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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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Bridal Attire Checklist

Bridal attire is more than just a gown. This handy checklist, courtesy of Trousseau Ltd., will keep you – and the ladies who play a key role in your wedding day – looking great from head to toe. Personal Attire: o Tiara, Hairpins, Headband or Comb o Bridal Veil o Bridal Jewelry o Garter o Bridal Foundation Bustiers and Shapewear to Look Your Best! o Hosiery o Shoes o Handbag or Make-up Pouch o Handkerchief o Gloves o Wedding Night & Honeymoon Lingerie o Get fitted with Trousseau’s Bra Expert Bridal Attendants: o Foundation o Dyeable Shoes and Handbag o Jewelry o Hair Ornaments Mothers of the Bride and Groom: o Foundation o Dyeable Shoes and Handbag o Jewelry and Hair Ornaments Stationery: o Save the Date Cards o Wedding Invitations o Thank-you Notes & Personal Stationery Bridal Accessories: o Guestbook and Pen o Ringbearer …

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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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Amy’s Bridal: Your One-Stop Shop

By Lisa Collins-Haynes It’s that time of year when our Facebook timelines are flooded with pictures of brand-spanking-new engagement rings and status updates screaming, “I said yes!” Are you one of the lucky ones who updated your status recently to engaged? If so, time is of the essence once you set a date — and Amy’s Bridal Boutique is waiting to serve you. “Why should I consider Amy’s Bridal?” you may ask. Well, for starters, it’s been a staple in the community since August 2008 and has developed into a one-stop boutique for all your wedding needs. Amy Domenech, the owner, has thought of everything and eliminated a lot of unnecessary steps in the process. Amy’s Bridal Boutique has the resources and capabilities to take care of you, the groom and the bridal party. “My boutique has all sorts of things to offer,” Amy says. “I love many aspects of weddings and we are ever changing. …

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Labella Bridal Boutique: A Premier Choice

By Lisa Collins-Haynes Have you recently gotten engaged and are starting to plan the all-important parts of a dream wedding? We sat down with Ellalyne Brayman of Labella Bridal and she detailed some of the elements that make her bridal shop stand out above the rest. First, we discussed the shop’s name, Labella Bridal. Brayman decided on this because Labella means ‘beautiful’ in Italian. “When I was doing modeling in Italy, it was a word I heard all the time and could see how good it would make women feel,” she says. “And that is the feeling I am trying to recreate to this day. It’s a very humbling experience to work with women, and help them reach a certain level where they can look at themselves and think to themselves ‘labella.’” Brayman says, “Additionally, we pride ourselves on customer service. As we like to say, we are here to serve, not to sell. Our appointments are a minimum …

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Don’t Step on Anyone’s Toes

By Deborah Joy Black Excited about rehearsing that new “first dance” choreography you learned but have no room to practice? For about $10 an hour you can practice in one of the many professional studios around the area. Here are some tips to help ensure a pleasant environment and allow you to feel comfortable practicing in the studio. If space allows, dancers should set up speakers and use mirrors at opposite corners of the studio; once all four corners are full, fill in the middle sections. Rent space during non-peak hours (anytime before 6:00 p. m.) if you are practicing tap or flamenco, drumming or other loud percussive dances. Use earphones — especially if you need to play music loudly or nonstop and when directly next to ongoing lessons. Be mindful of volume levels and speaker location/angle. Turn your music off when not dancing to minimize the overall …

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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 a square cake with each tier slightly off-set and decorate it with very delicate piping to highlight the squares …

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Social Media Wediquette

By Amanda Causey Baity Social media is embedded in our day-to-day life; in fact, for most of us, social media facilitates the majority of our daily interactions with others. We use social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay in touch, share updates and celebrate milestones; it’s only natural that social media has found its way into wedding celebrations. That said, before uploading a photo of the happy couple saying “I Do,” it is important to remember your social media wedding etiquette. HERE COMES THE HASHTAG A particularly social couple may utilize social media to engage and communicate with their guests from the first RSVP to the last thank-you card. While the majority of couples still choose to mail out paper invitations, many opt for electronic RSVPs: a cheaper, more environmentally friendly option. It’s also a more efficient option for guests. Wedding websites and blogs are also commonly used to share updates and information …

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.wed: Wedding Websites & Domain Names

It seems almost second nature to want to create a wedding website. You can share your love story, post your engagement session photos, keep your guests in the loop and drop not-so-subtle hints about your gift registry. And your website provides a great icebreaker for bridal party members who haven’t met yet. “How to build a wedding website” nets over 31 million (yes, million!) results on Google. Templates make design easy and hosting is often free. The basics of your wedding website should include: • An “about” page, which is the story of how you met and fell in love (a great place to put your e-session gallery). • A “cast of characters” that includes your bridal party and why they play a role in your wedding. • Details (date, time, location) for all events. • A registry page which you can easily update. • Guest accommodation information with links to hotels. • A way for …

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Wedding Word Glossary

ARBOR: An arch of branches, vines and/or flowers that the bride and groom stand under to say their vows. Also sometimes called a “wedding arch.” BUSTLE: Fastening the wedding dress in back to lift the train off the ground. This is usually done for the reception to allow the bride to move and dance more easily. Bustling the dress is often accomplished with hidden buttons, hooks and/or strings. DAY-OF PLANNER: A wedding coordinator who works with you primarily on the day of the wedding to make sure everything goes smoothly (as opposed to a full-service planner who works with you throughout all of the months leading up to the wedding). DESTINATION WEDDING: A wedding that takes place away from the couple’s home. Often, a destination wedding takes place in a dream vacation spot. ELOPE: Long ago, eloping meant getting married without telling your family, usually because they …

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Girl for all Seasons

Perhaps the biggest decision you’ll make in regards to your wedding – besides the engagement itself, of course – is your venue. By locking down a location, you’re also making a final selection on your date, and therefore, your wedding season, which is a huge step toward hosting your nuptials. As with all aspects of your event, the decisions that you make will have their benefits and consequences, and this notion is particularly the case when the timing of your vow exchange is concerned. You may have your heart set on having your celebration during a certain month, but it’s important to do your research on what problems you may encounter before you sign that contract. Choosing the perfect season for your wedding reminds us of the scene in Grease 2 (if you have not seen it, we suggest that you do!), ‘A Girl for All Seasons.’ For the talent show, the Pink Ladies dress for each …

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