Every bride-to-be should have your very own look book of great ideas to spring from, a collection of inspiration then can be in nearlly any form – magazine pages, post cards, color chips, photographs, pressed flowers, fabric samples. Designers use inspiration boards to conceptualize new lines and products, and brides can do the same thing by gathering visuals they love. When getting started the bride will need to get a jumpping off point, whether grandmas china or a painting from a new art gallery, whatever it may be make it something that means something to you. This is a fool proof way to insure that your day expresses who you are. Always having to find the newest trends I look all over for what can be an inspiration to a bride. Although the traditional “brides book” is great for tracking your likes and dislikes technology is at our finger tips. I suggest making a folder on your desktop and moving digital photos to build your dream wedding. Even with these enhancments in tracking dont forget your textures, you need to sample fabrics and finshes – if only the computer could do it all?
Something Old, Something New… June 1, 2009
Something old, something new, something borrowed… we’ve all heard it a million times. But do we think of something old? Like tradition/ Or meaning? We live in a modern world filled with iPods, camera phones, DVD’s, electric cars, and computers that basically do everything for us. With all of this, it is easy to loose sight of the meanings behind old tradition.
Personally, I’ve spent a lot of time running away from tradition, thinking it is dated and stuffy, but maybe just maybe I was overlooking something very special? I always like to take classic looks in weddings of our grandparents and translate them into today’s modern brides dream wedding.
The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are the source of many wedding traditions we use today. For instance flowers were always prominent part of the wedding celebration, and it was traditional for wedding ceremonies to take place before noon so bridesmaids, who arose before sunshine, could pick and gather flowers fromt he forest and garden for the wedding.
Some traditions, though, have become passe. Throwing birdseed or rice at a couple following the ceremony was said to bring fertility but today, we know this can harm birds and animals. Just by using lavender, which is environmentally safe and aromatic is a great substitute for the long standing rice tradition.
Can you imagine your bridesmaids walking through the forest collecting flora and sticks in the wee-hours of the morning in today’s world? Perhaps that is one tradition grateful to be left behind.
Old customs are beautiful, warm, and unforgettable, and selecting traditions and meanings that are significant to you is the ultimate key. Consider the personal importance of each old tradition, dust it off, and adapt it to the twenty first century. “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Somethign YOU!”
‘Bride’, Where’s my car? May 20, 2009
The other day I was pleasantly surprised to find one of my favorite movies, Father of the Bride, playing on TV. I immediately grabbed a bowl of popcorn and jumped on the sofa waiting for that final scene where Steve Martins character ‘George,’ ushers his little girl down the aisle, as well as the tears of laughter for the hilariously flamboyant wedding planner character ‘Franck,’ played by Martin Short. Toward the end of the movie, my love of the movie started to diminish into disappointment, as I watched the last scene. I was discouraged that the father of the bride, the man the movie is named for, had missed the reception of his own daughters wedding because the valet was insufficiently staffed.
This reminded me about the more increasing need for valet companies. Whether you are having the day of your dreams, at home or in the city it is important to make your guests ability to get there as seemless as possible. The last thing you want is for one of your guests to show up late, get a ticket or better yet get towed – all not exactly the best wedding day favor.
When apporaching the idea of a valet company you should always be asking for references. I never feel uncomfortable calling former clients of a vendor to ask about someones services. These are either companies or individuals who have given permission for their information to be given out for this reason. Also, ask for the valet companies insurance information and check the information with the insurance company directly. If the insurance is not valid you could be held responsible for any damage done to the vehicles at your event.
If you don’t have the room for the cars or you have a lot of out-of-town guests staying at local hotels you may think about a trolley service. A trolley is a great way to get your guests around from their hotel, to the church, to the reception, and back to the hotel. A trolley may get costly based on the distance and time it is needed for, possibly using one trolley that makes more than one trip can cut costs. I little hint is to ask the front desk at the hotels to put signage up informing your wedding guests of the pick up times. If you really want to make things easy for your guests set up a ‘wake-up’ call to their rooms about an hour before each pick-up as a helpful reminder and to ensure your guests will be on time.
When it comes down to it, the bride and groom are celerating one of the most important days of their lives, and their transportation should be centered on making the arrivals and departures as streamline as possible. A brides joy is not just a result of the perfect last tier on the cake, the amazing gown, the opulent centerpieces, but also knowing that everyone that she wants at her wedding is there to celebrate her special day with her – and not down at the impound lot.
Welcome To Bridal Daze! May 19, 2009
Planning a Wedding can be a very stressful process on a bride and a little over whelming at times. Bridal “Daze” is set up to showcase wedding professional’s services and simplifies the planning process for the bride.
Throughout the year a bride is never done when it comes to planning one of the most memorable days of her life. Bridal “Daze” and the service professionals in New England will showcase services in specific areas on a more intimate and personal level.
What is Bridal “Daze”?
Bridal “Daze” is an online service where brides can blog, speak with industry professionals, ask for advice, or stay up on the current bridal trends.
What can I expect on Bridal “Daze”?
Bridal “Daze” is a way to help a bride plan her wedding day by day. Bridal “Daze” can speak about anything from an exercise to lose those last 10 pounds to how to select the right flower for your wedding season. You will also find ways to comment on the topics listed on the site and give advice to other brides through comments.
What does Bridal “Daze” have to offer the vendors?
Bridal “Daze” offers the vendors a way to showcase their services to brides who are interested in their services. It also lists this vendor, free of charge, in our vendor guide section.