Photo Credit: Jess + Nate Studios
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
A little about us...
Mary Beth is from the Bay City, Michigan area and attended Albion College for undergrad, studying Communication Studies and then Public Relations during graduate school at Michigan State University. Steve is from Grosse Pointe, Michigan and attended Michigan State University where he studied Communications and Advertising. Both currently work in advertising, Mary Beth in advertising sales and Steve in advertising and marketing.
How we met...
Steve and I met through a mutual friend -- a sorority sister of mine from college who worked with Steve. Out of the blue one evening in December of 2012, my phone lit up with a message from my sorority sister saying, "I'm not sure what your dating situation is right now, but I have this guy that I really think you'll hit it off with....but, there's a catch: he lives in Michigan (I was living in Chicago at the time). He's someone I love, you're someone I love...and I'd love for two really great people to be together. May I tell him to add you on Facebook?" Intrigued, I said yes and a few days later, I heard from Steve. We started talking and quickly realized how much we had in common: both lived in Chicago (he moved back to Michigan just a few months before I moved to Chicago), both went to Michigan State University (Go Green!), both came from Italian families, etc. We kept in contact throughout the spring and summer of 2013, and when I moved back to Michigan in the fall of that same year to start a new job, we started dating and the rest is history!
The Proposal + Our Wedding...
Harbor Springs, Michigan has always been a special place for Mary Beth's family and knowing this, Steve decided that Harbor Springs was where he was going to pop the question. While golfing together over Memorial Day weekend of 2015, Steve asked Mary Beth's father for permission to marry his daughter, which, without hesitation her father said yes. Steve then shared the news with Mary Beth's mother, and the excitement grew. Over Labor Day weekend of that same year, Steve, Mary Beth and Mary Beth's parents were enjoying the holiday weekend together in Harbor Springs. The night before Labor Day, the group had dinner plans at Stafford's Pier Restaurant, which is right on the water in Harbor Springs. As they pulled up to the restaurant, Steve suggested that he and Mary Beth go for a quick walk on the pier before dinner. Confused, I obliged, not thinking anything of the pre-dinner walk. Once we reached the end of the pier, Steve told me that he wanted to take a photo of me looking out of the water and faced my body in that direction. A few second went by and then I heard, "Okay, all done!" and turned around to find Steve on one knee, arms outstretched in front of him and holding a beautiful ring. Shocked and before he would say anything, I said, "Are you serious?!" to which he smiled, said yes, and among some other very nice words, he asked me to marry him. We had a wonderful evening celebrating with my parents and were joined the following day by Steve's mom and dad where the celebrations continued. Our wedding will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2106. We will be married at Holy Family Church in Detroit (which has a lot of family significance for both sides of our families) and our reception will be held at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. We will have 16 bridesmaids and groomsmen in our wedding party, consisting of siblings and close friends. Our reception is centered around "soft," "enchanting" and "romantic" where the room will be filled with blush and ivory center pieces, gold chiavari chairs, champagne and ivory linens and lots of candles in gold and silver votives. We're looking forward to sharing our special day with family and friends with good food, a great live band and the best company we could ask for!
Photo Credit: Jess + Nate Studios
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Hi, my name is Ashley Wander, I am a senior at Lake Orion High School. Next fall, I plan on attending Michigan State University. I will be majoring in marketing with a minor in event planning. Organizing, planning, and doing crafts are some of my passions. This internship will allow me to use all of these skills. I want to learn more about what goes into planning a wedding. I have never done anything like this before and I look forward to learning about all the aspects and details that it takes to make a wedding come together. I am excited to learn about of the steps of a wedding from the beginning stages to the actual wedding day. My goal is to create the bride’s perfect day and try my best to make every detail exactly how she would want it. I look forward to this great opportunity and all that I will be able to learn from You’re The Bride.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Table numbers at your wedding may seem like a small detail but really they are a big deal! You spend a lot of time trying to organize where everyone is sitting at the wedding and you expect them to sit there. There are a lot of fun table number ideas you can do! If you are going with an outdoor style wedding you can get wooden numbers and paint them to match the color theme of the wedding.
Another idea would be to use street names instead of numbers. If you put up street names instead of numbers yours guests will have to go look for their table and socialize before the grand entrance. Most weddings have a cocktail hour where guests can get drinks before the wedding party comes in. Using street names makes people have to look for their seats and walk around and really look at all the hard work you have put into putting the wedding together!
Another different idea would be to decorate the toasting champagne set out on the table. You can paint the bottle and put a number on it. Every table would need their own champagne bottle if you were to do this idea. Most weddings have champagne poured out for the toasts of the maid of honor, best man, and parents. You could use that to your advantage and use the bottle as a cute and different table number idea!
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Being asked to be in a wedding is a big deal! The engaged couple have chosen you to be a part of their special day, probably because you are special to them. Standing up in a wedding can be so much fun and sometimes stressful. There is more to standing up in the wedding than simply standing up.
Now that you are part of the wedding party you are in charge of doing all the fun before wedding stuff with the bride/groom. You have to throw together a party for them. A bridal party and bachelorette party for the bride. Then they boys get their big bachelor party. The ladies have to go dress shopping and find the perfect bridesmaid dresses for everyone. Then they will have to go find the perfect shoes to match. The guys get all sized up for their suits and dress shoes. There is a lot of work that comes from the bridal party before the wedding.
Once you have helped all you can before the wedding you now get to worry about the big day! For the girls, you have to make sure the bride has everything she needs. If she needs a bobby pin she is going to turn to one of the bridesmaids and ask for one. The bride will ask if you a hundred times how her hair and make up looks and every time she asks you have to convince her she looks great. And when it comes to the boys, the ladies have to make sure they don't drink too much!
A big part of being in the bridal party would be the pictures! Make sure you are good to go when the photographer is ready. You don't want the bride and groom to have only funny pictures of their bridal party because everyone was not paying attention or too drunk to pose correctly. Make sure you make their big day about them. But most importantly, have fun with them. The bride and groom can get nervous throughout the day so make sure to keep them smiling. Give them a drink and laugh with them and keep them calm and happy all night long. Being in the bridal party can be a blast, just make sure you take care of the bride and groom!
Friday, September 16, 2016
Congratulations on your engagement! One of the first thing you want to do is to hold an engagement party to celebrate your upcoming nuptials. The engagement party is one of the first chances people will have to pass on their congratulations and see your new ring. So it’s important to look your best for the special occasion! Here are some easy ways to create the perfect look for your engagement party.
Stay away from white
As much as white is a must for your big day, it’s best to stay away from it for your engagement party. You don’t want to outdo your wedding dress by choosing a beautiful white dress for your engagement party! Therefore, stick to brighter colors which will be perfect for the special occasion. If you want to add in a couple of white touches to represent your upcoming wedding, accessorize with white to get your guests excited for your big day!
Coordinate with your groom to be
It’s so important to remember what your engagement party is about. After all, you and your partner have just made a huge commitment to each other. Therefore, to create the perfect look for your party, you should consider coordinating with your other half. You could both stick to a particular color or style to show off your new committed relationship. If he wants to wear a suit for the party, he could choose a tie which is the same color as your dress. You will look great together in photos from your engagement party which are bound to be splashed all over social media!
Choose something which matches your new ring
At your party, everyone will want to look at your gorgeous engagement ring. After all, it’s likely to be the first chance they have got to see the new sparkler. Therefore, you should choose something which matches your ring. If your hubby to be has chosen you a pink gold ring, you might want to go for a pastel pink dress to match the ring. Or if he’s gone for silver, you might want to choose a dress with plenty of glitter. A lot of people also head for a manicure before their engagement party so that their fingers look great for the party. If you do, you need to choose a polish which will look fantastic with your new ring. Once you have chosen your ring from Verragio engagement rings or similar brands, you can then plan which polish you want to have at the party!
Dress to the right setting
When choosing your dress for your engagement party, you need to think about the setting of the party. If you are going to have a garden party, you should consider going for a floral dress which will look fantastic with some sandals. If it’s going to be in a hall or a function room, you might want to wear something more classy and elegant for the engagement party. As it says in this feature, you need to choose something special enough that will stand out at the party. Therefore, choose carefully when picking something to suit the setting of your engagement party.
You can find more help and advice on our blog for creating a unique look for your engagement party.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Wedding planning can be super stressful, especially with all of your friends and family to consider and etiquette rules to keep in mind. To help make the process a little easier, we are sharing a guide on wedding processional order created by Personal Creations. It explains who should walk down the aisle when with a cute, easy to read graphic. Region and religion can also dictate the procession order. In Christian weddings the groom and his groomsmen enter from the right side. Whereas in a Jewish wedding its common for both sets of grandparents to participate.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Tipping is a very important thing we do as American's. It has because a part of our culture and almost everyone here knows how to do it. But there are some that don't grasp the concept of when tipping is appropriate and who should be tipped. The very basic go to rule about tipping is when anyone does a service for you, you tip them. We tip waitresses and waiters because they provide table service for us when we go out to eat. Or when you get your hair cut you should tip your hair dresser because they did you a service by cutting your hair.
The same thing applies on your wedding day. If you hire a bar tender for your wedding day it would be appropriate to tip them for serving your guests at your wedding. Sometimes they have tip jars already out if its a cash bar. If it is an open bar people usually take advantage of the "free" drinks so you should give them a large tip for an open bar.
Another person to tip would be the DJ. The DJ usually brings all of his/her own equipment. Drives them and their equipment all the way to the venue. Then has to load everything up and pack it all down at the end of the night. They take requests and play the music type you ask of them. They introduce the wedding party for the grand entrance. If you really think about it, the DJ plays a very important role in your big day; therefore, a tip is appropriate.
If you think the cake/dessert vendor did a great job on it then a tip may be appropriate. It is not necessary to tip them; however, cutting the cake did play a big role in the wedding. They probably spent a lot of time on the cake making sure it was absolutely perfect. If you feel as if they went above and beyond your expectations of the perfect wedding cake, tip them!
On top of tipping your wedding vendor it is also important to get vendor meals for them during the night. It is not like a normal job where you can take a 30 mins break and go out and get food. You want all of your vendors to stay there throughout the entire wedding. It is important that you order them vendor meals when talking to your caterer. They don't have to get the same meal as your guests but make sure they get something so they are at their prime game throughout the night!
At the end of it all you want to make sure you treat your vendors like people. Most wedding vendors love what they do! They want to make your day special and important. Most of them will go out of their way to please the bride and groom. So with that being said make sure you take care of your vendors and they will make sure to take care of you!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Are you about to get married and haven't decided what you want to do about vows yet? Maybe you don't want a traditional wedding and want to be different and write your own vows! The traditional vows said at the ceremony are:
"In the name of God, I, (name), take you, (name), to be my husband/wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish all the days of my life. This is my solemn vow."
If you are not religious or don't believe in God or simple just want to be original here are some things you should think about when writing your own vows.
The first thing to keep in mind is that not only will your friends be there, but your family will be there as well. You don't want to say something inappropriate that may seem funny to you but could offend others. It may be your day, but it might be a good idea to keep things PG during the ceremony.
Before writing your vows talk to your future wife/husband and try to agree on a tone you want to take when writing the vows. Do you want to be super serious? Do you want to be more laid back and fun with them? You should talk about this especially if you aren't telling each other the vows until the wedding ceremony. Make sure you are both on the same page with things!
When writing your vows just know that your guests don't know all of you and your spouses inside jokes. It may be nice to add your own twist on the vows but if you do, you may confuse your guests.
Try adding a few similar things. Both agree to do the same things. They don't have to be exactly the same vows; however, you should have some similar things that you both want to vow to one another. Try adding something like, "I promise to always be by your side." Something simple but the same as each other.
The best thing you can do if you choose to write your own vows is to write them down! You will be the one who knows what you want to say. It is very easy to get nervous and forget things when your whole family and all of your friends are right there watching you. Write them down and give them to your officiant. You should also make an extra copy just in case something happens!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
When planning a wedding there are so many things to choose from! You get to pick out the dress, the venue, the colors, you even get to pick the date! Once all of the big stuff is out of the way what about the little things? Centerpieces are such a fun thing to put together. They can be big and elaborate or small and simple.
When deciding what kind of centerpieces you want at your wedding think about the venue. If you have a big open venue your best bet would to be something big. If you were to put a simple and elegant piece in a big open space it would look like something is missing. For a big venue you want something to fill up the room. A great idea for a big centerpiece is a big bouquet of flowers. Most floral shops can set these up for you. They can come in big vases that call be tall or short. In a big open venue mixing up the sizes of the vases can look really good too.
Another option for a big venue would be bird houses or lanterns. You can go the earthy or outdoor style with this. Try putting some tree branches in a vase with some marbles. You can fill it up with water and put a floating candle on top. If you were to use bird houses you can fill them up with flowers and surround them with candles. If you don't like the rustic look and maybe you have an outdoor wedding venue that is really open. You could go with a beach feel or style. Try putting marbles on the bottom of a big tall vase. You can add some flowers and put a fish in it! This is a great one if you have a lot of kids at the wedding. They can take the fish home at the end of the night and the fish will keep them occupied.
If you are in a smaller venue that isn't very open try using a small simple centerpiece. If you were to go big it can make the whole wedding seem too cluttered and smaller than it already is. Candles are the easiest route. Set up different size candles and put some petals around them. You can buy circular mirrors and put that in the middle of the table and put candles on them of just a round bouquet of flowers in the center.
If you like the rustic look and have a small venue try putting some ribbon around a mason jar and fill it with some baby's breath or sun flowers. You could cover the mason jar in glitter and put a candle in it. With any rustic look you can add a circular piece of wood and put the candles or jars on top of them. If you have a beach look try filling up jars with sand and placing a candle on top. You could put shells in the middle and add candles as well.
If you are have a classy vintage wedding and its in a small venue you can use a small white lantern and fill it with flowers. You can buy some cheap fake stand of pearls and drape the lantern in it to give it that vintage feel. Another vintage look to do would to be get clear wine bottles and wrap them in lace and hand some vintage broaches off of the top of the bottles.
There are so many different things you can set up as centerpieces! If you have a big open venue your best bet is to go big. The big centerpieces will fill up the room. If you have a small cozy venue try a simple centerpiece. If you are not sure what would look best try asking your wedding coordinator!