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Wedding Tips from Tangs: How to Fluff a Train

fluffing a wedding train, Tangs

Provided by Tangs Bridal and Alterations Train fluffing is an art. If you are in a wedding, whether as a bridesmaid, a mother of the bride, or a guest, this is a great tip to help you be of assistance to the bride on their big day. Have the train prepared on a flat surface Grab every layer of the train within both of your hands. The train should be treated as a full circle, so adjust the placement of your hands accordingly — not too far apart, and not in the center Gently toss the train up in a wave-like motion. Let the train grab the air blow, causing the fabric to pillow and balloon as it falls to the ground. Do not throw the train down. Let the fabric settle and adjust accordingly. This should help you in your …

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Simplified Soirees: Creating an elegant reception without a traditional dinner

Cakes by Happy Eatery

By Lisa Beth Miller Serving a full dinner meal at a wedding reception is a traditional choice, but honestly, it isn’t for every couple! Some want to simplify the reception, or even host it at a time of day when a huge formal meal wouldn’t seem appropriate. For these couples, there are so many fabulous options! Here are some ideas. For the sophisticated couple who wants to mingle all night, consider a cocktail reception. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails can create a perfect party. Have your caterer include tray passed hors d’oeuvres in addition to a few mini-stations (try sushi or an olive bar). Create a bar area that features some signature cocktails in addition to the standard fare. This format allows guests to try lots of different morsels, plus makes socializing all night a breeze. For the romantic couple …

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Prepping the Perfect Dressing Room

By Lisa Beth Miller Some of the most amazing girl-bonding memories (and pictures) are created while getting ready on the day of the wedding. Many brides arrange to have their hair and makeup done with the bridesmaids in a common location. If this is your plan, be sure the room is prepped properly so that this fabulous beauty-fest is everything you’ve dreamed. Hairstylists and makeup artists will do their best work if they are in a room with good lighting- preferably natural light. There should be an abundance of mirrors, including full length, magnifying, and standard makeup mirrors. If the beautifying is taking place in a hotel or at a venue, request bar stools for your girls to perch upon while they are being made over. Also, be sure there is ample table space for your beauty squad members to …

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Want Baby Soft Skin on Your Big Day? Start using this:

It’s your big day. You have a beautiful dress. You paid for a photographer and a makeup artist. You should have the best “canvas” to work on. Here are some products we tried that were sent to us from client  Cheryl Fischer, Arbonne Independent Consultant to get your skin “picture perfect”!   Cleansing Polish Formulated with exfoliants from lingonberry and apricot to gently buff away dull surface skin cells, makeup, and excess oil. This polish was easy to use and left our skin baby soft, and ready to absorb other products. Makeup went on smoother and overall texture felt improved.           Micellar Water No rinse, no hassle. Simply soak a cotton pad with this cleanser to instantly remove daily impurities. Micelles (tiny bunches of molecules) in this formula trap dirt, makeup, and daily grime while coconut …

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Wedding Thank You Notes

by Lisa Beth Miller Your wedding adventure isn’t truly complete until the last thank you note has been dropped into the mail. We all know how important it is to be gracious and show wedding guests that we appreciate them! As couples tackle the task of writing notes of gratitude, it is important that they avoid a few possible etiquette mistakes. Most Common Thank-You Note Mistakes: Taking Too Long To Send Them I get it.  You’re busy.  After you get married, your life usually goes through a lot of changes.  First you’ve got the honeymoon.  That’s at least two weeks. Maybe you’re moving in together or to a different city altogether. It matters not.  You have to find the time to get those thank you notes in the mail. Your guests bought you gifts, and helped to make your special day special.  Sending …

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Dana Franklin of Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

How to travel now   Join our Publisher, Rebecca Barnes as she talks with Dana Franklin, Honeymoon and Wedding Specialist with Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons about travel in today’s world. Learn about safety protocol and what are the deals and hot destination right now! 703-282-8178 – office dana@divinedw.com www.divinedestinationweddings.com Featuring: Destination Weddings, Romance Travel, Fiji, Tahiti, Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe, Asia, Africa…we sell the world!

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Love Gone Viral

A group of Prince William/Manassas area wedding professionals have come together to give away a wedding in reaction to the COVID-19 crisis.  Their goal is to find a deserving couple who has been impacted by the pandemic and can’t have their “dream wedding” whether due to financial, emotional, or health-related setbacks. The DC Love Gone Viral giveaway launched on May 11th at http://dclovegoneviral.com . Couples have until August 1st to submit their stories and a photo. After collecting entries, the team will choose the winning couple and plan an upscale wedding for them, which will take place on Thursday, March 11th, 2021. Some limitations will be in place, such as a cap of 100 guests and set parameters for the types of services included and catering cuisine. However, the mission is to lend love a helping hand to make one …

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Wedding Stories By Tania

Tonia Hossain Photography

Limited time offer for Engaged Couples Our publisher, Rebecca Barnes speaks with Tania Hossain of Wedding Stories by Tania about her bookings, advice for brides, blogging, and her thoughts on the wedding industry. Mention Brides & Weddings Magazine when booking your 2020 or 2021 wedding for your 20% Discount by June 20, 2020. Welcome https://www.facebook.com/weddingstoriesbytania/

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On Celebrating Your Original Wedding Date

By: Tania Hossain of  Wedding Stories By Tania If you have had to delay your wedding date due to any reason out of your control, you are not alone, especially if your original wedding date was in the spring or summer of 2020.  Due to social distance notices to protect public health, staying 6 feet apart with only 10 people was hardly the wedding you had imagined or planned. After working closely with a dozen couples whose 2020 wedding dates were postponed to 2021, I know how much sadness, confusion, and utter sense of loss our couples felt as they worked to schedule their wedding team for their new date. There was a reason our couples had picked their wedding date, so I asked a few of them what they did to celebrate their original date.  I picked a few …

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