Posts tagged "advice"
  1. 3
    21
    Sep

    "My number one advice to any bride is to not get overwhelmed by everyone else’s input and opinions. A wedding is about the bride and groom and their love story. If traditions are important to you as a couple, then you should certainly follow them. However, I encourage couples to keep the focus on what THEY want, and not to get discouraged by the idea of what a wedding is “supposed” to be. Follow your hearts and don’t listen to naysayers, and your day will be perfect because it is yours!"

    - Julie - Ten Four Paper
  2. 2
    18
    Sep
    Pets in Wedding
If you’re known for being a devoted animal lover or for always treating your pet like a member of the family, then go for it. But if you’re just including a dog to add to a cast of characters or to stir up a little excitement, then it’s not so appropriate — and may even result in unnecessary chaos.
Be sure to keep a few rules in mind:
The bride and groom should not walk their dog down the aisle. Someone else needs to be in charge of handling your pooch(es).
Once the ceremony starts, your four-legged friends should be quietly whisked away by an usher. As cute as they are, dogs are simply unpredictable. At a moment’s notice (and especially in unfamiliar settings), they can start yelping, stop to relieve themselves, or get spooked and run off.
It’s also worth noting that the dog at your wedding should never outshine the bride and groom who need to be front and center.
Dogs, cats, and even horses can be wonderful, memorable additions to a wedding — and with proper planning, including your pet won’t leave you feeling like you’re in the doghouse on your big day.
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Via: Bridal Guide

    Pets in Wedding

    If you’re known for being a devoted animal lover or for always treating your pet like a member of the family, then go for it. But if you’re just including a dog to add to a cast of characters or to stir up a little excitement, then it’s not so appropriate — and may even result in unnecessary chaos.

    Be sure to keep a few rules in mind:

    The bride and groom should not walk their dog down the aisle. Someone else needs to be in charge of handling your pooch(es).

    Once the ceremony starts, your four-legged friends should be quietly whisked away by an usher. As cute as they are, dogs are simply unpredictable. At a moment’s notice (and especially in unfamiliar settings), they can start yelping, stop to relieve themselves, or get spooked and run off.

    It’s also worth noting that the dog at your wedding should never outshine the bride and groom who need to be front and center.

    Dogs, cats, and even horses can be wonderful, memorable additions to a wedding — and with proper planning, including your pet won’t leave you feeling like you’re in the doghouse on your big day.

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    Via: Bridal Guide

  3. 13
    23
    Aug

    Finding Your Perfect Hairstyles

    First off, take a look at what you have to work with.  You need to make sure the hairstyle you choose matches your facial shape and structure, and that your hair texture will allow for the style you want.

    If you have a long face…
       Wearing your hair long and down will just make your face look longer.  Piling your hair on top of your head will also elongate your whole head. Try to add fullness around your ears and cheekbones to make your face rounder rather than longer, or a bit below your ears if you have a long neck and want to wear your hair up.  A wispy, flowing style can also help, and if you have a pointy nose, consider adding bangs or a side part with an illusion of bangs.

    If you have a round face…
       Body and curls surrounding your face will just make it look that much rounder.  Try adding fullness either on top of your head or below your chin line to help elongate your face.  Also try to avoid styles that are too tight and slicked back

    If your face is more square…
       Try not to draw attention to your chin line.  If your hair is in a bob cut, you’ll want to find a way to pull your hair away from your face to help smooth out your features. Soft and wispy styles can also add a nice balance to your strong features; unless you want to call them out!  Short, sleek pixie styles can be quite striking if you have a strong jaw and cheekbones.

    f you’ve got a heart-shaped face…
       You look fantastic with chin-length styles and wispy bangs or layers framing your face.  Choose a style that creates a fuller look under your ears or, if your hair is longer, create fullness at the nape of your neck.

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    Is your dress simple and classy with clean lines and minimal (if any) embroidery or embellishments?
      Go with a simple and classic hairstyle to match!  Depending on where you want to add fullness, you can style your hair in a simple bun or a classy French twist, half-up with curls cascading down your back, or locks flowing down around your shoulders.

    Did you fall in love with a princess or ball gown style of dress? 
       You’ll want to go with something a bit tighter, sleeker and closer to your head for your hairstyle. If you have big hair on the top of the silhouette it will only compete with the fullness of the skirt and look off-balance.

    Is your dress strapless or have spaghetti straps? 
       If you’ve got the hair for it, consider wearing it down and flowing, or even half-up.  Not only does it look soft and romantic to have hair brushing your bare shoulders, it also helps you avoid those awkward headshots where you look naked since you can’t see the dress!

    Is the neckline of your dress portrait-style, or do you have a high neck in front or back? 
       Then you’ve gotta pull your hair up and off your neck and shoulders to show off the dress!  Keep the style simple and without accessories or embellishments if there’s a lot going on with the design and fabric of your dress. 

    Did you go with a bohemian-style dress, or a simply and flowing style? 
       Soft and curly locks, imperfect and loose up-dos, or a soft and casual half-up style will work best with this dress.

    Did you go for a mermaid or trumpet silhouette dress?
       Go for a style that will add either height or volume.  A mass of curls atop your crown looks stunning, or a large soft bun at the nape of your neck.

    Maybe you decided on a gown with a unique, embellished or asymmetrical neckline?
      Style your hair up and off of your neck and shoulders; the focal point of your dress is the neckline, so don’t cover it up or choose a hairstyle that will compete with it!  A soft bun (side bun at the base of your head, if the dress is asymmetrical), French twist or simple sweeping up-do.

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    Once Wed

  4. 29
    23
    Aug

    How to Interview a Caterer - Questions to Ask

    1. Are you a full time caterer?

    2. What kind of experience, background and education do you have?

    3. Have you handled events of my type and size before?

    4. How long have you been a caterer, and how many events have you catered?

    5. What makes you better or different than another caterer?

    6. Do you have all the necessary licenses and health permits?

    7. Are you properly insured?

    8. Do you provide food tasting?

    9. Is there a fee for such tasting?

    10. How many people can i bring along with me to the tasting?

    11. What time do you arrive to setup you equipment?

    12. Hours of service:

    13. What equipment do you provide?

    14. Do you bring backup equipment?

    15. What is the staff to guest ratio?

    16. What is the staff dress code?

    17. If buffet style is offered, are servers provided or will it be self serve?

    18. Do you have liquor license?

    19. Is there any extra charge for bartenders? How much?

    20. Who is supplying the liquor, water, ice, etc?

    21. Is the Champagne toasting service included or is it an extra charge?

    22. When is the final headcount due?

    23. Does the headcount include wedding professionals at the event (Dj, photographer, etc)?

    24. Are there special prices for children?

    25. Is deposit required? How much?

    26. When is the deposit due?

    27. May i made partial payments?

    28. When is the final payment due?

    29. What is the overtime charge?

    30. Is the setup and clean up included in the final price?

    31. What are the costs for alcohol and beverages?

    32. Do you provide linens, tables, chairs, glassware, silverware, etc?

    33. What are the refunds/ cancellation terms?

    34. What is your leftover policy?

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    Via PASHWEDDINGS.COM

  5. 19
    14
    Jul

    List of Popular Wedding Photos

    Pre-Wedding Photos Of Bride
    Bride Applying Make Up
    Bride Mirror Reflection Shot
    Bride’s Bouquet Shot
    Bridesmaid Bouquet Shot
    Bridesmaid/Bride Champagne Cheers
    The Wedding Dress – Hanging or Draped
    Wedding Veil Photos
    The Sunlight Shot – Bride face
    Zipping Of The Wedding Dress Shot
    Close-Up Ring Shots
    Full-Length Bride Shot
    Mother Of The Bride Corsage
    Maid of Honor w/Mother Of Bride
    Groom Getting Ready
    Groom w/ groosmen
    Grooms Cufflinks Photo
    Best Man w/Father Of Groom
    Photo of Groomsmen Boutonnieres
    Attaching Of Boutonniere To Groom
    Best Man Fixing Groom’s Tie
    Groom Checking the Time
    Groom w/Ring Bearer
    Groom w/Fathers
    Groom w/Mother + Father
    Groom w/Grandparents
    Bride w/Bridesmaids
    Bride w/Flower Girl
    Bride w/Mothers
    Bride w/Mother & Father
    Bride w/Grandparents
    Wedding Cake Photos
    Dessert Table Photos
    Wedding Favor Photos
    Wedding Program Photos
    Photos Of Limo
    Guests Arriving
    Family Being Seated
    Groom Standing At Altar
    Groom Beside Officiant
    Venue - Wide Shot (without guests)
    Venue - Wide Shot (with guests)
    Flower Girl Shot
    Bridesmaid Shot
    Bride Walking Down Aisle- Front
    Bride Walking Down Aisle- Side
    Father Giving Away Bride
    Mother + Father Emotions During Ceremony
    Bride and Groom Holding Hands
    Exchanging Of The Vows Photo
    The Kiss - Bride & Groom
    Bride + Groom Leaving Altar
    Walking Back Down The Aisle Shot
    Casual Family Shots - Hugs/Smiles
    Bride/Groom + Relatives + Friends
    Wedding Centerpiece Shots
    Wedding Floral Shots
    Food Shots
    Head Table
    Each Guest Table
    Bride + Groom Entering Reception
    Bride Portrait
    Bride + Bridesmaids
    Bride + Groomsmen
    Groom + Groomsmen
    Groom + Bridesmaids
    Entire Wedding Party
    Bride and Groom Showing Rings
    First Dance Photos
    Bride + Father Dance Photos
    Groom + Mother Dance Photos
    Bouquet Toss
    Groom Removing Garter From Bride
    Garter Toss
    Cutting Of The Wedding Cake
    Bride and Groom Feeding Each Other Cake
    Dance Floor Photos - Guests Dancing
    Bride Dancing With Kids
    Groom Dancing With Kids
    Bride + Groom Having Dinner
    Best Man Giving Speech
    Maid of Honor Speech
    Bride & Groom Toast
    Guestbook Signatures
    Bride’s Parents Dancing
    Groom’s Parents Dancing
    Grandparents Dancing
    Rice Throw/Grand Exit
    Bride + Groom – Inside Limo
    Just Married” Vehicle Photos
    Bride + Groom Driving Away

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    Via: Austin Weddings

  6. 1
    5
    Jul

    Accessorize Your Suit - Footwear

    Most men treat footwear as an afterthought, which naturally risks derailing even the most carefully considered outfit. Nothing works in more situations and paired with more outfits than black leather, whether lace-up or slip-on.  Black footwear can go with virtually any colour suit you have.  The other colour that most suits will also accept is brown/burgundy, with the exception of a black suit.  The darker the shade the more formal the shoe.  Now, for more formal occasions, black patent lace-ups are the way to go.  They add a little oomph to your tux/suit.

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    SHOE STYLES:

    Brogues – A brogue is a pattern created by punching holes into the shoe

    Buck Oxfords – more casual shoe which is not made from the traditional leather.  Wear this on casual Friday or to a dress down occasion.

    Cap-Toe Oxfords –dress shoes with a toe that is sectioned off with a separate leather portion.  These shoes are dressy enough for the office but not for a formal occasion.

    Chukkas – dress boots used in both formal and informal situations.

    Penny Loafers – slip on shoes that can be worn casually.The defining attribute on these shoes is the slit at the instep.

    Plain Loafers – slip on shoe with no defining features whatsoever. The leather will dictate how formal this shoe is.

    Side Gusset – slip on shoe with elastic sides for a nice snug fit. These shoes can be worn to any occasion.

    Split-Toe Oxfords – bulky shoe with stitching at the centre. These are nice shoes for office wear.

    Tassel Loafers – slip on loafers with dangling leather florets.

    Wing Tips – men’s dress shoes with a brogue wing patters on the toe.  These shoes are great for casual wear and business wear.  Do not wear these in strict formal occasions.

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    Via: Freshly Educated Men

  7. 8
    2
    Jul

    How to Interview a Florist - Questions to Ask

    1. Will you personally be the florist for our wedding?

    2. If the answer is no: when can we meet the florist whose work i’m seeing so i can feel comfortable with that person?

    3. If the florist we want no longer works for your company when our wedding comes up, what will you do?

    4. What kind of experience, background, and education do you have?

    5. Have you received any formal classroom training as a florist?

    6. Where do you get your inspiration?

    7. What are the reasons you think we should hire you?

    8. Do you have a portfolio and a list of referrals?

    9. How many weddings have you serviced?

    10. How many weddings do you do per year?

    11. Have you handled events of my type and size before?

    12. What type of design do you specialize in?

    13. What type of flowers would you suggest given my wedding colors, location and time of the year?

    14. If the flowers I want are not available, what is your substitution policy?

    15. Can I add items at the last minute?

    16. Do you own large coolers to store the flowers?

    17. How many days in advance do you put together the arrangements and bouquets?

    18. What time do you arrive to set up your equipment?

    19. Do yo have people to help you with the design and setup?

    20. Is a deposit required? if so how much and when is it due?

    21. May i make partial payments?

    22. When is the final payment due?

    23. What is the overtime charge?

    24. Are there any additional charges not mention?

    25. What are the refunds/cancellation terms?

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    Via PASHWEDDINGS.COM

  8. 2
    15
    Jun

    Accessorize Your Suit - Neckwear

    Despite the significance that neckwear plays in suits, many men loathe the fact that it exists in menswear.  That shouldn’t be the case.  Neckwear not only compliments your outfit, but it adds a whole lot of panache to your look and personality.  Now depending on the type of neckwear, it could either convey an aura of classicism or of casual elegance.

    TIE:
    The most common and classic route to take with neckwear. It is a sign of a chic and mature gentleman.  Always buy silk ties, anything else will look cheap.  When choosing a tie, make sure that you have a particular suit and shirt in mind to match.  If you are wearing a black (or navy) suit with a white dress shirt and attending functions that are more conservative, then a solid black tie is always the number one choice.  Fun dinners and parties leave more room for coloured and patterned ties. But keep in mind, when venturing out to patterns and vibrant colours, always ensure that it is not pulling away from both the suit and shirt, it should in fact enhance them both.

    Whatever you do, make sure to tie your ties correctly.  A badly-tied ties are as distracting and unrefined as socks bunched around your ankles or pants that are too short.  A crooked tie can absolutely ruin an otherwise perfect outfit.

    BOWTIE:
    For more formal occasions, a solid and rich looking bowtie is a must.  Black, navy blue, and if you want to be more adventurous, a dark purple or burgundy bowtie will do the trick.  Silk or velvet are the only choices!  Now, for daytime wear, the rule is that it must be patterned.  Always shop for dots, stripes or paisley.
    Bowties look youthful when worn properly and they can brighten up almost any outfit.  Wear a bowtie with a sharp, slim-fit suit for an on-trend cut with an eccentric dash.  Or wear a bowtie with a casual collar and a cable crew neck for a ‘relaxed academic’ look.  Bowties can also prep-up plain spring outfits of short sleeved shirts, tailored shorts and blazers.  The key is to avoid overdoing a look with a bowtie; keep pocket squares to a visual minimum and try not to colour match too much.

    ASCOT:
    Ascots tie have a comfortable yet polished look, and are a lightly inventive and rather unusual way to accessorize.
    Ascots can be worn with most formal wear, including tuxedos, button-down shirts, and blazers.  Contrasting looks are very flattering, so try a darker coloured ascot with a lighter coloured shirt or vice versa. Avoid ascots with crewnecks and heavy or bulky sweaters.

    Via: Freshly Educated Men

  9. 3
    11
    Jun

    How to Interview a DJ - Questions to Ask

    1. Will you personally be the DJ for our reception?

    2. If the DJ we want no longer works for your company when our wedding comes up, what will you do?

    3. What kind of experience, background do you have?

    4. How long have you been a DJ, and how many weddings have you performed at?

    5. what are the reasons you think we should hire you?

    6. What time do you arrive to set your equipment?

    7. How many songs do you have in your library?

    8. Do you provide cocktail/dinner music?

    9. Do you provide a wireless microphone for speeches?

    10. Do you bring backup equipment?

    11. Are basic effects lightning included?

    12. How many people will cover the event?

    13. Is deposit required? How much and when is it due?

    14. When is the final payment due?

    15. May I make partial payments?

    16. Are there any additional charges not mentioned?

    17. Do you provide a written contract and guarantee?

    18. What are the refunds/cancellation terms?

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    pashweddings.com

  10. 16
    24
    May

    Order of Events at the Reception

    1. Cocktail Period: By beginning with a cocktail perios you will give your guests a chance to gather at the receotion facility, deposit their gifts and meet and mingle with other guests. It will also provide time for lost guests to find their way to the reception. Meanwhile backstage, this time can be used by the photographer to take portraits of the wedding party… The cocktail reception usually takes place outside the reception hall.

    2. Receiving Line: The bridal couple opens up the reception hall with a receiving line and invites everyone inside. This will ensure that the bridal couple will have the opportunity to greet each guest al least once during the festivities. The reception line traditionally includes the bridal couple, the couple’s parents, the best man, the maid of honor and any special guests.

    3. Introducion of the Wedding Party: Once the guests are inside the reception hall, the wedding party is then introduced by the Dj as they parade inside. First comes the groomsmen and bridesmaids, then the flower girl and ring bearer, the parents, and the bridal couple.

    4. Dancing (Option 1): Dance experts suggest that the first dance, the father and daughter dance, etc. occur before dinner immediately upon the Bride & Groom’s introduction to the reception area, for several good reasons. Primarily, it allows the dancing to begin much earlier thereby eliminating a lull in the activities that so often happens. Once the bride and groom have dances, and the parents and attendants, then the guests will feel comfortable dancing…

    5. Toats: The best man will make the first toast, followed by the maid of honor, the father of the groom and the father of the bride. If they choose, the bridal couple can make a speech thanking the guests for coming, and anything else they may wish to say.

    6. Lunch/ Dinner is Served: During this time, the bride and groom (if they have already eaten) can mingle and make informal visits to each table, or even have table pictures taken by the photographer. If guests wish to make speeches, sing songs, tell jokes, do a skit; this would be the ideal time.

    7. Dancing (Option 2): If the bride and groom haven’t danced their first dance yet, they may now thake the opportunity to open up the dance floor with their first dance. The the father/daughter dance, then the mohter/son dance. The attendants then join in the dancing and the guests are invited to dance as well.

    8. Cake Cutting: The bride and groom cut the cake for dessert. Additional toasts may be made at this point.

    9. Bouquet and Garter toss

    10. More Dancing, if time allows

    11. Departure of the Bridal Couple: Amid confetti, bubbles, birdseed or rice.

    12. Departure of the Guests.

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    Via: Pashweddings.com

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