Caring for your Bridesmaids

While the time leading up to your wedding can be stressful and emotionally taxing, don’t go hormonal on a bridesmaid who hasn’t bought her shoes yet if what’s really upsetting you is the fact you’re $5,000 over on your budget. Treat her like the friend she is! To help you get off on the right foot with your bridesmaids, take to heart my list of dos and don’ts.

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Don’t put too much pressure or too many expectations on your bridesmaids. You’ve asked them to be in your wedding because they are special to you. Don’t make it another job for them.

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Do start things off right with a great dinner or get-together.

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Don’t expect your bridesmaids to bring a gift to every wedding-related event. In fact, you shouldn’t necessarily expect them to attend every wedding-related event. Remember, being a bridesmaid involves an enormous outlay of funds.

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Do budget enough for gifts that show you appreciate all they’ve done for you.

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Don’t behave badly. This is a very stressful and emotional time in your life and you don’t want to ruin a lifelong relationship.

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Do provide sufficient information regarding what type of jewelry, hairstyle, and nail color you’d like to see on the wedding day. If you take everyone out for manicures and hire a hairstylist for the wedding, you can budge on the more delicate areas. Gifting your attendants with jewelry, a handbag, or a wrap is not only generous but also a great way to exercise some control over style.

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Don’t email your graphic artist bridesmaid the day before she leaves for your wedding, asking her to design your programs in the next twelve hours.

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Do give your bridesmaids plenty of notice regarding dates and deadlines. Though the maid of honor is often in charge of this area, she needs to get directions from you in time. If you want them to attend a fitting with you, help you assemble gift bags for out-of-towners, or have their shoes dyed a particular shade, give them a heads up.

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Don’t choose bridesmaids dresses that only a runway model could wear.

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Do consider the various dress sizes, body types, and skin tones of your bridesmaids when choosing a style and color for their dresses. While finding an outfit that’s universally flattering is virtually impossible, there are some choices that are kinder than others. And unless you’re paying for the dress, consider their budget limitations. If you can find a comparable style in a less expensive fabric, go for it.

Like I said many times before, this time in your life is emotional and can be at times stressful. Take time to listen to your bridesmaids when they’re expressing options, especially where it concerns their attire. These are your best friends you choose to guide you through your wedding, so give them plenty of time to enjoy the festivities as well. You want them to have wonderful memories of your wedding day too.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Friday Floral – Freesia

Freesia when added to a bouquet reminds me of a similar look to the snap dragon. Instead of the funnel shaped flowers growing on all sides of a stem it only grows on the top. This fragrant flower is native to the eastern side of South Africa. It comes naturally in white, yellow, pink, and shades of blue. Their fragrance can be found often in hand creams, shampoos, and candles.  This flower is known to symbolize innocence and friendship. Below I have pointed out some of their main qualities and how they tie into wedding floral designs.

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These flowers are mostly planted in the fall. Going into more depth about their growing habits, once the stem has reached it maximum height the bud will make a right angle allowing all of the flowers to bloom facing straight up.

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It is best to grow this plant in well drained areas of your garden. If you are looking to add the most fragrance plant pink and red variations.

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As explained above this flower is known to symbolize innocence and friendship. It is the seventh wedding anniversary flower.

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The expected vase life is six days. If you are planning to use this flower in your wedding have them delivered approximately 4 days before the wedding so that each flower has the opportunity to bloom.

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These flowers are very fragile. If you add them to a large arrangement and they touch other branches they will turn brown and wilt. It is important to only add them to bouquets, singular vases, hair pieces, and boutonnieres.

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Each stem will have 3-6 blooms per stem.

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Freesia costs approximately $1.43 per stem.

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This bouquet is my absolute favorite! Freesia can either blend in well with a wild exotic bouquet, or be used for an elegant all white bouquet.

I think that if your florists handles this flower properly it can add excellent volume to any bouquet or arrangement. When adding it to a floral design treat it as an accent flower versus a full or filler flower. This flower will give enough fragrance for your guests to enjoy the entire night!

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Destination Wedding: Texas Hill Country

There is definitely something special about Texas Hill Country. From the unforgettable wildflowers and sunsets to the best wine, food, lakes, and hospitality, there’s no place quite like it. Nestled in the heart of Texas, Hill Country provides all the luxury and country living, good-eating, and line-dancing, that any bride and groom would want to have. With local attractions, breathtaking views, and top entertainment this place really has it all.

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When soul mates join hands at Horseshoe Bay Resort, it creates the perfect start to an exceptional marriage. With the tranquility of Lake LBJ and activities for everyone in your wedding party, you’re destined to fall in love with this location.

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La Cantera Hill Country Resort offers the perfect romantic backdrop of the Texas Hill Country for your big day! Whether your ceremony will have 20 or 500 attendees, La Cantera is dedicated to making your wedding day as smooth and stress-free as possible. La Cantera Hill Country Resort has an assortment of indoor and outdoor venues that can accommodate ceremonies from 10 to 350, with wedding receptions for up to 1,000 guests.

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Stablewood Springs Resort is the Hill Country’s premier wedding destination. Exchange vows beneath a grove of century-old live oaks or atop a 2000-foot high ridge with incomparable views. Here are the area’s finest facilities for your rehearsal dinner, your ceremony and your reception.

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Trois Estate at Enchanted Rock presents a magical setting that is sure to enrapture all your guests during your Texas wedding. Every detail, from an intimate 50-guest ceremony in their elegant courtyard to a lavish reception of up to 275 in the 5,000 square-foot reception hall, will be handled with the utmost care by their onsite professionals. The spa lets you unwind before your big day, while their onsite restaurant will help create a menu perfect for your guests. There’s no place better than here to say, “I do.”

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Say “I do” at the beautiful Willow Point Resort, located on the shores of stunning Lake Buchanan. This elegant setting is perfect for all types of celebrations, from extravagant events to intimate ceremonies, and is sure to enchant all of your guests! Their new lake house is ideal for guest accommodations, and their professional staff will help you plan all the details!

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The charming Hill Country is the perfect place to say “I do.” At Acorn Bed & Breakfast, you can enjoy a truly intimate celebration with your family and friends under a canopy of oak trees, plus a goldfish pond and gazebo that make for a truly elegant setting. Let their professional staff help you plan all the details so that your dream wedding can become a reality.

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Plan an exclusive, elegant plantation-style wedding retreat with overnight accommodations for up to 44 family and friends for a unique Texas style event. The Walden Plantation provides an all-inclusive facility to showcase your wedding weekend. Your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and the reception will be fabulous.

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Newly engaged couples who have the idea of having the ultimate destination wedding, but don’t want to travel far to say their “I dos” will love Lakeway Resort and Spa. You can stay in your own backyard and still have the special day of your dreams in the Heart of Texas on the shores of Lake Travis.

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The Full Moon Inn has 20 years of experience when it comes to catering weddings. The inn’s professional staff will assist in all the details, legwork, and make your wedding stress-free and enjoyable. This charming Hill Country setting is sure to enchant all your guests!

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At The Resort at Tapatio Springs, event professionals will make sure that your wedding day is as beautiful as you’ve always imagined! You have the option between a private outdoor venue near the golf course complete with a patio featuring a beautiful stone fireplace, or there’s the indoor ballroom that also shows off those amazing views! Let their staff help make sure your big day goes off without a hitch!

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Located 35 minutes north of Austin, the Vineyard at Florence wedding experience is a desired venue for weddings and bridal parties. The Vineyard offer beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces with natural surroundings such as, the rolling hills, spring-fed creek, and starry nights for your perfect event. Imagine your wedding overlooking the lush vineyards and dancing under the stars as you celebrate your new life together.

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Weddings at Red Corral Ranch are magical events that bring together friends and family in a casually elegant setting. With multiple sites available for gathering with loved ones, and hosting a rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception, your wedding at Red Corral Ranch will be the event of a lifetime for you and your guests.

Which venue would you choose?

Stacey B.

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Wedding Inspiration for the Fanciful Bride

Fun, unique, and unexpected is a great way to describe the fanciful style bride.  A chic unexpected location is ideal for a unique wedding, such as an aquarium, casino, amusement park, night club or sports stadium.  With a fanciful sensibility, you can blend and mix styles as you see fit.  An unfettered imagination is the best tool at your disposal if you’re dreaming of a fanciful wedding. Make your own rules, and you’ll find a style that no one else could have dreamed of.

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Just think of a couple tying the knot on the roller coaster they rode on their first date. Or what about life-long film buffs marrying at a movie theater. If the idea of an utterly whimsical wedding sets your heart racing, it will help to find your location first.

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If choose to get married at an aquarium, play up the water theme, and go for shimmering greens and blues. For a quirky wedding at a bowling alley, play up the retro style and indulge in 1956 ice-cream pastel tones.

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Instead of wedding invitations with ribbons or flower design, you might feature a strong emblem or motif that relates to your location. For a wedding being held at an aquarium, for example, a stylized illustration of an ocean creature could be letter pressed in the wedding stationary.

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All the details of the wedding should fit into the fanciful sensibility, including the dress. A dress with a bit of a personality would be a great addition to your style.

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Incorporating flowers that are less seen at traditional weddings is a great way to incorporate your unique style into your fanciful wedding.

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Incorporate stylish flower arrangement, lounge areas, and creative touches to fill out and balance the look of the space.

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The alter should be the most prominent area so you want to focus your attention their first. If you have chosen a location that has a strong backdrop such as an aquarium, amusement park, or sports stadium, use these elements and play off them to enhance the focal point.

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There are so many fanciful style details that can adorn the tables at your reception. Tables might be topped with colorful tablecloths, either in a color chosen from your palette or in a neutral and classic white, with centerpieces that echo the bridesmaids bouquets, tea light candles, and fun, unique glassware to keep with the overall feel.

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For many weddings, place settings often incorporate reception menus as an important element that adds beauty and style to the table design. Stick with the font your have chosen for you wedding invitations to have a cohesive look.

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Stick with your color palette and unique style to keep with the cohesive design of your wedding .

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The getaway is the final big moment with your family and friends, so make it special and unique. When your getaway aligns with your wedding style, there will be a natural progression from your reception to the moment you are cheered on your way. To keep to the fanciful style you might exit in a quirky old-school vehicle, or you might make a grand exit in a hot air balloon.

Choosing your wedding style should be a top decision you make before executing  other plans. Throughout the planning process, it will become a touchstone that you return to time and time again. There are so many options to consider and so many details to plan that you may find yourself fighting against your own best instincts, but make sure to stay on track and most importantly have fun with it!

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Choosing Your Bridal Gown Silhouette

Your choice of a ready-to-wear dress or a custom made gown will depend largely on your budget and time frame. Whatever dress style you choose, always think about your overall wedding style, making sure that your dress enhances and aligns with your vision of your wedding. Focusing on this will help you narrow your choices somewhat and also provide a more unified and stylish look to your wedding. Some brides like to choose their dress first, which then helps them define the rest of their wedding style. Take a look through these gorgeous gowns, as I have provided you with stylish tips that might help you narrow down your decisions.

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The smooth line of an A-line silhouette resembles its name. The fitted gown is narrow on top and the skirt extends in a triangular shape to a wider bottom. This classic style elongates the body’s shape and can help to minimize a fuller figure. It can be either elegant and dressy or informal in style.

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The ball gown, or princess silhouette, offers a classic style with a tightly fitted bodice and with either cascades of billowing netting, or silk fabric to create a very full skirt. Usually boasting gorgeous, long trains, these Cinderella-inspired dresses most frequently feature a natural or slightly dropped waistline. Flattering on a variety of figures, this is a great silhouette for a classic wedding.

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Popularized during the Empire period in France, the Empire waist gown is similar to an A-line silhouette but with hitting just under the bust line. This gown gives the illusion of a long torso and legs and gives overall height. It is an extremely popular style and a very flattering silhouette for most brides.

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This silhouette is dramatic and form-fitting as well as beautifully elongating. If you have the figure to wear this silhouette it can be extremely dramatic as it hugs the body and accentuates your curves. If you are having more conservative ceremony you may want to consider a fuller chapel or cathedral train that can flow behind you.

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The sheath silhouette is slim fitting gown. It can be cut straight up and down, or have a little kick or flair at the bottom. Sheaths can have an elegant flowing shape or hug every curve of the body. This silhouette works very well for more contemporary wedding styles, and is also perfect for those brides who look better in dresses with less fabric and who don’t want a bustle.

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This silhouette is similar to a ball gown but with an elongated bodice. The dropped waistline, at the hips or just below is a key focal point of this dress style and can be straight, asymmetrical, U-shaped, or a very flattering V-shape. Generally this gown is paired with a skirt, and appeals to many body types, and is also great if you want to draw the eye downward, or away from your bust line.

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Usually every town in America has a bridal boutique in one form or another. It is recommended to call ahead to schedule your appointment. Try to schedule your initial visit during the week, and if at all possible schedule a specific time. That way the salesperson can be completely available to help you try on and refine your bridal gown ideas.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

 

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