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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wedding Table Planning Made Easy

There’s only a week to go until your wedding and while all of the biggest tasks are (hopefully!) done and dusted, there remains several smaller yet essential tasks to complete over the forthcoming days. Chief among those is arranging the seating chart for the reception, a process that unfortunately is bound to cause a few headaches.

While there is a traditional seating arrangement for the top table, circumstances may dictate that an alternative plan is more appropriate, or the couple might prefer to have the top table to themselves. Also, the number and age profile of your guests, as well as their relationship with the couple (e.g. immediate family, extended family, childhood friends, work colleagues) will determine the majority of the table plan. It’s when you’ve leftover guests or uneven numbers that the process becomes tricky, as you’ve to try and find a place for them where they won’t feel uncomfortable or insulted.

This infographic by Commins & Co https://www.perfectring.ie/wedding-rings/wedding-rings-for-him/  from Ireland excellently advises on how to make the table planning task as straightforward and accommodating as possible.






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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Waldenwoods ~ Jennifer + Brad 7/30/16




Jennifer and Brad were looking for some expert help in finding a perfect location, vendors and needed guidance on planning a wedding that was so special to them. They enlisted in our help and we designed a custom package to help  behind the scenes and bring their day to fruition.

The couple  had a beautiful wedding at Waldenwoods Campsite. The day started with all of the girls getting their hair and make up done in the Waldenwoods bridal room. The girls had beautiful blue dresses in which the got into after getting all dolled up!



After everyone was done getting ready Jennifer and Brad had a First Look photo shoot planned!



They ceremony was held outside the venue by the lake. They had a white altar set up in back with rows of white chairs all lined up facing the beautiful water. The ceremony was to start at 5:00 pm. The skies were looking a little grey, but they made it just in time! They ceremony went on without a rain drop!


Right after the ceremony they had to capture one of these photos! Jennifer and Brad on the upper deck of the venue with their bridal party on either side of them. Below are both of their families all standing together to congratulate the newly married couple!


After the ceremony they held a  cocktail hour for their guests while the new Mr. and Mrs. Slater took a few more pictures!


While the ceremony was taking place the wedding coordinators from You're The Bride were inside the venue making everything look perfect! Jennifer and Brad had a blue and peach earthy feel to their wedding. They had beautiful center pieces that filled up the room.




The venue, Waldenwoods, had a couple fireplaces where Jennifer and Brad placed some pictures on the mantle to give the whole venue a home kind of feeling!


The reception started at 7pm and started with the big grand entrance of the bridal party. From this point forward they cut the cake, listened to their friends and family toast to them, ate great food, and partied all night!




Congratulations!


Vendors
Venue - Waldenwoods    
Hair and makeup -  Lauren and Sarah    
      Rentals - Lemon Vanilla Design        
      Florist - Merricraft
Photographer -  Amanda Mae Photography    
      DJ - DJ Kurt Lewis     
Wedding Planner -   You’re The Bride, Tracie, Abby and Samantha  
Officiant -  Beth Lackey /Memorable Life Events       
Bus -  Getaway Tours 
Fairfield Inn  
Best Western  
Special Occasions - Chairs coordinated through Waldenwoods

Photo Credit:
Amanda Mae Photography
http://amandamaephotography.com/

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Monday, October 17, 2016

The Hidden Meaning Behind Wedding Traditions

Have you ever wondered why confetti is thrown over the bride and groom at a wedding? Or why the bride traditionally wears something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? Here are some of the hidden meanings behind some of our most cherished wedding traditions.
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Photo Credit: www.ingleandrhode.co.uk

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Etiquette and Tips when Shopping for Bridesmaid Gifts


Have you been considering what you are going to purchase for your bridesmaid gifts? If so, there are a number of things to think about before the shop-a-thon begins. The gift needs to be thoughtful and serve two purposes: show your appreciation for your bridesmaid’s attendance in your wedding and be a remembrance of the big day. Finding the right gifts for your bridesmaids is just as important as getting the right dresses from Azazie.com. With the tips here you will be able to choose the ideal gifts with the attention and care that your girls deserve.

When to Purchase the Gifts
Actually shopping for bridesmaid gifts is not one of those tasks that has a specific timeline. While it is always better to purchase sooner, than later, you should aim to have them taken care of by two months before the wedding.

How Much should You Spend?
When it comes to establishing a budget for the bridesmaid gifts, there are two basic things to consider: how much your budget will allow for each gift and how much they have spent for your big day. You need to keep in mind that you should only spend what you can realistically afford, it is the thought that counts.

However, you should ask yourself what you have asked financially from the bridesmaids. This includes if a plane ticket is necessary, hotel room, shoes, dress, gifts, etc. You need to correspond the gift with the amount they have spent – in most cases $150 maximum per gift will suffice for even the most expensive of weddings.

When to Give the Gifts
In most cases the bridesmaid gifts will be given at the rehearsal dinner, when all of your family and friends are together in one location. The idea behind this is that you make a toast thanking everyone and then pass out the gifts. However, there are some brides that choose to pass the gifts out at a bridesmaid tea or a luncheon the day of the wedding, this is up to your personal preference.
When it comes to bridesmaid gifts, you are essentially saying thank you for the ladies standing by your side on your big day. This is a token of appreciation so the last thing you should do is break your budget with the purchase. When you are shopping for these items you should keep these tips and etiquette standards in mind to ensure that your bridesmaids know how appreciative you are.
Taking the time to find the right gifts for your wedding party is important.

Photo Credit: Pexels.com

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
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Etiquette and Tips when Shopping for Bridesmaid Gifts


Have you been considering what you are going to purchase for your bridesmaid gifts? If so, there are a number of things to think about before the shop-a-thon begins. The gift needs to be thoughtful and serve two purposes: show your appreciation for your bridesmaid’s attendance in your wedding and be a remembrance of the big day. Finding the right gifts for your bridesmaids is just as important as getting the right dresses from Azazie.com. With the tips here you will be able to choose the ideal gifts with the attention and care that your girls deserve.

When to Purchase the Gifts
Actually shopping for bridesmaid gifts is not one of those tasks that has a specific timeline. While it is always better to purchase sooner, than later, you should aim to have them taken care of by two months before the wedding.

How Much should You Spend?
When it comes to establishing a budget for the bridesmaid gifts, there are two basic things to consider: how much your budget will allow for each gift and how much they have spent for your big day. You need to keep in mind that you should only spend what you can realistically afford, it is the thought that counts.

However, you should ask yourself what you have asked financially from the bridesmaids. This includes if a plane ticket is necessary, hotel room, shoes, dress, gifts, etc. You need to correspond the gift with the amount they have spent – in most cases $150 maximum per gift will suffice for even the most expensive of weddings.

When to Give the Gifts
In most cases the bridesmaid gifts will be given at the rehearsal dinner, when all of your family and friends are together in one location. The idea behind this is that you make a toast thanking everyone and then pass out the gifts. However, there are some brides that choose to pass the gifts out at a bridesmaid tea or a luncheon the day of the wedding, this is up to your personal preference.
When it comes to bridesmaid gifts, you are essentially saying thank you for the ladies standing by your side on your big day. This is a token of appreciation so the last thing you should do is break your budget with the purchase. When you are shopping for these items you should keep these tips and etiquette standards in mind to ensure that your bridesmaids know how appreciative you are.
Taking the time to find the right gifts for your wedding party is important.

Photo Credit: Pexels.com

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
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Etiquette and Tips when Shopping for Bridesmaid Gifts


Have you been considering what you are going to purchase for your bridesmaid gifts? If so, there are a number of things to think about before the shop-a-thon begins. The gift needs to be thoughtful and serve two purposes: show your appreciation for your bridesmaid’s attendance in your wedding and be a remembrance of the big day. Finding the right gifts for your bridesmaids is just as important as getting the right dresses from Azazie.com. With the tips here you will be able to choose the ideal gifts with the attention and care that your girls deserve.

When to Purchase the Gifts
Actually shopping for bridesmaid gifts is not one of those tasks that has a specific timeline. While it is always better to purchase sooner, than later, you should aim to have them taken care of by two months before the wedding.

How Much should You Spend?
When it comes to establishing a budget for the bridesmaid gifts, there are two basic things to consider: how much your budget will allow for each gift and how much they have spent for your big day. You need to keep in mind that you should only spend what you can realistically afford, it is the thought that counts.

However, you should ask yourself what you have asked financially from the bridesmaids. This includes if a plane ticket is necessary, hotel room, shoes, dress, gifts, etc. You need to correspond the gift with the amount they have spent – in most cases $150 maximum per gift will suffice for even the most expensive of weddings.

When to Give the Gifts
In most cases the bridesmaid gifts will be given at the rehearsal dinner, when all of your family and friends are together in one location. The idea behind this is that you make a toast thanking everyone and then pass out the gifts. However, there are some brides that choose to pass the gifts out at a bridesmaid tea or a luncheon the day of the wedding, this is up to your personal preference.

When it comes to bridesmaid gifts, you are essentially saying thank you for the ladies standing by your side on your big day. This is a token of appreciation so the last thing you should do is break your budget with the purchase. When you are shopping for these items you should keep these tips and etiquette standards in mind to ensure that your bridesmaids know how appreciative you are.
Taking the time to find the right gifts for your wedding party is important.

Photo Credit: Pexels.com

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Choosing Your Bridal Party And Finding Gorgeous Gowns: Dos And Don'ts For Every Bride

When you’re planning a wedding, the last thing you want is tension in your family and friendship groups and squabbles about dresses. Choosing your bridal party and planning your big day with your best girls should be fun, not stressful. Here are some simple dos and don’ts to make sure everything runs smoothly when you’re choosing and dressing your bridesmaids.




Dos


Think before you speak
When you get engaged, it’s easy to get carried away and start asking your best friends to be your bridesmaids. However, this is a decision you shouldn’t take lightly, so take time to think. Make sure you know exactly who you want to ask. If you’re having family members, it’s always wise to factor in both sides of the family to avoid excluding anyone. If you’re having friends, think about the consequences asking some and not others may have. In some cases, you’ll know straight away who you want. In other situations, making a decision can be much tougher. If you are asking some friends and not others, or you don’t want the entire family involved, talk to people. Explain your decision, and they’re bound to understand. It’s always better to let people know either way before they find out through other means. In the days of social media, news can travel fast, and it should come from you, rather than Instagram.


Try and be flexible
When it comes to choosing bridesmaid dresses, it’s always beneficial to be open-minded and flexible. You may be catering for a group of girls of different ages, shapes, and sizes. If you have a dream dress in mind, it might not suit everyone. It’s always best to try a few different styles and to ask your maids how they feel. You should go for a dress you love. But you should also make sure your party feels comfortable. If you have a large number of bridesmaids, going for different shapes and fits works well. You can tie in the theme with similar styles and colors. For ideas and inspiration, you may find sites like www.ourstart.com helpful.




Don’ts


Underestimate the importance of family
It’s up to you who you choose to include in your bridal party, but don’t underestimate the importance of family. Your family will be there for you through thick and thin, and a wedding is a great way of celebrating the love you all share for each other. You may have good friends but think carefully before you decide. Your core group of friends will probably be there forever. But very few people have a vast network of friends that will stand the test of time.


Buy without trying
When you’re shopping for dresses, avoid the temptation to buy without trying. Dresses look completely different on a hanger, and the style and shade may not suit everyone. If you do order online, for example, check the returns policy first. If you fall in love with a dress that doesn’t suit everyone, consider mixing things up. You don’t have to have the same dress for everyone. Often, going for slightly different gowns can add a unique touch to your bridal party. Check out https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/bridesmaid-dresses/ for styling tips.



In the run-up to your wedding, you want to spend your time having fun and creating memories with your favorite girls. Follow these tips to prevent unwanted arguments and find the perfect dresses for your big day.  






For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Royal Park Hotel ~ Kelley + Corry 7/2/16




Kelley started her day at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI where she and her bridal party got all glammed up for her big day! She had the girls from The Makeup Loft come to her bridal suite and pamper her and the bridesmaids all morning.


After all the lovely ladies were done getting ready it was picture time!


Following the pictures was ceremony time. She had her ceremony take place in the conservatory of the hotel. Live music played as her father escorted her down the aisle to her husband to be.



Pink flower petals and love filled the room! They said their I Do's and became
Mr. and Mrs. Walsh


After the ceremony they took beautiful pictures outside of the hotel while their guests enjoyed cocktail hour.





After pictures and cocktail hour was all set the next thing they had was the grand entrance! All of their friends and family cheered and applauded as they entered their reception as a new married couple.


The rest of the night included laughing, drinking, cake cutting, and a ton of dancing!





They enjoyed their special day with family and friends and danced the night away!

Special Thanks to all the vendors that contributed to Kelley and Corry's special day.


Venue- The Royal Park 

Hair and makeup- The Makeup Loft

    Flowers/Chaircovers- Vivianos

Photographer- Ashley LeTourneau Photography
    Photo booth: Shutterbooth
Videographer- Mike Staff
DJ-Pat Grzecki from Mike Staff  
Wedding Planner- You’re The Bride, Tracie + Abby
Officiant- Richard Dake
Quartet- Rondo String
Shuttle-AllStar Chauffeured Services
Cake-Pastry Palace

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

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Choosing Your Bridal Party And Finding Gorgeous Gowns: Dos And Don'ts For Every Bride

When you’re planning a wedding, the last thing you want is tension in your family and friendship groups and squabbles about dresses. Choosing your bridal party and planning your big day with your best girls should be fun, not stressful. Here are some simple dos and don’ts to make sure everything runs smoothly when you’re choosing and dressing your bridesmaids.




Dos


Think before you speak
When you get engaged, it’s easy to get carried away and start asking your best friends to be your bridesmaids. However, this is a decision you shouldn’t take lightly, so take time to think. Make sure you know exactly who you want to ask. If you’re having family members, it’s always wise to factor in both sides of the family to avoid excluding anyone. If you’re having friends, think about the consequences asking some and not others may have. In some cases, you’ll know straight away who you want. In other situations, making a decision can be much tougher. If you are asking some friends and not others, or you don’t want the entire family involved, talk to people. Explain your decision, and they’re bound to understand. It’s always better to let people know either way before they find out through other means. In the days of social media, news can travel fast, and it should come from you, rather than Instagram.


Try and be flexible
When it comes to choosing bridesmaid dresses, it’s always beneficial to be open-minded and flexible. You may be catering for a group of girls of different ages, shapes, and sizes. If you have a dream dress in mind, it might not suit everyone. It’s always best to try a few different styles and to ask your maids how they feel. You should go for a dress you love. But you should also make sure your party feels comfortable. If you have a large number of bridesmaids, going for different shapes and fits works well. You can tie in the theme with similar styles and colors. For ideas and inspiration, you may find sites like www.ourstart.com helpful.



Don’ts


Underestimate the importance of family
It’s up to you who you choose to include in your bridal party, but don’t underestimate the importance of family. Your family will be there for you through thick and thin, and a wedding is a great way of celebrating the love you all share for each other. You may have good friends but think carefully before you decide. Your core group of friends will probably be there forever. But very few people have a vast network of friends that will stand the test of time.


Buy without trying
When you’re shopping for dresses, avoid the temptation to buy without trying. Dresses look completely different on a hanger, and the style and shade may not suit everyone. If you do order online, for example, check the returns policy first. If you fall in love with a dress that doesn’t suit everyone, consider mixing things up. You don’t have to have the same dress for everyone. Often, going for slightly different gowns can add a unique touch to your bridal party. Check out https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/bridesmaid-dresses/ for styling tips.



In the run-up to your wedding, you want to spend your time having fun and creating memories with your favorite girls. Follow these tips to prevent unwanted arguments and find the perfect dresses for your big day.  



For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Today’s Wedding Registry

In the past, brides set-up elaborate registries with fine stores when they were getting married. This allowed guest to purchase pieces of china, silverware, linens, and tea sets that matched what the bride was collecting. But today’s bride has a different agenda. Newlyweds today have a different mindset. They do not feel the need to follow in the footsteps of their grandmothers. Many couples live together before marriage.  They buy homes and furnish these homes before


marriage. The modern couple may want a different type of wedding registry. Honeyfund is a wedding registry that is very popular. Friends and family can sign into your easy to set up Honeyfund account and purchase particular items for the couples honeymoon. For example, you may want to pay for a night at the hotel, or a dinner at a nice restaurant, or a special activity the couple have chosen. The beauty of the Honeyfund registry is that a gift giver does not have to pay for the entirety of anything. For example, the registry may say the couple needs $3000.00 for travel. Several people can contribute to this gift. Every time someone contributes to the gift, the amount needed is reduced. Your gifting power is increased by teaming up with others. By signing on to the free Honeyfund account guests can purchase (sure to please) their wedding gifts online. It is quick and easy.  In some cases the couple would rather the guests to chip-in on the cost of a destination wedding.  The money you would have spent on a gift is easily spent on helping with the expenses of the wedding.



Plumfund is another fantastic crowdfunding site.  Plumfund is a totally free site as there are no transaction fees and no set-up fees. Plumfund allows the bride and groom freedom to incorporate a variety of needs.  Traditional registries (from department stores) can be included, as can the honeymoon requests. But, Plumfund goes beyond that. Some couples would rather the funds people would spend on them go to a cause. The funds may go to a friend or family member who is suffering from illness, or a disaster. The bride and groom may have everything they need and would like to help the family member or friend who so desperately needs help.  They may set-up a plumfund to go to a particular charity. Providing a free fundraising site makes it easy to donate to this cause.  


Other nontraditional gifts that can be satisfied with a Plumfund account include:


  • Asking for funds to pay off student loans, instead of gifts
  • A Plumfund account to collect for the downpayment on a home
  • House renovation funds
  • Set up a nesting fund for future children
  • Emergency fund


With registries such as Honeyfund.Com and Plumfund.Com, today’s newlyweds can design a wedding that goes with their brand. This is a way to allow people who care about them to use their funds in a way that is meaningful to the couple.  Whether it is for a honeymoon on an island or a donation to charity, gift giving has never been easier.

Picture credits: https://pixabay.com/en/wedding-love-happy-couple-bride-443600/

https://pixabay.com/en/champagne-beach-sand-toast-love-13319/

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