Bridesmaid Dresses & Such

I just wanted to share one of my fave vendors: The Dessy Group They have great Bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and their gifts & accessories are amazing! The flower clips that can be added to each bridesmaid dress, just may give you that special touch you have been looking for!  The accessories can match the color of the bridesmaid dresses, but can be used ALL THE TIME! Like the tote bags and purses! I LOVE this tote purse! It’s the perfect size for me, and has the outside pocket and all! HOW CUTE! Wedding aside, you can still shop for great gifts here, having ALL the fun color options, etc.   …..Yep, I shop their accessories all the time, you don’t have to be a bride….


Lighting Makes Your Event

 


Lighting is a way to take your event to a entirely different level.  If done right, it can be very elegant.  Added with a touch of draping, and your event will become magical.  Many brides think that lighting is an over-the-top expense that isn’t worth it; however, lighting is one of the best things you can do for any event.  It can take your event from drab to fab instantly! Lighting is what makes an event visually stunning.  Sometimes lighting is more important than decor when it comes to transformation of a venue. If buget is an issue, focus on the dance floor, tables, food and entertainment area.  



There are a few lighting terms you will want to become familiar with in doing your lighting research: gobo (monograms), rig/lighting trusses/lighting trees, uplighting, pinspots, washes and gels.  If you can’t afford to hire a lighting company, ask your venue if any special affect lighting comes with the venue as part of the package deal.  You might be surprised!  And remember, decor is like a jigsaw puzzle.  Do your homework and align yourself with great professionals.

I’ve never met a Cupcake I didn’t like before…..

 Cupcakes have officially made a comeback, and in a MAJOR way. They have moved from the “kids section” in the back,  to front and center of fabulous window displays, of bakeries, across America. No matter what flavor cupcake, or color of icing, you can do SO MUCH with them at your wedding reception, and really make your “Cake Table” stand out, in more ways than one. When I had lunch with David Tutera, he and I talked about wedding cakes and cupcakes, for about an hour. He prefers to put the cake table in the MIDDLE of the room, maybe across from the dance floor, closer to the sweetheart table/head table, or even at the entrance to the reception area, depending on the room layout. We talked about the cake being more of a centerpiece for the room, than tucked in the corner. I completely agree with him, I’m tired of seeing these amazing cakes in the corner of every ballroom. 


Below are some pics of cupcake weddings. Notice that the top tier, is still the “cake” so you still have a cake, for the bride and groom, to cut together, as tradition goes!


You can tier the cupcakes, you can do candle groupings, with flowers….the options are endless! Notice the Champagne, tiered tassels, and edible table decor in the first pic below. LOVE IT! You can do as many flavors as you want!  PLUS you will save the “cake cutting fee”! Yet another way to make your wedding unique, guest friendly, actually have a VARIETY of cake flavors, AND save money! So, now that I have cupcake fever, I think I will go to my favorite bakery, and just sample the “Fall Line” of Cupcakes….tee hee…No, I’m serious! And I will absolutely make another blog entry, with pictures of half eaten cupcakes!…..so, on that note, To be Continued….                                                         ……   


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~My Personalized Wedding Vows~

Lots of couples are avoiding the traditional wedding “ceremony script” these days, and writing a script that is specific to their lives & relationship. Obviously the MAIN part of that, is the exchanging of vows. Many brides would like to write and memorize their own vows, but honestly, when the wedding day gets here, memorizing a script can put a LOT of unnecessary stress on the bride and groom. You can write your own vows, and still say them as “repeat after me”. It’s quite simple, just hand your script to the minister. They are still YOUR words, without the stress. Your vows are your LIFETIME PROMISES, so make sure they reflect your lives.

 

˙·٠•●♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♥●•٠·˙

 

I’d like to share MY vows to my husband. I wrote them, and included my new stepdaughter, Bailey.

 

You are my best friend, playmate, confidant, inspiration, accomplice and my true counterpart

 

You are the love of my life, and you make me happier than I could ever imagine….

 

and more loved, than I ever thought possible.

 

You have made me a better person, as our love for one another is reflected in the way I live my life.

 

I promise to love and care for you, and I will try in every way, to be worthy of your love.

 

I promise to help shoulder our challenges

 

I promise to encourage your individuality.
I promise to be honest with you, kind, patient, and forgiving.

 

I promise to respect and honor you

 

I promise unconditional love and trust, through sickness and health, sorrow and success

 

I promise to be your partner in all things

 

Not possessing you, but working with you, as a part of the whole.

 

I promise to maintain a healthy home, and nurture our family

 

I promise to love Bailey as my own, and always have her best interests at heart.

 

I am truly blessed to be a part of your life, which as of today,

 

becomes our life together, until the day we take our last breath.
My sweet Kenneth, I pledge to you my faithfulness, my love, and my life.

 

This is my sacred vow to you.

 

 

 

Anna and Josh

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Anna and Josh married at the Hazlehurst House on September 18th and while they are not from the “south”, Anna envisioned a beautiful southern wedding and wanted her guests to experiece a real taste of the south while being very convenient to downtown Atlanta.  She planned her day with a specific vision in mind and didn’t skimp on a detial.  She and Josh wanted the convenience of an all inclusive venue and loved the fact that everything was handled on their behalf.

 

Scott Evans Photography did a phenomenal job with Anna’s photos, Steve Allen, the DJ, will make any party the best ever and he didn’t let Anna down.  Celso’s Cakes provided her with a beautiful and delicious cake.  Guests always seemed surprised that the cake actually taste good, as if a wedding cake isn’t supposed to?  Rudra Brumbelow was her floral designer along with Felicia Watts.  The team of two pulled together Ann’a inspiration in floral and decor.  Her guests raved about the food and of course were indulging in the “spirits” long into the night.  They were a fun crowd and I am sure their party went on long after the reception at a “follow-up” location.

 

The Hazlehurst  House is honored to have been a part of another beautiful day in the life of a very special bride!

Unique & Memorable Ideas for Wedding Favors

Brides, keep in mind that MEN actually come to your wedding too, so candle favors really don’t excite them. Wedding Favors are all about presentation and making it personal and useful. So, you can put a lottery ticket & a fortune cookie in a beautiful box with a personalized bow…..A bottle of the couples favorite BBQ sauce can look elegant, if you pkg it right! Does the mother of the bride have THE BEST peach pie recipe, EVER? Package up fresh peaches, and attach the recipe, printed on layered vellum, and cut the edges with Scalloped Scissors. Attach a short story about the family recipe ….. You MAY spend LOTS of money on monogrammed candles & mints, that will just be thrown away ;-(  We’ve all done it.~~~~~~~Another idea…It is PERFECTLY okay, and actually more personal, if you SEND the “wedding favor” with the Thank You Note (after the wedding), INSTEAD of having a stack, or basket full of favors at your reception. For example: if you Honeymoon in the Cayman Islands, buy Rum Cakes in bulk, and send a boxed mini-rum cake along with your thank you notes. This way, you will not be looking at a basket of leftover favors, at the end of your wedding.

Coed Wedding Shower Idea

Coed Wedding Shower Idea~Set up in a sexy, Mexican style & have the guests dress the part. The atmosphere will have the crowd munching tortillas & sipping margaritas till midnight. Use chili-pepper-themed invitations, lighting, & cocktail napkins. Serve Mexican fare & margaritas in multi-flavors. Splurge on a live salsa/mariachi band, and save on centerpieces. Everyone bring their favorite Tequila for the Couple!

Wedding Trivia

“Carry the Bride Over the Threshold” came from Ancient Romans. The bride had to show that she wasn’t crazy about leaving her father’s home & was dragged over the threshold, to her groom’s house. They also believed that evil spirits, in an effort to curse the couple, hovered at the threshold of their new home, so the bride had to be lifted, to ensure that spirits couldn’t enter her body, through the soles of her feet…….this info will win you trivia one night!

~♥~Sweet Somethings~♥~

I’m ALL ABOUT giving little gifts, during the wedding planning process. So, BRIDES-consider giving your bridesmaids a little Christmas ornament that symbolizes your wedding (a specific flower, or theme piece) and personalize it with a Silver Sharpie. Here in the South, every ornament has a story, so every year, when your gals decorate their tree, they’ll be reminded of your wedding day, and how special they are to you.