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Friday, August 31, 2012

What to Look for in a Venue



            When it comes to planning your wedding the venues are possibly the most important items to check off your list, besides the dress of course. Venues help to set the mood and inspire the theme for the entire wedding and choosing the correct one is difficult. There are so many places to choose from and by asking the right questions you will find the one of your dreams.
            These questions are to help you narrow down your choices. Because each venue has different qualifications, recommendations, and policies these questions will help you to decide what venue fits if not all but most of the qualifications you desire.

1.      What is the fee for renting the hall/ venue? And what does it include?
2.      Is there a security deposit required?
3.      Are there any requirements regarding the Officiant choice?
4.      Are there any catering/cake restrictions?
5.      Is there an alchohol policy?
6.      What is the refund policy if the wedding were to be canceled?
7.      Are there religious restrictions? Interfaith marriages..ect?
8.      What is the room capacity?
9.      Is there parking available? Paid or not?
10.  Are there decorating restricitons?

So good luck on finding your dream venue to hold your dream wedding!

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

Thursday, August 30, 2012

So Many Candles, So Little Time!


            We at You’re The Bride know that a bride is a very busy woman! So to help save you some time and we are going to give you an education on candles!
            There are many, many different types of candles and some are better suited for certain occasions. Candles are a great way to add intimacy, light, scent, and decoration to any occasion. But which ones to use?
 
1.      Long Tapers- these candles provide a smooth and gentle light. Usually add a sense of elegance to the room. Tapers are made to fit most standard candleholders, burn gently for longer periods of time (look out for drips!), and are usually unscented.


2.      Pillar- most common candle, cylindrical in shape and can be tall or short. Come in many colors and scents and are most oftenly made of wax, also come in flame-less!
3.      Tea- small usually round candles. Have a burning time of about 4-6 hrs and are not often scented. Used to create great accent lighting on a table but be sure they are in a holder because the tin around them gets hot and can be tipped over very easily. A flame-less option here is best.





4.      Votive- these are a little larger than the tea lights, sometimes scented, and are great because you can use the same votive holder over and over because they are so easy to change out. They burn from 6-12 hours and come in a large variety. Best used in centerpiece settings.




5.      Floating- these candles are a great decoration idea. They come in hundreds of shapes and sizes; many are shaped into roses, lilies...ect. The wax has a coating allowing it to float on top of the water and the light reflects beautifully off of it. It is also a great way to make sure there aren’t any fires!






6.      Soy- these candles are made from soy materials instead of paraffin. This burns much more cleanly no black smoke, but are a more costly candle. Come in many varieties in scent, size, and color.


7.      Gel- a combination of mineral oil and resin, these candles are clear which allow the maker (or yourself!) to create any kind of scene! Flowers, fruits, veggies, toys, seeds, plastic scenes..ect the list is endless! They are scented using oils and burn exquisitely.






8.   Jar- these are candles that already have the wax poured into the jar. The wax burns inside of it, and they come in just about every jar you can think of.








9.      Utility- these candles are usually from 5-12 inches long. Are used for around the house emergencies. Not the best candle to use for occasions as they are very roughly made, but they are very long burning candles and very sturdy. They can be useful for outdoor ceremonies and receptions.




10.  Luminara- smaller outdoor candles usually placed in sand. Are very bright burning and are also available in mosquito repellent scent!










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

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Kellogg Park Plymouth ~ Amy + David 6/30/12


You know how the saying goes something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  Well Amy & David's wedding on Saturday, June 30th was just that, especially emphasis on the blue.  With a malibu blue, black, and white color scheme, this wedding was elegant but refreshing, perfect for the summertime heat.




The couple hired You're The Bride for Rehearsal and Day-of Coordination Services. The wedding began in Downtown Plymouth that afternoon.  Tracie, Brittany, and I finalized the decor, greeted guests, and coordinated with all of the vendors.  We awaited for the wedding party and then got the show on the road! With the cutest son Carter as the ring bearer, the party made it down the aisle.  Amy looked absolutely beautiful and everyone else just as great!

After the ceremony, the party took pictures by our fabulous photographer Gary of Glasswing Photography and his wife Carol while Tracie, Brittany, and I headed to Joy Manor to finalize the reception.  Joy Manor handles the table decor and chaircovers and it was beautifully decorated with more malibu blue, black, white, and crystal accents.
After the party and couple's grand entrance the newlyweds cut their cake then we enjoyed a delicious buffet style dinne. Next we had the traditional activities including  fun dancing, garter toss, bouquet toss and the whole nine yards. Click here and check out this video for even more of Amy and David's wedding highlights!


We had a blast working with Amy, David, and of course little Carter and would like to thank them for using our services.  They had a wonderful celebration and we were so happy to be a part of it!

DJ - Substance Media
Photographer - Glass Wing Photography
Day-of Coordination- You're The Bride (Tracie, Samantha and Brittany)
Reception - Joy Manor
Ceremony - Kellogg Park-Downtown Plymouth 
Hair - Salon Anew
Florist - Jellibeans n' Rosebuds
Cake - Mary Dennings
Transportation - 24/7 Transportation
Videographer -Substance Media
Rentals- Your Event Party Rentals
Officiant- Rev. Phillip Rogers


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Roostertail Detroit Weddings

The Roostertail in Detroit is the city's premiere waterfront venue established in 1958.  With it's rich history and beautiful scenery, this facility is home to Detroit's finest entertainment gatherings.  This location hosts everything from proms to corporate parties.  It is also provides a setting for some of the areas most fabulous weddings.  Here are somethings you should know if considering to plan a wedding  at the Roostertail:

  • The Roostertail offers four rooms including an outdoor deck depending on the size of your event all over looking the waterfront.
  • The facility has experienced wedding coordinators that can set up both the ceremony and reception onsite.
  • They offer a large menu with everything from hors d'oueveurs to food stations to luncheons.

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

Happy planning!

Photo credit: www.theknot.com

Friday, August 24, 2012

3 Little Known Things About Planning A Wedding In Michigan


It's what were known for, beautiful Michigan weddings.  But there are a few things that many people don't know about this great state.  Here are three little known things about planning a wedding in Michigan:


  1. We can embrace all of the seasons - Michigan offers a wide variety of weather and does not stay the same the all year long. From warm summers, to beautiful winters, whatever scenery you want for your wedding can happen!
  2. From the city to the hills - Michigan provides the greatest collections of backdrops for a wedding.  If you're looking for skyscrapers, you can go to Detroit.  If you're more on the country song, you can travel to the Upper Peninsula.  This state has a lot more to offer than most!
  3. History beauty - no matter what season or state, Michigan has many historic features that other states do not. From Motown to Mackinaw Island, there are a lot of great aspects to embrace about the state.

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

Happy planning!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Three Ways To Cut Down Your Wedding Reception

Let's face it, the most expensive part of a wedding is most definitely reception so here are three ways to slim those costs down:

  1. The Bar: as important alcohol seems or may seem to be in a wedding, it's also a good way to cut some costs.  Opt for just a wine and beer bar or if need be a cash bar.
  2. The Food:  the nice part about reception venues is that they are pretty flexible with menu and how to serve the food.  A great inexpensive food options is the buffet. You can still serve the food you want but just in a different way.
  3. The Decor:  take advantage of the beauty of your reception space by dying down slightly on the decor. Simple things like just flowers or just candlelight can be dramatic enough. As the saying goes, less is more.

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

Happy planning!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Great, Or Not So Great Out Doors: Pros & Cons To An Outdoor Wedding

Mother Nature is a beautiful thing.  Sunsets, warm weather, a nice breeze, the list goes on and on.  It can also be a horrible thing.  Lightening, hail, rain and more.  If you are undecided about whether or not to plan an outdoor wedding, here are some pros and cons:


Pros
  1. Outdoor weddings make for the best pictures! Imagine the beautiful photos that will be captured with an wedding outside.  No matter what season, something magical can be taken.
  2. The natural beauty of the outdoors adds so much more.  The color of the fall leaves or the sounds of waves crashing on the beach.  Nothing even close can me interpreted indoors.
  3. Wide open spaces.  There are no walls outside!  This can accommodate for a large amount of guests or just allow for more freedom and space.

Cons
  1. The weather plain in simple could ruin an outdoor wedding.  With selecting dates so far in advanced, you will never know the true forecast til the day of.  Depending on the state you are getting married in, it could even change hours before.  Always something to keep in mind.
  2. Comfort is key.  Even if the weather is fine there are always things like bugs and other critters that can't be tamed.  No one wants a raccoon in their bridal party!
  3. Appropriate attire.  Along with the weather, what to wear is always changing too, especially with the ladies.  Heels always sink in the dirt, men can get hot in jackets and the list could go on.
For more information on outdoor weddings or assistance in planning your perfect wedding, contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or via email.

Happy planning!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Do It For Tom!

TOMS Shoes is one of the world's most popular shoe companies around.  TOMS is noted for their comfortable, form fitting shoes that provide a natural look.  More importantly, this shoe brand has a great cause in mind.  For every pair of TOMS you buy, the company donates a pair of shoes to those in need in a variety countries.

What does this great company, however, have anything to do with weddings?  Well TOMS has been on such a high demand lately that they decided to create a wedding collection.  These shoes are so comfortable yet sleek, who wouldn't want to wear a pair for their wedding?  Not many shoe companies create an entire wedding separate line but it's sure has been a hit for them.  They offer many options for bridesmaids, the bride, the groom, groomsmen, and even kids.  They also have other wedding gifts.  This would be a great and creative way to incorporate some comfort into your wedding day.  Click here to view a cool video about it!


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

Happy Planning!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

50 Shades of Dress


Many brides try to incorporates something really original in their wedding.  No couple wants their wedding to be compared to others and really wants it to stand out.  There are many ways to accomplish unique elements but they can sometimes be looked over.  If you're interested in doing something that will most definitely stand out, a non-white wedding dress will most definitely do the trick! Here are some tips/ideas to consider when doing this:

  • Reverse, reverse: You would still stand out just as much if you were wearing a color and your bridesmaids were wearing white! It's almost still traditional and would really get guests talking
  • Just a pinch:  Maybe instead of doing your dress a totally different color, adorn it with a sash around the waist or bow in the back.
  • Fade into you: Consider a dress that has white incorporated but creates an ombre effect into a different color.

For more information on choosing colored wedding dresses, contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602  or via email.

Happy Planning!

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Amazing Brides- Stoires that Inspire


There are those of us who take for granted all of those small things in life, like running, walking, singing, or even seeing a sunset. But there are people out there who are not able to enjoy these simple things. We call them disabled but they call themselves survivors, visionaries, optimists, and fighters. We at You’re The Bride would like to shine a little light on those beautiful brides who have had difficulties in their lives. Yet despite hardships they have found love and marriage. We are inspired by these women and are reminded of all kinds of beautiful brides. They may not look like the ones in magazines, but are just as or even more so amazing and stunning on their big day.
These women have all endured different obstacles, and yet somehow have overcome them smiling all the way.

·         Emma and Tony Burton:
This couple has one of the most moving stories I have ever read. Both are deaf and were planning to get married in Northern Ireland. In this culture most of the communication is done over the phone. This of course posed a large problem for the couple. They had to have relatives do all of the talking and interpreting for them. However on their big day everyone was moved to see how the couple communicated to one another. They used British Sign Language to communicate their vows to one another and an interpreter relayed them to the guests. Everyone was amazed at how much the couple had to go through just to speak to one another and the entire hall was in tears. To experience a day in the life of a deaf person was not one to forget.

·         Andy and Jeff:
Andy is a unique young woman who became limited by her mobility in her youth. Needless to say she did not let that stop her! Though she must travel in her wheelchair, she rocked out her wedding day none the less! She embraced her offbeat self and wore a tea-length skirt in her chair with a gorgeous apple green bouquet! She and her new husband are both graphic designers and made all of the stationary for their wedding, and as they walked down the aisle a “Just Married” sign was placed on the back of her chair, embracing and showing off the fact that she is proud of who she is! She also sends the message to all of us to never let anything get you down and anything is possible! (offbeat bride)


·         Elona:
Another moving story is that of a bride named Elona. She came over to America with her parents from Ukraine, and she has Cerebral Palsy. Doctors told her that she had no chance to function in society due to her condition, but somehow when they moved Elona changed. She met a magnificent man at an online dating site and became engaged. Elona had a difficult time finding the right dress (don’t we all!), and after all she had accomplished she wasn’t going to settle for anything less than perfect. And she did find the perfect one at Klienfelds of New York. A gorgeous soft fit and flare gown that had a beautiful shimmer about it and a sexy feminine neckline . She is a very inspiring woman and shows us that no matter what statistics say anyone can be the exception.

 
·         Bethan Collins and Michael:
Bethan is blind and requires a guide dog to help her along in everyday life. She felt that her dog Nicky was too important in her life to exclude from the ceremony. As she walked down the aisle in her cute tea length dress Nicky followed behind, with her new “blinged out” collar for the occasion. Bethan also enjoys cycling, but understand she can’t ride a bike, alone. In spite of her disability she and her new husband Michael ride a tandem bike together. Since he can see he rides in front steering the bicycle while Bethan sits in the back. This was a great way for them to leave the reception and make those few moments alone extra special.







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


Saturday, August 11, 2012

You're The Bride Pinterest Contest Is Back!

Back by popular demand, especially with the increasing popularity and fabulousness that is Pinterest, is our Pinterest contest!  Pinterest is a great tool to use to get wedding inspiration and ideas. We invite all of our current and new Pinterest followers to this fun and rewarding competitions.

If you're not on Pinterest yet, all you have to do is create an account and follow You're The Bride on Pinterest here!  Create a board specifically for your dream wedding.  Then just pin for your chance to win!

Email your completed Pinterest board link to tracie@yourethebride.com by midnight on Friday, August 17th, 2012. After all of the entries are submitted, our staff will review the boards for the best looking ones. One winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, August 20th, 2012 via our blog/facebook/twitter and receive a $25 Visa gift card.!  We will personally contact the winner as well to obtain an address so we can mail the prize to you.

Happy planning and happy pinning! 

Formula Blog Five - Regret Me Not

Not everything is going to be perfect at your wedding. If it was, you would not learn from it and be able to give advice to other friends and family getting married in the future.  On the other hand, you can and should always strive for the best. Here are several things brides have regretted the most after their weddings:

  • Not having a set time aside for pictures.  Everyone wants to mingle and congratulate you but it will be hard to look back on it if you do not capture the moment.
  • Having choreographed dances.  Whether it be your first dance or another one, brides have stated that while it seems a good idea at the time, you'll just forget it.
  • Bustle's not being done enough.  Make sure to take the time to do this properly.  It will take time and people will be impatient but it will be worth it and save some embarrassment in the end.


For more information on planning our perfect wedding, contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or via email.

Happy Planning!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Center of Attention

While you are most definitely the center of attention on your center, another essential focal point is your centerpieces.  These make the biggest statements when guests enter the reception area.  It is one of the first things they say, and honestly, critique.  There are several things to consider when selecting your perfect centerpieces.  Here are some tips when choosing these decorations:



  • Flowers or not:  along with the rest or any other flowers, would like a floral aspect incorporated in them as well.
  • More than one:  if you have many guests, choosing more than one center piece will give the whole space a really unique look.  Typically two or three different arrangements will do the trick.
  • Height:  the height of your pieces are really important.  They key is to pick something low and more spread out amongst the table or tall and more narrow.  You don't want to block any of your guests view from one another at the tables
  • Illumination:  depending on the space, fire/candles may or may not be allowed so check in to your venues rules.  If they do, take advantage of it!  Candle light always softens a room and adds a beautiful ambiance.


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

Happy Planning!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Five Questions



Five questions brides asks all the time:

  1.  How much does your service cost?
  2.  What is the proper wording for wedding invitations?
  3.  Can you help me stay within my budget?
  4. Where or how do I get started with my planning?
  5. Will there be enough time to set things up on the wedding day before guests arrive?

Five questions brides SHOULD be asking:
  1. How can you as a wedding planner help me save time, money and stress?
  2. Do I have enough time and money to plan the wedding?
  3. Why should I hire you instead of planning it myself?
  4. Can you tell me when I am paying too much for a particular service?
  5. Which package do you think is best for me?  
Tracie’s Credentials:
  • Certified Wedding Planner
  • Published and Online in The Knot for featured weddings
  • 2010 WDIV Vote 4 the Best-Top 4 Winner
  • 2011 Winner The Knot Best of Weddings
  • Best online invitation dealer as mentioned in the book Bridal Bargains
  • Wedding Wire Brides Choice Award
  • 5 Star Rating Wedding Mapper
  • Nu-art and Carlson Craft Distinguished Dealer Awards
  • Bachelor of Business-Marketing from Baker College 

With over 13 years of experience, we've earned a reputation as one of the best planners in Detroit. We offer full-service event management/design and day of coordination. We are the only exclusive wedding planners who will leave your guests talking about it when it's over! We work with brides who don't want to be stressed during planning and on the day of. Let us take the worry off your shoulders and relieve your stress! We would love to hear from you! Contact You're The Bride anytime at 248-408-4602 or via email.

Happy Planning!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Formula Blog Four - I Due's

Every bride dreams of a spectacular, elaborate, fabulous wedding.  While that is what a bride wants, however, money can most definitely get in the way of that dream.  Before even setting a date, venue, or any other common wedding aspects, it is a good idea to plan a structured budget.  Even the date alone could affect pricing so a budget should be a number one priority.  Here are three reasons as why to set a budget before anything else for your wedding:

  1. To rationalize: For example, at first you may find an amazing DJ you absolutely love.  Next, you may find a centerpieces that are outstanding and have to have.  This may leave you less money for areas like food.  Budgeting will help evenly and logically distribute your money.
  2. To prioritize:  Along the lines of properly dividing your budget up, some things you may want to spend more money or will have to unexpectedly.  You can prioritize what items you are willing to spend more money on and then save some for unexpected costs.
  3. To finalize and realize: With a great structured budget, making important decisions for your wedding will come with much more ease and less stress. Having it done ahead of time before everything will help you come to realize exactly what you need and everything you need to spend it on.
For more information on planning your wedding budget and assistance in creating your perfect wedding, contact You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 or via email email.


Happy Planning!

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Pros and Cons of Delaying Your Honeymoon


Many couples today are delaying the honeymoon because planning a wedding is so expensive or the destination of their honeymoon is only decent one or two times out of the year. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of delaying?


Pros:
·         Have more time to save up additional money, weddings are expensive but so is the honeymoon!
·         Plan the trip you absolutely want and at a convent time
·         Being able to drink the night of the wedding without worrying about traveling that night or the next day
·         Having a break between the wedding day and the travel date, you want to enjoy the honeymoon as well as the wedding!


Cons:
·         The longer you wait the longer it may get put off
·         Other expenses come along and the honeymoon money is used
·         Finding the time off of work in addition to time off for the wedding
·         Delyaing the honeymoon can cut off from the excitement from the wedding. Couples have a romance high after the wedding which is great when it continues to the honeymoon destination.
·         Discounts for newlyweds are great! Most of the time you can get a great price right after the wedding!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

3 Things Brides Regret After the Wedding


1.      Not Researching Prices
Often times many brides will think that as long as they stayed within their budget they planned well. This is not the case. Brides who buy on impulse without researching the products, vendors, or venues often see the exact same item(s) cheaper after their wedding. The idea is to shop around and make sure you are not overspending. If brides are having trouble locating information a great way is to hire an expert. Bridal Consultants make it their job to find the best products out there at the best prices, plus you may end up spending less than you originally budgeted for!

2.      Not Saving the Cake
Many brides do not think about saving the top layer or at least a slice of their wedding cake after their wedding. This is often referred to as the “anniversary” cake because the couple freeze that piece or layer for a year and eat it on their 1 year anniversary. Brides often are upset after the wedding a regret cutting all of the cake or giving it all away at the end of the night. So make sure to save it because it’s a moment you can’t replace!

3.      Hiring Friends
The largest regret brides have is to hire a friend to work at their wedding. A friend to help plan or run errands for you at the wedding is one thing, but when you hire them to be your photographer, DJ, cake decorator, ect… brides find it hard to deal with certain situations. For example, your friend says she will bake your cake for a great price that you can’t beat at a bakery, so you book her. At the wedding the cake is awful and is not what you had originally envisioned. As a friend you feel that you can’t speak your mind and confront the friend. This creates a problem because you now resent them and are disappointed on your big day. To avoid this problem just spend the extra money and hire a baker this way if there is a problem you have a contract, and confronting the baker is much easier. This will result in the satisfaction of the bride and the wedding of their dreams. 
 
For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602