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Rental Bridesmaids Dresses

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This is a fantastic idea…rental bridesmaid dresses. The men get to rent their tuxes, why not us ladies? How many of you have a closet full of bridesmaid dresses that you plan to wear again but you don’t? All of us! Well Vow to be Chic has fixed that for you! This fabulous company is an online bridesmaid dress company that allows you to rent a dress for around $100.  You shop their selection, send them your measurements and they will send you the gown of your choice in two different sizes. You try them on, choose one, return them and then the dress of your choosing will arrive one week before the wedding. You don’t even have to store it for long! Yay. After the wedding, throw the dress back in the mail and you are all set. No buyers remorse, no storing a dress you hate but can’t get rid of because it was $200. Brilliant!

 

Posted: June 23, 2014  • Category: Vendors • Tags: , ,   • Comments (0)

New Etsy Shop: Cardinal Sin Designs

I am so excited to tell you about a new Etsy shop I am in love with. Cardinal Sin Designs is Brittany Cardinal’s shop, how cute is that? Brit is an old client of mine who had a fantastically creative wedding and has now turned that creativity into something she can offer all of you and I could not be more thrilled about it. She is doing beautiful work for my current clients and they are loving it as much as I am. She can do custom items, invitations, signs, save the dates, posters. She has great prices and is a dream to work with. I highly recommend checking out her shop if you need printed items, she’ll have it done for you quickly and beautifully!

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Posted: May 26, 2014  • Category: Vendors • Tags: , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Styled Shoot – We <3 Shoes

What bride (ok woman!) doesn’t love her shoes? Shoes can make or break your outfit. When it comes to a wedding gown, well they have to be not only perfect but absolutely divine and it doesn’t hurt if they can compliment your flowers as well. To capture what it would be like to be a bride with amazing shoes and gorgeous flowers to compliment them perfectly we teamed up with Sassanova, Petals Edge Floral Design, and Danielle Cover Photography in Old Town, Alexandira to create the ultimate Tuesday Shoesday. This spread is currently featured in Virginia Bride Magazine.

Stuart Weitzman Porthole
I am in love with this seashell and cotton bouquet!

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L.K. Bennet Malibu
Poppies and poppy seed pods, so fresh!

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Pour La Victorie Sophie
So much amazing texture in this bouquet!

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Kate Spade Velvet
I don’t know a bride who doesn’t love peonies!

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Pour La Victorie Veronica
The feathers in this bouquet make it so special.

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Both the shoes and bouquets here are a reminder that you don’t have to white shoes or roses. Think outside the box when it comes to both and you can get amazing results!

Vendor: NextWed

I cannot tell you how many clients say to me after their wedding “well, if you know anyone who wants an arch, box of candles, vases, etc. then you know where to find it”. And often I am able to make that happen for them. But now there is a place where brides can go to get rid of these items. NextWed is a market place for  gently used wedding items. Sell your wedding items or purchase what you need at a great price! Everyone wins.

NextWed has dresses, veils, decor, vases, card boxes, you name it. If it was used at a wedding or you need it for a wedding it is on NextWed. And the best part is that it is all at fantastic prices. If you want to get those candles out of your storage unit or you are looking for a flower girl basket, forget Michaels and go to NextWed.

Posted: January 13, 2014  • Category: Vendors • Tags: , ,   • Comments (0)

Vendor: Cherry Blossom Bridal

I recently learned about a bridal salon right in my very neighborhood that I am thrilled to share! Cherry Blossom Bridal, located in a little row house on Capitol Hill in the Eastern Market area. The shop specializes in gowns to fit women sizes 12 to 30. Most bridal salons only carry sample sizes for smaller women, therefore this is an amazing rare find. Possibly best of all, their gowns average about $1500 and these are major name brands. Appointment are required and they can do alterations on site. They also carry bridesmaid dresses. If you are size 12+ and in the market for a gown, definitely check out Cherry Blossom Bridal.

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Posted: December 30, 2013  • Category: Vendors • Tags: , , ,   • Comments (0)

NannyTainment

Most every client at some point in the planning process asks me “what should we do about kids”. I usually say there are a few options, giving them their own table, providing a space with a tv, etc. assuming they are old enough, don’t have kids there, or suggest some local child care providers. Well now there is NannyTainment. This local company will come to your event, and take care of the kids so that they can still be in the pictures, still get their nape, walk down the aisle if they are needed and still eat and be to bed on time. All of this while their parents actually get to enjoy the event!

The child care provider can show up your hotel or on site at the event. They bring toys, games, music and everything to keep your kids entertained. All of the nannies are screened, experienced, CPR certified. And best of all, this all comes at a really reasonable rate.

The answer of what do we do about kids has been answered. I love the idea of this service! I wish I could bring them with me to all my events to watch MY kid! :)

Posted: December 4, 2013  • Category: Vendors • Tags: , ,   • Comments (0)

Vendor: Appy Couple

Do you use your phone to look at websites more than your computer (not counting while you are at work of course) ;) I think we all do, people are on the move, busy, doing things. Nobody is sitting at their computer these days. That is why this new app and website creating site is so perfect. Appy Couple  allows you to create an adorable app and website for your wedding, send it to those you want, post it on social media, and allows your guests to upload pics from your wedding afterward. Nothing drives me more crazy that not being able to access a certain part of a website on my phone. It is always the one link you need and it isn’t there. Appy Couple completely eliminates that frustration by turning your wedding website into an app. Such a wonderful idea. I can’t wait to get my first invitation for someone’s wedding app.

 

Posted: November 15, 2013  • Category: Vendors • Tags: , , ,   • Comments (0)

What Does a Planner Do?

Keep Calm and Posters

Often, I get calls from engaged couples wanting “just someone to make sure things go ok”. Because they feel that that is all they need, people probably think that that is really all that is required and even more likely wonder why they should be paying X amount just to have someone show up and make sure everything goes fine. So I want to help folks to understand that just because you feel like you only need X, in order for a planner to provide you with X, they may really need to do X, Y and Z.  See, we can’t do a good job at X if we don’t have all of the information needed and that often means you are going to pay for services that you don’t feel like you need. But there really is no way for a planner to do less than X, Y and Z if you want them to do a good job at X. Is that too much math and letters or does that make sense?

For example, below are the services that your standard planner will provide for a day of planning package.
Collection and review of vendor contracts
Unlimited emails and phone calls
Provide a timeline of the entire weekend
Communication with vendors in order to establish timeline
Walk through of your venue(s)
Run rehearsal (if needed)
Set up on day of
Direct vendors
Get you down the aisle
Direct flow of event
Pack up your items at end of night

So…if your planner doesn’t understand the entire process then they cannot provide you with the services you require. If they don’t walk through your space, then they won’t know how to direct the vendors or how to set up for you.  If they haven’t collected your contracts they don’t know what you are promised.  If they don’t communicate with the vendors then they can’t write a timeline.  If they don’t provide a timeline then none of the vendors know when to be where.  If a planner just shows up on the day of and tries to make sure everything goes ok with out any of the above knowledge, they can’t actually make sure everything goes ok.

All this is to say, if you are looking for that next step down in service or feel like you need less than what planners are providing, understand it doesn’t exist for a reason. The level of service provided helps to guarantee you have a perfect event! That isn’t to say you shouldn’t search for the best deal amongst those who provide the above, just make sure t hey are actually going to provide you with all of the above. It will be worth it, I promise!

Posted: November 6, 2013  • Category: Vendors • Tags: , , ,   • Comments (0)

THE Invitation!

In 2011 I wrote a post about lace and somehow misplaced the link to a picture posted there. That post has generated more emails about this one picture on an invitation, THE invitation, than any other post I’ve written. So much so that now that I have found the link, I have decided to dedicate an entire post to THE invitation. I get tons of emails asking me about where to find it, what does it cost, who makes it, do I make it, can they order it, etc., etc. So now you have it, here it is, everything you need to know about THE invitation!

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The invitation is made by B Studio Wedding Invitations. And they make many more beautiful invitations as well! I’m in love with their rustic country invitations and their black and white invitations! The invitations are $11.50 and all the information on purchasing them and all of the extras are here. Go forth and purchase!

Posted: March 4, 2013  • Category: Vendors • Tags: , , ,   • Comments (0)

Bridal Brokerage

I am sad to admit it, but as a planner I’ve had a few weddings be cancelled for various reasons. It happens. It is devastating reality. While brides and grooms and wedding parties are dealing with the emotions of such a sad occasion. There are vendors also left with the sad fact that they now have a venue that isn’t being used, a meal that has been ordered but will go uneaten, a band that has been booked that may not be able to be booked out now because it is too late. Everyone’s efforts may go to waste.

There is a new company out there saying “why let them”. Let’s turn lemons into lemonade and allow other brides and grooms to take advantage of these sad situations in the best way possible. Bridal Brokerage allows you to buy someone else’s wedding. Brilliant! Obviously, you have to be extremely flexible. But you are the kind of couple who doesn’t care what kind of cake you have, only that you can get married, on the cheap, you can do that with Bridal Brokerage.

How it works is that if your wedding was cancelled you can register it with bridal brokerage to sell your wedding. If you are looking to buy a wedding you enter the time of year or where you are looking to marry on the bridal brokerage datebase and they try to match you with a cancelled wedding in their database. Those who have cancelled their wedding get some of their money back and those who buy it get to pay a portion of what they would have otherwise paid. It is an excellent way to help everyone out in the current economy and an already expensive wedding market.

 

Posted: February 18, 2013  • Category: Vendors • Tags: , , ,   • Comments (0)

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