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The ring bearer is usually one of the cutest aspects of the ceremony. Guests usually crane their necks to get a peek of the ring bearer as he presents something to the new couple that they will wear everyday for the rest of their lives, something that will forever signify their love, commitment, and dedication to each other. Don’t overlook this detail.

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(photo courtesy of Best Destination Weddings)

For a beach wedding, why not present the rings in a more organic manner? Placing them in a shell symbolized the natural love present between the couple. Make sure you have a reliable ring bearer if the rings are just sitting on top of the sand like in this picture, you don’t want the rings to be dropped on the beach!

 

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(photo courtesy of Easton Events)

If the bride and groom have a favorite furry friend they would like to incorporate in the wedding, a ring bearer position can be the perfect fit. Dogs usually work better than other pets just because they tend to come when you call them. You want a reliable and well-trained pet that will stick to the plan.

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 Help your ring bearer understand he is an important part of the wedding ceremony. He will hold an extremely important part of the wedding so make him feel as special as he is.

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(photo courtesy of Lovely Bride)

If the wedding is outdoors or if the couple loves spending time in nature a moss bed is perfect for holding the rings.The addition of a splash of color can highlight the silver rings as essential symbols of the couple’s love.

 

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(photo courtesy of Praise Wedding)

A fun craft the couple can do together before the wedding is to make their own ring bearer box. They can personalize not only the exterior of the box but maybe they can each choose different fabrics to cushion the rings.

 

(photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty)

(photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty)

A book can also be used to hold the couple’s rings. For couples who are spiritual or religious a bible can be the perfect thing to demonstrate the holy unity of the newlyweds. A novel or some type of literature that the couple really¬†shares a love for can also be the ideal way to present the rings.

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Although summer tends to be the most renowned wedding season, winter is nothing to ignore. Some of the most beautiful weddings I’ve seen took place in the winter months, and chilly weddings have been on the rise in recent years for just this reason. But what makes them so beautiful?

1. The Lights
One of the best parts of winter holidays is seeing all the lights. From the candy canes hung up on streetlights downtown to the decorative lights hung on houses, there’s no shortage of wattage. The same is true of winter weddings. Whether it’s a crystal chandelier or mason jars filled with candles, lights reflecting off the snow on a cold, dreary winter day do wonders for the elegance and coziness of winter weddings.

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2. The Woodland Elements
Flowers are one of the main elements in today’s spring, summer and fall weddings. But what are winter brides to do? They certainly don’t have to panic thanks to several lovely options for winter flowers. They could also save a few thousand from their budget and toss the flowers altogether. But this isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Branches (yes, branches!) and succulents can add just as much pizzazz as do the flowers.

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3. The Color Palette
Soft, feminine colors are most often used during the winter wedding season to bring about an air of elegance. Soft pinks and beiges are seen in both the men and women’s attire, while crisp darker colors are occasionally used to offset the white of the season. Both are wonderful options that offer completely different looks.

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4. The Accessories
A cold winter evening probably doesn’t bring to mind a strapless, lace wedding gown. Won’t the couple be freezing and look stiff in outdoor photos? The answer is yes — unless you utilize the correct accessories. A faux fur shawl is perfect for keeping a bride warm while also showing off her elegant side. For the more relaxed couple, wellies can be a cute addition to wedding attire as they trudge out through the snow for photos.

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5. The Snow
What’s more romantic and dramatic than a formally dressed couple sharing a kiss in the snow? While you can’t guarantee a soft snowfall for the evening of your wedding, the white fluff certainly makes for beautiful pictures. Just look at these couples enjoying the cold!

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What do you think of winter weddings?

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From the cute ring bearer and cake to the tearful father of the bride, weddings are such a sweet moment in life.

We’ve found a few ideas to add even more sweetness into your day. A first look for the couple that doesn’t involve seeing one another? Yes, please! A sweet note from the groom to the bride on the morning of the wedding? We want more!

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At the beginning stages of wedding planning, most brides are excited about what lies ahead. Choosing the dress, venue and cake are all exciting moments leading up the big day. But what most brides don’t realize the first time around is how daunting of a task it is to plan such an important event as a wedding. Does this sound like you?

To encourage brides to consider how important wedding planners are, we’ve compiled a list of reasons we feel wedding planners are one of the most important choices before a wedding.

1. Wedding planners have some serious connections. They know who makes the best cakes in town and who can help in last minute emergencies. Plus, they may even be able to get you a discount on certain items as they’re good at negotiating with vendors and creating customized packages.

2. They’re paid to think creatively. Having experience with past weddings (including their own, possibly) has made them capable of thinking of all the possibilities. Because they have handled so many weddings, they may be able to think of ideas that you simply would have thought of as impossible.

3. Honestly, it’s tough to take care of yourself, your job, your wedding, your friends and family, and your friends and family’s lives. Wedding planners won’t be overwhelmed by all the people and schedules that have to be worked around.

4. A wedding planner is often a good mediator between you and your fiance. Often times, decisions can be difficult when there are disagreements about important elements of the wedding and it’s tough for couples to be impartial. Allow a wedding planner into the process and you’ll find some decision-making help.

5. Tense moments are bound to arise between either you, your fiance or family members. Instead of having to deal with these yourself, or hurting feelings of those you care about, allow a wedding planner to take charge. They’re used to mediating between unhappy guests and will be better able to politely tell a drunken loved one to leave than you will.

6. They’re used to sticking to established budgets. Brides often get so excited about the wedding process that they throw caution to the wind and begin racking up charges they’ll stress over later. Let the wedding planner be a strict voice of reason for both you and your wallet.

7. What will you do if it rains at your outdoor event? What if an unwelcome guest shows up to disrupt the wedding? Will you have time and patience to deal with a late food vendor? All of these are possible, and it’s better to let a wedding planner deal with issues than to let them ruin your day.

8. If you’re having a destination wedding, how are you going to visit venues, sort out the little details and still feel comfortable about the process? Wedding planners in other areas will be able to communicate with you about all the wedding planning to-dos that you may not have the time or funds to complete.

9. Whether you’re short on friends or short on creative friends, some wedding planners will even take care of the bachelor and bachelorette parties for you. You’ll be able to communicate with them about what you do and don’t want more than you could with a best friend who may be offended you don’t like her inappropriate theme.

10. While they cost money and add to your budget, wedding planners are more often than not worth the money. The amount of stress they save couples is significant in the months leading up the wedding, allowing couples to enjoy their day without a care in the world. And even better, some wedding planers save couples more money than they actually cost.

Consider using Danah Artis at My Wedding Bag as your planner today!

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I’m very excited to share the My Wedding Bag promotional video with you! It features some great examples of Danah Artis’ work.

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Whether you’re naturally comfortable in front of a crowd or not, giving a wedding toast is always a bit of a boot shaker. Not only do you have to stand up in front of a decent crowd, but you’re also expected to be sentimental and/or funny without crossing the line into Tackyville. It’s a tough moment for everyone.

But I promise you it doesn’t have to be difficult! Here are a few tips to make giving a wedding toast at least a little bit easier.


1. Decide how you feel about the couple

Most people go one of two ways with their toasts – the funny route or the sentimental route. Both of these can be dangerous territory, so decide early on which you would rather take and which matches the couple’s style. This way, you’ll be able to fine-tune it in the weeks leading up to the wedding.

2. Write it down

Although you shouldn’t read directly from your notes, it’s good to have them there for reference. You’ll likely be very nervous (or even tipsy).

3. Stay calm

Take a deep breath before you stand up. Don’t worry about disappointing the couple or embarrassing yourself in front of the group. There’s always a way to save yourself in any situation and you should have practiced enough to not have to worry about it.

4. Be yourself

There’s no need to try hard to impress everyone – this will only come off as disingenuous. Don’t struggle to crack jokes if they’re not naturally coming to you.

5. Keep it short

Introduce yourself, explain how you know the couple, tell a charming or funny story and close on a happy note. There will likely be several toasts and you’ll need to keep the attention of the crowd. Do everyone a favor by making your toast impactful within 3-5 minutes.

6. Be personal

Be genuine. You are giving a toast because you are close with the couple. Show their guests how much you cherish your relationship with them.

7. Share a great story

Along the lines of being personal, everyone wants to hear a good story about the bride and groom. Tell the crowd how you first knew they were in love or a funny story about your first double date with them.

8. Don’t embarrass the couple

Stories about the groom falling down when trying to impress the bride are funny; stories about the groom’s exes or bachelor party in Vegas are not. Be respectful of the event and the couple.

9. Keep it PG

Things are certain to get rowdy after the guests have a few drinks, but keep it tasteful when giving your toast. Children and grandparents will likely be in the audience. If you can make a smooth innuendo that the couple will appreciate, slip it in; if not, it’s not the end of the world.

10. Wish them well

Your toast should end on a happy and hopeful note. Offer them personal advice for the future or pull inspiration from literature – whatever will leave them feeling thankful for your words. The final gesture should be raising your glass to them.

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When it comes to televised weddings, it’s safe to say Kim Kardashian’s was one of the finest and most watched. With approximately 10.5 million sets of eyes on Kim as she walked down the aisle, viewers ooh’d and ahh’d over every detail. While some were watching to see if the relationship was true, others wanted to see what a $20 million wedding looked like. I, like many of you, tuned in to see the venue, the decor, the dresses – everything we drool over in the wedding industry.

If you fell in love with Kim’s wedding style, as most of us did, we have great news for you. Imitating it is easy and you can do it within your predetermined budget! Let’s get started.

The Glamorous Decor

If you know anything about the Kardashian’s style, you know they love the glamorous and dramatic appeal of black. When done right, black instantly adds drama and ups the ante. In weddings, however, black is traditionally not incorporated into the colors. Don’t let this stop you. As you can see, Kim Kardashian effectively mixed black and white to create a glamorous scene.

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Kim got it right by beginning the evening with a white ceremony. Though she didn’t completely do away with black, as you can see in the aisle runner and chair coverings, she did want to emphasize the traditionally virginal and pure elements of the ceremony. White was everywhere in the decor, from the chairs and aisle runner to the curtains and flowers. Kim didn’t stop there, however.

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When it came to the reception, Kim made it clear her wedding was gigantic and glamorous. Strong, black chairs, table settings and framed mirrors were everywhere. To create even more drama, Kim’s lush, white centerpieces stood tall over the tables, and countless chandeliers were added. The room absolutely dazzled.

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How can you achieve this look?: Adding black elements will instantly add drama. Black chair coverings and table settings are a perfect balance to grand white flowers and chandeliers. Inexpensive chandeliers are quite easy to find and instantly add sparkle while tall mirrors will make your reception room seem larger and brighter.


The Dress (and the other dress. And the other other dress)

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Kim was the picturesque fairytale princess walking down the aisle. Her strapless gown showed off her hourglass figure perfectly with its sweetheart neckline, tucked in waist and elaborate skirt. Her jeweled headpiece added to the glamor while her long, traditional veil added drama.

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Kim, like any fashionista, opted to wear more than one dress that evening since her traditional, fairytale gown wouldn’t have blended well with the reception’s drama. Her next two dresses, however, matched her decor to a ‘T.’ The first, a halter dress with a deep V on top, allowed her to move around freely with her guests and husband, Kris. The second, a strapless mermaid ensemble, is one of the most dramatic dresses I’ve seen and made the evening more spectacular.

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How can you achieve this look?: Since most of us aren’t among Hollywood’s elite, purchasing three dresses can seem over the top for both our wedding and our checkbooks. It doesn’t have to be, though! Many designers offer dresses with removable elements that create different looks. On top of this, changing something as simple as your headpiece, veil and jewelry can have a dramatic effect on your overall look.
If you’re set on having two separate gowns, consider buying cheaply for both. Traditionally, brides splurge on their wedding gown since it’s the only one they’ll have throughout the day. With two dresses, it’s best to lower and split the costs between the dresses. While you’ll want your ceremony dress to be beautiful, you’ll also want to enjoy your reception dress. Deciding one is more important than the other may not leave you completely satisfied.


The Tradition-Breaking Bridesmaids

The top rules of bridesmaid dresses traditionally go something like this: bridesmaids wear your wedding colors and no one wears white except the bride.

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Kim completely fought tradition with her bridesmaid dress choices. Each girl was placed in a figure-flattering, strapless mermaid down. These dresses instantly upped the drama and put the bridesmaids on display. While most would argue this move took away from Kim’s own dresses since each bridesmaid looked more like a bride, it added drama and gave the bridal party a cohesive, finished look.

How can you achieve this look?: Putting your bridesmaids in white gowns doesn’t have to be as risky as it sounds. Their dresses can be dramatic to add more to the party or understated so as to leave the spotlight on you. While white bridesmaid dresses may be more difficult to find, it’s possible to find a figure-flattering style for every girl.
And, as always, accessories are a girl’s best friend. If your bridesmaids look too much like you, change their flower bouquets to a different color than yours or remove them entirely.


The Tower Cake

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Like everything else at the Kardashian wedding, the cake was huge. The towering black and white creation was dramatic not only for its size, but for its color and detail as well. Unlike the traditional white cake, the Kardashian version contained layers of dramatic black and included fine details on every layer.

How can you achieve this look?: Scaling down this cake will dramatically lower its price even if you hold onto the glamorous black layers and details. If you would rather have a tall cake but don’t have the funds, consider putting a similar faux wedding cake on display and serving a cheaper version to your guests.


What the Guests Wore

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For the day of their wedding, Kris and Kim requested their guests be donned in formal black tie attire. Interestingly, most guests shied away from mixing the two colors. Lindsay Lohan, for example, wore a beautiful white gown that resembled a bride’s attire. Kim had the confidence and status to know that her own dresses would not be outdone by those of her guests and instead invited them to join her in the white attire.

How can you achieve this look?: Most women are afraid of stepping on the bride’s toes with their dresses. They typically see black dresses as a bad omen for the joyous day and are afraid of donning the white the bride traditionally wears. It’s up to you to not only request formal black tie, but to also assure the ladies that black and white gowns are accepted on your day.

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