"The little things in life..."


I LOVE thoughtful wedding details. There is a saying you all might know and it's called "the little things in life", and oh how true it is!

There are a million different ways that a couple can make their wedding a true reflection of who they are as a couple and their personal styles. Here are some different elements that each couple can add their own special touch to:

Personalized Stamps
Calligraphy anythinggg! (I love calligraphy, so what)
Personalized Napkins
Custom Drink Stirrers
Candy Bar (I mean who doesn't want one of these?)
Welcome Bags
Custom Cocktails
Creative Escort Card setup
Table Numbers (or names, or places, or things, you get the hint!)
Custom Signage
Floral initials
Accommodation Baskets

The list could really just go on. Making a wedding a reflection of who you are and your styles shouldn't be a task that you dread doing or find unimportant. This is the fun part!!! So relax a little bit and have some fun with it!

Making The Most of Your Engagement (Super Post)


More often than not, you hear brides talk about the all stress and pressure that comes along with planning a wedding. Yes, planning a wedding is a lot of work. But do yourself a favor and RELAX! What I say is:

#1. Make Lists. The more organized you are, the less stressful planning your wedding will be.

#2. Look into hiring a planner. Planners are there to make your life easier. If the thought of linens, flowers, photographers, deejay's and details makes your head spin, a planner is the right way to go.

#3. Make the most of your engagement by creating mini events out of all your to-dos! Like:

Having an Engagement Party. To me, there is no better way to kick off starting your lives together than having an engagement party. This should be a stress free party involving all of your closest family and friends. If you feel funny about having people come and give gifts, then write on the invitations "No Gifts Please!". Even though some (most likely most) of your guest won't come empty handed anyway, it will ease your mind to know that you weren't expecting anything other than a good time.

Don't have the funds to have everyone you want at your Engagement Party?

Throw a 365 Days Party! Yes, I said it. If you have a date and venue picked, and it warrants the proper timing to have a party named "365" than go for it. This can be a house party, gathering at a local bar, whatever. It doesn't need to be a huge fiesta, but have a little fun with it! Just to think that one year from then, you all will be together again for your big day.

Make a day out of Registering: I know people who HATED. REGISTERING. !?!?!!? This is madness to me! You are signing up for gifts for other people to buy for you. And your complaining? Madness. Pure madness.

What I would do is pick a day where you and your fiance have nothing else going on and you both can just take your time at your selected stores. This shouldn't be stressful whatsoever. Once you are finished dare I say make a dinner date? Spend some quality time together and enjoy that very moment. I know I may sound like a Hallmark card when say that, but I mean it with all sincerity. No one wants to start off their marriage with arguments over the proper ice cream scoop or which wine glasses would look better with your grandmothers china. Honestly.

Make events out of your consultations: This is a very nice way to treat your bridesmaids.. AKA the women in your life who mean most to you and are spending a lot of their time, energy, and money on you and your fiance. So. What events do I suggest?

1. Having a Hair and Make-Up Consultation? Give your girls enough notice to come with you (the day before doesn't count as enough notice!) and treat them to a lovely after noon of hair, make up and some bubbly. Again, this shouldn't be stressful! If you've got them all together this is a golden opportunity to treat them all to lunch or dinner afterwards to talk about wedding stuff and or make sure they are all acquainted! Your sister-in-law may not know all your friends from college and vice-versa. This would be a nice chance to get everyone together.

2. Same goes for your dress fittings. This is a very important time in your life. If this is something that is very personal to you and something you at first want to do with just your Mom and Sisters- sobeit. But then maybe bring all the girls back after your dress is picked and they are getting fitted for theirs. Any excuse to gather all your closest friends and drink some champagne is a good excuse to me!

3.Host a Spray Tan Party! Are you worried that some of your girls are going to look washed out in the Taupe colored dress you have picked? Then have a spray tanning consultation for everyone who is interested. Luckily this service now travels, so you can host one in your very own backyard! If the season allows for this, then do. it. up. Have some snacks and drinks available and get your (safe) tan on! It's better to know before the wedding if you will turn orange or not. =)

I know some of you are thinking I am crazy. Which maybe I am a little =) but these events can really do the trick to boost morale and to alleviate some wedding planning stress. And please, in no way, shape, or form feel like you need to do all of these things and spend a million dollars. That is certainly not the case and not what I am trying to portray to you. These are just some fun ways to enjoy the time leading up to your Wedding.

So remember, always give your self enough time and you can never have too many lists. Wedding planning is as fun or as terrible as you make it to be!

Garter and Bouquet Toss Traditions- Past or Present?


This is becoming a common question: Do I HAVE to do the garter and bouquet toss? My answer? Absolutely not! They are becoming a thing of the past.

Nothing is standard these days. There are and will always be traditions, but if there are certain ones you want to avoid (like this) you most definitely can. I actually find that it tends to break up the feel of the evening. If your all finished with dinner and everyone is on the dance floor (filled with some liquid confidence) and then all of the sudden: bouquet toss! All the non single ladies are off the floor, and chances are- it's staying that way!

But these traditions are not all bad. I must say, with the right crowd and couple- this tradition can be hysterical. With the wrong crowd it's either drawn out, inappropriate, or in plain English. Boring.

Tradition is a funny thing. A lot of the time people do what is expected of them, as oppose to what they want. My suggestion to all the brides and grooms who are thinking about these traditions- do what has value to you. If your father daughter dance is something that you have always wanted to do- but you couldn't care less about the tosses, then do what makes you happy. What has value and meaning to you, has value and meaning to your guests.

And P.S: Have you seen garters these days?! This garter was created by Florriemittons and is GORGEOUS! If that were my garter, it's never coming off- led alone tossed!

That Party Was Awesome


I just HAD to share this article since I am in a 'New York State Of Mind' thanks to Mitchell and Lauren - aka the most wonderful couple whom I had the pleasure of assisting this past weekend at their white themed wedding held at the W Hotel on Lexington. This article is just perfect for my mood. Enjoy!!


P.S. Lauren and Mitch- Your party was awesome too. =)



Who doesn't LOVE a candy bar at a wedding? They are becoming quite the "norm" and I think it's just amazing! The thought that is put behind the design of these candy bars is what I find to be the best. I love seeing how they are displayed, the variety of what is out, and the colors to coordinate. I just love, love, love!!

Here are images that I found on Style Me Pretty (I know, I'm obsessed-so what). This dessert table was designed by Lisa Vorce of Oh How Charming in California. If this doesn't get you in the mood for some sweets I don't know what will!!

And you can't be talking about dessert tables without mentioning the name Amy Atlas. She is known for her picture perfect dessert tables. Every last little detail is pulled together so perfectly, that I wouldn't want to touch anything!