Who Should Pay For What?

wedding expensesChances are, you’ve probably been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a little boy or girl. You may even have the perfect dream wedding completely planned out in your mind– but I’d be willing to bet your dreaming didn’t include the part where someone has to pay for everything you picked out! Traditionally the bride’s family pays most of the wedding expenses. Although this rarely applies these days. The line of who pays for what in today’s day in age is definitely blurred. Traditions say it is the bride and her family who are to pay for the dress, accessories, flowers, photography, transportation, and the grooms ring. As for the groom, it is tradition that his family and him are to purchase, the brides ring, the grooms attire, his gift to the bride, the officiates fee, plus accommodation and transportation, rehearsal dinner, lodging for the wedding party, and the marriage license. Although these “rules” are traditional, they are meant to be broken based on what is best for you and your family.

With Love,




What to Expect During your Alteration Process.


Before Your First Fitting

  • Decide which accessories — jewelry, headpiece, wrap, bag — you want to wear with your dress and buy or order them.
  • Buy your undergarments and bridal shoes. You must have your wedding day lingerie and shoes for all your fittings — a simple bra switch or change in heel height can cause your dress to fit improperly. The first fitting usually takes place about six weeks before your wedding day. Just like when you were shopping, it helps to bring one eagle-eyed friend or family member along for advice. And don’t forget your shoes, bra, and slip — along with any other accessories you have purchased — so you can see how everything looks together.

Your First Fitting

For your purposes, this fitting is to ensure two main things:

  • That your gown is the right size, the right color, and the right design (neckline, train, sleeves, etc.)
  • That your seamstress knows what she’s doing. A seamstress will most likely have an assistant (who could be the salon salesperson or another member of the salon staff) who helps you get into your gown. The seamstress should then begin looking for places where your dress needs to be taken in, let out, shortened, lengthened or altered — hence the term “fitting”.

Your Second Fitting                                  

  • In addition, you’ll want to make sure:
  • About a month before your wedding, you should have a second fitting. Again, bring along your foundation garments, bridal shoes, jewelry and any accessories you plan to wear on your big day.
  • While she’s busy fitting your gown, take a close look at the way the material falls and notice how the waist feels, how the chest area fits, etc. Is there any funny puckering, bunching or bulging? Look closely at the stitching, embroidery, or beading. Does everything seem well-sewn? Look in the three-way mirrors to view all angles, and ask for another hand-held mirror if necessary. Speak up if you see anything that you don’t like — or forever hold your peace. This is your time to be demanding, so give into any bridezilla impulses. The seamstress should be able to tell you why each problem exists, and what can be done to fix it. Of course, don’t expect miracles. This is why trying on the sample gown was so important: You should have had an idea of what you were going to get. But you are also paying big bucks for this gown, and it is your prerogative to have as many fittings as it takes to get the perfect fit. On that note, don’t forget to schedule your next fitting before you leave the salon.
  • All your concerns from the first fitting have been addressed and fixed
  • You can move comfortably in your gown
  • Your dress stays in one place as you move
  • There is no obvious wrinkling, bunching or pulling of material
  • If you have a full-length dress, that your hem skims the tops of the toes of your shoes

Your Final Fitting

  • When your final fitting is complete, schedule a date and time at least two weeks before your wedding to pick up your gown. When that day arrives, try your gown on one last time, especially if it’s been a while since your last fitting. We all know the ways stress affects our appetites, and if you’re suddenly too skinny for your gown you’ll have time to adjust it, or your diet.
  • When the day of your final fitting arrives, ask your mom and maid of honor to come along so they can learn about your gown. Does it need bustling? Ask the salesperson to teach them how to do it. Does it have complicated straps or buttons? Make sure they learn how to work them before the big day. Also, now’s the time to find out how to get rid of last-minute wrinkles. Should you use an iron? On what setting? Is steaming a better option? And what if you spill something on the gown? Are there certain products you should/shouldn’t use? *The Knot

With Love,     Deanna

Our Top Favorite Bridal Bouquets



There are so many different bridal bouquet types, so your wedding bouquet style is up to you.

Start your search with bridal bouquet pictures for inspiration. Search for types of flowers and colors you want for your wedding theme. Keep in mind the season of the year, depending on what time of the year will dictate what flowers are available. You don’t want to break your bank either! Once you have gathered your inspiration pictures, present them to the florist or wedding planner so they can create a look for you.

Here are some of our favorite bridal bouquets:

  • Cascade: The dramatic cascade bouquet features a “waterfall” of flowers that drapes down the front of the arrangement. Vines and orchids are popular in creating that look.
  • Hand-Tied: Freer that other bouquet styles, hand-tied bouquets can include a wide variety of flowers and greenery. To finish it off simply use ribbon, fabric, or twine to secure the bouquet. Hand-tied bouquets have a “fresh-picked” feel and are ideal for bohemian or rustic weddings.
  • Round: Round bouquets are formed into perfect domes, often using a single type of flower like roses or peonies. They are also often monochromatic, although they look just as beautiful featuring flowers in a variety of colors.
  • Nosegay: Similar to posy bouquets, nosegays place more emphasis on greenery. They are great options for bridesmaid bouquets, due to their small, compact size.
  • Pomander: Perfectly round spheres of blooms from the sweet pomander bouquet, which includes a ribbon handle at the top for carrying or displaying. We’ve seen them suspended from shepherd hooks along the aisle, and they are also perfect for flower girls.

With Love,



Spring Wedding Essentials


If you’re attending an outdoor wedding this spring, make sure you come prepared. It’s the season of fresh flowers and sunshine, but there’s always the element of surprise rain showers. Here are some of our favorite accessories to battle transitional weather and how to add a little flair to your wedding day style!

  • Sunglasses: A chic pair of shades will keep you from squinting and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Makeup Setting Spray: A setting spray will keep your makeup in place, so you’re free to dance the night away!
  • Hair Shine Mist: Spring showers and humidity may sound like wedding hair killers, but they don’t have to be. The shine mist also creates a barrier from moisture and will keep your hair from becoming a frizzy mess.
  • Heel Protectors: Put your best foot forward this wedding season with heel protectors to stave off mud and keep you from sinking into grass.
  • Shawl or Cardigan: You never know with outdoor weddings, it can be hot one minute and cold the next!

I hope these tips help!

With Love,



Colored Stone Engagement Ring



Daring brides are straying from the traditional diamond when it comes to center stones. Several engaged and married celebrities are fans of the trend, such as Jenny McCarthy, Halle Berry and of course Kate Middleton! Go for a regal blue sapphire like Kate, or go the route of Halle with a vintage inspired emerald set in yellow gold. If you’re fiancé is looking to splurge on a colored diamond, canary yellow is another gorgeous option. But if you’re searching for a statement making bauble on a budget, stick with traditional gemstones.

Cost aside, a colorful stone can also add an extra meaning to a sentimental piece of jewelry. Choosing a birthstone, favorite color, or incorporating heirlooms are just a few of the many ways to personalize your ring. But you don’t have to ditch the classic white diamond all together. You can set your sapphire or ruby in a diamond studded halo and pave band or use the bright pieces as accents with a diamond in the center.

Are you a traditional bride? That’s ok! You can be daring with your wedding band, instead of going with the traditional gold wedding band or diamond studded band, opt for a colored stone wedding band.

With Love,


Steps on Planning a Wedding that’s Totally You!


Step 1. Think Big

The beginning of the process is the dreaming phase, so don’t worry about how it will work or how much it will cost. Picture your dream wedding! Ask yourself these questions.

  • Big or small? Should you invite everyone you know or your close friends and relatives?
  • Should it be indoors or outdoors?
  • Fancy, casual or black tie?
  • Season? Spring, summer, winter or fall?
  • Hometown or destination wedding?
  • Modern, romantic, classic, vintage or rustic?

Step 2. Inspiration Board

Spend some time looking at bridal magazines, blogs and real wedding photos. But don’t limit yourself to browsing the obvious sources. Did you see a wallpaper pattern or a pretty perfume package design you like? These are all great ideas to add to your inspiration board. Add fabrics, color chips, stationery and trinkets are all great starting points too. By doing this it will help you identify common threads and visualize how various elements will look together.

Step 3. Colors

The easiest way to make all of your wedding elements come together is to stick with one main color and an acent color, or two equally prominent complementary color for a bright contrast. But don’t feel limited to just two colors, adding neutral or metallic accents will make your palette robust.

Step 4. Vibes

Remember that the theme obviously affects the look of you wedding, but it can also set the tone. An evening wedding in a gilded ballroom meant to conjure the Roaring ‘20s will ramp the chic quotient up a notch, while a clambake on the beach will have guests kicking off their shoes and enjoying a beer right out of the bottle. Either is great as long as it feels right to you! You will want your personalities and passions to shine through, which is what eventually makes your wedding stand out and feel special.

With Love,


Reception Upgrades Worth Your Budget


There are so many different ways to spend your wedding money, from custom postage stamps to monogrammed napkins. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is blowing your budget on something that you will regret later, especially when no one

  • Lighting: Right lighting can help disguise sore spots like shabby ballroom curtains, and highlight your favorite details, such as the incredible centerpieces or your cake table. Decorative hanging lights, lamps with patterned shades or crystal chandeliers are also ways to transform a space from plain to exceptional.
  • Ceremony Décor: First impressions do matter. If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, hang orchid leis, colorful ribbon streamers or sun catching glass ornaments on surrounding trees. For church weddings, create arrangements for the pews and entrance of the church. These arrangements can be reused at the reception tables, at the bar or entrance.
  • Entryway: Hire your florist to create an impressive display for the escort card table. Ask the servers to greet guests with glasses of champagne or a signature cocktail, so they feel taken care of from the moment they walk into the room.
  • Special Entertainment: Sometimes the best parts of a reception are the elements guests don’t see coming. Surprise them with a jazz trio or a famous band.
  • Late Night Snacks: Just when your guests think the fun is winding down cheer up the party with late night snacks to prepare everyone for an after party. If you provide comfort foods, the guests will wish the party would never end. Another great idea is to offer a hot coffee bar with different types of sweets.

With love,



Tips to Make Your Wedding Special


  1. Choose an unlikely site. Consider an alternative site for your wedding, such as an aquarium, a zoo, a historic mansion or even a museum.
  2. Write your own vows. There is nothing more special than the words of love that you exchange. You can include poetry, music, and personal anecdotes instead of the traditional “to have and to hold from this day forward for as long as you both shall live.”
  3. Exchange roses. A new trend known as a rose exchange is popping into ceremonies. A single red or white rose is exchanged as a first gift between the bride and groom to symbolize their love for each other. The couple then exchanges a rose in a special location in their new home on each anniversary or significant highlight in their marriage, reminding them of the vows they exchanged and the promises they made on their wedding day.
  4. Think beyond the guest book. As an alternative, mount an enlargement of your engagement photo, your wedding invitation, a map or world globe and have guests sign it with a silver or gold pen as they enter the wedding.
  5. Choose a theme song. At the beginning of the reception, when the married couple is announced and members of the wedding party are introduced, instead of a drum roll or cheesy music. Consider having the DJ or band play the “Tonight Show” theme song or “We are the Champions.”
  6. Plan a life-long keepsake. After the wedding and honeymoon, print your vows on pretty paper, and then frame and hang them somewhere in your new home where you two can glance at them and remind yourselves of the promises you exchanged.

With Love,


Wedding Colors of the Year 2016


Did you get engaged during the holidays? If so, and have started planning your wedding these colors will be important to you because you will start to see these colors everywhere from bridesmaid dresses to appliances and chances are you will be attracted to combine one or more of these colors into your wedding color scheme or even into your wardrobe!

For the first time, the combination of two shades: Serenity and Rose Quartz have been selected as the PANTONE Color of the year of 2016. According to the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Leatrice Eiseman, said “Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate and inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

What a great way of utilizing colors at your wedding that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security, an antidote to modern day stresses. Some of the wide range of colors paired with Serenity and Rose Quartz includes soft gray, graphite, lavender, all shade of pink/rose and soft shades of browns and greens will allow you the choice of color in thousands of combinations.

With Love,



Flats or Heels?


The big day is getting closer and you have almost everything planned for. But did you give a thought to your shoes? We are talking more than just how the shoe color matches your dress. It’s going to be a long day, so give extra thought and consideration to your tootsies!

Many brides choose flats or low heels for their wedding dress. Will they really show? They will rarely make an appearance. Consider what you have planned for the day. Is the ceremony going to be outdoors or at a church followed by a reception with dancing and all the bells and whistles? Well, you do not want shoes to slowly kill you as the day progresses. Choose wisely and get shoes that will let you stand for long periods and which you can dance all night long.

So what if you want to wear high heels during the ceremony and flats for the reception without dragging your dress all night? Your shoes can be comfortable, but they don’t have to be completely flat. Wedge heels tend to give you elevation without the discomfort.

That said if you have your heart set on those sky high shoes, with those gorgeous high heels which look perfect with your dress well go for them!

With Love,