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Wedding Day Details – How To Set The Bar Early With invitations & More

Wedding day Details - basic invite

Wedding Day Details…

Are part of the lure of a wedding. Yes, everyone is there to celebrate the love, but part of the fun is seeing everything put together and the individuality that comes with every couple. Styles range, but regardless of the theme checking out the flowers, tablescape, menu, and music are all wedding day details that your guests are excited to embrace and what they’ll leave remembering.

 

Specifically speaking to the brides-to-be, this is your moment! It’s a time in your life when things are all about you babe! So, why not play the whole bridal experience up from the start by setting the bar early.
celebrate YOUR ENGAGEMENT

A proper engagement announcement will make this whole thing feel real while also serving as the first chance to show off your new found bridal vibes. Schedule an engagement photo shoot and post those pictures everywhere! Make sure to get plenty of bling shots and incorporate your wedding style into your shoot through your outfits, scenery, and overall tone.

If keeping things intimate is more your style, extend engagement party invitations to those closest to you and share the big news with only them. Word will spread that wedding bells are ringing, but until then keep the news privy to those closest to you.

Wedding Day Detail - Basic Invite
VET your vendors
Once plans are underway vetting your vendors is mega important. Do your research before officially booking any vendor to ensure your wedding day is smooth sailing and everything you’ve been dreaming of.

Ask other couples about their experiences, check wedding websites like The Knot and Wedding Wire for vendor recommendations and reviews, and even hop on wedding-related message boards for honest advice.

incorporate invitations

Invitations and stationery can be incorporated as early on as engagement announcement and can be utilized throughout the entire planning process. Sending out custom stationery for each festivity is another great way to set the bar early on.

Showing off your style, potential wedding theme, and your wedding colors through invitations will give guests an idea of what to expect as far as décor and vibes.

 
 
 
 
Social Media Sneak Peeks

For all of you millennial brides use to sharing it all, there is a fine line between spoiling all of the surprises and keeping things a bit more private when it comes to the sacred union of marriage. Social media sneak peeks can be the perfect line to tow to engage your potential guests while also leaving a little room to the imagination.

Snap shots of potential invitation designs and asks your followers to vote! Upload a boomerang at the bridal boutique, but be sure the gown you are wearing isn’t the one you chose!

Set your wedding day details bar early by immersing yourself in all things wedding, but keep some of those day of details hush, hush to make your wedding one to remember!

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Elegant Beach Elopement

Wisconsin,

Despite its tendency to sit quietly as “America’s Dairyland,” is a state that is incredibly special. The land flows effortlessly from fields of golden wheat to breathtaking rock formations, from rolling green hills to waterfalls; and while its neighbor claims the nickname of “Land of the Lakes,” Wisconsin actually hosts a few thousand more. For brides and grooms who dream of a quiet vow ceremony against a backdrop of waves and gulls, there are two Great Lakes in particular that can claim to be as large as some seas. We wanted to showcase the pristine beauty of Lake Michigan with this styled beach elopement, so we chose a location just ten minutes outside of Milwaukee that is rich in views and boasts over 800 feet of sandy shoreline.

'She loved the sea.

She liked the sharp
salty smell of the air,
and the vastness
of the horizons
bounded only by a vault
of azure sky above.

It made her feel small,
but free as well.’
―George R.R. Martin

We kept the details elegant and minimal,

using what a bride and groom would likely bring to the shores themselves for a very intimate setting. The colorful and beautifully untamed florals provided by Vy’s Floral Design out of Chicago added the perfect accent for a free-spirited beach elopement. Our bride wore a flowing, ombré MinkMaids gown, paired with makeup that highlighted her features with a soft touch. Quartz bridal accessories completed the raw, simple elegance of her look, and our groom kept his own look natural and effortless. To highlight the tones of the water and surrounding vistas, our colors were organized around soft blues, blue-tinted greens, and white, with a touch of the delicate blush of a beach sunset.

Elegant Beach Elopement
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Best Bachelorette Party Ideas in the US

What was once a one-night extravaganza, bachelorette parties have turned into a destination trip to spend with your best gal pals. From east to west coast and everywhere in between, we have compiled the best Bachelorette Party Ideas in the US. This guide will help you find the right city for you and your lovely ladies.

Best Bachelorette Party Ideas in the US

1. New York City

Where to eat: Get spooky at Jekyll and Hyde Club or head over to Ellen’s Stardust Diner for 50’s vibes

Where to stay: Look no further than the Gansevoort Hotel in the heart of the Meatpacking District. The views and the funky hippy atmosphere will keep you wanting more

Where to party: Calm your sweet tooth at the Sugar Factory or have the ultimate club experience at 1oak  

Where to wander: In New York, anything is possible, treat you and your ladies to a fun pole-dancing class at Body & Pole.

Best Bachelorette Party Ideas in the US

2.Las Vegas

Where to eat: Vintner Grill an American Bistro or Tacos & Tequila for Mexican style with a rock’n’roll twist.

Where to stay: The iconic Caesars Palace for the epitome of a Las Vegas experience or the  New York-New York Hotel, for incredible decor and impeccable attention to detail.

Where to party: Hit Frankie’s Tiki Room for little umbrellas and perfect tiki decor or freeze in Minus 5 Ice Bar, the only place where you will find ice in the desert.

Where to wander: If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Red Rock Canyon and take your bridesmaids on a Hiking excursion

3. Miami

Where to eat:  Dine on the water at The Rusty Pelican Miami or “kick back, eat well and stay while” at the Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill.

Where to stay: For exciting pool parties, Delano South Beach Hotel has got you covered, while the Redbury South Beach has beautiful aesthetic with a relaxing rooftop pool

Where to party: LIV and Basement will have you dancing (and bowling) the night away.

Where to wander: Take a walking tour through the Art Deco district, where historic Miami comes to life.

4. New Orleans

Where to eat: Indulge in local delicacies and beignets at Cafe du Monde

Where to stay: For the edgier bridal party, Hotel Modern is the perfect stay. While Hotel Monteleone is a more elegant stay.

Where to party:  Bourbon Street, Bourbon Street, Bourbon Street. Simply taking a stroll down this infamous street will make for an amusing night. However, if you are specifically looking for live music, Three Muses is a perfect spot for a New Orleans Bachelorette party.

Where to wander: Hop on a New Orleans Airboat Tour and explore the swampy side of Louisiana.

5. Nashville

Where to eat: Dine at EiO & THE HIVE for locally sourced organic foods.

Where to stay: Since opening the Thompson Nashville is the talk of the town or book a room at the Westin Nashville, knowns for its rooftop pool, lounge and views.

Where to party: Since there are so many awesome bars and things to do in Nashville, bar hopping has become a fan fav. Some great bars to definitely stop in are Acme Feed & Seed and Tootsie’s.

Where to wander: The Pedal Tavern aka the “ultimate bar crawl” is a must!

6. Savannah

Where to eat:  Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is true southern casual dining while Crystal Beer Parlor emits true Savannah history and culture.

Where to stay:  Airbnb’s in downtown Savannah is the way to truly experience the historic city. If an Airbnb is not your style, B Historic Hotel has minimalist decor and will make for a great stay.

Where to party: Find live music, laid-back vibes and Gothic decor at The Jinx. Or practice “the art of cocktail” in the chic 22 Square Bar.

Where to wander: Take a stroll in Savannah’s Historic District

7. Lake Tahoe

Where to eat: The Boathouse on the Pier will create the perfect ambiance as you sip your cocktails and marvel at Tahoe’s beautiful scenery.

Where to stay: The Basecamp is a quaint hotel, where each room has their own unique charm and decor, along with a twinkling courtyard with games, a bar, fire pit and hot tubs. While Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge and Spa will fill all of your luxurious needs.

Where to party: The Beacon Bar & Grill has constant live music, or opt for a boat ride with all the girls exploring Tahoe’s beauty.

Where to wander:  Zephyr Cove has all day summer activities, volleyball & water sports, and even snowmobiling in the winter months.

8. Montreal

Where to eat: Don’t overlook the Coldroom, where the entrance is actually at the exit. This industrial basement cold room restaurant is a hidden gem.

Where to stay: Can’t get better than Hotel 10 with its ideal location.

Where to party: Pop the bubbly at La Champagnerie or ride the mechanical bull at Chez Serge

Where to wander: Want to try something completely out of the ordinary? Aquamermaid offers trial mermaid classes for bachelorette parties. Yes, I said mermaid classes. They will also do a photo shoot of you and your besties.

9. Denver

Where to eat: Ever dreamed of fried chicken, ham, cheddar cheese, and local Colorado honey butter, all on a delicious biscuit? Denver Biscuit Company has biscuits that are truly a mile high.

Where to stay: The Crawford Hotel will make for a fun and unique experience in the heart of Denver

Where to party: Avanti is your one-stop-shop for the ultimate happy hour mixed with food truck styled cuisine. Also, stop by the View House for rooftop fun.

Where to wander:  If your looking for Bachelorette Party Ideas full of adventure, take a trip to the Rocky Mountains and hike to Crater Lake.

10. Chicago

Where to eat: Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, Giordano’s or Pequods pizza is a must

Where to stay: Acme Hotel will satisfy your lifelong dream to live like a rockstar.

Where to party: At Apogee, you can enjoy magnificent views of the city of Chicago while sippin’ on a smokey and cloudy cocktail.

Where to wander: Visit the Skydeck Chicago, where you can step out into an extended glass box At 1,353 feet in the air.

Photo Credits:

Paul Dyer Photography

Paul Dyer Photography: Basecamp Hotel

 

 

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These Bachelorette Party Ideas will have you and your bridal party making memories that will last a lifetime!

XO,

MG

Madison Good

Madison Good

PR/Social Media intern

ABOUT:

I am Madison Good, born and raised in Yorktown Heights, New York. After graduating high school, I headed to Hofstra University to pursue a career in Public Relations, specifically Fashion PR. I am currently a Junior here at Hofstra with a major in PR and a minor is sociology. I love fashion and the freedom of expression it instills in each and every one of us.

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Bridal Shower Games

5 of the Best Bridal Shower Games

Throwing a bridal shower and want to make it a day the lovely couple will never forget? Fill the day with laughter and memories by playing these bridal shower games. These interactive and downloadable game cards will make the shower super exciting and enjoyable. Have some friendly competition, hand out prizes and earn some major brownie points with the bride.

He Said, She Said

Rules:

A game of who said it! Your guests will have a list of questions that either the bride or groom has said. The players will then guess who they think said the phrase. Guest with the most correct answers receives a prize.

Find the Guest

Rules:

This game is not only fun but can help your guests mingle and get to know each other. Once receiving the game card, the players will have to hunt down any guest that meets the qualifications listed. This game can last throughout the entire party. At the end of the night, the guest that finds the most people, will win a prize.

Over or Under

Rules:

This friendly guessing game challenges the players to see who is really paying attention. Each guest will receive the downloadable bridal shower game card and will have to choose whether the phrase on the game card is “over” or “under” the number given. 

Bridal Shower Games

Ring Hunt

Rules:

Send your guests on a wild goose chase to find the most rings hidden in the shower.  The guest with the most rings at the end of the shower will go home with something special.

Who Knows the Bride Best

Rules:

The ultimate test of who really knows the bride. A list of questions will be given on the game card and the guests will have to answer based on their knowledge of the bride. Not only will they receive a prize, but will get the ultimate bragging rights. 

Nobody wants a dull bridal shower, spice it up and have your guest play these awesome bridal shower games! To make it easy for you, we’ve included a downloadable & printable version of the games. Each game card comes in a variety of colors to fit the theme of the shower. Make lasting memories and have a blast!

XO,

MG

about the author…

Madison Good

Madison Good

PR/Social Media Intern

I am Madison Good, born and raised in Yorktown Heights, New York. After graduating high school, I headed to Hofstra University to pursue a career in Public Relations, specifically Fashion PR. I am currently a Junior here at Hofstra with a major in PR and a minor in sociology. I love fashion and the freedom of expression it instills in each and every one of us.

 

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Skylar + Adam’s Winter Wonderland Wedding

Tell us your story… 

Adam and I met at the start of our senior year at Franklin & Marshall College in 2011. We locked eyes across a smoky bar, smiled, and looked away. We both couldn’t help stealing one more glance of each other at the same time, and then Adam came over to introduce himself. We talked until the next morning, and I texted my sister saying I had met “either my future husband or my new best friend.” We’ve been together ever since!

Where did you two tie the knot? 

We held our ceremony and reception at Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY. We loved this venue because of its balance between rustic and elegant. The chandelier in the ballroom is stunning, but the working fireplaces and the tavern area give it a homey feel, as well. We could picture the twinkle lights in the solarium giving a romantic vibe to the ceremony, and we loved picturing our friends and family gathered around the hearths throughout the evening. We wanted the wedding to feel less like a production, and more like an intimate dinner party.

Spill the details about your wedding! 

I had always dreamed of having a December wedding, and almost couldn’t believe that my dream came true. The holiday season is my favorite time of year, and I wanted to bring that cheer to our wedding without having it scream Christmas.

We chose a rich pine green as the central color, with accents of navy, ivory, burgundy, and gold. These colors all came together especially nicely in our bridesmaids’ and groomsmens’ outfits. The girls got to choose their own style within a line from Alfred Sung, and the guys all wore their own navy blue suits. The girls’ navy pashminas and the guys’ plaid ties from Tie Bar brought the looks together perfectly!

For flowers, we wanted lots of greenery with white and pops of red. My very talented aunt did all of the flowers for our ceremony space, including the stunning arbor. Florist Edwina Sylvester created bouquets and centerpieces beyond our wildest dreams.

The one thing we couldn’t plan for was having the first snowfall of the season in the Hudson Valley bless us on December 9th. It created a snowglobe within our little venue, and really added a magical element to the whole day.

It was a true winter wonderland wedding!

I had a lot of fun DIY-ing many elements of our wedding. I practiced my hand lettering for months, and actually addressed all the Save the Dates and invitations, as well as the place cards. I handmade all of the signage. I also stood over a hot stove in the summer months melting wax with rosemary fragrance oil to make almost 150 candles as our favors. I may be crazy, but it meant so much for me to add that personal touch for our guests!

I reached out to Alyson because I wanted a beaded comb for my hair that would match a specific pair of earrings. My grandmother’s brothers gave her a pair of pearl and diamond earrings as a wedding gift, and my mom wore those earrings for her wedding. I was so touched when my mom suggested that I wear them for my wedding, too. I sent Alyson photos of the earrings and my dress, and she went to work creating the most gorgeous head piece. Now I have another treasure to pass down to future brides in my family!

What was your favorite moment?

There are so many moments to choose from! It was the happiest 24-hour blur of my whole life. The ceremony was particularly special to both of us. With the sun setting and the snow falling around us, it felt like we were in our own little world. We wrote statements of our love to one another, followed by traditional vows. I think hearing what each other had to say, and then repeating the promises that men and women have made for centuries, then actually getting to say “I do”, was just totally surreal and blissful for both of us!

Skylar + Adam's Winter Wonderland Wedding

Vendors:

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Highlands Country Club 
Entertainment (DJ/Band): DJ Relentliss (Greg Lissauer) 
Hair Stylist: Elyssa Michaels 
Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander
Bespoke Beaded Hair Adornment: Alyson Nicole
Engagement ring and diamond wedding band: Studio1040 
Gold wedding bands: Bario Neal
Fur coat: last minute on Etsy!
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What to Wear for Your Bridal Shower

What to Wear for Your Bridal Shower

What bride-to-be doesn’t want to look absolutely fabulous for her Bridal Shower? We know all brides have a million and one things to do as their special day gets closer, so these style tips and ideas on What to Wear for Your Bridal Shower will make life much easier. The bride should definitely stand out. It is typical to be the only one wearing white, but based on your style and personality, I say spice up the white with amazing accessories and pops of color.

Traditional with a Twist

Really cannot decide what to wear for your bridal shower? You can never go wrong with the perfect white dress and an eye-catching shoe.  Emeralds, blues, and yellows can really make a simple white dress stand out. Have fun with it and add a little color to your day! When accessorizing this look, simple but elegant pieces are a must. If your shoes are going to be the pop of color, delicate accessories will pull the entire ensemble together.

Option One

What to Wear for Your Bridal Shower

Pair this traditional yet modern dress from Bloomingdales with the Ora delicate flower sash and matching hair pins. To spice up the look, rock these emerald pumps from Steve Madden

Option Two

The Christina sash will add just the right amount of bling to the Bardot Lace-Inset Ruffled Dress from Bloomingdale’s. Pull the ensemble together with feathered earrings and a subtle tiara. To match the gold tones of your accessories, a yellow sandal with a chunky heel is perfect for an outdoor bridal shower.

Daring yet Darling

If you’re going for a more editorial look, asymmetrical shapes and colors are definitely in. A high fashion jumpsuit, a unique mini with bold colors, will have all your guests in awe. To complete this kind of outfit, eye-popping accessories are the way to go. Choose a bold belt, dramatic earrings, a statement necklace or even a fabulous crown.

Option One

This bold pixy from Neiman Marcus paired with the Lia layered necklace and gold hairpins turn traditional bridal shower attire on its head.

Option Two

Choose an asymmetrical jumpsuit from Bloomies for a really unique look. Add your own personal flair to the look by pairing the charming Eloise sash, crystal bracelet and Sacha earrings.

Option Three

Make this elegant jumpsuit from Neiman Marucs your own by pairing it with the extremely bold Indie neckalce and matching feathered hairpin.

Truly Bohemian

Finally, for a more effortless look, a stunning long dress with bohemian accessories will have you looking gorgeous while still being comfortable! Delicate tiaras, leafy crowns, layered necklaces and feathered hair pieces, yes, please!

Option One

Free People’s Love Spell lace maxi is the epitome of effortless. With the Laurel leafy crown, long draping earrings and a subtle belt to bring in the waist will have you looking like a true bohemian goddess.

Option Two

Our intricate Thora crown matches perfectly with the Love to Love You Cutwork Dress by Free People. Matching gold earrings, choker and/or bracelet will pull the entire look together.

Option Three

Intricate lace in the Cherie Bodycon Dress from Free People, exquisite Finley earrings, and a beautiful tiara make for the perfect look for any bohemian bride.

Whichever look you are going for, these amazing accessories and style tips for What to Wear for Your Bridal Shower will have you looking and feeling your best!

XO,

MG

about the author…

Madison Good

Madison Good

PR/Social Media Intern

I am Madison Good, born and raised in Yorktown Heights, New York. After graduating high school, I headed to Hofstra University to pursue a career in Public Relations, specifically Fashion PR. I am currently a Junior here at Hofstra with a major in PR and a minor in sociology. I love fashion and the freedom of expression it instills in each and every one of us.

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Modern Valentine’s Wedding Inspiration

Modern Valentine’s Wedding Inspiration

Happy V-Day!

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your special day, look no further than a Valentine’s Wedding. Yes I know, Valentine’s Day can definitely be overwhelmingly pink, filled with candy hearts and teddy bears. However, with a modern twist, your special day can ooze romance. Deep reds, creams, hints of gold and rustic tones will create the perfect valentine’s ambiance, without all the cliché’s.

To start planning a chic & modern Valentine’s Wedding, the perfect color scheme is essential. Burgandy, gold, beige and creams will set the subtle and elegant mood. With this brilliant palette, everything will fall into place.

Starting with invitations, a modern brushstroke design with sophisticated gold calligraphy from Elli.com is the perfect mix of originality and simplicity. To match the deep reds of the invitations, the one tier ombre cake from Mito Sweets, is the perfect equivalent. Rich greens are the perfect addition to the decor. Besides the curling vines on the cake, pairing burgundy tones with an abundance of greenery, make for the ultimate romantic ambiance. Incorporating eucalyptus, vines and other leafy greens make for the perfect table decor and flower arrangments. Within the table decor and flowers arrangments, hints of gold and blush tie everything together for a charming dining experience.

Now, what would a perfect valentine’s wedding be without the bride and the groom? A long bohemian lace gown with an elegant open back and an attached lace cape from Grace Loves Lace will add the perfect amount of drama. For the groom, a velvet burgundy tuxedo jacket, paired with the class white collared shirt and black pants, allows for tradition with an interesting twist that even goes along with the theme. A subtle boutonniere with beiges, blushes, greens, and a pop of red ties together the entire ensemble.

Photo Credits: Elli.com
Photo Credits: Mito Sweets
Photo Credits: Honey Photographs. Valentine's Wedding
Photo Credits: Junebug Weddings & Rubi Z Photography
Photo Credits: Grace Loves Lace- Verdelle 2.0
Photo Credits: Grace Loves Lace- Verdelle 2.0
Photo Credits: Michelle Edgemont Photography
Photo Credits: Taralynn Lawton
Photo Credits: Emily Millay Photography
Photo Credits: Taralynn Lawton
Photo Credits: Emily Millay Photography

Let the season of love inspired you! Have fun and create the valentine’s wedding of your dreams!

XO,

MG

about the author…

Madison Good

Madison Good

PR/Social Media Intern

ABOUT:

I am Madison Good, born and raised in Yorktown Heights, New York. After graduating high school, I headed to Hofstra University to pursue a career in Public Relations, specifically Fashion PR. I am currently a Junior here at Hofstra with a major in PR and a minor in sociology. I love fashion and the freedom of expression it instills in each and every one of us.

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email: mgood1@pride.hofstra.edu 

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How To Plan the Perfect Proposal

Are you ready to pop the question?

 

You found your person, the one, your best friend, your soulmate. Congratulations! Our hearts go searching for its other half without us even knowing it and sometimes when we find that other piece, it takes us by surprise. You are probably filled with emotion right now; excitement, love, and maybe a little bit of nerves. Don’t worry, nervousness is normal. Its really just excitement tricking you!

So, you’ve made up your mind, you are going to ask your love to marry you!

Well, thats the pre-step to the 7-steps to plan the perfect proposal.

Hooray! You already completed this pre-step and now can jump right into planning an epic proposal that will be sure to have your love excitedly saying Yes!

Get the Ring –Get the ring that will melt their heart. The one they may have been looking at on Pintrest, the one you browsed by a few moments longer at the jeweler or the heirloom ring that has been in your family for ages. The ring is a symbol of your love and commitment to each other and if you need help in selecting one, ask a friend or family member to help you choose the perfect setting.

Pro Tip – Leave the ring with the jeweler until proposal day to be sure its not found or seen before you pop the question!

Ask for Help – You may need help in pulling off your surprise proposal, coming up with unique ideas and getting your love to the desired location. Solicit the help of a friend or proposal planner. A friend can help distract them if needed and a proposal planner can help you pull off an epic proposal that is sure to surprise your love.

 

Pro Tip – Ask a friend to suggest a mani-pedi date with your fiancé-to-be so that their picture ready for proposal day.

Pick the Perfect Setting –AKA “The How” This is a big step and one you will want to think heavily about when planning your proposal. You’ll want to choose the ambiance/setting that is a good reflection of your love story thus far. Do you travel often together? Do you share a love of astronomy or jazz music? Think about what makes your relationship unique and add those elements into your proposal.

Choose an ambiance that is fitting for how you want to ask. Would you like an intimate affair over-looking the city with a candle-lit dinner for two? Or go big with a show-stopping, crowd-encircling proposal with music and fireworks?

Do you want your family and friends to be there when you ask or afterwards at a secondary surprise location? Either way, intimate or grandeur, be sure to make it special by adding elements that represent your love for each other.

 

Pro Tip – Write down a list of places you’ve mentioned wanting to go (near and far), places you frequent often and adore, how you met, things that you both have in common, and things that your fiance-to-be loves to do. This should help get the ideas flowing!

Select the Time & Location – Now you know “The How,” you’ve chosen the perfect way to ask the big question. Now you need to select when and where you are going to get down on one knee!

If you want an intimate affair, this could be at your home, favorite date night spot, on a hiking trip to the top of a mountain, in a quiet park, or over a romantic dinner for two.

If you’re going for a grand affair, this could be in the middle of a city park, in a favorite museum, at an event (gala, concert, etc) or even in the middle of the street!

You’ll want to choose a location in advance and reserve that area if possible. Check to make sure the space is available at the day and time you prefer. Event spaces, restaurants, and parks frequently have large events that take over the entire space – be sure to check to see whats going on that day if you are popping the question in a public area.

Pro Tip – Choose a time with good daylight (earlier in the Winter) so you can capture this moment on camera. Also, think about the amount of family/friends you want present – can the space hold everyone you want to be in attendance?

Keep the Secret – This is the hard one! Tell as few people as possible so that it doesn’t slip in casual conversation. Try to stay calm leading up to proposal day and don’t mention anything about proposal day being any different from any other day. Unless you are traveling somewhere exclusive that they know about, try to not over-talk about the date you set. Cool, calm casual = perfect surprise proposal!

Pro Tip – If you get nervous easily or have a hard time not giving away surprises – have your loved one meet you at the proposal location instead of you traveling there together.

Capture the Moment – For the love of memories, and social media of course, you’ll want this perfect moment captured on camera! You’ll be able to capture the best day yet, when your love said yes! These photos end up being fun recollections of that day and all of the emotions that lead up to it. You’ll be able to share these photos with loved ones that weren’t there for the proposal and possibly even use them as your Save the Date cards for the wedding! Ask a friend to stand by in an inconspicuous location to get it on film or hire a photographer to capture the moment with high quality photos!

Pro Tip – Go with a pro! Proposal photography packages are typically inexpensive, they will capture the ask and will take a few shots of you two together afterwards for some really cute memorable photos. They will carry the right equipment and will scope the scene in advance for the perfect discrete location.

Pop the Question – You’ve made it! You planned the perfect proposal, now all you have to do is ask! Prepare a few words to say to your love before getting down on one knee and asking “Will you marry me?”

Pro Tip – When saying a little something special, keep it short and sweet before kneeling. They’ll get the hint once you are down on a bended knee! I suggest leaving the ring in the box so that there is no room for a fumble!

how to plan the perfect proposal

CONGRATULATIONS!

You now have everything you need to start planning the perfect proposal. It’s going to memorable and amazing. Pop the question then pop some bubbly! Cheers to you and yours!

about the author…
Tionna Van Gundy

Tionna Van Gundy

Wedicity - Wedding Day Detailing

A love for organization and details is what Wedicity is all about! We love the details, so you can love your wedding day!

Tionna is a wedding & proposal planner in Chicago, IL. With over a decade of experience, she brings love stories to life from the proposal to wedding day, allowing couples and their families to enjoy it stress free.

Tionna is a lover of wine, chocolate, inspirational quotes, puppies, running, big laughs, warm coffee and all things details!

 

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Wedding Day Timeline Tips

Hi All,

I am so excited to be guest blogging on Alyson’s blog! I am a photographer, and I love all things weddings & events. Today I will discussing wedding day timelines. Being a photographer my main concern with the timeline is ensuring we have ample time to get the photos of the day but in order for this to happen seamlessly the whole day needs to go smoothly. Generally, I photograph things as they happen but there are a few exceptions that must be accounted for in the wedding day timeline.

Wedding day timelines have a lot of benefits and purposes. Wedding day timelines are a good basis for the wedding day; setting a pace for the day and keeping things on track. It also sets clear expectations, allowing family and friends to know when they need to be where (for photos, transportation, etc.).

A few tips for your wedding day timeline. Start with the meat and potatoes (my husband always uses that phrase!). What time does your ceremony start? What time does it end? Is there a cocktail hour, if so, what time? What time does your reception start? What time does your reception end? Get those into the wedding day timeline because those are the core of the wedding day.

Think about transportation, how long will it take to get from the getting ready site to the ceremony site, and from ceremony to the reception? Make sure you leave margin for travel time. Time of day, week day/weekend, Holiday Season, traffic from vacationers, all this plays a part in your travel time. Try to leave extra time in case the unexpected comes up!

Start adding in vendors. What time is the makeup artist arriving? How long did they tell you it would take? What time is the photographer arriving? When is the cake being dropped off? When will flowers be delivered?

 

You’ll see below, this is a wedding day timeline from a recent wedding I shot.

Wedding Day Timeline Example

The bride was working with a planner, who did an amazing job, and then the bride and I worked together to add in the allotted time for the photos. For this wedding, the planner’s wedding day timeline (not included) is much more detailed than mine because they note things like prelude music, lining up the bridal party for the ceremony, final walk through of reception space, etc. (You can include these too!! Details, details, details).

For my clients, I prefer to arrive about 30 minutes prior to bride putting on her dress. This allows me to get detail shots (about 15 minutes) and some getting ready photos before the bride puts on her dress. I LOVE capturing my clients when they put their dress on. It’s such a special moment.

You’ll notice that there are specific times for certain photos. For this wedding I had a second photographer with me, so we were able to do bride photos and groom photos during the getting ready. At 2:30 we scheduled ALL family photos at the church after the ceremony-the bride let everyone know prior to the ceremony which was super helpful because then we could dive right into the different family groupings after the ceremony before anyone departed.

Having a wedding day timeline of the reception not only keeps the pace of the event, but also allows all your vendors to know what to expect. For this wedding, I knew running to the washroom at 7:15 wouldn’t work, so I could plan accordingly.

If you have specific wedding day timeline questions comment below and I’ll happily help where I can! Or shoot me an email.

Happy Planning!

Katy

 

about the author…

Katy Murray

Katy Murray

Katy Murray Photography, LLC

I am Katy Murray. I am a red head, a believer and a wife.
I love adventure. Any adventure.
I love to travel. Anywhere.
I don’t laugh out loud during movies, even when I find them funny (Ask my husband and close friends). I tend to plan, too often. I like routine. I am more a pessimist than a optimist. I’m learning to fully trust God and his plan for me. I dream, way too much.

 

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The Skincare Trifecta: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate

It’s 10:30pm. You’ve had a long day and have an early morning tomorrow. Pajamas on. Teeth brushed. Pull out a makeup wipe and do a once over so at least today’s makeup isn’t tomorrow’s too.

Raise your hand if this is you.

No judgement. This used to be me as well.

You’re engaged.

Photos. SO. MANY. PHOTOS. You begin to notice every small flaw on your face.

PANIC!

No need! A change in routine is all that is needed here. They say it takes 30 days to make a habit, so all I’m asking is for 30 days to try something new. If you don’t see improvement, then go back to your makeup wipe ways

 

skin care trifecta: Step one, CLEANSe

Cleansing. The real stuff. The intention is to remove makeup, dirt, and bacteria from the skin. Acne is caused by a combination of sebum (oil), bacteria, and dirt left in pores. EW! Cleansing is the first line of defense. I personally prefer the feeling of a luxurious cleansing oil.

Key word: CLEANSING!

I used to be a huge fan of coconut oil too. Unfortunately it is not an oil that works well on facial skin because it is highly comedogenic. Meaning, it clogs pores. Additionally, it will wear away at your moisture barrier over time.

I learned this the hard and painful way.

Coconut oil IS great when added to a hot bath. Talk about glowing skin!

Currently, I am obsessed with the Sonia Roselli Beauty Japanese Cleansing oil. It’s pretty, feels great, and leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth! I have been known to walk around the house massaging my face for several minutes. Which only helps increase blood flow giving a natural glow to the skin. Best of all, this product is beneficial for ALL skin types.

But wait, can I use oil on my oily and acne prone skin?

YES! In fact, it is often very beneficial for an oily skin type to use oil.

Often, a surge of oil on the face is due to removing too much of it. By using an oil cleanser, you are balancing the oil levels on your face as supposed to stripping it all away. Oil is our skin’s natural anti-aging cream. For a deeper understanding, visit this article on the Telegraph.

skincare trifecta

skin care trifecta: Step two, exfoliate

This is a key step in keeping your skin happy, healthy, and young! As we age, our skin is less able to renew itself. So, we must help it by removing the extra dead stuff on top.

IMPORTANT! You can over exfoliate! There is absolutely no need to exfoliate daily, even if the bottle says so. You will over work, irritate, and in fact aid in the aging process. Yuck!

Exfoliating should start around the age of 16, but only once a week. Around 20, twice a week and by 30 you should be exfoliating 3 times a week religiously. If taking care of your skin becomes a habit while you’re young, it is a much easier task. If you have children, incorporate rinsing with water into their morning and evening routines even as young as 5! As they get closer to their teenage years, add a gentle cleanser to help remove bacteria and dirt. They will thank you later!

There are two types of exfoliants: chemical and mechanical.

 

According to the Dermal Institute, “Chemical exfoliation employs a variety of means to achieve skin renewal such as hydroxy acids (i.e. Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid), Retinol (i.e. Vitamin A) and enzymes (i.e. Papain, Bromelain and protease enzymes from Bacillus microbes).

Mechanical exfoliation employs the use of either a tool (i.e. a brush or sponge) or substrate (i.e. Corn Cob Meal, Rice Bran, Date Seed Powder, Oatmeal, etc.) that, depending on the amount of friction and nature of abrasive used, loosens and reduces the outer corneocytes. Take caution, because excessive abrasion can result in skin irritation, which is why The International Dermal Institute only recommends the use of abrasives that do not result in irritation. Therefore, we do not recommend the use of crushed fruit pits, shells or similar damaging substrates.” Visit the Dermal Institute website for more information.

I love using the Sonia Roselli Sexapeel. It is gentle, effective and disgustingly cool! Why? Because you actually see your skin sloughing off! Not to mention that you can use it on your entire body! Note: take off all jewelry before Sexapeel-ing unless you want to be cleaning them after.

Dry, cracking heels? Sexapeel.

Prone to razor burn? Sexapeel.

Ingrown hairs? Sexapeel

Pre-wax treatment? Sexapeel. (And I do mean all waxing. Yes, Sexapeel is even safe enough to be used on your nether regions!)

skin care trifecta: Step three, hydrate

Fine lines and wrinkles are due to the depletion of water in our skin cells. Moisturizer attempts to reverse this effect. My personal favorite is the Sonia Roselli Water Balm. It is fabulous for all skin types and can also act as a makeup primer before foundation. I use this on every single makeup client! It surges the skin with so much goodness and is in fact an all in one miracle product: day cream, night cream, serum, eye cream and makeup primer all in one!

You can find detailed directions of how to use these three products on my blog post: the Foundation is Skin.

Clearly I am a big fan of the Sonia Roselli Beauty products. And for the sake of total transparency, the provided links are in fact to my affiliate page. However, I never vouch for a product that I haven’t tried on myself, then clients, and absolutely loved first.

But this is only the beginning. And if this is all you are willing to start with, you will still see some amazing changes in the look and feel of your skin.

First of all, water intake.

Yes, your doctor, mom, babysitter, aunt, uncle, and grandma have always pressured you to drink lots of water for your health. But did you know that it also helps with your skin!? By increasing your water intake, you are helping to flush out the toxins in your skin resulting in a more clear complexion.

 

 

This is the number one advice I give to all of my brides. If you have been a KBB bride, you have received a text 2-4 weeks before the big day reminding you to drink more water.

Ok, so that was easy right?

There is still more that you can do!

Before applying moisturizer, I like to treat my skin to a serum or two.

 

Vitamin C. Unless you’re allergic, EVERYONE will benefit from this amazing product. “The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage.” (Oregon State)

You can buy a Vitamin C serums on Amazon.

So, you weren’t the best about wearing and reapplying SPF as a kid. Or you even went so far as to apply oil when out in the sun. Regardless, most people start seeing sun damage around the age of 25. At first it may show up as a few cute freckles across the face. Eventually, these spots get larger and less attractive. Even before this, however, sun damage can show up as lighter or even white patches on the skin.

This is my experience.

Just over a year ago, a clinical esthetician pointed out two large white areas on my cheeks. The precursor to more visible sun damage to come. She suggested I try a brightening serum.

I did my research, tried a product that did almost nothing, and then fell upon the Admire My Skin Ultra Brightening Serum. Within a matter of weeks I saw my spots reduce in size and my complexion become more even overall. Not to mention that this product is half the price of the first one I tried!

 

 

I like to use four pumps across my chest, neck and face both in the morning and evening. Many people forget to care for their neck and chest! However, make sure to take a break from the Ultra Brightening Serum for a week every month so your skin doesn’t get used to the product, resulting in a lack of continued results.

 

Another very important product is SPF. Daily use will help prevent from further damage. I personally love the Andre Lorent Daily Rehydrating Sunblock SPF 30. The texture is amazing and doesn’t leave a heavy or greasy residue. It absorbs well into the skin and can be used in place of a moisturizer. I, however, allow the Water Balm to absorb for five minutes while I brush my teeth and take my supplements, then apply the SPF on top.

Finally, eye cream!

Who has seen those memes “if you played with a cabbage patch doll, it’s time for an eye cream”? So true! And in fact, probably well past the time that eye cream is necessary. Nevertheless, there is no time like the present.

I have tried countless numbers of eye cream and never felt like one truly improved the look of the under eyes. Until Rodan and Fields. Yes, their products work! Within a week I saw noticeable improvements around my eyes: more plump and less fine lines. I even use it on my laugh lines. You can easily find a rep, likely by looking on your facebook feed.

 

The weather changes, and you probably notice a difference in your skin, especially when the air is cold. Cold air is so harsh. I like to add a few drops of Jajoba oil just before my moisturizer. Sometimes I will drench my face in in the oil for an hour or more before my evening skincare routine. The extra moisture helps to protect your skin. However, I like to avoid my oily t-zone when apply oil in the morning. This helps my skin to feel more balanced, and keep my glasses from sliding off my face.

So. It seems like a lot right now. You’re going from spending 30 seconds to 2-5 minutes on your skincare.

Try adding one or two products at a time until you have a routine that works for you. Keep a solid routine for a month, then reevaluate.

Do you see improvements?

Has the routine itself become enjoyable?

I’d be surprised if you answer either of these questions with a “no”.

Best of luck in your big life changes, and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions!

 

about the author…

Kim Baker Beauty

Kim Baker Beauty

Kim Baker

Kim Baker Gomez was born and raised in the San Jose, California. While education was her primary career path from eight years old, she found pleasure in the art of makeup through dance. After college, she attended esthetics school at San Jose City College where she met mentor and friend, Priscilla Francine Makeup. Kim fell in love with weddings and started her own business shortly after. She uses her knowledge of skincare to educate her clients and create looks that are beautiful and long lasting. Kim loves and feels so honored to be alongside her brides through such an important time in their lives.

 

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www.kimbakerbeauty.com

makeup.kimbakerbeauty@gmail.com

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