Including Pets in Your Wedding

Published by Ana on August 02, 2012

More and more couples are choosing to include their four-legged family members in their weddings. While some accomplish this by having Fido serve as best man or use their cat as the guest book attendant, if your chosen venues frown on allowing pets to be part of the wedding then you will need to be a bit more creative. Here are some ideas to consider for both venues that will allow pets and those that will not.


If you are not allowed to bring your pet into the wedding venue, consider having some professional photographs taken that can then be displayed at the wedding. For example, you could dress your dog up in wedding attire for his or her pictures and then place the photographs in the foyer where every guest will have a chance to see them.

Outdoor Greeters

Many venues that will not allow pets inside will allow them to be on the grounds as long as they remain outside of the buildings. Appoint someone to be a dog watcher  and have your pets stationed outside of the main entrance, ready to greet guests with a wag of the tail and a big sloppy kiss – if your guests like that kind of thing.

Who Needs a Bouquet?

For the lucky couples who are allowed to bring their pets inside, you have the two ideas offered above, and here is one more. If you have a small dog or cat, consider putting a big bow around his neck and having the bride carry the dog or cat down the aisle in place of a bouquet. Of course, these ideas are not right for every couple, but if you love you pets like family these are fun and quirky ways to include them in your big day.

General Tips

Here are some things to keep in mind if you plan to include your pets in the wedding.

  • Unless you have an extremely well-behaved pet, you may want to think twice before including them in the wedding. How will you feel if your pet is barking the entire time or if the pet starts jumping all over your guests?
  • Consider that some guests may have a pet allergy. You could include a note in the invitation asking that anyone with a pet allergy contact you to let you know. From there you can make a decision about whether you should still include the pet based on the severity of the allergy and other factors.
  • Appoint a reliable friend or family member to look after your pet during the wedding. You will not have the time to keep a constant eye on your pet.

While it was once a bit unusual, including pets in a wedding is now quite common. With a bit of creative thinking, you will be able to find the perfect way to include your furry family members in your big day.


Categories: Real Weddings

Flower Girl Fundamentals

Published by Andrea on July 31, 2012

One of the most endearing moments of any wedding is when the flower girl makes her way down the aisle. Some girls are shy and demure, barely glancing up as they spread the flower petals, while others are more than happy to put on a show. Since they are so young, generally between the ages of four and eight, the guests cannot help but be charmed.

The age of the flower girl significantly narrows down the candidates to those friends or relatives that have young daughters. Sometimes the bride and groom already have a child. However, those couples who have a lot of nieces, nephews or friends with little girls  may have a harder time selecting just one. To avoid any hurt feelings, as well as up the cuteness quotient, many couples have two or three flower girls. This can also be a good idea if one is a bit older, so she can take charge.

The flower girl usually walks down the aisle, either before the maid of honor or just before the bride. If she is really young, she may be accompanied by one of the bridesmaids. Other times, she walks with the ring bearer. It is a good idea to seat the child’s parents along the aisle, so that they can guide her and give her encouragement or instructions, if necessary. Once she reaches the front, she typically sits down beside her parents, since it would be too much for her to stand still during the entire ceremony.

As for the flower girl’s dress, there are a few different options. One possibility is to dress her in a miniature version of the bride’s wedding gown. Another choice is to dress her like the bridesmaids. The other alternative is to have the flower girl dress in a standard, yet formal, dress. Just make certain that it is short enough so that she does not trip. It can be white, pink or one of the wedding colors. Her hair can be adorned with some ribbons, barrettes, a tiara, a single flower or a floral wreath.  For the shoes, patent leather flats, worn with tights or little socks, will be appropriate.

Categories: Wedding Ceremony

Weddings by the Season: Choosing the Best Time of Year for Your Wedding

Published by Ana on July 26, 2012


There was a time when June weddings reigned supreme. Now, however, there is much more diversity when it comes to which season brides think is best. Each of the seasons has their charms, and there really isn’t a bad season to get married. Take a look at some of the best ideas for weddings in each season to help you decide which is best for you.

Winter Wedding

Winter weddings are beautiful because they can include some of the details that people love about the holiday season. This doesn’t necessarily mean choosing a Christmas themed wedding, but you will be able to include red velvet, colored lights and other features commonly associated with the holiday. Snow – or fake snow – can be another charming addition to a wedding. You can choose to create a winter wonderland complete with frost covered trees and an aisle trimmed with snow.

You can easily add warmth and romance to your winter wedding reception by choosing a venue with a huge fireplace. This will make a fabulous backdrop for pictures and will give your reception a cozy feeling.

Spring Wedding

If you want an outdoor wedding then spring is probably going to be your best bet. This is the time of year when it is not too hot or too cold. The guests will be as comfortable as possible while they sit in a lovely garden or stand on a beach and watch you take your vows. Of course, you need to know the climate in your particular area. If you live in a spot where the springs are still quite chilly then you should move your outdoor wedding to the summer.

Another great thing about weddings in the spring is the ability to incorporate spring flowers seamlessly into your wedding décor. Think about delicate blooms and bright, colorful options.

Summer Wedding

In some locations the summer will be the ideal time for a beach or a destination wedding. This is especially true if you plan to invite people with children to attend an out-of-town wedding. Many parents will be reluctant to pull their kids out of school to attend a wedding, so you can eliminate this hurdle by choosing to have a summer wedding.

One great idea for a summer wedding is to combine the wedding, reception and part of the honeymoon into one location by renting a beach house. Walk to the sandy shore for the wedding ceremony and then return to the beach house for a dinner that you will have catered in.  Once the guests leave you can stay at the beach house for a night or two as a start to your honeymoon.

Fall Wedding

Fall weddings are gaining popularity. As is the case with spring weddings in many locations, you won’t have to worry about very warm weather – which is a plus to many brides. Another great thing about a fall wedding is the opportunity to use all of the vibrant fall colors such as red, yellow, gold and orange. One bride had her aisle lined with fallen leaves which provided that crunching sound – that many people associate  with fall – as she made her way toward the altar.

As you can see, each season has the potential for beautiful weddings. There is no “bad” time of year to get married. Just choose the season that will best enhance your vision for your big day, and you will be one step closer to creating your dream wedding.



Categories: Wedding Themes

Do you need a wedding theme?

Published by Ana on July 20, 2012

When meeting with a wedding planner, one of the first questions that you may be asked is “what is your theme?” Some couples have never considered a theme, but may think they now need to choose one. So do you need to have a theme for your wedding? The short answer is no, but many couples choose to do so. There are pros and cons to choosing a theme for your wedding, and some are discussed below.


  • Having a theme can help you narrow your focus. When choosing various wedding details, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the number of available choices. Having a theme can help you to narrow down those choices more easily.
  • Having a theme can make planning your wedding a bit faster. If you choose a very popular theme, you will likely be able to find many of your wedding items that are already on theme and ready to use.
  • Depending on how far you plan to take your theme, it can make for a very fun event for guests. Some couples even ask their guests to dress for the theme, which can make the wedding very unique and memorable.


  • When you choose a theme for your wedding it is very easy to end up with a wedding that feels cliché or even kitschy. A good planner can help you to avoid this, but it is definitely something to keep in mind when planning your theme wedding.
  • When you have a theme wedding it can be hard to shake it – even when the wedding is over. One couple had a 1920s themed wedding and was still getting flapper gifts for their 10th anniversary.
  • Coming up with a unique theme can be difficult and many couples do not want to repeat a theme that has already been done in their circle of friends.

So do you need a theme? A fabulous wedding does not require a theme. But, as you read above, there can be advantages to choosing a theme. Just be sure that if you do, that it is a theme the represents you as a couple and that you work hard to make it your own instead of a redo of something that has been done over and over again by other couples.


Categories: Wedding Themes

Black and White Wedding Dresses

Published by Ana on July 18, 2012


Fall 2012 Trend Alert: Black & White Wedding Dresses

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something…black?!

Yes, if you’re going for one of this fall’s biggest trends in wedding dresses.

Gone are the days when a bride had to wear all white. Now any color is fair game. (Hey, it’s your big day and you can wear what you want to!) While black has long been viewed as a color reserved for fancy affairs, Halloween, funerals, or when one wants to look slim, it has a rightful place in this Fall’s bridal fashion, too.

Designers and stores alike are selling a variety of contrasting black and white wedding gowns that range from artistic and modern to soft and romantic. If you want to make a statement when you walk down the aisle, one of these frocks just might be “the one.” (No Halloween or gothic-theme required!)

Photo: Conde Nast Digital Studio

Short in the front, long in the back! This Jenny Lee dress with removable tulle train and black gloves offer the best of both lengths.



Photo: Conde Nast Digital Studio

Flirty vintage. The bow on this Jenny Packham dress gives it a playful look, while the beaded black lace bolero completes this vintage look.



Photo: Dan & Corina Lecca Photography, Isaac Mizrahi, 2012

Frills that thrill. The beautiful black embroidery on this Isaac Mizrahi dress makes a statement without being too over the top.



Dan & Corina Lecca Photography, Ines Di Santo, Fall 2012

Cinderella’s dark side! Ines Di Santo’s glittering black ball gown is fit for any princess bride daring enough to wear it!



Photo: Romona Keveza

Make an exit. The delicate lace and beaded back of this Romona Keveza Couture wedding dress is guaranteed to make guests gasp after you walk by.



Photo: Vera Wang

Black, nude, and oh so romantic! These aren’t quite black and white, but they’re Vera Wang. We just couldn’t resist throwing these fantastically intricate and delightfully romantic dresses into the mix.



Photo: David’s Bridal


Photo: David’s Bridal

The trifecta! This simple, but sassy dress from David’s Bridal is not only black and white, it’s convertible! (Perfect if you want two dresses, but can only afford one!) Wear it long for the ceremony and then ditch the detachable train for the reception to get down on the dance floor.



Categories: Wedding Dresses
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