Thursday, May 26, 2011

How to Be a Good Wedding Guest

Allure Magazine had great advice in their May issue on how to be a good wedding guest. I agree with every single piece of advice.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Dressing my Bridesmaids

Choosing bridesmaids dresses was harder than what I thought. When I first engaged, I was confident that I give the my bridesmaids the liberty to choose their own dress has long as it was cocktail stlye and black. I liked the idea that they could get a dress they could wear again and it wasn't so cookie-cutter. I am not a fan of bridesmaids dresses that look like they are straight out of a bridal magazine. However, being the planner I am, it made me anxious thinking about what my girls would choose since I have an array of personalities.

I moved on to plan B, which was picking out ones for them. I was set on the color black, but now couldn't choose between long vs. short dresses. Being a December wedding, long dresses would be perfect for the weather, but on of my goals was to pick out a dress the girls could wear again. Here's what I liked.

This dress is form Nordstrom, but unfortunately $198.00 and I felt that was too high for a few of my bridesmaids.

I love the length and the bow on this dress from Nordstrom, but I really wanted a dress that actually wasn't strapless. However, the price was doable, only $138.00.

Finally, I found this one.

I love basically everything about it; the ruffle collar, the length, the ability to wear it again, and the price. So, I had a few of my girls try them on at Nordstrom and try them on. One of my bridesmaids, Lucy, texted me while she was in the dressing room saying, "I love it. I definitely think I could wear it again. Plus it just reminds me of you!' That sealed the deal for me!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What to do with that old bridesmaid dress?

Dessy has been designing bridesmaid gowns for many years. I am in absolute love with this idea that launched recently. Called Newlymaid, the concept is pure (green) genius.

  1. Find an old bridesmaid dress
  2. Mail to Newlymaid.
  3. Get a code for discount shopping.
  4. Buy a new dress like the own pictured above!

Why would Newlymaid want your old gown? They either recycle the dress or they donate it to charity. Click here for the pretty amazing idea.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

May 17th, 2008 was the best day of my life. I love you, DCJ.

Off to Henri to celebrate!

Monday, May 16, 2011

We've Been Blogged!

Indian Website just blogged for three days about one of our Indian real weddings. The second blog post shows the gorgeous, modern mandap that highlighted their reception. Anjali and Paul were had two ceremonies, including a Hindu ceremony at the Intercontinental. It was a beautiful wedding day!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cocktail Hour Music

At my ideal wedding, guests would dance the night away to a 10 piece band. However, I am not planning with an ideal budget :) My first compromise was recently made by booking a DJ instead of a band. I am in the beginning stages that it is necessary to make a few compromises. We are now perfectly happy with our great DJ.

However, there was still a part of me that really wanted some live music. The cocktail hour offered a perfect time, so my fiance and I began brainstorming ideas. We initially thought jazz trio or Spanish guitarist, but wasn't 100% satisfied. We wanted something that represented us! After some thought, I offered the suggestion of having a few Irish musicians. I traveled abroad in Ireland and one of my favorite things to do was go to a pub and listen to the music. Kyle visited me and got the chance to hear the musicians live and also loved it.

Here is the two of us at the Cliffs of Moher.

At first my fiance wasn't thrilled with a the casualness of Irish musicians playing in a beautiful, formal venue like Spiaggia. However, we contacted the Irish School of Music and went to listen to their musicians perform at the bar Cheif O'Neils. If you go to their website, the music they have playing is similar to what will be played at our wedding.

This picture is an example of a pub where multiple musicians would bring their instrument and begin playing. It was kind of like a pick up game of basketball, but music!
I am thrilled about our cocktail hour and can't wait to for our guests to hear the music I fell in love with in Ireland!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Lucky Mag's Wedding Boutique Guide

Lucky Magazine released a fabulous wedding boutique guide in their April issue. While none of the amazing shops in Chicago were included (boo!), I thought that the article was still worthy of sharing. The magazine also posted an online video from one of their editors.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I had the best day ever with my little girl.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Something Borrowed

This past weekend, my fiance and I attended a wedding in North Carolina of one of our close high school friends. This was our first wedding together as an engaged couple! Of course being a bride-to-be, I had many opinions and critiques. However, I loved walking into their reception room as the couple had an extremely dramatic lay out. I loved it! Their head table was large rectangle centered in the middle of the room. They sat at the head of the table with all of their bridal party and guest surrounding them. One one end was the carving stations while the other end had the dance floor. Below is a photo.

You can see in the picture the circular tables around the large head table. To add to the drama, they only had tall floral center pieces on the head table. I loved it! I didn't think I would be one to steal an idea from another wedding, but I just may have to do this if Spiaggia's floor plan permits!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Royal Wedding, The Cakes

The wedding cake was a big disappointment for me. I felt that the design was a little dull and not nearly as stunning as I would have
hoped. Not that I was able to taste it, but I wasn't excited that they stuck with tradition and served fruit cake. If you are not a long time reader, click here to read about that tradition. (I'll give you a hint: First comes love, then comes marriage...)

Prince William requested a biscuit cake using a family recipie. I have never had a biscuit cake but am obsessed with digestives. Also referred as English biscuits, these cookies are very close to a Girl Scout Trefoil. I would love to try this type of cake sometime in the future!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Royal Wedding, The Bouquet

I love Kate's bouquet for many reasons. I love that you can actually she her waist and the bouquet is small enough that it is the accent rather than the focal point. I am not a fan of a massive bouquet where you cannot even see the dress...or the bride. I attended a wedding once where the bride looked topless. Why? She carried the bouquet far too high (let your arms rest on your hip bones) but also it was too large for her size 0 frame.

What are my other two reasons for loving her bouquet? Tradition. She carried flowers that had been used in other royal weddings. Brides rarely want to wear than mother's gown but they could copy this idea and carry the same flowers. I really like that idea.

Finally, Kate opted to follow the meaning of the flowers. Did you know that flowers have meaning? I haven't heard of this tradition being followed in years but I do enjoy the significance. According to the official royal wedding website, Kate chose her bouquet to include:

  • Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
  • Sweet William – Gallantry
  • Hyacinth – Constancy of love
  • Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
  • Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Royal Wedding, Attire for the Guests

If you look at the invitation, the wedding attire was specified as uniform, morning coat, or lounge suit. I think it goes without saying that the attire detail that everyone cared about was the hats.

And we cannot talk about the hats without starting off with Princess Beatrice. It was a jaw dropping creation. I am interested to see if the Princess turns into a fashionista ala Isabella Blow or Daphne Guinness. The milliner that designed most of the hats worn at the wedding is none other than Philip Treacy.

Members of the royal wedding kept with a more traditional look. I would love to plan a morning wedding where the ladies wear lovely hats and the gentlemen wear morning coats.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Royal Wedding, The Gowns

I realize that everyone else has already talked about the Royal Wedding. I waited until I could find the exact images before hitting up my blog. I really adored Kate's Alexander McQueen wedding gown. The gown is not only elegant but very much Kate's style. I felt that the dress was a cross between the wedding gowns worn by Grace Kelly and Ivanka Trump. I loved the cut. I also loved the lace and that it wasn't strapless!

And then there was the second dress. Also designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, I felt that it was a huge fail. The gorgeous embellishment didn't work with the simple circle and the shrunken angora cardigan. Seriously?! The dress doesn't fit the royal occasion. It is far too simple and the jeweled waist looks as though it was added on at the last minute. I would have suggested an entirely different dress. I think that Kate's Maid of Honor, her sister Pippa, wore a gown that would have been a much better choice for an evening gown. That dress was amazing!
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