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Look Flawless on Your Wedding Day

You’ve picked out the perfect dress, all your accessories and you have this vision of what your hair and makeup will look like. You want to look absolutely perfect but not having the right undergarments can quickly change your look of perfection to a hot mess.

Here are some tips on getting the right pieces to make your dress flawless.

 

~ If you’re wearing an ultra-deep V-neckline, a bra that has a special cutout in the front will accommodate the low neckline.  Most likely this will be as a bodysuit which will give you the added support on the sides and will keep everything in place.

 

~ Your dress has a classic strapless neckline but those strapless bras almost always slip which can be quite troublesome on your wedding day. Look into getting a bra with grips on the inside or a longline bra.  This is a bra that's attached to a corset-like bodice, which gives it more support against slippage since it wraps around your waist.

 

~ You will need shapewear that can smooth and pull in the problem area of your lower stomach if you are wearing a dress that cuts close to the body and clings to the tummy area. . One with boy shorts or a thong will give a seamless finish.

 

~ Ban the dreaded bulge if your dress fits snugly up top. Get an undergarment that will smooth out your back but is also lightweight and flexible. One with convertible straps would be the best so whether your gown is strapless, one-shoulder, crisscross or halter, it will work well.

 

~ If your dress is extremely formfitting around the hips and thighs, target the problem area with shapewear that falls just above the knees.  The key is finding a pair that’s tight enough to firm and give you a smooth finish but not give you a muffin top.

 

~ If you’re showing off your curves, find a pair of special shorts that give your behind an extra boost. Padding that looks and feels natural will do just the trick.

 

~ Sporting a dress with a sexy, open back, find a bra with adhesive cups. Silicone cups will give you the most natural feel and the nude color will make it nearly invisible.

 

Whatever gown and undergarments you choose, you will look stunning! 

 

 

Holiday Party Tips

Whether you are throwing a holiday party or attending one...or several, don’t let anything ruin the merriment. Here are a few tips for stress-free festivities.

 

Host/Hostess Tips ~

* Determine the type of party you want to have such as a sit-down dinner or a cocktail party. If doing a dinner, buffets are easier so that your guests can help themselves.

* Make your guest list and send out invitations. Set the date and time and create your guest list. Make sure to decide ahead of time whether children are invited. Then get the word out.

* Decide on the food you will serve. Stock up on nibbles such as crackers, nuts, olives, etc. Prepare as much as you can ahead of time.

* Set up a Self Serve Bar. If you have the space to set it up in a separate room, that will be your best option but if not, a location away from the food would also work.

* Make a list and schedule of the things that need to be done and when. Make sure to leave at least an hour before the party for last minute emergencies  as well as time to get ready and relax before guests arrive.

* Decide on the decorations you’ll be using. Remember to think small in order to leave enough room for the food. Unexpected pieces such as a punchbowl filled with Christmas ornaments can be a nice touch.

* For a pretty and easy food presentation, use oven-to-table serving ware to keep food warm. If you don’t have those type of dishes, put labels on the serving ware you will be using so you will know what dishes will be going where once you pull them out of the oven.

* ENJOY! The key is to do as much as possible ahead of time so that you can enjoy the party and company of your guests.

 

Attending A Party ~

* Ask your host if you can bring anything. They most likely will decline but if they do accept, ask what they would suggest, need and what other guests have agreed to bring so as to prevent duplicates.

* Make sure to wear appropriate attire. If you are unable to get the information from the host, the standard advice is it is always safer to dress on the nicer side. Women can use accessories to dress up or down an outfit while men can wear a button down shirt with khakis or chino pants.

* Be clear on important details. Make sure that children are invited to attend before arriving at the party. Also, get directions ahead of time, especially if it is in a new location.

* Bring a gift to your host. It doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant, just something to show your appreciation. If you’re going to several parties, buy a few traditional gifts, tie a pretty ribbon on them, and keep them in your car so you’ll be prepared.

* Be on your best behavior. Keep cool and pleasant. Be aware of your surroundings (i.e. foul language around children), keep alcohol consumption to a minimum and try to have conversations with new people.

* Be helpful. Offer to help especially if you arrive early, clean up, take out trash, etc. Also be mindful of messes you personally make. Your host will be appreciative for any help offered.

 

The holidays shouldn’t be a stressful time for anyone. Take time to enjoy your friends and family. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

Determining Your Wedding Budget

 

You’ve just gotten engaged and can’t wait to start planning your dream wedding.  But weddings are expensive and costs can quickly diminish the excitement. Before hiring a wedding planner (hint, hint), take a deep breathe and sit down with your fiancé and parents. Although it can sometimes be a tough conversation to have, you should discuss who will be contributing  financially.  In some cases, the parents will contribute a set amount and leave the bride and groom to cover the remaining cost or the couple will cover all costs. Know where you stand financially and begin determining your budget and guest count. This will help with many decisions to follow such as venue, food, flowers, and much more. By doing this important step first, you will keep from making hasty, poor decisions that you will later wish you could change and hopefully keep from watching all your dreams of peonies and linens  disappear.

 

Your budget should cover more than just the reception. Invitations, attire, fees, photography, décor, etc. are included in this budget as well. The highest cost items are generally food, beverages, equipment rentals. Being realistic and controlled in these areas will have the most impact.

 

Once you’ve set your budget, it is extremely important to stay within its limits. Here are a few helpful tips:

¨ Make sure to be straightforward with your wedding consultant and vendors about the amount of money you’ve budgeted.

¨ Ask for detailed and itemized estimates in order to evaluate the costs accurately.

¨ If an estimate looks unusually high, ask if they can suggest ways to reduce the estimate. Every budget has room for reductions if needed.

¨ Insist on written contracts with all the commitments and costs listed once you have selected a vendor.  The contract should cover all aspects of service that is expected and agreed upon.

¨ Read the fine print and ask any questions you may have to avoid confusion.

¨ Track all of your estimates and running total of budgeted items as they come in. Not only will you keep track of all your spending but will keep from things being overlooked in the planning process.

¨ Another great idea is to build a contingency fund. This should be about 10%-15% of your budget since there are most always unexpected costs.

 

Just remember, in the end its not about the money you did or didn’t spend...its about the special memories that you’ll make with your family and friends as you step into the new chapter of your lives as husband and wife.

 

 

Gooch's Rustic Wedding

I had the pleasure of working with this amazing couple, Whitley and Jarred Gooch. Their union was casual, rustic, elegant and especially filled with love. 
While awaiting the wedding ceremony, the bridal party lounged in their lovely bridal party robes.
The bridal party also took part in a photo session and decided to hang out at the creek. The natural scenery within this shot is amazing. The ladies wore short mint colored dresses but were able to choose various type of dresses to be unique. The pastel color mint gives this photo the hint of color that this shot needs. Pastels are currently the trending color scheme for weddings. 
At the reception, votives, roses, carnations and baby's-breath were intricately placed, giving a rustic feel.
The bride and her mother partook in a dance. Moments such as the mother-daughter dance gives a sense of closeness and serenity. Although the bride has started a new chapter of her life, she will always be her mother's little girl.
The traditional mother-son dance was performed and the moment was definitely filled with joy and endearment. The moment was also bittersweet as the mother watched the young man she nourished become a husband.  
The couple are overjoyed with their union. The symbolism of the cake cutting and the pour of the drink in this picture shows the first tasks performed jointly as husband and wife.
After an amazing day, full of endless memories, the couple was sent away by their guests by the blowing of bubbles. 
 

Metallic Wedding Cake Trend

If you are into the golds, silvers, bronzes and coppers feast your eyes on this! The trend for the summer is metallic wedding cakes.

 

This trend shows elegance, creativity, sophistication, delicacy and timelessness.

 

The luxurious luster of these colors can be bold, as if Midas touched the golds himself, or subtle as to add mere shimmers of glam to the work of art.

 

The glitz and glam of metallics help to bring out other colors that are incorporated within the cake. Metallics can be developed into any style. Bold patterns, chevrons, iridescent stripes, simple embellishments are all what make these wedding cakes unique.

 

What a perfect way to add a touch of class to an already perfect event!

 

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