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Friday, May 30, 2014

Why do we do that? Wedding Traditions

Have you ever wondered where some of today's popular wedding traditions came from? Take this quiz below and test your wedding IQ. The next time you come across this game at a bridal shower you will impress everyone with your wedding knowledge. You can check the answers peeking!

So how do you think you did? Some of these are pretty old so its OK if you don't score 100%. Check your best guesses with the answers below.

Here are the answers:

Thanks for playing! Now go out and flaunt your bridal knowledge!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center ~ Kirsten+Joe 4/26/14

Everyone wants to create a wedding that leaves their guests talking about it long after its over. Kirsten and Joe have done just that with their vintage Skeleton Key themed wedding.

Kirsten contacted Tracie in September of 2012 about planning her April 2014 wedding. At that time intern Brittany and Tracie met with Kirsten and her parents to talk about our services and how we could help put together the wedding she desired. Kirsten knew exactly what she wanted with her vintage skeleton key theme and we knew exactly the right vendors to hire to bring it all to fruition. Since we have worked with Designed, Sealed, and Delivered out of Saginaw on other client weddings we knew they were perfect for the job. They are beyond talented and have just about everything vintage you can imagine.

The day started out at Laurel Manor with YTB setting up favors of bottle openers, toasting flutes, cake and knife set, fixing a lighting issue, setting up a memory table, putting flowers on the cake and many other little details. Then Kimberly and Tracie headed to Heritage West Mound Church in Taylor, MI. Kirsten looked stunning as she waited for the moment to walk toward Joe and become his wife. The bridesmaids wore knee length navy blue dresses and the groomsmen wore matching navy blue ties and pocket squares. Fresh flowers were not used in this wedding, instead the bouquets and groom's boutounniere created by Designed, Sealed, and Delivered were adorned with vintage skeleton keys to complete the look. These two lovebirds were so anxious to be married that the ceremony lasted only 15 minutes. They were pronounced man and wife and sealed it with a kiss!

After the ceremony the YTB team headed back to Laurel Manor in Livonia, MI to oversee and put the final touches for the reception. The ladies at Designed, Sealed, and Delivered really outdid themselves in bringing Kirsten's dream wedding to life. 

We used an old window for her seating chart, a wish tree was made complete with skeleton keys and kraft paper tags for guests to write their wishes to the couple.  

The bride's mom had a vintage typewriter that we used to display a message to let the guests know to write their message on the tag.

It all came together beautifully to create a real statement piece outside of the reception. Guests from other weddings were stopping by to take pictures and get a peek of the room as they all thought it was the most creative wedding they had ever seen.  All wished to have compliments passed on to the bride as they loved the design elements we put together. It was so nice to hear such great feedback while we were setting up! 

Inside the reception the burlap accents perfectly blended with the navy blue color scheme. Kirsten's dad made the wooden centerpieces and paper flowers were scattered around candles tied with skeleton keys. Guests were given skeleton key bottle openers as favors.

Kirsten and Joe showed their fun side with custom made Cornhole boards and a classic car gobo. Their guests had a blast playing all night on these gorgeous boards.

The couple's three cakes were finished with buttercream frosting and pretty pink flowers in lieu of cake toppers. The cake flavors were cherry chip, marble, confetti and chocolate. In addition to the three cakes, Kirsten's family provided a Black Forest cake to keep with a long standing family tradition. 

Congratulations Kirsten and Joe. We wish you all the best and happiness in the world!


Hotel-Hyatt and Fairfield Inn  
Makeup-Kyana Lofton
Church-Heritage West Mound 
Hall, lighting & Gobo-Laurel Manor 
Linens & Florals-Designed, Sealed, and Delivered 
Photographer-Justin Munter Photography
Baker-Cakes by Stephanie
Wedding Planner- You're The Bride, Tracie and Kimberly
Officiant-Curt, Friend of the Family
DJ- Steve Miller, Mike Staff Productions
Limo- Luxury Limousine

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Helpful Apps from Wedding Wire

The brides planning weddings today are busy in school, working and basically just always on the go! WeddingWire is a great resource for mobile applications. You can check them out here!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

You're Fired!: When Bridesmaids go Bad

I don't know about you, but my favorite day of the week is BrideDay. I'm talking of course about TLC's popular Friday night time-slot for wedding show favorites: Say Yes to the Dress, Four Weddings, Say Yes to the Dress Bridesmaids and I Found the Gown. I was talking to a friend of mine who is having some trouble with one of her bridesmaids and it reminded me of an episode of Say Yes to the Dress Bridesmaids that I had just seen. Bride-to-be Meghan came in to Bridals by Lori with her bridesmaids in tow, consisting mostly of her sorority sisters. Her childhood best friend Jessica very dramatically expressed her displeasure at being a "co-maid of honor" with one of the sorority sisters, Roxy. After all they had been best friends since age five (21 years); had she not earned the honor of being the ONLY maid-of-honor? There was plenty of yelling and tears, but by the end of the very dramatic dress appointment they had all said 'yes' to the bridesmaid dresses. So when the girls came back months later for the final fitting Meghan revealed that Jessica had not only been fired as a bridesmaid, but as her best friend as well. Talk about a worst case scenario. So who was wrong here? Was Meghan wrong for having two maids-of-honor? Was Jessica wrong for being demanding and a bridesmaid from hell? More importantly, was it really worth destroying a lifelong friendship over? That's what I told my friend to ask herself when figuring out whether its necessary to "unbridesmaid" one of her best friends.

Roxy (Left), Meghan (Center), Jessica (Right)
If you find yourself in the situation where you think firing a bridesmaid is the only option, before you go about practicing your Donald Trump impressions, you might want to think about the consequences of that decision. Think about why you chose them to be in your bridal party in the first place and consider exactly why you think they need to be fired.  Don't forget to write everything down and talk to your husband-to-be about your concerns.Your next step should always be to talk to this particular bridesmaid. Actually talk to them- not email, not text, but good old fashioned face-to-face communication. Ask them about their feelings, tell them your concerns, emphasize how important they are to you. Maybe this bridesmaid is actually looking for a way out, but you won't know until you actually talk to her. After all of this, if you still think she needs to go, then the next thing for you to do is to figure out how to tell her. This isn't going to be easy on anyone. It will be filled with emotion and you have to accept the reality that you might lose a friend over it. First, make sure you meet in a public place like your local coffee shop. It is always best to give her the bad news privately and absolutely DO NOT fire her in front of your other bridesmaids. Always try to be as respectful and loving as possible. Make sure you mention that this is not the end for your friendship and talking about the future can be a nice segue. Make plans to get together for drinks or coffee soon and make sure she knows she is still invited to the wedding festivities, such as the bridal shower, bachelorette party and of course the wedding itself.

The best way to avoid all of this unpleasantness is to choose the right ladies to stand beside you and support you on your big day. Really think about who you want in your bridal party and WHY they deserve that position. Open communication is crucial and making your intentions known to them right away will set you up for success early on. The right bridesmaids will understand that its your day and if that means standing beside you on your wedding day in the ugliest dress they have ever seen, they will gladly do it with a smile on their faces. And if things start getting out of hand, just stop and give them this friendly reminder: You're The Bride. 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bride of the Month ~ Krista

It all started on Oregon Trail over 25 years ago...

Josh moved from the other side of the world and Krista moved from the other side of town, but by the age of seven we ended up down the street from one another on Oregon Trail. We shared classes and friends from elementary school through college - running into each other at a party or two, chatting amongst ourselves. After college Josh moved around the country and Krista moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Years passed, and as adults we ran into each other while being home for the holidays, and again, we found ourselves talking. Another year went by, and as fate would have it, Josh had an opportunity to move to Cleveland. After contacting Krista on Facebook regarding life in the great Land of Cleve, he decided it was the right time to move back to the Midwest. In Josh's words, "Oh Krista, we're gonna have so much fun!"

From the day Josh moved to Cleveland, we have been inseparable. Initially as friends, we had fun exploring the city together and would spend hours talking and laughing in our 'time warp'. It wasn't until Krista took Josh out to dinner for his birthday that they realized something had changed. Krista says it was the day she felt his heart open, and Josh says it was the day he realized she was the one for him. Almost two years later Josh took Krista back to the same restaurant for her birthday, but this time he got down on one knee...

And so our story continues... 

The happy couple will be getting married on Saturday May 31, 2014 at 42 Degrees North in the Detroit Renaissance Center, Downtown Detroit. There will be 6 groomsmen, 5 bridesmaids, and 2 ring bearers. Colors of the wedding will be shades of gray, neutrals, and mixed metallics. The bride has been referring to the "simple classic" theme as "Retro Metro".  Krista and Josh are paying for the celebration themselves and have had fun finding ways to be creative while also staying budget savvy. Krista paid special attention while designing and creating all the decor, making sure that each item is easy to put up and take down, reusable and/or sellable.

A special note from Krista:

"Thank You Tradesy and Pat Catan's!! You're the Bride is the finishing touch to execute the day Josh and I have been planning all year. We can't wait!!"

You're The Bride is very excited to be a part of this special day. Congratulations to Krista and Josh!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lets get Real: The Cost of being a Wedding Guest

The average wedding guest spends $592 every time they attend a wedding. 

American Express recently released the results of a new survey they conducted which revealed that the costs associated with attending a friend's nuptials have increased 75% in the past two years. So what exactly are wedding guests spending their hard earned cash on?

*Clothing & personal grooming
*Travel & Transportation
*Food & Beverage
*Bachelor & Bachelorette parties

What costs are NOT included in this list? 
*Child & Pet Care
*Bridal Showers
*Jack & Jill Parties
*non-paid time off work

These added costs are putting pressure on happy couples everywhere to provide their guests with extra amenities and an unforgettable experience to make it all worthwhile. The average cost of a wedding for a bride and groom in 2013 was between $28,427 and $32,000. This pressure ends up increasing the overall cost of the wedding and in turn guests feel obligated to purchase swankier gifts. The average wedding gift costs $109 for friends and $200 for close family. Add that to the $592 and you are looking at anywhere from $701 to $792 overall cost. $308 of that is said to be spent on travel and around $168 goes to clothing and accessories. As far as the bridal party goes, according to, the average bridesmaid is spending in the range of $600 up to $1,385 for the honor of being in the wedding party. 

What does this mean for 'me'?

If you are attending more than one wedding this season you could end up with quite a large hole in your pocket. The reality for a bride is that you could lose a number of guests who can't afford the cost or the time away from work. Be sure to focus on creating a magical night for the guests that are coming instead of obsessing over the ones that aren't. Do not choose bridesmaids based on who can afford to do it. Invite the ladies you want standing next to you, and let everyone know that it is OK for them to decline if the expenses are a little too much. For those of you who receive an invitation to be a guest or a bridesmaid just remember before you say 'yes', do the math. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Less Stress While Wearing “The Dress”

Looking for ways to eliminate stress while organizing your big day? Look no further! Using these easy and clever tricks can help any bride stay organized and stress free!

1. Create an alternative email address strictly for the wedding. Not only will you have access to everything in one place, your personal email will not continue to receive emails from venders after the marriage has taken place.

2. Attending bridal shows and venue locations is a great way to look for wedding ideas! However, filling out all the paperwork can become repetitive, and may be inconvenient at times. Instead, keep some return address stickers on you to avoid having to fill out your personal information on everything that peaks your interest. 

3. The thought of thinking everyone who gives a gift at your wedding is mind boggling to say the least! An easy trick to solve this problem is to have a bridesmaid write down each guest’s name on a sticky label as you open your gifts, and then stick them directly on the package.  This technique removes the chance of a list getting lost, in addition to saving you time and all the headaches of trying to remember who gave you what on the special day

4. Worried about your guests enduring the heat while attending your outdoor summer wedding? You will be a “fan” of this idea! Purchase or create programs that can also be used as hand fans to help your guest stay cool! They will appreciate both your thoughtfulness and creativity.

Congratulations on your engagement!

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Oh No She Didn't: What to Wear and What NOT to Wear to a Wedding

You've just received an invitation to your friend's wedding. If you are anything like me you are already thinking of what to wear. Something you also want to consider is what NOT to wear. Whether you are a seasoned wedding guest or a first time attendee it is important to note that proper wedding guest attire can vary depending on the style of the wedding. Here are some tips to ensure you don't create a wedding faux pas this season:

1. Read the Invitation

It might be stating the obvious, but sometimes in the excitement we miss what is right in front of us. You might not have noticed the dress code specifically stated on the invitation the first time through. If there is a dress code then simply follow it. Unsure of what terms such as 'semi-formal' or 'smart casual' mean? Ask your friends and family or do a quick "Google" search. If all else fails ask the bride. It is always better to ask then to show up looking like you didn't get the memo.

2. Always match your outfit to the occasion

Keep your invitation handy, like above, you can pull fashion cues right from it. Is the invitation fun and flirty or elegant and formal? Does the wedding take place indoors or outside? Is it after 6 o'clock or during the day? If the wedding takes place outdoors on a beach in the middle of the day then a cute sundress might be the perfect choice for guest attire. If the ceremony takes place inside a place of worship or after 6 o'clock then your best best might be a cocktail dress. Always remember to pay attention to the color scheme on the invitation so as to avoid showing up looking like you belong in the bridal party.

3. Wear the right shoes

Are you normally a "high-heels" girl? If not then you might not want to test your balance on this particular day. Try to avoid super high heels and if you plan on dancing the night away make sure your shoes are comfortable. Also, take note of the wedding location. Is it a beach or a lush green lawn? If so, we strongly suggest flats or even wedges. Nothing is worse than trying to walk across a sandy beach in heels and sinking with every step you take. Besides, do you really want to ruin a good pair of shoes?

4. Avoid anything too tight, too short, or too low cut

Avoid them separate, but more importantly avoid them at the same time. There is nothing wrong with showing off a little skin once in awhile, but there is a time and place for that and weddings are definitely not one of them. You might think it looks good, but the attention should be on the bride. And please keep your undergarments to yourself.

                                        5. The Little Black Dress

Even though you can never go wrong with a "LBD", going to a wedding in head-to-toe black may make you appear as though you are in mourning. It is not a funeral. Weddings are happy and fun occasions. If you do opt to wear black be sure to dress it up with some fun accessories and a splash of color. Throw on a pair of hot pink heels or bright red lipstick to liven it up and match the room full of colorful, lively guests.

6. The Tacky Tiara

Unless you are the bride or you were just announced prom queen and decided to crash the reception, skip the tiara. The bride should be the only princess at the wedding. Not only is it rude to wear a crown to someone else's wedding, but it will also make you look attention-seeking and ridiculous.

7. Shorts, Jeans, and T-shirts

Not appropriate at any wedding. Just don't do it.

8. Wearing White

While the above list may be considered a guideline, this one I consider a rule. This may be an old-fashioned rule, maybe the bride is very progressive and doesn't care either way. But wearing a white dress to a wedding just makes you look tacky to everyone else. With a plethora of colors to choose from there really is no excuse to show up in a white dress. Lately brides have decided to choose white, cream, or ivory gowns for their bridesmaids and have even requested guests to wear white, but if this isn't the case, then just don't do it.

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