Baby, it’s cold outside!

Living in Texas we don’t have to worry about cold weather TOO often, and we all know Texans don’t deal with cold weather very well. The positive side to cold weather on your wedding day, however, is that you can spice up your look with an awesome jacket, wrap, or other warm accessory. These make for some gorgeous photos and unique memories of your wedding day all while keeping you warm!

Check out these stores for your winter accessories: Nordstom, H&M, Neiman Marcus

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Boutonnieres

Boutonnieres are an essential part of the groom and groomen’s wedding day look. There are many different types of flowers and textures to choose from that can be a great accent and pop of color.

You can go for a more traditional and simple look with a ranunculus flower or calla lily. These can also be wrapped in a fabulous ribbon to add some color.

You could pick boutonnieres that have a lot more going on with different types of flowers like succulents, billy balls, scabiosa pods, dusty miller, and other textures. They are very unique and masculine without going overboard and being too much on the lapel.

You could even choose to go the non-flower route with creative things like buttons or pinwheels. These are boutonnieres you can make yourself and still have a great visual impact.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope everybody has had a blessed 2013, and that you enjoy eating and spending quality time with family and loved ones for Thanksgiving.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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Wedding Dress Silhouette

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most fun things you will do as a bride! But, going into a store full of white dresses can be overwhelming, so the best place to start is by narrowing down what shape will look best with your body. You want to accentuate the best part of your body, whether that be your waist, back, arms, or any other part.

Here are some examples of different dress silhouettes to get you started:

An A-Line shape is one of the most common. It has a fitted bodice and flows down to the ground creating an “A” shape. It works well with most body types including, tall and thin, apple, pear, and full figure, because it can hide problem areas.

Ball gowns have a fitted bodice and flair out at the waist. They can get rather large and poofy, and give you more of a princess type look. They look best on girls with an hourglass, apple, and pear shaped figure and do well hiding the lower half of your body but they tend to overpower smaller framed girls.

Empired waist gowns are fitted in the bust area and flow down below the bra line. It works well on tall and thin, apple, pear, full figure. This shape of dress will make you look taller. If you happen to be an expecting bride, this shape is ideal for room for the bump.

Mermaid or trumpet gowns are fitted about to the knee and flair out from there. They accentuate the stomach and hip area and are good for smaller framed and hourglass shaped brides to show off those curves!

Sheath dresses flow straight down from neckline to the ground. They are great for smaller frames and hourglass shape. They will draw attention to any problem areas, so avoid this silhouette if you are body conscious.

Also, check out our blog post on choosing a veil to go along with your gorgeous dress!

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Escort Vs Place Cards

There are many advantages to having assigned seating at your wedding. It’s organized, pre-planned, and something you can control. It is extremely helpful for catering staff if you are having a plated dinner with meat choices. It can help the flow of the room having friends and family sit together.

If you choose to assign seats you will need to decide how you are going to arrange it. One of the main things you need to know is the difference between escort cards and place cards. Escort cards are lined up on a table at the reception for the guests to pick up and go find their seats, thus escorting them to their seats. Place cards are already set at the specific person’s chair showing them their place.

If you choose to have place cards it is best to make a chart or list for people to find their name and respective table assignment. You could make something cute like this chalkboard or use a vintage window or door. You have the option of arranging the names by table or to alphabetize them. If you have a large guest count, you may want to have two or three lists/charts made to help with the flow.

Escort cards are a small detail, but a cute way to tie in the theme of your wedding. You can even give out your favors this way, having the guest’s name attached to a small item. Click here for some more examples of things you can use for your escort cards.

Place cards help complete the look of your beautiful place setting. You can use elegant calligraphy or have them match the other paper items, like menu cards, in your wedding.

Here are a few things you’ll need to remember when doing assigned seating:

  • Check and double check your seating chart when the final RSVP’s come in.
  • Make sure no tables are overly crowded or mis-numbered, no guests are without a seat, and nobody is sitting next to somebody that will make them feel uncomfortable.
  • Some guests may forget to RSVP or bring an unexpected date, so having a few extra chairs as a back up plan is always a good idea.
  • Prominently display the table numbers so there is no confusion finding a table and to make the process quicker.
  • You could also choose to only assign seats to the head table or reserve family tables instead of doing every guest.

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