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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Here's What It Really Takes To Make A Dream Wedding Come True

It may have happened unexpectedly, or you’ve been waiting months for this moment. The love of your life has finally popped the question. And you said yes! You’re engaged, and full of excitement. Rather than thinking about the rest of your lives together, though, you’re probably full of ideas for your beautiful wedding. But planning a wedding is an enormous undertaking. It can be stressful and very hard work to bring such a huge event together. Don’t worry though. Here’s what it really takes to make your dream wedding come true:
Traditionally, your engagement should be announced. Sometimes the groom likes to ask the bride’s father for permission to marry. These days, a round of drinks and a toast to the future is all that is expected. Some couples also like to announce the formality of their relationship in the press as well. You may prefer just to post a statement on FaceBook. Either which way, it is exciting news. Let the whole world know you’re in love!
Before you can confirm the date you’ll be married, you need to find a venue with availability. This can be tough. Some couples with one of the partners in the armed forces may struggle to find a venue within a narrow time frame. However, there are sometimes cancellations or postponements. If you can accept just a couple of day’s notice, you may still be able to have the venue of your dreams.

Both of you should visit the place you want to get married. You should see where the ceremony will be held, and confirm the capacity for that and your reception room. This could determine a limit on your guest list. Once you have found the place you want to marry, you will have your date.
The next thing to do is to find someone to marry you. You can have anyone you like guide the ceremony and MC your reception. But to legally marry, you must have someone certificated to take you through the verbal vows and written paperwork required. In some places, one of your friends may be able to take this on with a simple application process. Your local government office is the best place to start to find someone.
Of course, if you are having a religious ceremony to officiate your wedding, you will most likely have it conducted at a religious venue. Some religious leaders are not authorized to marry you legally. You will still need to attend a legal service to make it official in the eyes of the law. Be sure you know what the ceremony will cover.


Now you know when and where, it’s time to decide who. Your venue capacity will put a limit on the number of guests you have. And some chapels are quite small, so you may have fewer guests attend your ceremony than your reception. If you’re on a budget, it is possible to find free wedding invitation templates online. You can then print them out. Alternatively, why not try to find a good wedding stationer near you?
You will need the venue address, plus a few directions. You should also detail the times and the date. If you have a gift list, it might be a good idea to detail the register as well. Some couples also list options for accommodation. Put an address for RSVP, gifts, and contact.

One of the best things about a wedding is choosing the dress. Whether you are on a budget or not, there are plenty of options. The vast majority of brides visit two or three boutiques and try on several dresses off the peg before they find ‘the one.' A few brides commission a designer to make something bespoke. You will need to attend a measuring session and a couple of meetings to refine the design choices.

Picking a dress off the peg requires a fitting too. Your seamstress will then alter the dress to make it fit your shape exactly, as though it was made for you. You may even be able to add a couple of details if you like.

Bridesmaids And Best Men
Many brides take their mothers or sisters with them for dress shopping. Others pick the bridesmaids promptly and invite them along. It can be tough choosing between friends when you need bridesmaids. You could have many bridesmaids so everyone is included but this could be quite expensive when it comes to dresses and flowers. Some grooms also choose more than one best man. It’s your wedding, so there is no wrong answer.

Picking the wedding rings is a wonderful experience for the bride and groom. Many couples are choosing platinum bands inlaid with diamonds. They are also inscribed on the inside with personal sentiments of love and honor. There is nothing wrong with you continuing to wear your engagement ring. Some people say adding the wedding ring to it ‘seals the deal’!

There are so many choices for a wedding car. Most brides want to make a grand entrance to their wedding so they choose something like an American Limo to take them to the venue. You can see more about American Limos online if you want to view some of your options. You may want to use the car again to take you from the chapel to the reception. And if you are going on honeymoon that night, why not have your chauffeur take you to the airport too?

Many venues provide the catering as part of the package deal. However, it’s worth considering booking your own caterers if you have something special in mind for the reception. You will also need to hire some people to serve drinks and meals if your caterer doesn’t provide that.

The bride’s bouquet is perhaps the most important order from the florist. But don’t forget all the other flowers you’ll need for the wedding. Your bridesmaids may also carry smaller bouquets. The men may wish to wear buttonholes. And don’t forget the centerpieces for the table decorations. Other flowers to consider are garlands, planters, and decorations.

The wedding cake is a symbol of the marriage. Some people even save one layer for the birth of the first child (although I doubt they eat it)! Cutting into the cake at your reception is the first job you do together as a married couple. And it can symbolize the start of your lives together. Some couples even feed each other the first slice, although that can sometimes get a little messy.

Your choice of music for the ceremony is very personal. Some venues will not allow religious music though, so be sure you’re adhering to their rules. You may want some background music playing as people take their seats. Then you will want something to walk down the aisle to. Many brides choose Pachelbel’s Canon. You could even have musicians present to play it for you. Finally, after the ceremony, you will want something uplifting to celebrate the moment you marry.

Your vows will also be very personal. They’re often statements of love and commitment. You will also need to say specific wording as part of the legal side of marrying. Your celebrant may read a poem on your behalf if you like. This can be in addition to your vows or as an alternative if you’re not keen on public speaking.

Usually the Best Man will start the speeches. The Father of the Bride may also give a speech welcoming his new son-in-law to the family. The Groom will toast the bride too. These days, it is acceptable for the bride to give a speech. This may be to thank her friends and family for helping to organize the wedding.

The bride and groom may also give gifts to thank those who have helped with their big day. The gifts for the happy couple are not usually opened at the wedding.

The First Dance
The First Dance is usually choreographed these days. Of course, you can choose to do something traditional like a formal waltz. Or you may have the entire wedding party get up and do something with a little more energy! Your First Dance should be to a song that means something important to both of you. It may be your first moment (almost) alone together as a married couple, so it should be incredibly romantic.

At the end of your reception, you may be ready to head off for your honeymoon. You may be flying somewhere exotic, or heading upstairs to the hotel for the night. Many couples are absolutely exhausted and a little drunk by the time they get to this point. That’s why it’s so important to pace yourself during the day! Don’t sneak off though. Throw your bouquet to the ladies, and bid your goodnights before you go.

A happy marriage begins with a wedding. Whether it is big or small, it will be the most memorable day of your lives together for a long time. Enjoy your beautiful day.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Environmentally Friendly Weddings

Green weddings are a great way to start a life together and should take into account both the couples dreams plus what is good for the environment. A wedding will be one of the biggest events in their lives and it needs to represent what they envision for the future. The attention to detail is a very important concept and encompasses everything right down to the lighting. A new beginning for the couple should be a positive one and is an example of how they want to live the rest of their lives.

LED Leads the Way

Today’s lighting options are bigger and better than ever before with a wide range of energy efficient models to choose from.”>LED lights are the go to solution for any event but especially for weddings because of their versatility. The right lighting sets the mood and is an essential part of any nuptial d├ęcor. LED lighting options range from the more traditional look of a string light to interesting centerpieces that illuminate the table with just the right amount of light. Couples can let their imagination go wild with all the possibilities available to them when using LED lighting at the wedding.

Energy Efficient

LED lighting is 80%-90% more energy efficient than conventional or traditional lighting. More electrical energy is converted to light with LEDs rather than it being lost to heat or other factors. This will help keep the electrical costs down while providing the wedding with beautiful light. The lights can be used long after the wedding is over for accent lighting in the home or on the patio for that romantic evening. They have an extremely long life expectancy and it is not uncommon to get up to 100,000 hours of use from an LED light. Buying them for a wedding will ensure lighting for many years to come.

Go Green

Couples can feel good about their decision to use LED lighting at the wedding because they are ecologically friendly. They are toxin free and can be recycled, reducing the carbon footprint. All eco-conscious brides and grooms should consider a green wedding. There are many ways to achieve this goal including digital invitations, buying local, reusable items, and LED lighting. Long-term solutions to a better earth begins with a simple, I do. Start the marriage out right by making earth friendly decisions that will impact the world for generations to come in a positive way.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Why Using a Florist for a Wedding is Wise

One of the most thrilling and stressful times in most people’s lives is the planning of their wedding. There are a number of things that will have to be decided when trying to plan out your big day. An essential part of having success with this type of planning is finding the right professionals to help. Choosing a reputable and experienced florist palos verdes will allow a couple to get the assistance they need to get the right look for their wedding. Below are some of the reasons why using a florist during the planning of a wedding can be very beneficial.

Knowing Your Options
Most people have very little knowledge when it comes to flowers, especially for a wedding. This lack of experience can be very harmful if a couple tries to make flower decisions without professional guidance. The more a couple is able to find out about their options in regards to wedding flowers, the better equipped they will be to make the right choices. An experienced florist will have no problem laying out the options they have and helping the couple come to the right decision regarding what to use.

Getting the Flowers Delivered and Setup
With all of the moving parts of a wedding, it can be easy for a couple to become a bit overwhelmed. Having some help during this process can be worth its weight in gold. Hiring a florist can help a couple avoid stressing about getting the flowers to the wedding and getting them setup. Even if a couple has to pay a bit more for these services, it will be money well invested. Before choosing a particular florist, you will need to take the time to make sure that they offer the services you need to make the wedding experience easier.

Staying on Budget is Important
When trying to plan out a wedding in detail, you will have to get a budget in place. Most people are unaware of just how pricey a wedding can be and usually make a lot of financial mistakes along the way. By talking with a florist, you will be able to find out what they can offer that is within your budget. The last thing that you want to do is overextend your finances due to a lack of planning. A good florist will be able to work with you and your budget.

Researching each of the florists in an area is vital when trying to achieve the right level of success. The internet is a great place to find information regarding what each of the florists in an area can offer. 

Photo Credit: Sherry McKenna

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Guest Blogger: 97 Films / The Importance of Captured Moments Part II

A couple years ago my grandparents asked me to transfer a bag full of their old film
reels. Among those reels was their wedding from 1961. I am so grateful for their family
friend with the 8mm camera that offered to film their wedding. I get to see my grandma
and grandpa on their wedding day surrounded by family and friends that i know, and
others that i don’t. I get to see my great grandma standing next to her husband (I’ve
only seen him in pictures), my great aunts all dressed in their red bridesmaids dresses,
my grandpa sneak a kiss during the cake cut. All of these memories I can relive
because of their film. I have seen their wedding pictures, but the movement,
mannerisms, how their face turns when they smile…can only be seen through video.
Why is video so important? Because it captures the moments before and after a picture
is taken.

Make sure your videographer knows what is important to you (jewelry, cake topper,
family members, etc.). They’ll capture the interactions of your mom and grandma
helping you get dressed and put on jewelry, your dad walking you down the aisle, your
future husband/wife say they will love you for the rest of their lives, your first dance as
Mr. and Mrs.. Your videographer will capture your best man, maid of honor, and parents
saying how they knew you were destined to marry your husband/wife.
You’re doing future generations a favor by having a wedding video. It doesn’t have to
have the most popular song on the radio (because let’s face it, 50 years from now…it’s
not gonna be in the top 100). It doesn’t have to be 3 hours long (my grandparents film is
4 minutes long and I’m thankful for every second!). As long as your wedding video tells
your story, your grandchildren will thank you.

Check out their video here

Katie Simopoulos | 97 Films

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Planning A Modern Wedding: The Ins And Outs

Planning a modern wedding isn’t easy, by any means. You not only need to make sure that your wedding is going to make you and your other half happy, you need to make sure that you’ll be impressing your guests and keeping them occupied. Here are some pointers you can use for planning a modern wedding:

Pick a Really Unusual Venue

As you’re going for an ultra modern wedding, why not pick a really unusual wedding venue to excite your guests? You could go for somewhere like an aquarium, a park, a museum - whatever suits you and your partner as a couple. Get creative with your venue and you’ll all have a great day!

Decorate With Plenty of Flowers and Petals

The most modern weddings are nearly always decorated with plenty of gorgeous flowers and petals. You can make pretty much anywhere look pretty if you scatter flowers and petals everywhere. Just look back to Ross and Emily’s wedding in Friends. They got married in a broken down church covered in petals and tealight candles. It looked really pretty. Let’s forget the fact that Ross said another woman’s name!


Get on the Social Media Bandwagon

Social media has taken the world by storm over the years, so you’d be silly not to get on the social media bandwagon. Rather than waiting until the day is over to upload your pictures, let people see what’s happening as you go along! You can use apps like Snapchat and download Snapchat geofilters to give everybody a peek into your big day!

Go Ombre With Your Bridal Party

Ombre is another huge modern trend, whether it’s nails, lips, or your hair, everybody is doing it! Why not go ombre with your bridal party? Choose a colour and have your bridesmaids wear different shades of that colour to create a cool ombre effect.

Don’t Stick to Tradition

Modern weddings hardly ever stick to tradition, so make sure you avoid any that don’t suit you as a couple. You don’t even need to wear a wedding dress if you don’t want to, as long as you’re wearing something that suits you. You could even have your bridesmaids wear something they’ve chosen themselves, maybe with one colour tying it all in together.

Branches, Feathers, and Other Textures

Including lots of texture is a good idea, as it adds interest to your venue and makes the decor look more exciting. Instead of using flowers on your tables, why not use spraypainted branches? You could also use feathers, and other textures for something a little different.

Planning a modern wedding is all about thinking outside of the box. It’s about assessing what is important to you and making sure your day is all about you as a couple, rather than what other people might expect. Have fun with your day and get creative. Make it worth remembering forever! If you have some brilliant modern wedding ideas that you’d like to share, leave them in the comments section. See you soon!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

April Couple of the Month ~ Mara + Scott, Detroit Golf Club

A word from our bride Mara:

Scott and I met when we were 9 years old on the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club Swim team. We also went to middle school and freshman year of high school together. There is a great picture of us at prom freshman year when we went in the same group. 

Many years later, we re-met at a mutual friend's Birthday party. Our first date started with him meeting some of my coworkers, and then we hung out with his boss all night. Normally not the recipe for romance, but despite this, we hit it off and have been inseparable ever since.

Scott proposed on the beach at sunset in the Florida Keys. I was so surprised, I fell over and was literally inches from going into the ocean. It is all captured on video and pretty hilarious. 

We recently moved from Brooklyn, New York to Denver, Colorado. Scott is a Creative Director for a PR and marketing agency. I am currently freelancing and working on my photography. We absolutely love Denver but are excited to get married in our hometown.

What started out as a "small intimate wedding" has grown into 200 people at the Detroit Golf Club. Cool fact: The DGC is celebrating their centennial this year. Theme has been a little bit harder to nail down. Perhaps "Jazz Age Garden Party." We are using lots of lush greenery with white blooms. Fairly traditional with unique personal elements. Hoping to dance till we drop!

There will be 4 bridesmaids, 1 junior bridesmaids and 6 groomsmen. My sister, Anna, will be maid of honor and Scott's brother Joe, the best man. The men will be wearing custom suits from Antonio Rimanelli in Grosse Pointe. Bridesmaids will be in Nicole Miller. I will be in Monique Lhuillier. 

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