Motown Museum with Emmy and another friend. This was followed by dinner and some fun at the casino.  Erwin had suggested a walk down to Hart Plaza again where they reminisced about how it all began and then Erwin got down on one knee and proposed.

Their wedding will be taking place June 16, 2012. The ceremony will be held at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Troy followed by their reception at The American Polish Cultural Center. Their wedding party consists of 3 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen. The colors they have chosen are teal and orange. Lindsay and Erwin have had many great memories in Detroit and have decided to name their tables after streets in Detroit. They will also be incorporating the Filipino traditions into their mass. We at You're The Bride wish Lindsay and Erwrin a happy wedding day and are excited to share in their event!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spring Wedding Flowers


Having a spring wedding in Michigan is a great idea. During the spring months the weather is just right for your hair, makeup, scenery, but most importantly your flowers! By choosing flowers that are in season you can keep your cost down too. There are so many great spring flowers to choose, here is a list of some of my favorites:
*Carnation- This is the "flower of love" and comes in many different colors perfect for spring like peach, pink, yellow and more!



*Hydrangea- This comes in a variety of beautiful blues, pinks, and white



*Bells of Ireland- Add a touch of green to your wedding and a little "good luck"



*Tulip- These flowers mean "perfect love" and come in many different color choices



*Daisy- Simple and sweet this flower shows purity, innocence, and loyalty



For more help choosing flowers for your wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602.


~Jessie

Photo Credits:

bouquetbridal.blogspot.com

thebridescafe.typepad.com

marthas-vineyard-vacation-tips.com

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Save the Date!





Work, school, family, friends...the list goes on and on about what is included in our typical but busy schedules. Your wedding, however, should be a number one priority and remembered date amongst all of these daily activities. Many brides nowadays are using save the date cards to give guests notification of their upcoming wedding. Here are some tips about these cards and how they can really assist in planning your wedding:



*The wording for save the dates consist should be short and sweet. Just your names, date of your wedding, location, and that an invitation is to follow. No other information is really necessary.

*As far as design and style of the card, these cards are a great way to introduce your theme, if one has been established, giving guests a sneak peak. You can incorporate colors or other features of your wedding scheme.

*These cards can be done a little more casually. Things such as magnets are a fun but functional way to do save the dates. They should be creative and not as formal as your actual invitations.

*These cards are typically mailed six months in advanced and maybe even earlier for a destination wedding or a date near a holiday. This will most likely prevent a lower amount of attendees to your wedding





For assistance in planning your perfect wedding contact You’re The Bride via email tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602. We have several save the dates available for purchase at
http://www.yourethebride.cceasy.com/CasPage1.cfm?prev=1&TempPrev=0&blnPreviewRequestSubmitted=0&recordsperpage=12&CompletedOrder=0&sBasketID=0&alogo=1&menu=none&morethanonepage=YES&HostDomain=www%2Eyourethebride%2Ecceasy%2Ecom%2F&FirstTimeThrough=1&format=STDCasEnsDT26

~Samantha


Photo Credits: http://www.pinterest.com/

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Summer Wedding Hair Trends


With summer just around the corner, it is time for brides to start thinking about how they want their wedding hair. The key to looking timeless is all about recreating a refreshing look that fits the bride and her dress. Here are some of the popular styles for summer:

*Classic Chignons- Very glamorous and even modern. If your going for romantic this is the perfect style and great to accessorize too



*Side Swept Braid- This is a soft look and good way to show all your facial features. This style compliments one-shoulder dresses nicely



*Audrey Top Knot- A high bun with a very clean finish that goes well with a headband. This is a super sleek and classy look



*Vintage Glam- This can be done with up-dos or down by using soft waves. Also a romantic look but can be made modern



For helping trying to figure out the perfect style to fit into your wedding or any other questions contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602.

~Jessie


Photo Credits:

beautifulhairstyles.com

bride.net

ifashionmagazine.com

hairsthebling.com

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Wine Registries


The wedding registry used to mean dragging your groom to the department store to choose things like china, kitchenware, glassware, and all other things needed to start a home. But today there are so many more options then that. Most couples these days are getting married later or have already lived together and have all the necessities for their home. Couples are focusing more on registries that can entertain them or they can build hobbies with together. One of the newest types of registries is the wine registry. This is a unique websites that allows couples to registry for different types of wine from all around the world. Check out websites like Bottlenotes, Wine Cellarage, and Vino Classics to create your wine registry list.



For more advice on how to register or for help planning your wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602.

~Jessie

Wine, Registry

Photo Credits:

mywedding.com