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Are You Ready For Your Alterations?

Did you know you had to prepare for your bridal gown alterations? Well, you do. Preparations are necessary to make sure your alterations proceed smoothly and efficiently. Just a few easy steps will get you ready to see your seamstress.

Step 1- You need to have the shoes and undergarments that you plan to wear your wedding day at your first and every alterations appointment. Undergarments affect the fit of the gown, and both undergarments and heel height affect your hem, or dress length. If at any time after the first fitting with your seamstress you decide to change your shoes or undergarments, tell your seamstress immediately. She may need to change her measurements. Be prepared to schedule another fitting appointment if your seamstress feels it is necessary to adjust her work.

Step 2- Be near your wedding weight and shape by your first fitting appointment. I know, some brides work on their bodies until day zero. Let your seamstress know this. Please don’t get a breast augmentation or liposuction without telling your seamstress. Believe me, it happens. Again, be prepared to make another visit to your seamstress if you do change your body weight or shape after alterations have been started. Also, be forewarned that this may incur an additional alterations cost.

Step 3- Be realistic about your dress. If you hate the color of your dress before alterations, don’t expect to like the color after alterations. Don’t expect alterations to take the 10 pounds off your figure that you didn’t get around to losing. Your dress may or may not hide your tummy. It may take several fittings to resolve all your issues with your dress. Very seldom are dresses completed after just one fitting. Be patient with your seamstress. She is trying to make you as happy with your dress as she can.

Step 4- Be on time for your alterations appointments. You are not your seamstress’s only bride and she will have a full schedule during wedding season. Let her know when you are running late and be ready to reschedule your appointment if she needs you to. Every seamstress has her own timeline for alterations, but an average time to start alterations is 2 months prior to your wedding date. If you procrastinate, you may not find a seamstress who can finish your dress in time for your wedding.

Not that hard! Don’t you agree? Just a little preparation before your alterations will make the process better for both you and your seamstress. This will result in a better relationship with your seamstress, making you both happier. This preparation process is the same for bridesmaids, mothers and anyone else with a dress needing alterations. These four easy steps will get your ready and on your way. Happy Alterations!

Article submitted by Janet Kirkman
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What Does an Officiant Do?

An officiant, or celebrant, is responsible for: 1. creating your ceremony 2. getting the marriage license signed and mailed and 3. performing your ceremony. Some questions to ask a prospective officiant include:

  1. who are you ordained by;
  2. is it legal for you to perform marriages in my State; and
  3. do you have back-up available in case something happens to you on our Wedding Day.

How do you find an officiant in your area? There are several ways: Craigslist,, You can also simply perform a Google search for “Officiant” and your location.

Some couples choose a friend or family member to get ordained to perform the ceremony. While this works out in a lot of cases, why leave anything to chance. By hiring a professional, you’re securing the most important part of the day—actually getting married. An officiant performs in front of the public all the time and they know how to make your ceremony shine. So leave the officiating to a professional and let your friends and family simply enjoy the day.

Your officiant will, hopefully, meet in person with you and your partner to get to know you and begin creating your wedding ceremony. They will likely have questions for you about you met your partner, how long you’ve been together and, perhaps, your favorite thing about your partner.

Once they have gathered all the information they need from you, the magic starts. Your officiant should email and/or text a copy of the ceremony to you for edits and additions. At this stage, your officiant should have helped you choose a Special Reading and a Unity Ceremony, if you desire. A Special Reading is simply a passage that reflects your relationship and feelings towards each other. A Unity Ceremony is a physical demonstration of your commitment to each other. Common Unity Ceremonies include candle lighting, pouring of sand, lantern release and tree plantings.

By now, all the parts of your ceremony should be in place and look something like this:

Welcome and Introductions

Short talk about marriage

Special Reading

Declaration of Intent (“I Do’s)

Vow Exchange

Exchange of Rings

Unity Ceremony


The Kiss

Another service that many officiants offer is orchestration of the rehearsal. It is vital to practice where everyone will stand and how the wedding party should walk down the aisle.

An officiant is a great resource to have during rehearsals as they can provide much-needed answers to questions about what goes on during the ceremony.

Another offering is premarital counseling. Not every officiant does this, so check when you are interviewing them. Your officiant can hold one or more sessions with you to talk about what marriage is like and what it takes to have a successful marriage.

On your Big Day, your officiant should arrive early to check in with you and to get settled. Most officiants are willing to lend a hand in whatever way is needed.

Finally, the adventure begins as you and your partner meet at the end of aisle and your officiant performs the ceremony.

Cost varies with location and experience. Many officiants offer several packages that allow you to have exactly the type of of wedding you want. Typical costs for an officiant run from $100 on up. Be sure to ask your officiant what is included in their basic fee. Most officiants charge extra for mileage and conducting/attending rehearsals.

Hiring a professional officiant will take you a long way toward having the wedding day you’re dreaming about.

article submitted by Lauren Whitlock

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Picking Your Wedding Jewellery to Match Your Dress

Your wedding is just around the corner and you’ve finally found the perfect wedding dress! But it’s not time to rest yet, you still have to sort out what jewellery to wear, something that has to stand out with the dress.

Picking jewellery for your wedding is not an easy task, granted. But it can be a lot of fun if you keep emotions under control. The key is knowing what looks good on you and what kind of jewellery goes with your dress. Remember it is not about wearing excessive amounts of jewellery. That never works. Pick a few pieces that compliment your look and let them work their magic.

For starters, if you are going for a pure white dress, it’s best to use silver or platinum jewellery. Pearls tend to really stand out with white hues. Gold looks great on ivory or champagne coloured dresses. You can incorporate fun colours such as pinks or reds in your jewellery too, especially if you’re walking down a white isle. But make sure that the colour of your jewels and dress don’t clash. They should fit be a natural fit.

Select Jewellery According To Your Neckline

One of the most important things to consider while matching your jewellery with your wedding dress is the neckline. Be it a necklace, earrings or even hair accessories, your neckline will dictate what style of jewellery works best.

Your necklace should complement the intricate details of your dress especially the bodice. For a strapless neckline, you can go for a choker or a string of pearls. Strapless neckline are very popular these days and easy to style your jewellery with. You may even skip the necklace and just go for a long drop chandelier style earrings. Gem or crystals will give add that extra bit of style that will keep all eyes glued to you.

If your dress has a V-neck, you need to put emphasis on decorating the lower neck. Use a pendant with dangling pieces. Try and match it with your hairstyle. You may use pearls or a simple locket with matching earrings.

The halter or reverse halter neckline is not very common, but if you’re going for that, then you don’t need to bother about necklaces too much. The halter portion of the dress draws a lot of attention, so you can skip a necklace and go for medium length earrings. Get yourself a good flashy bracelet. Some flowers and sparkle in your hair should complete the look.

A tiara looks good with an A-line wedding gown. Your tiara may not necessarily be antique but you can modernize it by using a headband with diamonds and pearls. A floral crown looks amazing too. Pair it with a wrist corsage. You may use a veil along with a tiara for an elegant and classic look.

The Perfect Wedding Ring

The good thing about wedding rings is that you don’t really need to match them with your wedding dress unless you are very particular. There are plenty of options, from glitzy dazzling gemstones to diamonds and classic wedding bands, you can’t really go wrong. Orla James has an incredible line of wedding rings, and you can easily find something to your taste.

Take your time to choose a ring that speaks to you. Consider if you want a ring that matches your wedding dress and other jewellery, or do you want something completely unique! Both are good options.

Gold is the go-to, traditional metal for rings and bands. These days platinum wedding bands are more popular. Once again, pick something you are comfortable with. While it is important that your wedding band matches your wedding dress, just keep one thing in mind – you will be required to wear this band every day after that, so it has to be trendy yet timeless.

Accessorize Wisely

Don’t forget to try your wedding jewellery and your dress beforehand. At times, styles look good on magazine covers but they might not look so appealing on you. Your wedding gown and accessories should compliment your skin tone and body type. Stay true to your personality and it will help you feel confident and comfortable on your big day.

Never buy your jewellery before purchasing your wedding dress. Don’t try matching it to a photo of what you think you will get. That is a disaster waiting to happen. Wait till your gown is ready. Don’t go for cheap knock-offs either. Your jewellery is meant to last forever, so pick something your heart truly desires.

Picking the right jewellery to match your wedding dress is not as hard as it seems. There are plenty of options. Take a deep breath and just go for it.

3 Reasons Brides Should Consider Laser Hair Removal Before the Big Day

Spring is right around the corner and brides everywhere are getting ready to walk down the aisle. Venues have been booked, gowns are safely hanging in the office of a trusted seamstress, and invitations were sent out weeks ago.

There seems to be little left to do but anxiously wait as the days grow longer and the big day approaches. You may have read every bridal magazine cover to cover to assure a flawless ceremony and mind-blowing reception, but consider the following minor details before walking down the aisle.

1. Facial Hair Can Give Makeup a Caked-On Appearance

You’ll never admit to your future spouse that you’ve had to take a razor to the peach fuzz above your lip on more than one occasion. After all, what goes on behind the closed bathroom door is none of his business, right? But if you’ve been known to shrink away as his hand reaches for your face because you’re afraid he’ll feel the stubble on your chin, then facial laser hair removal is the perfect solution for you on your big day.

A fuzzy face is a makeup artist’s biggest challenge because it prevents foundation and blush from absorbing properly into the skin. Makeup clings to facial hairs and forms unsightly lumps, causing every bride’s worst nightmare: a caked-on look. Skip the razor and treat yourself with laser hair removal to prepare your skin for those unavoidable close-up photos. And since this is a permanent solution, you’ll maintain your flawless appearance for years to come and enjoy getting up close and personal with your hubby throughout your newlywed bliss.

2. Shaving Cuts Into Prep Time

Even after all of the run-throughs, dress fittings, and hair and makeup trials, the morning of your big day can’t be expected to go without delay. Your manicurist might call out sick. Your hair might take longer than you anticipated. You might realize you forgot to shave your left leg after you’ve already been helped into your dress. Arranging as many beauty regiments as possible in advance will help reduce both your stress and prep time, transforming any delay into nothing more than an excuse to have another glass of champagne.

So, get your nails done the day before. Have a backup hairstyle in case your hair isn’t behaving the day of. And start laser hair removal now so you won’t have to worry about shaving before the big day. Or even worse, having to deal with razor burn peeking out beneath your arms as you walk down the aisle. Laser hair removal will not only significantly cut down your prep time, but it will give your legs and underarms the flawless glow every bride looks for, lasting well into your honeymoon.

3. A Gift For Your Bridesmaids

There’s nothing harder than having to sit down with your sister or one of your closest friends and tell them that you’d like them to have their obvious sideburns attended to before your big day. This is the kind of conversation that can quickly turn south, and you may even end up with one less bridesmaid. But it’s likely that most of your bridesmaids have already considered laser hair removal, and would truly appreciate this gift. Since it’s traditional to get a gift for your bridesmaids, why not give them a gift that will last a lifetime?

Giving laser hair removal as a gift to your entire wedding party will save your loved ones from embarrassment and ensure your wedding photos come out exactly as you imagined. It will also provide you with the choice of several ladies to keep you company while you undergo your own treatments.

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Unique Personalized bridal party gift ideas

Your wedding party; You could have chosen anybody you wanted to be in your wedding party.  And you chose them.

Of all the people you know in your life, these are the people you chose to stand up with you on arguably one of the biggest days of your life.

So they must be pretty special, right?

You most likely have a unique bond in a unique way to each person in your wedding party.

So when it comes time to show your thanks and appreciation to your party for standing up in your wedding, why not show your gratitude with a gift that is equally as unique as your bond to that person?

A customized gift transcends the physical.  It is more than the metal, wood or glass is constructed from.  It is the tangible vessel that carries the thought and memory of that special moment in time in shared together.

Personalized gifts like these will resurrect the found memories of your momentous day every time they are looked at or handled.

Did you meet any of your groomsmen at college?  Share that special bond with your Alma matter with these flasks etched with maps of your college!  Revisit your glory days with highlights of your old stomping grounds!

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Do you go waaay back with your girlfriends?  Have a connection with them tied to being from the same city?  Check out the cool wine glass edetched maps of these cities!

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Hard not to elicit good memories when you pull these personalized mason jars out of the cabinet!  (More memories to follow when you fill them up!)

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Cool centerpiece/conversation piece!  Wouldn’t it look good hanging in any kitchen?

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A useful, thoughtful tool…that will get used often!

Personalized bottle opener

Wine lovers?  No excuse not to open a bottle now!

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So when it comes time to pick a bridal party gift, you can pick a gift that is one of many, or you can pick a gift that is one of one!

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Destress your wedding plans over the holidays

The holidays are here, and that is stressful in itself, now when you add planning a wedding it can be enough to send anyone over the edge. Fortunately, there are companies out there that can and will help. You will have everyone and their brother out there telling you what you HAVE to do for your extra special day, PLEASE remember this above all else… IT IS YOUR DAY AND NO ONE ELSES!!!! Sure Granny wants you to have a huge traditional wedding, with you in a 100 foot train; Mom wants you to wear her dress, Dad wants you to spend $1.25 on the whole event, and your friends want to pick your wedding party. It is enough to drive anyone nuts. Just ask yourself these questions:

What do YOU want?

What can YOU afford?

Where do YOU want the ceremony?

Don’t let anyone push you into something you don’t want, it is YOUR wedding after all. You and your partner are the center of attention, it all about YOU and YOUR Partner! The rest of the crowd can either adapt or stay away. If your celebrant or coordinator don’t want to do things the way you want, within reason of course, go with someone else!

So you want to dress up like Robin Hood and Maid Marion for your wedding…. then do it! This is the only time you will get married, hopefully at least, and you want to remember it! Unlike in decades past, there are really no “rules” for getting married anymore, so have fun!

So have a Happy Holiday, no matter how you choose to celebrate it, and remember this is the season of love and you have found that love so be happy!

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10 Questions to Ask Prospective Wedding Planners

When you meet with any vendor, you should come prepared with questions. Not just the standard date availability, pricing, etc. type of questions, but ones that will help you really determine whether or not this is the vendor for you. You should always meet with at least 2 vendors of every type that you’re considering for your wedding.

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When meeting with wedding planners, here are ten questions to consider adding to your list:

  1. How did you get into wedding planning? Was it sparked by the fun of planning her own wedding? Was it something she just sort of fell into? Was it pursued professionally, with relevant degrees and/or credentials? There’s no right answer, but it’s good information to have when you’re reviewing who to hire.
  2. How many weddings have you coordinated in your career, excluding your own? Related to this, you’ll want to determine how many weddings she takes on each year. This will give you an idea of her experience, as well as the level of attention she’ll likely be able to devote to your wedding.
  3. Do you work alone, or with a team? Most planners have an assistant, but some have a full team helping behind the scenes.
  4. What is the most memorable wedding you ever worked on, and why? More important than the actual details of that wedding, you want to get a sense of how the planner talks about it. What type of tone and language does she use when speaking of her past client and work? Is she remembering the mood of the day, or more impressed with the logistics that were pulled off? Again, there’s no right answer here, but it will help you determine if this is somebody you want helping you plan your own wedding.
  5. What is the average size and budget of the weddings you plan? If she’s used to planning weddings with a budget triple yours, she might struggle to help you stay on budget. If you feel like there is a big discrepancy, follow up and ask how she would help you stay within your budget.
  6. Have you ever worked at the venue I’m considering? Alternately, if you don’t already have a venue in mind, ask if she’s ever planned one similar to what you think you want (ie, ballroom, barnyard, etc.) Each type of wedding has its own set of obstacles or problems that can be easily avoided if your planner is prepared for them.
  7. Will you attend the rehearsal? In almost every situation, the answer should be YES.
  8. What is not included with the package we’re considering? Most planners offer three types of packages: Full planning, partial planning, and day-of. You might initially opt for the day-of package to save money, but make sure it truly is all you’ll need. It’s perfect for a lot of brides, but some might be disappointed at the lack of support leading up to the big day. Compare it to the other packages to make sure you know what you are and aren’t getting.
  9. What happens if you fall ill, or are otherwise unable to fulfill your contract and/or be present for the wedding? She should have a pretty solid contingency plan in place, and you need to know what that is.
  10. What is your cancellation policy? Full refund, or deposit refunded + service credit? Is there a deadline for cancellations?

Answers to these questions don’t come in a one size fits all package, so make sure you really analyze them to find your perfect planner.

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