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Wedding Hair Trial

Oftentimes, something that gets overlooked while prepping for your wedding day is your hairstyle. While you may be combing Pinterest and finding cute ideas from our “Real Brides & Weddings” features on the blog, you may not be thinking about a wedding hair trial. Talk with your stylist ahead of time and plan out a trial appointment to try different looks. You may be surprised to find that the style you choose does not look like you expected! On the day of your hair trial, bring anything you think will help your stylist understand the looks you love or the style of your wedding. Bring the veil or any hair accessories you plan to wear. Have a friend take a photo of you in your dress at a fitting. Bring a color swatch if you have it and even bring the style you …

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To the Rescue!

No matter how organized you are and how much planning you’ve done before the wedding, you should always expect the unexpected. And an emergency kit for your wedding day is the best way to prepare. If building your own kit, start at least two or three months before the wedding so you can gather the items over time. This allows you to consider the possible needs of your close friends and family. Designate someone to be responsible for the emergency kit, bringing it from location to location and keeping it readily available. Suggested emergency kit items: Band-Aids Blotting papers Bobby pins Bottle of water Clear nail polish Deodorant Nail file Feminine products Hairspray Hand lotion Hand sanitizer Lipstick or lip gloss Mints Pain reliever Q-tips Safety pins Small lint brush Super glue Tissues Tums/Rolaids Sewing Kit with scissors Granola bars or other easy-to-carry snacks Straws (you …

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Five Reasons to Use a Honeymoon Travel Specialist

Did you know that the services of a professional travel agent come at no cost to you? Why stress over planning the most special trip of your life? Read on and learn from Travel Consultant Sandy Pullen of Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons: CUSTOMIZED SERVICES: Whether you are looking for breathtaking beaches, amazing mountains or a Greek adventure, travel consultants who specialize in honeymoons and destination weddings understand that each traveler is unique. An agent’s first step will be to talk with you and understand your specific travel needs, interests and desires, then translate them into your own personalized travel adventure. BEST VALUE: A professional travel consultant will use industry relationships to offer you exclusive vacation packages, amenities and travel specials that you won’t find anywhere else, as well as help you get the most value for your travel budget. ALL IN THE DETAILS: Travel is no longer simple. There are so many details that go into every trip. Your honeymoon specialist will guide …

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Why a DJ?

In today’s world of MP3 players, smart phones, Bluetooth speakers and streaming services, why hire a DJ? It’s a common question that’s being asked more and more. Here are a few reasons why a DJ still has an important place at your event: • A DJ will interact with you and your guests and adjust the playlist accordingly to get folks dancing. A DJ is the master of ceremonies who makes those important announcements and, along with the event planner and venue staff, keeps the reception moving. Choosing a DJ is less expensive than renting a professional PA system. DJs come with backup equipment – does your rental? Professional DJs carry liability insurance. The equipment is managed by a professional so you don’t have to ask a friend to be a part of your reception by manning the music. Do your research to get an idea of what a DJ costs and then plan it …

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Photography Checklist

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings Signup for Bridal Buzz newsletter  Your wedding day is one of the most special and memorable days of your life, and capturing those memories through photography is essential. Every detail deserves to be captured beautifully, from the intimate moments during your bridal preparations to the first look with your partner. To ensure that your wedding photographer captures every moment you want, it’s important to create a checklist of the most important shots. In this article, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive bridal photography checklist to help you capture every detail and create memories that will last a lifetime. Bride dressing for ceremony Bride, full-length solo Bride with parents Bride with mother and father separately Bride with grandparents Bride with sisters and brothers Bride with maid of honor Bride with attendants Bride with …

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Multi-Cultural Marriages

Here in ethnically diverse Northern Virginia, multi-cultural marriages embody the best of customs and traditions. Here are just a few: CHINESE The color red is considered a symbol of happiness and luck. It is often used on invitations. GREEK The bride carries a lump of sugar to ensure a sweet life. Ivy in her bouquet represents endless love. HINDU Prior to the wedding day, the bride is tattooed with henna on her hands and feet, known as Mehndi. She wears a red sari embroidered in gold to symbolize abundance and fertility. PERSIAN During the ceremony, married women place a white satin cloth above the couple’s heads. Two cones of sugar are placed in the cloth and rubbed together to represent snowflakes of sweetness and joy. LATIN-AMERICAN A cord called “el lazo” is placed around the couple during the ceremony, signifying they are bound for life. ITALIAN On her wedding day, the …

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Floral Checklist

To keep you on track with your floral needs, here is a brief checklist: Bride’s Bouquet Maid/Matron of Honor Bouquet Bridesmaids’ Bouquets Flower Girl’s Bouquet or Basket Floral Headpieces Hostesses’ Flowers Mothers’ & Grandmothers’ Corsages Fathers’ & Grandfathers’ Boutonnieres Groom’s Boutonniere Best Man’s Boutonniere Ushers’ Boutonnieres Ring Bearer’s Pillow Ring Bearer’s Boutonniere Altar or Chuppah Flowers Aisle or Pew Decorations Reception Room Flowers Head Table Centerpiece Guest Table Centerpieces Cake/Buffet Table Decorations Toss Bouquet

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Get Involved Grooms

Image Courtesy of Amy’s Bridal Boutique As the cost of weddings rise, as well as the age of today’s bride and groom, many couples find themselves sharing the cost of their wedding, with little to no help from their parents. Although there are benefits in being able to make the wedding completely unique, along with showcasing the couple’s styles and personalities, the groom’s financial obligation has opened the door to the vast world of weddings. The groom now has an opinion on something he has never thought of before, while the bride has been following her favorite wedding blogs for over two years now. In preparing to go on the wedding planning journey together, it is very important that the couple find an effective communication tool to make the experience one that brings them closer. And both parties must compromise in order to have key elements that are important to each of them. A great way …

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Dos and Don’ts for Saying “I Do”

Use the following Dos & Don’ts and you’ll have all your fashionable “ducks in a row:” 1. DO choose accessories that work with your dress style. Don’t wear an elaborate necklace with a gown that features an already adorned neckline. For a sleeveless dress, try a simple bracelet rather than big bangles. Avoid excessive hand jewelry – keep a clean pallet so your wedding ring will shine. 2. DON’T over accessorize. The only distraction from the dress should be your glowing face. All accessories should complement the dress – not compete with it. 3. DO keep jewelry classic, yet elegant. Pearls, diamonds, neutral-colored metals and stones are always safe choices. You may choose to abandon this rule for themed weddings, or if your dress is non-traditional or avant-garde. 4. DON’T distract from beautiful hairstyles with too much “stuff.” Consider jeweled hair pins, a mother-of-pearl comb or a diamond tiara – and just choose one. 5. DO enhance a backless …

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Wedding Cakes with Style

By Emily Yu Wedding cakes are a centerpiece for the reception — they balance a bridal couple’s style, palette, theme and creativity. And couples are now mixing tradition with contemporary elements to create unique designs. Here are some helpful tips when choosing your wedding cake. Find your comfort zone: It’s important to be comfortable with your wedding cake vendor, whether it’s a full service bakery or dedicated wedding cake specialist. You should be offered a consultation where you are able to taste various flavor combinations, browse through a portfolio of their work and begin to create your cake. Celebrate with style: Gone are the days in which wedding cakes had to be round and covered with a thick white icing with tons of piping. Brides and grooms are now incorporating color, shapes, sugar flowers, height and even cupcakes. Consider having …

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