Our Top Picks for Wedding Updos for 2014!

by Jenny Bryde 28. July 2014 03:21

When it comes to wedding hair, it's your opportunity to step outside of the box and do something daring for your look.  The possibilities are endless, and in the end your hair can make as much of a statement as your dress.  Today we are focusing on updos, but not like we've ever seen them before.  After what seemed like a dry spell of all updos looking similar, hair stylists and brides are starting to show off their creative sides with some new amazing looks.  Let's take a look!  


Being daring doesn't mean having to be wild and messy.  We love this tailored hairstyle.  Classic and chic.  This would be great for many different face shapes, hair lengths, and bridal style.


The high bun is back!  The higher the better, and the options just get started with a good basic bun.  Imagine all the hair accessories and veil styles that would compliment this lovely look.


Look close as this hair style features sculpted hair, not a pinned in flower!  It's amazing what an artistic stylist armed with some heavy duty hair spray can do.  Wow!


We love this whimsical bowtie made of hair.  Sculpted yet fun, a great option!


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Fabulous Dress Options for the Mother of the Bride!

by Jenny Bryde 28. July 2014 03:06

The bride is the star of the show, of course, but along with the bridesmaids, the mother of the bride's attire will also be checked out.  Think of a daughter's wedding as an unofficial red carpet event with the guests being your paparazzi.  No pressure, of course!  There are wonderful options for mothers of the bride including anything from a full length formal gown to a tailored pant suit.  What the moms will want to do is consult with the bride.  What level of formality should the attire reflect?  What colors might the bride like to see on the family so that the formal pictures look cohesive?  Generally speaking, the mother of the groom will be waiting to hear what the mother of the bride is wearing so that she can pick a non-conflicting outfit.  

So let's get to it!  Today I'd like to feature a number of dresses that would look amazing and beautiful on the mother of the brides.  All of the dresses I picked for today's showcase are knee length dresses, and soon we will feature some other lengths and even more styles.  All of these dresses are available in multiple colors and can be found by clicking on the pictures to go directly to the purchasing site.  


Option 1: Embroidered Lace Sheath Dress - $238



Option 2: Cap Sleeve Lace Sheath Dress - $118


Option 3: Lace Sheath Dress - $228


Option 4: Lace and Faille Dress - $148


Option 5: Metallic Jacquard Jacket and Dress - $188

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Attire | Jenny Bryde

Can a Friend of the Couple be Ordained to Be the Minister?

by Jenny Bryde 27. July 2014 03:13

Good news!  Yes is the answer.  If you have a friend or family member in mind that you'd like to officiate your wedding, it is possible to make this happen.  From what I understand by looking at various ordaining programs, this is a relatively simple task, but the most important thing is to make sure that your state laws recognize that a person who is ordained for the purpose of marrying you is legitimate to sign off of your wedding.  There is a great article that was published by the New York Times about the consequences for couples if this is not handled correctly.  Click here to read the full article.  

From what I gather, Iowa and Illinois fall on the less restrictive end of the spectrum, but you will still want to help your friend as he or she completes their ordainment process to make sure everything is legit.  A valid ordainment program will have up to date information for all the states included in its information.  Again, it is the the consumer's (read: your) responsibility to read the fine print and to follow up with your local state or county people in the know to make sure everything is done correctly.

The cool part is that many ordainment programs are free!  Other than the time commitment and follow through, having a friend become ordained should not be an expense.  Hooray for wedding budgets, right?

Here are a couple of websites to check out.  These organizations offer online ordainment for free.  

Universal Life Church

American Marriage Ministries




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Great Ideas for Kids Activities at Your Wedding!

by Jenny Bryde 27. July 2014 02:40

If you are having kiddos at your wedding, and most likely you are, you'll need to think ahead because their dear little attention spans will not last much longer than to the end of your ceremony before they are looking for something to do.  Being proactive and having activities available for kids to enjoy will make the kids happy, their parents happy, and you happy!  You could have a designated table with activities to grab, activities planted at each table at the reception, or a special bag made up for each kid.  

Here are some easy and inexpensive ideas for kids activities.  (And by the way, the adults will partake too!)

A bean bag toss game will get kids (and adults) playing together.  


Disposable cameras with an I Spy list.  Bonus, you could get some really cool shots out of this if you take the time to get them developed.  


You cannot go wrong with some crayons and a pad of paper or coloring book.  


Hoola hoops!  Get the kids to get their wiggles out!


Another great way to get some energy out is for kids to have some jump ropes handy to get the jumps out!


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Complaints From Your Future Wedding Guests

by Jenny Bryde 14. July 2014 01:15

It's been a while since we touched on wedding etiquette, so I decided to dedicate this post to a random assortment of wedding etiquette topics.  A heads up that most topics can be debated on either side, but all are interested and necessary to consider when you're planning your wedding.  A good way to think about things is to weigh the pros cons for both the wedding couple, the family, and the guests.  Let's take a closer look at some examples of real life guest complaints afterr attending weddings.  (All of these examples were pulled word for word from wedding chat boards and other websites.)

1) "I went to my "friend's" wedding last summer, in which she had several etiquette breaches, starting with the invitations. I, fortunately, was invited to the entire wedding- ceremony, reception, and dance....my cousin, a mutual friend, was invited to just the dance part..."  In this case, it looks like the couple wanted to tailor a wedding with a more intimate gathering for the ceremony.  It also looks like they maybe tried to save money by not inviting certain groups to eat the dinner at the reception but rather to come just to the dance part.  My unbiased opinion?  This is more than okay for the ceremony, but if some guests get fed and others don't, word will spread and people will just not get it.  I would suggest budgeting for a menu and a size of reception that can accommodate all persons you'd like to invite to the reception.  I think it's totally fine to have a smaller gathering for a ceremony.

2) "I had a long term boyfriend and he was not listed on the invitation, which I thought must have been a mistake, so I called and asked if I could bring him- which she said was fine....but 2 weeks before the wedding, she told me not to."  Sometimes in order to tailor the attendance, brides and grooms will decide for or against inviting friends' dates or friends' children or what not.  This can be done for budget reasons or just to keep the gathering from getting to an out of control free for all.  Guests simply will have a wide variety of acceptance levels for this.  Some people grew up in areas where a wedding invite was an open call for you to bring anyone you'd like and that often the whole community would turn out for a wedding.  Brides and grooms need to be specific if they wish to not invite children, for example.  They can do this with specific wording and/or follow up phone calls for the rsvps.  Above all, once you decide whether or not to include certain groups of people, try to make that decision consistent across the board, and for heaven's sake, do not change your mind two weeks before the wedding.  

3) "Well, I showed up at the wedding...the ceremony was nice...but afterwards we had to wait almost THREE HOURS to eat!"  This kind of long wait often happens because brides and grooms wait to see each other until the actual ceremony which pushes all formal family/wedding party pictures until after the ceremony.  Depending on the size of the group and the organization, this picture session can make your guests wait, and wait, and wait.  Here are some ways to combat this.  First, work with your photographer so that there is a specific line up of which picture goes when.  Your photographer will not know names of friends and relatives, so appoint someone to help the photographer by keeping an "on deck" group ready to jump in for the next picture.  For your guests, provide some sort of entertainment and/or sustenance while they wait.  Appetizers, music, or fun activities will help the time go by quickly.  You could also consider taking formal pictures before the ceremony if you and your fiance are open to seeing each other before the ceremony.

4) "It was a CASH BAR! I didn't bring any money to the wedding, so I couldn't drink anything...huge bummer..."  This is a tough one.  Having a cash bar is a relief to the wedding budget because an open bar can encourage people to drink more than normal since they wouldn't pick up the tab.  Even if everyone had a "normal" ammount of alcohol, a large wedding can wrack up a huge charge for someone to pick up.  If you opt for a cash bar, you could consider paying for kegs of beer or X amount of bottles of wine.  You could also try to pick a location that had an ATM on site.  Note to all wedding guests: you should probably carry a little cash or a charge card to all weddings if drinking alcoholic beverages is important to you.  You just never know what the bride and groom have planned, and most likely, it would not be specified on any invitation information. 

5) "The dance started and all they played was theme songs to Star Wars, Ghost Busters, and Star Trek...."  First, I want to state that I completely encourage couples to personalize their wedding including the music to suit their tastes.  It's your wedding, and you don't have to go with cookie cutter everything.  If you have a very non-traditional taste in music, consider mixing things up.  Think about what your guests like.  If they aren't all trekkies, you're going to want to throw in some top 40 hits to get them on the dance floor.  There is nothing worse than an empty dance floor, if you ask me. 

There are tons of these kinds of random rants from wedding guests out there, and we'll address more in the future.  What do you all think?  Which of these do you care about?  Which of these will make you say "oh well"?  Chime in!




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