Three wedding steps to a dream wedding

When it comes to wedding planning, many brides- and grooms-to-be quickly get frazzled when they look at their massive to-do list. However, it is possible to have a dream wedding. It is important to come to terms with the budget before anything else, because once that is decided, the bride and groom are one step closer to their ideal big day.

Determine the style
When guests arrive at a wedding, the event should be a reflection of the couple. Everything from the beautiful wedding dress to the centerpieces can emulate the personalities of the bride and groom, so it is key for couples to identify which aspects of their personalities and relationship they want to convey at the affair.

Create a planning scrapbook
Brides- and grooms-to-be may want to create a scrapbook-style binder once they start wedding planning. Not only will this keep them more organized, but they can add things they both like to the binder. When it comes to decision time, they will have a basis to go off of to get the perfect invitations, bridesmaids dresses, centerpieces and venue. Plus, those who are having a tough time determining their style can quickly find it after they start pulling things they like together.

Tradition is just an outline
Some couples can get wrapped up in traditions, but just because a bride and groom are tying the knot, it doesn’t mean they have to stay within the lines of tradition. In addition, there are certain aspects of a wedding that can be left out. If the couple likes pie more than they do cake, than they should serve that for their dessert. Bottom line – as long as a couple shows who they are, they will be successful in planning the party of a lifetime

How brides today feel about shoes

It seems as though there are a host of different things brides care about nowadays that they didn’t previously. The focus has shifted from traditional wedding cakes and the bouquet toss to dessert tables and more elaborate place cards. One focus that has certainly shifted is bridal shoes.

The Carrie Bradshaw effect
Many gals over the years have, at one time or another, (some much more often than that) tuned into “Sex and the City.” This New York City show was complete with love and friendship – and there were also movies as well. Over the years, many have related to Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw – so much so, she may have impacted the wedding industry just a bit.

In the first movie, many remember the iconic proposal scene at the end, when Mr. Big gets down on one knee and proposes. However, instead of a ring, he puts the cobalt blue Manolo Blahnik shoe on her foot. This scene has made many ladies who are wedding planning consider a bright, bold shoe – and this quickly became a trend.

Zebra to cowboy boots: Various shoe trends
Not only are brides-to-be opting for bold colors on their feet, but sparkles and bold prints aren’t out of the question either. Brides have really taken this step a little further, as many see it as a way to liven up their cream or ivory colored gowns with a splash of hot pink, zebra print or glitter on their shoes. Also, many brides are matching the hue of their bridesmaids dresses for their shoes.

Many shoe designers such as Christian Louboutin and Kate Spade have incorporated different bridal shoe colors, and the trend continues to stay strong.

When going the traditional route, keep it simple
Those who are going for the cream or ivory shoe that matches perfectly with their gown may want to keep a few things in mind. First of all, no matter what shoe a bride chooses, it is important for them to be comfortable. It may be advisable to get the shoe at the same time as the dress because many bridal shops will have a few different style shoes that are the perfect color for the bride to try with her gown.

Expected bridesmaids trends of early 2013

When it comes to wedding planning, a number of brides tend to look at the recent trends to see what they want to include in their nuptials, and what they do not. The 2012 Bridal Fashion Week in New York City offers a great deal of insight on what will be in for the bridesmaids when the new year begins.

“2013 bridal parties can look forward to plenty of fun, new color combinations and silhouettes,” said Ilana Stern, CEO of Weddington Way, an online resource for bridal parties. “These fashion-forward looks will definitely appeal to brides who want their wedding parties to stand out and make a statement.”

Color – the bolder, the better
One thing brides and their bridesmaids can expect for the upcoming year is that there will be plenty of color. The hot hues of the season will go from jewel tones such as emerald green and deep navy blue to corals and mint. Also, some bridal parties can expect their bride to choose classic “LBDs.” “Little black dresses” are being used more often so they can be used again at another event.

Exposed backs to the high-low hem
Not only will the color be different, but there are some structural changes as well. The frequently popular looks of a halter and racerback are still seen quite often. Also, exposed backs are seeing more popularity. The “high-low” hemline is making its way to bridal fashion as well, and many bridesmaids are rocking the high hem in the front and longer hem in the back.

 

 

 

 

Lace, tulle and netting
Fabrics for the bridesmaids’ dresses are also expected to be a little different. Designers have been playing up a number of fabrics such as lace, tulle and netting and making them work together. However, bridesmaids can still expect chiffon as a popular choice for the fabric of the gowns among brides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here comes the bride
Besides the bridesmaids’ looks, brides got to see a great deal of what will be hot when they walk down the aisle. Those who attended Fashion Week couldn’t help but notice the sparkle. Brides will be making a statement with a little pizzazz on their gowns such as shimmery fabrics to sequins and gold detailing.

 

How to select the perfect wedding band

Many couples who are planning a wedding may think decision-making is basically over once they decide they want a band instead of a DJ, but the happy couple cannot check this item off the list yet. There are a number of different things to consider before hiring a band, according to The Huffington Post.

What type of music?
First of all, the betrothed couple needs to determine what type of band they are looking for before they start meeting with different groups.

“One option is to go with a traditional wedding band,” musician and band manager Adam Mason of 45 Riots, a New York City band, told the news source. “But what I’m seeing more and more is that couples want something closer to a nightclub vibe, so they’re looking for a band that can play some indie rock, or hip hop, that sort of thing.”

Consider sound
It is important the band has played at a private event before, as a couple will not want to deal with a band that has never worked with vendors and wouldn’t think about things such as a good enough sound system, the media outlet.

Couples should meet with the bandleader about sound and find out if the venue has an in-house system or if the band has to bring it. If they do, there is one very important question that needs to be asked, and many couples do not know that this is something they should have worked out until it is the day of their event.

“The question to ask is, ‘What do you do to play at the appropriate volume, but still with intensity?’ Some bands may show up with a ton of state-of-the-art gear, but in a small room, that can be overkill. What you want is a band that can provide a clear and clean sound with a lot of energy, but without drowning out all conversation,” Mason told the news outlet.

Although there are a number of things couples have to keep straight, there is one myth that they can leave out of their wedding planning. When it comes to choosing the perfect band, the biggest is not necessarily the best. So, don’t chose a band because of their size, but rather how they play together.

Wedding MBA and PWG Conference recap

It was a busy week in Vegas, attending both the Perfect Wedding Guide annual conference and Wedding MBA. We met so many great people and learned the latest trends in weddings. Below are some hot tips for both brides and wedding vendors.

 

3 Top Wedding Trends

  • Twenties Glamour (ie: The Great Gatsby)

 

  • Ritzy Ranch

  • Hipster Chic

 

Twist to Tradition

Brides and wedding professionals are adding new twists to traditions.

  • Flower girls holding a sign or ringing a bell as apposed to throwing rose pedals down the aisle.
  • Having Bridesmen and Goormsmaids
  • Conducting a first look photo session, instead of having the grooms first look at the bride be when the shes is walking down the aisle.
  • Hosting a wedding weekend celebration
  • Giving the bouquet to Grandma or to the oldest married couple
  • Capturing the proposal with video or photography

All of these above ideas are great and we hope that you will get some inspiration from them.

Below is a picture of Shauna and myself at the PWG Annual conference. Our market won “Outstanding Contribution to the PWG system”!

2012 Bride’s Choice Awards

We would like to congratulate the following businesses for winning the 2012 Bride’s Choice Awards!

Best Wedding Coordinator: Sara Heffern (Inn at Rio Rancho)

Best Hairstylist or Salon: Mark Pardo SalonSpa

Best Spa or Place to Relax: Ten Thousand Waves

Best Place to Order Wedding Cake: ABC Cake Shop & Bakery

Best Catering or Restaurant: Walter Burke Catering

Best Place to Have a Bachelorette Party: Q-Bar

Best Place to Have a Rehearsal Dinner: El Pinto Restaurant & Cantina

Best Place to Have a Reception: Hotel Andaluz

Best Location to Have a Ceremony: The Loretto Chapel

Best Wedding Officiant: Linda Mertz of Awakened Weddings

Best Transportation Company: Lucky Boyz Limousine

Best Rental Company: Classic Party Rentals

Best Floral Designer: Margaret Bost Floral Design

Best Bridal Gown Shop: David’s Bridal

Best Men’s Formalwear Shop: Men’s Wearhouse

Best Hotel for Guest Accommodations: Hotel Andaluz

Best Place to Order Invitations: Differently Designed

Best Disc Jockey: Dream Factory Productions

Best Ceremony Musician and/or Company: Dream Factory Productions

Best Photographer: Kevin’s Photography

Best Videographer: Avista Video Histories

Best Local Band: Soulstice