Dresses for Picky Bridesmaids

Published by Ana on May 15, 2012

It can be difficult enough to decide on a style of bridesmaid dress that you like. When you’re dealing with four or more bridesmaids – each with a different body type and fashion sense – it is even more difficult. Here are some tips for dealing with picky bridesmaids and making sure that everyone in your wedding party feels comfortable.

Be Reasonable
The television show Bridezillas has given a voice to some of the most obnoxious brides on the planet. Don’t act like them. Yes, it is your wedding. Yes, you have the final say on all wedding details and yes, your bridesmaids should be willing to give a little in order to make sure that your vision comes to life. HOWEVER, that does not mean that you should force an overweight bridesmaid to wear a tight dress that she feels totally uncomfortable wearing. It also doesn’t mean that you should expect any of your bridesmaids to show off more skin than they want.

If someone doesn’t think they look good in yellow, that is a minor thing and the bridesmaid should be willing to bend. But you, as the bride, still have to be reasonable and considerate of your bridesmaid’s legitimate concerns.

Give Options
Some brides find that the best way to deal with picky bridesmaids is to choose a color and then allow each bridesmaid to choose a dress in that color. Many bridal shops will have an array of styles that you can order in the exact same color. This allows each bridesmaid to choose a dress that they feel comfortable wearing yet you will still maintain a uniform look in your wedding party.

Choose Your Battles
If you are not truly willing to drop a bridesmaid over the dress then don’t bother fighting over it. You need to choose your battles. That doesn’t mean that you should allow the bridesmaids to run the show, but every detail really isn’t worth an argument. Be willing to compromise.
While certainly an important detail, the bridesmaids dresses are not what every guest is going to be focused on during your wedding. Involve your bridesmaids in the selection process from the beginning rather than making a firm decision about the dresses and then not offering any choices.
You will find that this small act of consideration will go a long way in keeping peace within your wedding party which will make the entire planning process much easier and a lot more fun.


Ring Bearer Basics

Published by Andrea on November 03, 2011

Ring BoyIf anyone can steal the show from the bride, it is the ring bearer. Technically, his job is to carry the wedding rings down the aisle on a pillow. In reality, the ring bearer has symbolic toy rings, rather than the real, expensive rings. They are usually tied to the pillow (even though they are fake) so he doesn’t drop them.

Who Can Serve as the Ring Bearer?

Generally, the couple will select the closest little man in their lives to serve as their ring bearer. This can be a cousin, nephew, younger brother or a child’s friend. The age range is between 4-8. However, it can be slightly above or below that age if you so desire. In the event that there is more than one flower girl, there may also be more than one ring bearer. It is really up to each couple. Unless the ring bearer and flower girl will be walking down the aisle together, he usually goes before her.

Ring Bearer Duties during the Ceremony

Once he completes his walk, he may stand at the alter with the other groomsmen. In case he gets restless or unruly, his parents should be close by to settle him down. In fact, he may just sit with them throughout the entire ceremony, rather than stand if that works better for the little guy. It is a good idea to have the ring bearer attend the rehearsal the evening before the wedding. That way, he will know what to expect and what to do. The more prepared he is the easier it is going to be on the special day.

Ring Bearer Duties after the Ceremony

After the wedding, the ring bearer will be needed for bridal party photographs. Once he is done, he can ride to the reception with his parents. Many couples like to have the flower girl and the ring bearer share a dance at the reception. Just don’t force them to do it, if they are bashful or totally against the idea.

The Ring Bearer Attire

As for his outfit, he can be a miniature version of the groom and groomsmen, whether they are wearing a tuxedo or standard suit. However, he does not have to match them. He can wear a suit he already has or even some cute, formal shorts with suspenders, a jacket, knee socks and shoes. He can even wear a vest instead of a jacket
Photo: We found this cute little man featured on the website of Chicago photographers, Miller+Miller. We just can’t get over their photographic style – this cute little ring bearer just scratches the surface.

Categories: Ring Bearer

Fall Wedding Decor Ideas

Published by Andrea on October 12, 2011

As we continue with the fall season I just can’t get over all of the beautiful colors available from nature. Who needs any other wedding decor when you have all of these options. This week I will be sharing several ideas that are super easy and super cheap. Here is the first batch. Enjoy! 

1.) This beautiful fall centerpiece is one of my favorites. Talk about easy and affordable. Choose a great bowl. Add some colorful leaves from the backyard with a little water, and a couple of floating candles.You now have a delightful wedding centerpiece.

2.) Check out this table decor!  It would be perfect for any fall wedding. I love how they so simply placed a single leaf on the napkin and tied it up with a little gold velvet ribbon.It is so simple, yet makes such a wonderful statement.

3.) These fall themed wine bottles are just beautiful! These would be perfect for a wedding at a local vineyard or just a wine-themed wedding. These wine bottles would make the perfect accent to any table.

4.) This fall decor idea is super simple but looks fantastic. Just add a colorful leaf with a coordinating candle on top. That’s it. Super easy but this provides a ton of color. Perfect for a guest book table, cake table, or any other table that needs something extra. You can even apply this look to your wedding favors as well.

If you are planning a fall wedding for 2012, these are some great ideas that are very easy to put together. Stay tuned for more great ideas!

Categories: Fall Wedding Ideas

How To Save Money On Your Wedding Gown

Published by Andrea on October 03, 2011
One of the most expensive elements of any wedding is the bridal gown. Most women start out the shopping process with good intentions and a strict budget. However, they often let their emotions get the best of them and spend way too much money. Going into deep debt to buy a wedding gown that will only be worn once is a bad way to start off a marriage, especially in these economic times. Keep in mind that the cost of the gown doesn’t even include the other accessories like shoes, a veil, headpiece or hat, jewelry, gloves, a wrap and a handbag. In addition, many women also enlist the services of a hair dresser and a make-up artist. The final total can be shocking.

Stick to Your Budget

To avoid being a shopping victim, determine how much you can afford to spend and do not waver from that total. Don’t let your friends, mother or a pushy salesperson pressure you into making an irresponsible purchase. Besides, there are so many wedding gowns to be had, that there is definitely a beautiful gown in your price range.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

The earlier you begin the search for your wedding dress, the better. Waiting until the last minute is a sure way to panic and overspend. To decide which style and silhouette you desire, scour the internet and magazines. Also, visit a few stores to try on gowns, so you get a sense of what looks best. Do not, under any circumstances, try on a dress that is over your budget. If you see one you like, ask the salesperson to find you a less-expensive version. Also, search online retailers, bridal stores or even designer boutiques for similar dress styles that are on sale or are being discontinued.

Use a Variety of Resources

Check out online auctions or consignment stores for your wedding dress as well. Often, you can find brand new gowns that were never even worn due to the wedding being canceled. Even gowns that were only worn once and that are still in great condition can help save money. No one will know the difference, unless you tell them. Keep an open mind about non-traditional gowns or plain, less-embellished dresses and have a local seamstress add details like lace, beads or sequins.

Finally, consider renting a bridal gown, just as the men do with their tuxedos.

Everyone knows what a big decision picking just the right wedding dress is. By using these techniques you will not have to just “settle” for something. By looking at a variety of places and even choosing a pre-owned gown, you too can have the wedding dress of your dreams AND stay within you budget.

Categories: Wedding Dresses

Fabulous Fall Centerpieces: Autumn Leaves

Published by Andrea on October 01, 2011


Fall is here and so are the beautiful fall wedding decorations. There are just so many natural elements available. These are both easy to get and easy on your pocketbook.

Today, we have a great line-up of fall leaf centerpieces. These are just beautiful! The color combinations are amazing and another amazing thing about these wedding centerpieces… they are super easy to put together!

These are definitely great, no-fuss, do-it-yourself centerpieces. You can pick your leaves right from your backyard and they will look sensational for your special day.



Fall Leaf Centerpiece Idea 1: This centerpiece idea is super simple but looks terrific. All you have to do is find yourself some pillar candles such as the ones displayed in the photo. You then need to find yourself some gorgeous leaves. You need to melt down some wax and then with a brush you apply the melted wax onto one side of the leaf and attach it to the candle. You then go over the top of the leaf with more of the melted wax to seal the leaf in place.

In this particular centerpiece they used a terracotta pot base (you know, the thing that catches the water from your plant) and they painted it an off-white. They placed the candles in the middle and added some stones around them. This is so pretty and simple. This project can also be prepped months in advance.

Fall Leaf Centerpiece Idea 2: This centerpiece idea looks amazing. To create this one you will just need a variety of individual leaves and some tiny vases. This could not be easier or more beautiful displayed in this manner. To really set it off – you should definitely use some sort of tray underneath to give your look some definition. The way they used the white here really helps the  amazing colors stand out.

Fall Leaf Centerpiece Idea 3: What we like most about this idea is the simplicity of the on branch featuring those beautiful leaves – yet this look is taken up a notch by adding the small rose arrangements on each side. Also, take a look at the base if the leaf arrangement wrapped in burlap. This is a very cost effective element that definitely adds to the shabby chic feel of it all.

Fall Leaf Centerpiece Idea 4: This fall centerpiece idea is very easy to put together. All  you need is a cylinder glass vase, some small branches featuring their beautiful fall leaves, and some mini-pumpkins. If you look closely you can see where they added some very cute mini-pumpkins to the bottom of the vase to add interest. The little white pumpkins tied with raffia are adorable and a great addition to this look.

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