Forever Bridal 3

Page 1

T h e

B r i d e ’ s

R e s o u r c e

INVITATIONS SET THE SCENE NEW CHOICES FOR MEN'S SHOES

ADD METALLIC SHINE TO YOUR DECOR DESTINATION

WEDDINGS

Who Says Your Dress Has to be White? At Home

1


AD


AD


20 VERSATILE BRIDESMAID DRESSES 22 NEW CHOICES FOR MEN'S SHOES 24 WHO SAYS YOUR DRESS HAS TO BE WHITE? 28 FASHIONABLE ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY 30 WHO IS DOING YOUR HAIR AND MAKEUP? 32 KEEPING IT ALL ORGANIZED 34 DESTINATION WEDDINGS AT HOME

28.

Bri Johnson Photography©

Fashionable Accessories For Your Special Day

06

INVITATIONS SET THE SCENE

08

BOUQUETS TO MATCH YOUR WEDDING STYLE

10

CANDLES TO LANTERNS CHOOSING THE RIGHT LIGHT

36 A PERFECT TOAST 38 WEDDING BUDGET 40 PINK SANDS, MOONLIT NIGHTS 42 FAVORS THAT ADD FLAVOR TO YOUR WEDDING 44 LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL SONG?

12

ADD METALLIC SHINE TO YOUR DECOR

14

DESIGN YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT, TOO

16

WHAT'S HOT, WHAT'S NOT BRIDAL TRENDS Bri Johnson Photography©


T h e

B r i d e ’ s

Executive Publishers GREG AND SUZANNE FOX Copy Editor MICHELE ROBERT POCHE Creative Director JENNIFER CABALLERO Production Manager DEBBIE WELDON Ar t Director TRA PHAM

R e s o u r c e

Web/Digital Design NEAL BOYD Writers BECKY ROLLAND PATRICIA DANFLOUS MICHELLE FOUCHI ESNEAULT

AD

Sales Team VIVIAN DUGAS MICHELLE DUNN PAM ROGERS MELISSA FOSTER

©2016 Jumpstart Publishing, LLC. • PO Box 8, Mandeville, LA 70470 All rights reserved. • info@igofox.com

Bri Johnson Photography www.brijohnson.com/weddings brijohnsonphotography@yahoo.com Jersey City, NJ -- 585.739.2668 Ryan Zarichnak Photography www. ryanzarichnak.com rzarichnak@ryanzarichnak.com Butler, PA -- 412.973.3224

AD


Invitations Set the Scene

SELECTING A WEDDING INVITATION HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER...BUT ALSO MORE CHALLENGING! ANYTHING GOES THESE DAYS, FROM ETCHING ON REAL WOOD TO GOLD-INFUSED GLITTER BOMBS. BUT WITH SO MANY ALTERNATIVES, HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT DESIGN AND WORDING FOR THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE?

Y

our invitation should set the tone for your wedding, reflecting its theme and colors as well as your own personality. If you are at the invitation stage of your wedding plans, most likely you have already made significant decisions such as the date, time, place and theme of your special day. Now all you have to do is choose how the invitation will reflect those choices. Although your parents may encourage you to stick with a traditional white or cream formal invitation and your grandmother might not enjoy a glitter spray upon opening the envelope, remember the invitation is your guests’ first preview of your wedding day.

6

Just as an invitation to a destination wedding on the beach should be reflected in a simple casual design, a formal invitation implies that your guests should not wear jeans and a t-shirt. Contemporary invitation trends are diverse. There are so many options from DIY designs to reviewing books of samples at a wedding supply business. The current trend is to make your invitation “something unique, something special and something that delivers a message about the bride and groom.” And don’t forget about the envelope liners. More and more couples are using the inner layer of their invitation as a place to add graphics and/or messages or to emphasize the wedding’s color theme. If you can’t decide between formal and fun, compromise by making the liner memorable. A metallic foil, a floralpatterned print or a map can provide that extra personal touch. No matter what size, shape, color or design elements you select for your invitation, make this rule your guiding principal: proof your message, proof it again and again, and ask someone else to proof it for you.


Popular trends include:

• Anything in gold – ink, glitter or foil • Wooden or leather invitations • Lace designs, usually in a laser cut format • The chalkboard effect, dark background with light lettering • Hand-lettering • Mixed graphics • Bold colors, including the envelopes • A pocket/folder style– great for destination weddings • Monograms • 3-D elements such as ribbons, feathers, or charms

AD


Bouquets TO MATCH YOUR WEDDING STYLE

Bri Johnson Photography©

STATEMENT Nothing says love more than roses. The classic round shape of this bouquet is sophisticated with its flowers tightly bound.This bouquet says glamorous, especially with the look of stunning flowers in colors that make an impact.

YOUR BOUQUETS AND FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD TIE INTO YOUR WEDDING STYLE. ALTHOUGH MOST PEOPLE CHOOSE FLOWERS BASED ON COLOR, CERTAIN BOUQUETS REFLECT YOUR STYLE. WHEN TRYING TO CONVEY STYLE THROUGH FLOWERS, GIVE THOUGHT TO THEIR CHARACTERISTICS: IS THE TEXTURE SOFT AND DELICATE, OR EDGY AND BOLD? IS THE COLORING ROMANTIC AND PALE, OR VIVID AND LIVELY? WILL THEY MAKE ARRANGEMENTS LUSH AND FLOWING, OR LIGHTER AND MORE PLAYFUL? 8


NOSEGAY Nosegay bouquets are smaller and tighter than statement bouquets with nothing sticking out of their perfect circles. They are romantic, yet inspire a vintage feel. For winter wonderland weddings, Calla Lilies are a popular choice, followed by avalanche roses, delphiniums and hydrangeas. CASCADE Cascading bouquets are versatile, chic and elegant. With its trailing look, the cascade adds color, texture, drama and a sense of occasion to your wedding day. Traditional waterfall bouquets can bring up a more formal vibe, whereas voluminous cascade arrangements are stylish, elegant and flattering. By blending your individual mix of roses, hydrangeas, carnations, orchids and calla

lilies, cascades offer beautiful flowers in white, ivory, pale blush pink, champagne and cream. CLASSIC The classic style bouquet of loose hand tied flowers with exposed stems reflects a relaxed, casual style that is great for outdoor weddings, whether on the beach or in a rustic setting. The aim is a natural, fresh look that incorporates color. Flowers that work well with the classic look include wax flower, veronica, eryngium and garden roses. This style of bouquet is about celebration and usually showcases bold shapes in upbeat, punchy colors such as bright pink, blue, orange, purple, yellow and green. This wedding style celebrates individuality and creativity so the possibilities are endless.

AD


Bri Johnson Photography©

g n i s o o h C the Right Light

BEFORE YOU PLAN THE LIGHTING FOR YOUR WEDDING, REALIZE NO TWO WEDDINGS ARE ALIKE. SOME PEOPLE CHOOSE TO HAVE MORE SUBTLE LIGHTING WHILE OTHERS CHOOSE A MORE FLAMBOYANT STYLE. IF YOU CHOOSE TO WORK WITH A LIGHTING DESIGNER, MAKE SURE HE UNDERSTANDS YOUR VISION.

W

hy do you need a professional lighting designer? For the same reason you need a professional florist, photographer or wedding planner. A professional will conduct a site survey of the venue, listen to what décor you have already planned, go over the best treatments for the space and make sure you have enough electrical capacity to create your vision. When your vision becomes a plan, your lighting designer will ensure that it includes all the dimmers, controllers, and programs you need to transition moods over the course of the evening. He will also work with your photographer, florist, and planner to be sure you have the best lighting for each of the evening’s activities. Whether your vision is to have a formal wedding or a festive one, an indoor evening wedding with soft candle glow or an outdoor one with

10

globe lights, string lights, or lanterns, the right lighting will add dimension to the room and make the room visually interesting for your guests.

HERE ARE OPTIONS TO THINK ABOUT: Color Wash - To color wash a room is to bathe it in color. Colored lighting that is coordinated with the wedding’s overall color palette can turn a plain venue into a beautiful one. Color washes can either bring attention to a specific area, like the dance floor, or separate a section of the room, such as the dining area. When choosing a color, pick a more flattering one such as a soft rose light, amber or magenta. Outdoor Lighting - Outdoor receptions break away from more traditional lighting methods. The most popular outdoor light source is paper

lanterns. Lanterns create an atmosphere that can be festive and playful, or romantic and tranquil. If you have a courtyard, use globe lights, lanterns or glass orbs filled with candles. The goal is to provide just enough light without making your lighting the focal point. Uplighting - Uplighting places lights on the ground, aimed to project light off the wall or at a particular object. Uplighting can highlight architectural features, outline the perimeter of the space or project a monogram or phrase on the ceiling or walls. Uplighting is the most dramatic and popular lighting element in weddings and the most cost effective. Whether you hire a professional lighting designer or have your own lighting plan, your design should wow your guests, highlight and accentuate your space and decor, and guide your guests’ eyes exactly where you want them to go.


AD


WHY NOT ADD A SPARK OF BRILLIANCE TO YOUR TABLE WITH A METALLIC CENTERPIECE? THE HOTTEST TREND IS A TOUCH OF GOLD, SILVER, COPPER OR OTHER METALLIC COLORS IN SHINY, MATTE OR GLITTER PAIRED WITH A NEUTRAL BASE. USING JUST A POP OF METALLIC WILL MAKE YOUR RECEPTION DÉCOR STAND OUT WITHOUT OVERWHELMING IT AND WILL ALSO CREATE A SETTING THAT HAS A TIMELESS, ELEGANT FEEL.

12

Ryan Zarichnak Photography ©

Ryan Zarichnak Photography ©

ADD METALLIC SHINE TO YOUR DECOR


HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED: LINENS Dress your tables with runners that incorporate metallic threads or a metallic design. Glittery or sequined cloth will also look great. The perfect runner will pull your tablescape together and set off any other metals that you use in the centerpiece. CANDLES Candlelight brings a romantic glow to everything. Place metallic colored or votive candles in crystal holders or let metal candle holders shine. Polished silver is always in style but also consider vintage gold, mercury glass or almost anything in burnished metals that will match your color scheme. Depending on your theme, you can also add lanterns, mason jars, unique bottles, or metal bowls.

Bri Johnson PhotographyŠ

FLOWERS Floral stands, bowls and vases come in a variety of metallic sheens. Metallic accents such as painted feathers or metallic florals or clusters of berries can be added with wire. Painted or glittered fruit can also be stacked in bowls to jazz up your table. ACCESSORIES The sky’s the limit when it comes to accessories. Place cards can be written in metallic ink or placed in gold or silver frames. Three-dimensional glittered table numbers can easily be incorporated into the tablescape. Gilded birds, statues, seashells, ornaments or a token that has special meaning for the bride and groom can be placed among the flowers and candles for a whimsical touch that will make your guests smile.

AD


n g i s e DYour Cake and Eat It,Too

A WEDDING NEEDS A BRIDE, A GROOM AND A FABULOUS CAKE! EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST EXTRA ICING.

Ryan Zarichnak Photography ©

T

14

he wedding cake is central to the post-vow reception. Not only does it serve as a focal point for the decorations and theme, it is also vital to the memories and glorious photographs that it inspires. Imagine if you did not have a photo of you and your new spouse cutting that first piece of cake? Without a cake, you would disappoint youngsters, grandmothers and everyone in between who can’t wait to satisfy that sweet tooth. More than just a ritual, cutting the wedding cake is also a signal that the reception is soon to end and the honeymoon is soon to begin. Your guests may not remember the wedding gown that you spent months selecting, but they will remember how delicious – or dry – your wedding cake tasted. Cake specialists suggest that you choose a cake that looks great, reflects you and the theme of your wedding, and tastes delicious. So delicious that your guests will

want to take an “extra” piece or two home with them. By now, you have probably heard that anything goes in wedding planning.That definitely applies to cake selection. As with your wedding dress, you can’t go wrong with the customary white cake decorated with accent colors, fresh flowers, or traditional bride and groom cake toppers. But if you’re looking to wow your guests with something unique, consider trying unusual color combinations or working with a designer to recreate a life moment. Some wedding cakes depict a scene from the happy couple’s first movie date or illustrate their favorite song. Before you start the design and tasting process, familiarize yourself with different cake styles and the current trends. A birch cake is made to look like a birch tree with woodgrain textures. Chandelier cakes utilize an upside down format with the largest tier of cake at the top. Confetti cakes feature edible, colored confetti on, around and inside the cake.


CURRENT TRENDS COMBINE SIMPLE AND CONTEMPORARY ELEMENTS:

BUTTERCREAM CAKES – This all time favorite is back in style thanks to new techniques, which allow for texture, patterns and colors in buttercream for a relaxed cake design.

SUGAR FLOWERS – Whether fashioned to include one statement flower or various flowers, buds, leaves or berries, these can be made in any color, shape or size.

HAND-PAINTED CAKES - Varieties of this cake include handpainted floral designs matching the theme and color scheme of the wedding. If you want something unique and artistic, have a memorable scene painted on the cake.

EDIBLE LACE – A bride can choose to incorporate fabric and lace patterns reflecting her dress. RUFFLES AND FRILLS – These edible additions add texture and interest while offering a unique elegance.

CAKE TRIOS – A set of three cakes provide options for size, color and shape, as well as the opportunity to offer a traditional cake along with a gluten-free or vegan alternative.

METALLICS – For a more regal look, add gold or silver leaves, a golden sheen, or edible sequins.

CHALKBOARD CAKES – This trendy design give the couple a platform to highlight their personal vows or message.

AD

Bri Johnson Photography©

Bri Johnson Photography©


What’s Hot, What’s Not

WITH WEDDINGS TAKING ON A MORE ARTISTIC APPEAL TO EXPRESS THE PERSONALITIES OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM, YOU WILL SEE MANY UNIQUE TRENDS THIS YEAR. BRIDAL FASHION WEEK IS OVER AND FROM IT COMES DESIGNS THAT ARE SURE TO MAKE A STATEMENT. PANTS? THAT’S RIGHT. WHITE TAILORED PANTS ARE MAKING IT TO THE ALTER ON THE BRIDE, NOT JUST THE GROOM.

16

Ines Di Santo Bridal Spring/Summer 2016


Marchesa Spring/Summer 2017 Bridal Presentation

Marchesa Spring/Summer 2017 Bridal Presentation

Plunging necklines and bare shoulders with tapered hemlines that start short in the front and cascade into a train bring sexy back down the isle.

Veils are back. Long or short, trimmed in lace or plain and held in place by a Victorian tiara.

Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring/Summer 2016

What’s old is new again. Dainty, lacy sandals and peep toe’s inspired by years gone by with an abundance of antique sparkle. Marchesa Spring/Summer 2017 Bridal Presentation

17


Marchesa Spring/Summer 2017 Bridal Presentation

“Antique look� accessories make a bold statement with large rhinestones and pearls.

Marchesa Spring/Summer 2017 Bridal Presentation

Straight from the World War II era, hair makes a fashion statement with tight buns and braids, elegant and understated. The messy up-do is a thing of the past as brides sport neater styles with tiaras and flower crowns. Spring colors are hot, anything other than white like blushes and pinks.

Marchesa Fall/Winter 2016 Bridal Presentation

18


AD


Versatile

T

Bridesmaid Dresses

HE TRADITION OF MATCHING BRIDESMAID DRESSES CAN BE TRACED BACK TO ROMAN TIMES. THE MAIDS DRESSED LIKE THE BRIDE TO CONFUSE EVIL SPIRITS AND BRING LUCK TO THE MARRIAGE. TODAY THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPTIONS FOR YOUR MAIDS TO MATCH IN COLOR OR STYLE WHILE MAINTAINING THEIR OWN INDIVIDUALITY.

WRAPS - The ever-so-versatile, ever-sochic convertible dress is always a favorite. The most popular convertible is the wrap, because it comes in many styles to flatter all sizes and body types. It is the perfect choice if you want your bridesmaids to look cohesive and stylish. Dresses and convertible skirt panels are available in tea length, knee-length, or full length. For an alternative to the convertible dress, try having your bridesmaids wear matching skirts with different blouses. From tulle skirts to floor length, you can find the perfect style skirt for your wedding and allow your bridesmaids to add their own style with varied necklines.

20

Bri Johnson PhotographyŠ

REVERSIBLE DRESSES - Trending now are reversible dresses that women can wear again and again. If you are looking for a formal wedding but also could use a sassy little black dress, the convertible style provides you with 2 dresses for the price of one. With over 60 colors to choose from, reversible dresses are converted in two easy steps. First, button loops at the inside hem to the waistband buttons. Second, flip dress to change from color 1 to color 2. RENTALS - It is hard to find a bridesmaid dress that all of your bridesmaids will love. Luckily a few dress rental websites have expanded the choices for bridal-party wear. They have an extensive selection in every color and the cost is significantly cheaper than purchasing a designer dress.The process is simple: (1) The bride and bridal party book their selections (typically for a 4-8 day rental period), (2) the dresses are received and worn, and (3) the dresses are returned in their pre-paid envelopes — dry cleaning included.


AD


NEW CHOICES FOR MEN’S SHOES WHETHER YOU ARE THE GROOM OR A GROOMSMAN, FINDING THE RIGHT SHOE TO MATCH THE STYLE OF THE WEDDING OR THE COLOR OF YOUR SUIT JUST BECAME EASIER. NEW VENUES NOW BRING NEW POSSIBILITIES. WHETHER THE WEDDING IS AT A CHURCH, A COUNTRY CLUB OR A BEACH.

22

FITTING THE OCCASION Black Tie Weddings Always wear black dress or patent leather shoes to a formal wedding. And make sure they are well-shined.

wedding, your shoes should be darker than your suit. Tan wingtips can work for an outdoor celebration as well as a country club wedding. Remember your tie can also make a bold statement.

Semi-Formal Weddings - When wearing a light colored suit to a summer

Casual Destination Weddings - Destination weddings tend to be casual

and often held on a beach. At a beach wedding, it is appropriate to wear sandals or tennis shoes. MATCHING SHOES TO SUIT COLOR Black - If you’re in a black suit, wear black shoes. Patent-leather dress shoes, because of

their sophisticated glossy finish, are a handsome favorite for grooms and groomsmen. Oxford shoes are a great value because you can wear them for a fancy wedding as well as an important business meeting. Navy - You can wear navy, black or burgundy shoes with a navy suit. If you are going to wear brown shoes, make sure they are a darker shade. Gray - Whether you are wearing light gray or charcoal, blue or black shoes will work. In a less formal setting, you can get away with a dark brown shoe. Don’t be afraid to explore your options beyond leather.


AD


Marchesa Spring/Summer 2017 Bridal Presentation

24

WHO SAYS YOUR DRESS HAS TO BE WHITE?


O

f course, the traditional white wedding gown will never go out of style, but the norms of wedding etiquette are changing. Non-traditional apparel has made its way down the aisle; the latest trend is for the bride to wear something that reflects her personality. Big names in wedding fashion have already responded to the independent woman who is looking for a non-traditional wedding dress. Vera Wang, Marchesa, Reem Acra, and Ramona Keveza have all showcased splashes of color on the runway through unexpected accents and accessories. The more romantic color choices include soft pink, mint green and baby blue whereas gold and silver remain popular for that regal look. Other options include scarlet, kelly green and purple. Having trouble deciding on one color? Try combining colors by using lace overlays, appliques, capes, feather boas, or beading. These unique touches offer countless opportunities to add vibrancy to your wedding gown. Diversity of style will give you more options. Just remember, it may look amazing on a high fashion model in a magazine or plain awful on a hanger in the store, but you won’t know for sure how it works on you until you try it. When choosing a non-traditional dress, don’t limit your shopping to bridal salons. Expand your search to consignment shops or the evening gown section of your favorite department store. Use your imagination to transform a basic evening gown into your bridal

Marchesa Spring/Summer 2017 Bridal Presentation

HERE COMES THE BRIDE, ALL DRESSED IN … BLUE OR GREEN. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO WEAR A TRADITIONAL WHITE WEDDING DRESS, CONSIDER YOURSELF TRENDY. BRIDES HAVE EXPANDED THEIR IMAGINATIONS THIS YEAR TO INCLUDE TECHNICOLOR ALTERNATIVES. FROM SOFT BLUSHES TO BOLD BRIGHT REDS AND FROM SHADES OF PINK TO MIDNIGHT BLUE, MANY CHOICES FOR A WEDDING DRESS ARE ACCEPTABLE, AVAILABLE, AND UNLIMITED.

25


gown. With the help of an experienced seamstress, you can add beading and lace or alter a long-sleeved gown into an off the shoulder one. If you are worried about straying too far from traditional, try blending different styles. Start with a simple white gown without a flowing train, full skirt, or plunging neckline and add a touch of sparkle by wearing an elegant pearl, diamond or crystal necklace. You can also highlight a white dress by adding a colorful border to the hemline or edging on the neckline and sleeves. Basic white or ivory can be transformed

with a little bit of color in a sash, belt, appliques and/or beading in accent colors. Another alternative is to choose a two-piece gown with a traditional white skirt and a colorful top or a tinted lace jacket that you can remove for the reception. In addition to color, other trends to consider when selecting your gown include: plunging necklines, daring side slits, feathers and flowing layers of organza and tulle (for that fairy princess look). Whatever you choose, the wedding day is all about the bride.

AD


AD


A TOUCH OF COLOR It’s exciting to add a flash of color to your white dress but, if you want to really stand out, try a touch of black. A chic black evening shoe, black jewelry or a tasteful black beaded barrette will not only look lovely on your special day, it can be worn long after. Designer Claire Pettibone added a black sash and black hat to make this lacy dress a knockout.

QUEEN FOR THE DAY Tiaras are making a comeback but, for that bold statement, try a crown. Royal hair accessories come in silver or gold with every kind of trim imaginable. With or without a veil, they are the crowning touch on a fairy tale ensemble. For a more delicate look, skinny headbands can be worn traditionally or high on the forehead.

Fashionable Accessories

For Your Special Day ADD A LITTLE BLING TO YOUR WEDDING DRESS WITH THE LATEST IN FASHION!

Claire Pettibone Bridal Spring/Summer 2016

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW The latest bridal fashions have been taking their inspiration from the Edwardian and Victorian eras, so why not wear some jewelry to match? The latest trend pairs the more intricate vintage designs with beautiful colored stones. Bri Johnson Photography©

28


Marchesa Spring/Summer 2017 Bridal Presentation

SIMPLE LINES Bejeweled belts and sashes can add a touch of sparkle with the more modern, streamlined dresses. Get them with pearls or stone colors that coordinate with your attendants.

AD


Ryan Zarichnak Photography ©

Who is Doing Your Hair and Makeup?

YOUR WEDDING DAY WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF YOUR LIFE. YOU WILL WANT EVERYTHING TO BE PERFECT! CHOOSING THE RIGHT HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ARTIST FOR YOUR BIG DAY IS ESSENTIAL! 30


S

chedule your trial appointments a few months in advance of your wedding so that you will have a chance to interview several professionals and try out different hair styles and make up applications. Make sure to bring information about your

wedding to your trial appointment, such as the venue, style of dress, any accessories you plan to wear, and your color scheme. If possible, make your trial appointment before a gathering of friends or family so that you can ask for feedback. When meeting with your

makeup artist and hair stylist, ask if they work on location the day of your wedding. Ask how many of the wedding party they will be able to accommodate on the big day. Find out if there is a contingency plan in case something happens the day of the wedding. Ask to meet his back up person in

AD

advance of your wedding. Time your trial run so that you know how long it will take to do your hair and makeup on your wedding day. Hair especially is all about timing. If you do your hair too early, you will look stale before the activities begin. If too late, you will feel rushed.


WEDDING PARTY Maid/Matron of Honor Bridesmaids

l l A t i g n i p e e K Organized WEDDING DRESS

MEASUREMENTS Dress size Height Bust Waist Hips Inseam Neck Across Shoulders Neck to Waist Waist to Floor (without shoes) Arm Length (shoulder to wrist) Upper arm circumference Hat Size (or circumference of head): Shoe Size: Style preference

FINAL CHOICE Designer/Style number Description

Flower Girl Best Man Ushers/Groomsmen

Ring Bearer

RINGS

Bride's ring size Styles we like

Groom's ring size

Store Contact Cost

Style/design Store Cost

32

FINAL CHOICE


PHOTOGRAPHY

FLOWERS

PREWEDDING

CEREMONY

Wedding rehearsal

MUSIC Prior to ceremony

Pew decorations

Rehearsal dinner Altar/chuppah WEDDING DAY Bride and groom getting ready

Beginning of ceremony Bride's bouquet

Bride and groom with parents Ceremony site and exterior Bride's arrival

Bridesmaids' bouquets

Groom's arrival

Altar/chuppah/other

Conclusion of ceremony Flower girl's bouquet

Processional Parts of ceremony

Groom's boutonniere

Departure of bride and groom

Reception Groomsmen’s boutonnieres

FORMAL Closeup of bride and groom

Ushers boutonnieres

Wedding party Bride's family

Ring bearer's boutonniere

Groom's family Bride and groom with both sets of

Reception centerpieces

parents

Musician/band contact info

Bride and groom with attendants PRERECEPTION

Bride & grooms reception table Other reception arrangments

Candid shots between events RECEPTION Arrival of wedding party

CAKE

Bakery contact information

Couple's first dance Bride's dance with father Groom's dance with mother

Throwing the bouquet Best man's toast Guests

Candid party shots

Top 5 Destinations 1. 2.

Cake type / style

Cutting of the cake Garter toss

HONEYMOON

3. 4. 5.

Filling & Frosting

Travel agent info:

Cost Order date

33


n o i t a n i Dest

s g n i d Wed ome at H

A Backyard Wedding

DESTINATION WEDDINGS CAN BE DIFFICULT TO PLAN AND EXPENSIVE FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. WITH JUST A LITTLE CREATIVITY, YOU CAN HAVE THE EXPERIENCE OF A DESTINATION WITHOUT HAVING TO USE YOUR PASSPORT.

RECREATE YOUR HAPPY PLACE: If you are unable to exchange your vows in your favorite exotic locale, pick a venue or decorate a space that brings that destination to mind. If you always wanted to get married in Rome, consider non-traditional locations such as an Italian restaurant, a classic sculpture garden or a building that features beautiful Roman columns. If you are limited to a more traditional space, you could wrap ivy around the columns and use fruit-filled urns as centerpieces. Floral arrangements can also transform any room. Tropical flowers suggest an island theme while masses of oleander, lavender and other bright blooms will bring to mind the South of France. Think of what reminds you of your special place and have fun incorporating those elements into the décor. SET THE MOOD WITH MUSIC: Invite your guests to get into the swing of things by choosing music that matches your locale. Polynesian music will transport your guests to a Hawaiian beach. If you dream of Paris, play some light jazz with accordion music. Whether you go with recorded songs or a band, music will help you set the tone. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE FOOD: Continue your theme by offering your guests authentic cuisine. If your wedding has a nautical theme, then seafood would be the perfect choice. By offering a variety of Indian curries, you can transport your guests to Jaipur. Or if you dream of Jamaica, bring in jerk chicken and rum punch to make your wedding fun and festive. By offering food other than the traditional, you can make your day unforgettable.

34


AD


A Perfect Toast

KEEP IT SHORT, KEEP IT APPROPRIATE, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK, AND SPEAK FROM THE HEART. FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES WILL HAVE YOUR WEDDING GUESTS CLINKING THEIR GLASSES ENTHUSIASTICALLY.

No matter how formal or informal your reception, wedding toasts are as much a part of the celebration as cutting the cake or the first dance. Plan ahead to determine who will make the toast and when. According to The Emily Post Etiquette Institute (yes, the legendary Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter Anna is the ultimate authority on the right thing to do), the best man traditionally makes the first toast followed by the maid or matron of honor. The bride and groom are not expected to offer a toast to their guests or each other; however some couples use this opportunity to thank their special relatives and friends.

36

WEDDING PLANNERS, ETIQUETTE EXPERTS AND PROFESSIONAL TOASTMASTERS SUGGEST THE FOLLOWING TIPS FOR GREAT TOASTING: ◆ Prepare and practice, especially if you tend to be nervous when speaking in public. ◆ Don’t read the toast unless you are quoting a poem, song lyrics or a traditional cultural saying. ◆ Make it short and

sweet – a maximum of three minutes. ◆ Eliminate sexual innuendos and potentially embarrassing stories although adding a little humor is fine. ◆ Keep the audience thinking happy thoughts – sentimen-

tal sobs ruin makeup. ◆ Look at the guests while speaking, but turn to the bride or groom, or both, when raising the glass. ◆ Come to a simple conclusion, such as “Family and friends, here’s to the bride and groom.”


AD


The

g n i d d e W get Bud Invitations & Stationery Save the Date cards Invitations, Reply Cards Postage Programs Menu Cards Place Cards Thank You Cards Calligraphy Miscellaneous TOTAL Bridal Attire & Beauty Gown Veil / Headpiece Alterations Shoes Lingerie Accessories Jewelry Makeup Hair Nails Miscellaneous TOTAL Groom’s Attire Tuxedo / Suit Shoes Cuff Links Grooming Accessories Miscellaneous TOTAL

Ceremony Location fee Officiant fee Marriage License Rings Music Miscellaneous TOTAL

Reception Location fee Food Drink Rentals Wedding Cake Groom’s Cake Favors Music Security Gratuities Miscellaneous TOTAL Flowers Ceremony Reception Decorations Bridal Bouquet Attendant Bouquets Boutonnieres Flower Girl Parents & Grandparents Miscellaneous TOTAL

Photography Photography Videography Albums Miscellaneous TOTAL Transportation Limousine(s) Miscellaneous TOTAL Gifts Wedding Party Parents Bride & Groom Miscellaneous TOTAL Honeymoon Airline tickets Accommodations Car Rentals Food Entertainment Excursions Souvenirs Passports Clothing Miscellaneous TOTAL Miscellaneous Wedding Consultant Gown Preservation TOTAL TOTAL BUDGET:

38


39


k n i P s d n a S Moonlit Nights

HUGGING SOME OF THE MOST SENSATIONAL ATLANTIC BEACHFRONT ON ELEUTHERA ISLAND, YOU FIND PINEAPPLE FIELDS RESORT. THIS 32-UNIT BOUTIQUE HOTEL SITS SNUG IN THE CENTER OF A SPECTACULAR TWO MILE PINK POWDERED CRESCENT SHAPED BEACH. THE PERFECT PLACE FOR A SECLUDED HONEYMOON!

W

ith the feel of an intimate home away from home, Pineapple Fields Resort offers unpretentious accommodations with all the amenities of a large resort. Whether you want to spend your time relaxing around the beautiful kidney shaped pool or on the beach where you can rent beach chairs and an umbrella,

40

this resort is like staying at the home of a good friend. Nestled on five acres of tropical landscaping, Pineapple Fields’ one and two-bedroom units feature fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops, a master bath with oversized marble vanity, and a spacious bedroom with a king sized bed. Both front and back verandahs have tropical views and come furnished with beautiful teak furniture.

For a great memorable meal, you just need to walk a few hundred feet to Tippy’s, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Bahamas. A rustic gourmet restaurant that sits right on the beach, Tippy’s was described by Bon Appétit magazine as having “some of Eleuthera’s best food.” Also within walking distance of the Pineapple Resort is the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve and the Ocean View Farm riding stables. To explore 100 miles of some of the finest beaches the Bahamas has to offer, you will definitely want to rent a car. There are plenty of options for fun, such as deep sea fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, island tours, stand up paddle boarding, yoga, surfing, kayaking and shell collecting. Or for a romantic adventure, you may want to go horseback riding up and down the beach right in front of the resort!


resort h c a e b l utifu The bea tic, once n a l t A outhern -perfect e r in the s u t ic p for its d e n somehow w o d n a h re , s d pink san d n a e map. e h whit t f f o dropped

Pineapple Fields ResortEleuthera, Bahamas Voted one of the “Top 25 Hotels” in the Caribbean Awarded “Travelers’ Choice” in 2015 by TripAdvisor®

The birthplace of the Bahamas, Eleuthera Island was put on the traveler’s radar in 1959, by Juan Trippe, founder of Pan American Airways. His exclusive Cotton Bay Club turned the island into a playground for wealthy Americans. But in the 90’s with the demise of Pan Am and the severe damage of Hurricane Andrew, elite travelers and investors went elsewhere. Until recently, the beautiful beach resort in the southern Atlantic, once renowned for its picture-perfect white and pink sands, had somehow dropped off the map. Now Eleuthera Island is best known for its slow, peaceful, and relaxing atmosphere. As Pineapple Field’s owner, David Barlyn, explained, “People come here to let their hair down and chill. You may see a millionaire sitting next to someone who saved all year for this trip and not know who is who.”

41


Bri Johnson Photography©

Bri Johnson Photography©

Another popular edible favor is to give small jars of honey, jam, maple syrup or barbecue sauce. Not only does the couple get to share a favorite taste, the jar can be decorated with a personal touch, such as a monogram. Bonus? It's reusable.

F avors That Add Flavor to Your Wedding

WEDDING FAVORS STARTED IN 16TH CENTURY ENGLAND WHERE IT WAS COMMON FOR COUPLES TO GIVE LOVE KNOTS CONSTRUCTED FROM LACE AND RIBBON TO THEIR WEDDING GUESTS AS A FAVOR TO REPRESENT THEIR BOND OF LOVE. WEDDING FAVORS HAVE NOW EVOLVED INTO A GLOBAL TRADITION. FAVORS ARE A GREAT WAY TO THANK YOUR GUESTS AND GIVE THEM A LASTING MEMORY. 42

There are hundreds of different wedding favors to choose from, ranging from shot glasses to soaps to plants. Edible favors are the most popular. Not only are they a great way to coordinate with your wedding theme, the packaging lends itself to a personalized touch. For example, you can send your guests home with something sweet in a personalized wrapper or box. Since weddings are considered lucky occasions, the tradition of couples giving favors to their guests began as a means of bestowing their good luck. Historically, these “lucky” gifts often consisted of five almonds (or pieces of candy) to represent fertility, health, wealth, happiness and longevity. It is also believed that the five sugared almonds were given as a reminder that life is both bitter and sweet.

Some couples give cookies or cupcakes to their guests as favors.The container can be styled with the couples’ monogram and used as a keepsake. Wedding favors are a time honored tradition. So whether you choose to give out tulle-wrapped packages of Jordan almonds, decorative candles or a silver plated bottle opener, your guests are sure to appreciate the gesture and will treasure their gifts for years to come.


AD

AD


Looking for that

SPECIAL SONG? MUSIC CAN SET THE WHOLE MOOD FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY. SO HOW DO YOU PICK THE BEST TUNES FROM MILLIONS OF CHOICES? WHETHER YOU USE LIVE MUSICIANS OR RECORDED MUSIC, THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO FIND THOSE SPECIAL SONGS FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY AND RECEPTION:

 www.youtube.com/user/ WeddingMusicSample/playlists Music playlists for every wedding.

 www.weddingmusicproject.com A catalog of music samples for every part of your ceremony. Download entire albums or individual songs.

 play.google.com/music Type “wedding” into the search box and explore wedding party tunes through free radio.

 www.weddingwire.com/weddingsongs Listen to hundreds of popular wedding songs and music through Amazon.com or iTunes.

www.weddingmuseum.com/ weddingblog/wedding-receptionsongs Click on the type of song you’re looking for then choose from hundreds of popular samples.

 www.weddingmusiccentral.com Wedding songs written especially for weddings as well as original arrangements of classic wedding favorites.

44

 apracticalwedding.com/2016/01/ wedding-songs-2016 The most popular mix of current hits and older favorites, guaranteed to make your reception a success.  www.theknot.com/content/ wedding-songs-advice A listing of top reception songs including links to listen.

www.easyweddings.com.au/music Wedding songs rated by other brides and grooms.

 www.songfreedom.com/home/ library#usage=Wedding||258 Not only can you sample the songs in this library, there is also an option to purchase the license to use them in your wedding video.


AD


AD


AD


AD