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Tuesday’s Trendwatch – Classic Dining Options

October 18, 2011

As I have said many times before, Tuesday’s Trendwatch doesn’t always have to be about Fashion.  Trending can be seen in every aspect of your wedding – even in the little tiny details.  This week, I want to touchbase on your dining options.  Outside of the dress and the ceremony, the reception is where you always want to give your guests the “WOW” factor.  You spend countless hours on the decorations, lighting, flowers and cake.  We have been able to define the different dining options based on the wedding celebration that you choose to have.

1.  Sit-down Dinner:   This would be chosen by couples who would like a more quiet, more formal and traditional meal.  This is also done when couples would like to do actual wine pairings with different courses or selections of the meal.

2.  Cocktail Party:  This is usually done by couples on a budget or those with a later night reception {ie. 8pm}.  It cues your guest to possibly grab a bite to eat before hand.  With a cocktail party, you also signal that your reception should last under 3 hours.

3.  Casual Supper:  This is chosen by couples with close-knit friends and family that really and truly enjoy that a simple backyard barbecue.   The tight family and friendships with the simple-less-fuss kind of dinner.

4.  Food Stations:  Also known as a buffet.  This is for couples who would like to offer several different entrees for dinner.  This gives you a free-slowing atmosphere – letting you guests know that “anything goes”.

Many Brides have started leaning towards one of the two – the Sit-Down dinner or the Backyard Barbeque.  Keeping the guests always on their toes.  But no matter what you chose, it’s truly perfect for YOUR day.

Images by Dove Wedding Photography

 

 

Bridal Fashion

Tuesday’s Trendwatch – Personal Wedding Style

October 11, 2011

This weeks Tuesday’s Trendwatch is more on a personal note. Today, my husband and I are celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary. It’s a day that seems like only yesterday and I can truly not-even-believe how fast time has gone by. I remember everything about that day – or everything that I possibly can remember – I admit I was on Cloud 9 like any other Bride. But as I look back on that day – the pictures that were taken – the memories that were made – it all goes back to ONE decision.  That one decision that I made one fateful day that I said “I Do” – I said “I Do” to the dress I chose.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved my dress – and I mean LOVED. But the experiences that I share with you and the passion that I have for this industry all go back to personal situations. I did not take my time….my “perfect” dress was the 3rd dress that I tried on. I knew it, I knew the moment that I put it on that it was meant for me. In total I might have tried on 8 dresses – but it was that 3rd dress that I dreamt about at night. It was a scoop neck, spaghetti strap, empire waist, white dress.  It was beaded all along the top and down the entire back in gold and tan leaves. It was intricate but simple. It flattered me and my {previous} body type. It was everything that you hope to experience on that day.

But now, I am older and much wiser {well, sort of} and I ask myself – if I was getting married today, would that be the dress I chose? There are two answers – there is a YES, definitely there would be. Then on the otherside, there is a NO. I would want a “do-over” and I justify that answer by saying, what bride would not want a do-over and be able to experience finding her dress over and over again. I would have savored that experience. I would have done more research. I would have been THAT bride that tried on 50 – maybe even 75 – dresses.

The day I said “I Do” to my dress I will never shun away. I hope one day…. I might put that dress back on one.more.time.

To all of you Brides out there that follow us here at WedCandy.  You are going thru a once in a lifetime experience that will create memories for generations.  Slow down, enjoy the moments – its so very worth it.  And always remember, I will help you any way I can along the way….

Wedding Tips

Guest Post – Wedding Timeline Tips, Simply Stunning Events

September 23, 2011

There is so much that goes into making a wedding day run smoothly and having a well-thought-out, detailed timeline can make a world of difference. When we {Simply Stunning Events} create timelines for our couples we include everything the bride, groom, and wedding party is doing throughout the day, all of the vendor activities (such as arrival times, equipment load-ins, set-ups, and service), the full photography schedule, and of course each wedding activity from the processional to the grand exit from the reception and everything in between. This way everyone is on the same page as to what is happening, where, and when and there is no confusion (we hope).

Today I’d like to share some tips in creating your own wedding day timeline (or in working with your wedding planner to do so!).

1. Never assume anything! I try to make our timelines as detailed as possible and include the when, what, where, and how for each item. Never assume that the vendors know which church it is or that the band knows what to play for the first dance. Most likely they do, but it’s always helpful to list those sorts of details in the timeline JUST IN CASE.

2. Know what time sunset is. It’s amazing how many couples don’t consider the sunset when deciding on a ceremony time. Especially if you are planning to take a lot of photos outside after the ceremony, you need to be sure there will be enough light!

3. Along those lines, discuss with your photographer the best times to shoot outdoor photos. Typically the worst time is between 11 am and 3 PM when the sun is going to be the harshest. Plan to start photos a bit later in the afternoon and the light will be much prettier.

4. Consider the number of hours you hired your vendors for!  It’s imperative that you read your vendor contracts and understand how many hours you’ve contracted them for. If you only have your photographer for 7 hours and you want photos to begin during hair & make-up and last until your grand exit from the reception, it’s probably not going to be enough time.

5. Consider having a “first look”. Nothing makes a wedding day run more smoothly than a bride and groom seeing each other before the ceremony. Everyone is much more relaxed, you won’t have to worry about the logistics of making sure you each don’t accidentally run into each other before the ceremony, you’ll have much more time to get all of your portraits taken since you’ll be able to do so before the ceremony, and you’ll probably even make it to your cocktail hour!

6. Be sure to contract enough time with your reception venue to cover set-up and tear-down. I’m not sure why so many venues insist on such short windows of time for set-up as most wedding receptions require at least 4-6 hours MINIMUM. Typically it takes 2-3 hours to load in rentals, 2-4 hours to set lighting, 2-4 hours for the floral designers to work their magic, 2 hours for catering to load-in, 2 hours for the band to load-in, and another hour to finalize all the little details. And while some of these things can happen simultaneously, you don’t want your vendors all rushing and tripping over each other. Typically our team likes to have 6-8 hours to transform a room for your reception and another 1-2 hours to tear it all down at the end of the night. So including your actual reception time, it’s best to contract your venue for at least 12-14 hours.

Hope this list is helpful in putting together your own timeline!

Guest post by Kristin, Simply Stunning Events // Images –  Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers // Floral Designer – The Flower House

Wedding Tips

Guest Post – Makeup Artist, Amy Lynn Larwig

September 5, 2011

This week I am heading to the beach for some seriously needed vacation time! But being at the beach means some crucial changes in my makeup routine. Here are my must haves for staying fresh on your tropical honeymoon!

1. Sunscreen. Duh. I use Alba Fragrance Free sunblock. It’s a natural product sure to keep the sun’s harmful rays at bay, without the worry of harsh chemicals. 

2. ELF waterproof mascara. It’s pretty rare that we need waterproof mascara. But the beach is one of those times when it’s mandatory. Just don’t worry about spending a ton of money on it, since after your vacay you’ll probably chuck it anyway. You just need enough to coat your lashes, without looking overly glammed. 

3. Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream. This eye color is ideal for those beachy nights, sitting on a restaurant deck with a cocktail. It gives you a bit of waterproof shimmery color that is virtually unmovable. I like #13 Warm Beige for day time and #2 Steel for night. 

4. Cheek color is totally optional on the beach. Your skin should have a natural flush, so for some it may be overkill. But for others who can’t live without something gracing their apples, try Tarte Matte Waterproof Mineral Powder Bronzer. It gives a sunshiney glow, without the chunky sparkles found in many other bronzers. And, it’s waterproof! 

5. Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain. A pop of color that doesn’t budge. Just make sure there is no dry skin on your lips before applying. 

6. Beach hat and towel. I make sure to wear my big floppy hat to protect my face, and to look super cute. An extra hand towel is also handy to cover my face when I’m lying down and the hat is too large for comfort.

7. Kevin Murphy Hair Resort. Looking for perfect beach hair? This is it. Just scrunch it in when your hair is damp and viola! instant waves and a strong hold. No stringy mess here. And no need  for hot tools. It also comes in a spray. 

8. Extra ponytail holders. When a big wave sends you tumbling, you don’t want to be left with your hair all over the place. Bring some extra holders for a quick side braid when the water gets rough. 

9. I really believe in letting your skin breathe when you are out on the beach with no foundations or powders. But if you do have a pesky zit pop up that absolutely cannot be seen in public, Makeup Forever Full Cover is a waterproof concealer that will hide that baby all day. Ideally though, you’ll let the clean air and salt water use its healing properties on your skin instead of trying to cover it up. 

10. Water. Please stay hydrated! Heat stroke = not cute. So no matter how glamorous you look, the minute you get over heated, so amount of makeup will bring you back. So drink up!

For your makeup needs, contact Nashville Makeup Artist, Amy Lynn Larwig, for more information

 

Wedding Tips

Guest Post – Makeup Artist, Amy Lynn Larwig

August 4, 2011

It’s summer! Which means popsicles, beaches, watermelon, and sticky makeup?! Not cute. But no need to fret! If your one of those ladies who can’t stand the thought of skipping out on the foundation during the hot months, but also don’t want to look like a greasy mess, there is a technique for thinning out your foundation, while still providing coverage. Tinted Moisturizer is about to become your new love.

For your makeup needs, contact Nashville Makeup Artist, Amy Lynn Larwig, for more information // Video by Mod Media