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As we continue to progress through 2013, we have seen a new trend begin to develop amongst brides as they are planning for their wedding. There are many pieces to the unique puzzle that a bride and groom must put together to create their very own special day. Every personal touch, no matter how small, can make an immense impact and ingrain the lasting memory of your celebration on each of your guests and most importantly, the beloved couple.
We’ve had more and more brides inquire our preferred jewelers about creating a simple necklace to wear during the reception. These reception jewelry pieces will display the bride’s new initials and during the joyful occasion, honoring the union between the newly weds. This necklace is something that the bride and groom can have made themselves or a thoughtful gift the bridal party can give to the couple at the rehearsal dinner.
It may seem like a small detail but the wedding reception jewelry with the bride’s new initials is a piece that she may treasurer forever. Brides, grooms, bridesmaids – take note, as this may be that unique touch that ties all those special moments together at your wedding.
The most important part of your wedding day is being able to enjoy it. With so much planning and stress leading up to your special day, you want to be able to have fun with your family and friends once the day actually comes. On your wedding day you and your bridal party will look absolutely gorgeous, so why not take some fun pictures on top of the traditional photos to capture you looking stunning in that dress but also having a great time? For example, many bridal parties take pictures of everyone jumping in the air, making a certain face, or simply making different funny poses. Other couples want to take pictures with a city skyline or in front of a certain building to show where they are from or plan to live. Even more different, some couples take pictures with a football field or beach background to commemorate where or how they first met.
Be creative! Having trust in your photographer to take the perfect shot is one thing, but before your wedding day talk to your photographer about any special shots you plan to take. If you are struggling for ideas or want to make sure your picture will turn out the way you planned, hiring an experienced wedding photographer will allow a professional to be able to advise you on what will work best. They can also share previous photos they’ve taken for other weddings that may inspire you for that dream picture of your wedding party.
As each new season brings a fresh batch of newlyweds, we’ve seen a growing trend amongst these couples – the permanent wedding band. In addition to the traditional rings which symbolize the bride and grooms eternal love for one another, more a more young couples are tattooing a band around their ring fingers to permanently express the commitment they have made to one another.
Those individuals who decided seek out a tattoo parlor and hold hands as the artist places the ink into their ring fingers have expressed how this step is the ultimate commitment. “Wedding bands are taken off at certain times in your life and even daily routine,” said Ashley, a new bride as of September 2012. “My husband works with his hands a lot so we can wear his gold band when he isn’t worried about damaging or losing it and when he can’t do that, he has the visible tattoo. Also, there was something sacred and intimate we shared when we had this done together the day after our ceremony.”
We’ve seen permanent makeup in the past but the tattooed wedding band is a new trend we are seeing for brides in 2013. What do you think – inked, traditional jewelry, or both?
Everyone wants to have a great time dancing the night away on their wedding night. If you choose to go with a DJ instead of a band, you are trusting that DJ to be the entertainment for all of your family and friends. How do you know who to choose?
Here are a few suggestions that every bride should adhere to when selecting their DJ. First, use a professional company that has wedding experience. It is a lot different DJing a wedding than putting on a playlist from your iPod or working at a nightclub or bar. Remember, your DJ company has to entertain guests from all age ranges. Only professional wedding DJs will be able to ensure that your wedding is classy, fun, and appropriate for all guests. After all, you don’t want to be cutting cake listening to your DJ pumping his new megamix that he used at the club last night. Second, see your DJs perform before using them. Many professional DJ companies have showcases they perform live at bridal shows throughout the bridal show season. Others have videos from previous weddings they have worked at.
Either way, it’s important to see what your product will look like and get a preview of what your DJ will be doing at your upcoming wedding. Finally, make sure you tell your DJ what you want. It sounds simple, but DJs won’t know what kind of music you want to hear at your wedding if you don’t tell them. For example, if you really enjoy country music but hate metal, tell them that! Professional companies will customize your playlist to exactly the kind of songs you want to dance to on your special night.
When planning for your big day, one of the most important decisions the couple must make is who you are choosing to stand next to you when you say those sacred vows. Over the years, we’ve seen brides get more and more creative when it comes to asking their closest friends and family to be a part of their wedding party. Including a unique twist alongside a sentimental thought (and a little help from Pintrest) has left future bridesmaids overwhelmed with joy and anticipation for the special privileges (and responsibilities) that come with being a VIP at the wedding.
After meeting with brides and their bridal parties at our most recent expos, we were particularly touched to hear how Jennifer had asked each of her friends to be a part of her “special team.” Each of the five women did not know each other, as they were connected to Jennifer in a different way (work friend, childhood neighbor, sister, etc.) and the bride was insistent to bring her special group together and bond. Each future bridesmaid received a card from Jennifer inviting them to a birthday party at a local pub. In the card there was a small puzzle piece which was the “ticket” to get into the party. When everyone from the group arrived Jennifer asked the girls to put the puzzle pieces together and the end picture spelled, “I love you all to pieces, will you please be my bridesmaid.” Then she handed each girl a small gift box with a replica puzzle piece magnet that included the wedding date and bridesmaid’s name. Each of the girls was blown away and completely touched that Jennifer would take the time to make this moment special for them and one that they would never forget.
There are so many different ways you can now ask your loved ones to be a part of your special day. From personalized gifts to DIY puzzles, the options are endless. Do you have a creative idea to share with us about how you asked your bridal party to join you on your wedding day?
Selecting the color to dress your bridesmaids in can be a very stressful process. The best part about this is that it’s your wedding day and your preference goes, so whatever color you choose will be the right answer. If your favorite color is pink, go with pink dresses! It’s your day and whatever makes you happiest counts. Other brides go with seasonal dresses. For example, if you have a spring or summer wedding lighter, more colorful dresses are usually worn compared to winter weddings. Some brides have a color theme throughout their entire wedding. For example, writing on their invitations, flowers throughout the ceremony, decorations at the reception, and the entire bridal party is dressed to match this color. Also, lean on your maid of honor for help with this one. She is going to be the one wearing the dress, so if there are a few colors you are stuck between and want her to be happy with what she’s wearing, allow her to make the decision with you. As long as your bridesmaid doesn’t suggest white, take her advice and go with it!
The first and most important thing you want to make sure about your wedding cake is that you are choosing a baker that can create not only something that looks beautiful but tastes great as well. Be sure to sample different styles and see what you like best. Most brides give themselves 4-6 months before the wedding to select their cake. If you are looking to save money, do not resort to having a family member bake it. Cakes for birthday parties or holidays are different than weddings. Most bakers make their cakes a day before or sometimes even the morning of a wedding to ensure the cake is its freshest and tastiest at your reception. Family members will be caught up with rehearsal dinner, pictures, etc. and not have the time to do this so close to when it will actually be eaten. Many bakers have basic designs which most of their cakes are based off of. The less customization you have applied to the baker’s original plan will help keep costs down.
Many brides are curious how to incorporate their cake into their wedding theme. Do not feel that if you have a purple theme to your wedding that you have to have purple icing dominating the exterior of your cake to fit in. Just have purple cake decorations to maintain your theme, but keep the cake itself white or ivory. Similar to the rest of your vendors, be very open with your baker on what you are looking for with your cake. The more information you give them the better idea your baker will get to what you are looking for.