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September 12, 2013

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Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

You’re engaged, you’ve set your wedding date, and now you need to “pop the question,” to your posse of ladies!  These ladies will be your glue to hold you together for your wedding!  Whether they live near or far, here are a few creative ideas for your proposal.

Brand your style and personality of your wedding into the idea, and allow it be a moment they won’t forget.  Think of one thing (besides you) all of your ladies have in common.  Do they have a favorite restaurant, club, wine, ice cream, cookie, cupcake, candle, or store?  Scheduling a time, day and location to get everyone together at the same time may be difficult too.  Recommend asking your MOH first.  If everyone is local, select and implement your setting and put your plan into action based on what assets your location offers (video screen, specialty desserts, customized menu cards, etc.).  For out-of-town ladies, skype them so they are still included in the moment.  If getting everyone together is impossible, make a video and send them the video link.

Design (or have someone design for you) a personalized card, photo frame, sign (on a chalkboard or layered/decorated card stock), cupcake, cookie, cake, or bottle of wine with, “I have my man, now I need my ladies.  Please say YES since I won’t walk down the aisle without you by my side!  Alexa, will you be my maid of honor?  Karla, will you be my bridesmaid?”

Some of your BFFs may be “keepers” while others may prefer something edible or an item they may “use/reuse.” A few suggested items:

-If they like wine, there are rings on top of a wine stopper.

-Decorate a photo frame “popping” the question on the frame with all of you in the photo together.

-Have cookies shaped in a dress with the color of icing being your wedding colors.

-Design cupcakes with writing on the top in your wedding colors.

-Use photos from a trip, or other great moments.

-Girls weekend out – incorporate “popping the question.”

Discuss it with your fiancé, since he may want to make a proposal to his men on the same day or night – you may want to all get together after to celebrate the YES!

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January 30, 2013

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DemetriosBride.com ball gown

DemetriosBride.com ball gown

Congratulations, you found the ultimate groom, you got engaged, you have your wedding ring, and now the next big task at hand is finding your wedding dress.  Some brides have envisioned walking down the aisle in their wedding gown since they can remember, just waiting for the right man to walk into their lives, while others never thought about getting married.  Finding a wedding dress is a fabulous experience, yet may be stressful and overwhelming.

After 25 years in the wedding business as a wedding planner, finally decided to sit down and write this blog to get you to say YES to the DRESS in an informed and easy way, without settling!

Wedding planners (by the way, I am not “just a wedding planner”, yet a master bridal consultant – currently 1 of 61 in the world), normally don’t have input on the final wedding gown selection.  Yet now, after dealing with bride’s 911s on “my gown doesn’t fit, they are going to have to sew in a side seam,” or “I don’t trust them for alterations after they botched up my wedding gown order,” and so much more, it IS about the entire experience at the bridal shop, which is purchase, alterations, service after the sale, and happily ever after!

I am known as being one of the best in the industry for getting you in your wedding gown and making you look and feel fabulous on your wedding day!  It may be all the years of TV experience working with different body types and no matter what, the show must go on!

WHAT SHOULD YOU REMEMBER WHEN SHOPPING FOR A WEDDING GOWN?   Three important words will help you when shopping for your wedding gown:  fit, flatter, and budget.

WHEN SHOULD YOU START SHOPPING?  Many brides start shopping as soon as they get engaged.  Would highly recommend you start shopping at least 9 months before your wedding date.  Consider most bridal shops take an average of 4 – 6 months (some may take longer) to get your gown in, then you add 2 months for alterations.  Don’t wait to start shopping 6 months prior to your wedding date to be told “if you would have started shopping 9 months ahead of time, we would have been able to get that gown for you, now it is too late to order the gown, or we could still order the gown if you are willing to pay rush charges.”

WHAT IS ONE WEDDING GOWN ITEM YOU DEFINITELY WANT?  Having a small pocket in your wedding gown is priceless to hold your lipstick for touch-ups!  This may be included in your gown, or a small additional alteration item, yet will make your wedding day touch-ups a breeze!

WHO SHOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU TO SHOP?  Shop with your mom, and maid or matron of honor, they know you better than anyone!  If you take too many people it gets overwhelming, and there may be too many opinions.

SHOULD YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, OR JUST STOP IN?  For the best customer service, make an appointment, and ask to be scheduled with the manager or another employee who knows their inventory, and will be able to make recommendations to you based on your body type and style of your wedding.

THE GOWN ON THE HANGER MAY LOOK BETTER ON YOU.  When you make an appointment to try on gowns, ask for an appointment with the manager or another employee who knows their inventory.  This person will have seen a zillion brides with your same body type in the gowns in their store.  Knowledge is power.  Allow this person to make suggestions to you on what may look best on your body type to accentuate your positives, and to take away from any negatives.  If you are lucky, you are one of those brides with a fabulous body where every gown you try on looks amazing on you!

WHAT WEDDING DRESS WILL FIT THE SEASON AND STYLE OF MY WEDDING?  If you are getting married in the hot Arizona summer, you will want a lightweight dress with airy fabrics and minimal layers to keep you from feeling hot and sticky.  If you are getting married in the cooler months (most popular wedding months in Arizona are March, April, October, and November), you may want a heavier fabric like satin or taffeta with stylish wraps or jackets when the sun goes down.  If you are having a church wedding vs. an outdoor garden wedding, these are two different styles.  If you are having a destination wedding, you need to think about logistics on taking your wedding gown with you on your flight.

HOW MANY GOWNS IS “ENOUGH” TO TRY ON?  When I got married, I tried on two wedding gowns, and purchased the second one I tried on.  Yes, being in the business, I knew what I wanted, and knew where to buy, so it was easy!  Some brides make a “day” of it, making appointments (normally 1.5 hours for one appointment) at multiple bridal shops.  When you do the math, if you schedule 4 appointments, you are trying on gowns for 6 hours and are in transit for 2 hours.  How much do you want to drive, and how many gowns do you want to try on?  Do your research, each bridal shop has a different ambiance, style, and price range.  Many bridal shops overlap in the “middle” zone, yet some are less expensive (normally meaning less customer service), and some are more expensive (carrying one of a kind gowns).  Some may be GREAT at selling you a gown, yet how are their alterations and service AFTER the sale?  This is important!

WHAT SHOULD YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR WEDDING GOWN BUDGET?  A look, feel, and quality of a dress priced at $800 will be extremely different from the look, feel, and quality of a gown priced at $3,000.  It will make a difference if you are planning to wear one gown for the ceremony and change gowns for your dancing.  If you are purchasing one gown vs. two gowns, it makes a difference.  If you are not finding gowns at a price you love, it may be time to add some to your  gown budget (reduce your budget in another category) to get what you want, since you do get what you pay for.  Include these items in your budget: the wedding gown, wedding shoes, veil, headpiece/comb/tiara/headband, alterations, and undergarments (bra, hosiery).

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO SHOP FOR WEDDING GOWNS?  Wear something which is comfortable and easy to get in and out of for quick changes.  Wear your hair in a way you are thinking of wearing it on the day of your wedding.  The neckline of your gown will make all the difference in the world!

WHAT WEDDING DRESS FITS MY BODY TYPE THE BEST?  There are 5 popular styles of wedding gowns.  All are gorgeous, yet choosing the right one to accentuate your best assets and diminish areas you are more conscious of, no matter what your shape or size, may seem overwhelming.

1).  A-LINE/PRINCESS.  The A-line wedding gown features a shape which is fitted around the bodice (part of the gown above the waist) and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase A.  This A-line dress flows from the bust to the hem with an unbroken line.  Due to its classic and simple elegant style, the A-line dress is appropriate for any occasion, from a quiet backyard wedding to a traditional church wedding.  Its length may range from above the knee to full length that flows into a large train.  A princess cut is the most dramatic variation of the A-line gown.  This version of the A-line dress emphasizes the style’s clean lines by utilizing vertical panels that run from the hemline to the hem.  The princess style provides elongating lines that create a slimming effect since your eye focuses on the length created by these long, smooth seams.

The A-line wedding dress is flattering on almost all body types.  The long lines of the princess cut create the illusion of height on a shorter body, as well as slim down a rounded figure.  The full skirt of the A-line may also hide a larger lower body, or create the illusion of curves on a narrow frame.  With the A-line being versatile, simple modifications to the neckline, waistline, or fabric can accentuate your best features and hide those you’re not so fond of.

2).  EMPIRE.  The empire wedding gown is defined by a raised waistline which sits just below the bust line, and the rest of the dress flows down to the hem.  The empire style is very versatile and can accommodate a wide variety of formality. 

The empire wedding dress is flattering on almost all body types.  It is two fold on small busted brides and large busted brides.  On small busted brides the empire wedding gown draws attention to your neckline and creates definition.  Yet oddly enough, this also may work to conceal a large bust by controlling and minimizing the size of the breasts due to the neckline of the empire dress.  The design of the empire dress is also ideal for covering other unwanted body features such as a long torso, short legs, or a pear shaped figure.  Since the dress flows from the bust line, it easily leaves these areas undefined.  The structure of the empire dress is also ideal for pregnant brides since the fluidity of the dress may accommodate a growing belly.

3).  COLUMN/SHEATH.  The column/sheath wedding gown has a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem.  The column/sheath gown tends to hug the body and show any and all of your curves.  This column/sheath gown is appropriate for all types of weddings, especially casual weddings on the beach, or intimate evening weddings. 

The column/sheath gown is flattering on lean figures, both short and tall.  The elongating nature of this design help petite brides appear taller.  The column/sheath dress does not allow much room for hiding problem areas, such as a large lower body.  It may conceal minor flaws if you opt for a constructed column that will stay in place, but the slip style may be unforgiving.

4).  BALL GOWN.  The ball gown is a perfect wedding gown for the bride envisioning a fairytale wedding.  This silhouette has a fitted bodice (part of the gown above the waist) with a full skirt.  The ball gown is most appropriate for traditional weddings where the dress will be consistent with the formality of the event. 

The ball gown is flattering for almost all body types.  The ball gown is ideal for slender or pear-shaped figures as the full skirt helps to accentuate the waist and hide the lower body.  If you have a large bust, this style will help to create an hourglass look since it emphasizes the waistline due to the fitted bodice (part of the gown above the waist) and natural or dropped waist.

5).  MERMAID.  The mermaid silhouette contours the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem.  This is a sexy look that highlights curves of your body.  For this reason, you must be confident and comfortable to pull off this dramatic style. 

The mermaid gown is not a style for everyone.  This daring design is best worn by slender figures, both short and tall.  The mermaid dress is made to hug the body and show every curve, it is not recommended for those brides with full figures, however if you are on the voluptuous side and want to accentuate your curves, this is the perfect dress for you.  When considering a mermaid, you will want to hide embarrassing underwear lines, so be careful of  your undergarment selections.

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

To hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants

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November 30, 2012

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Bride, Groom & Wedding Party Wedding Day Packing List

Packing for the wedding day for the bride, groom, maid of honor, matron of honor, best man, and groomsmen can be easy and stress free when you use this packing list and plan ahead! 

BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS

Marriage license

Cash for tipping

Checkbook with extra checks

Driver’s License or photo ID

Dress

Hanger for dress photography

Veil, headpiece

Hair jewelry

Bobby pins

Scissors

Shoes (pair for photos, pair for comfort)

Strapless bra, hosiery, and  undergarments

Hosiery

Wedding rings

Necklace/Bracelet/Earrings & extra backs

Safety pins

Gloves

Garters

Cell phone & charger

Garment and body adhesives

Full length mirrors

Lipstick, foundation, powder, eye shadow, blush, mascara, concealer

Perfume

Shaving cream and razor

Clear deodorant

Lotion

Lint roller

Nail file

Clear nail polish

Nail polish for bride and bridesmaid colors

Brush, comb

Hair dryer

Hair spray/gel

Flat iron, rollers, curling iron

Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mints

Camera & videocamera

Bottle water

Straws (avoid lipstick smearing)

Eye drops, contact lens solution, extra contact lenses

Tampons, panty liners

Q-tips and cotton balls

Static cling spray

Spot remover

Corn and bunion cushions (unless your shoes won’t hurt your feet!)

First aid kit with bandaids, bandages, first aid ointment, tylenol, benedryl, antacid

Tissues

Flashlight

Sewing kit

Hem tape

Copy of ceremony wording (for back up)

Flower girl basket

Fake rings for ring bearer pillow

Ring bearer pillow

Ribbon to tie off back of ceremony aisle

Gifts/cards for groom, wedding party, and parents

Favors for guests

Menu cards

Table numbers

Place cards

Seating chart in alphabetical order and by table numbers

Iron or steamer

Thank-you speech for reception

Timeline of events

Phone numbers of vendors

Pack for honeymoon (if leaving immediately)

 

GROOM & GROOMSMEN

Tuxedo/Suit, shirt, vest, shoes, matching socks

Wedding ring

Marriage license

Driver’s license or photo ID

Cash for tipping

Checkbooks and extra checks

Accessories for tuxedo/suit

Pocket square and/or cuff links

Bow tie instructions

Shoes

Lint roller

Cologne

Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mints

Razor

Nail clippers

Extra buttons

Sewing kit

Black sharpie (for tuxedo scuffs)

Timeline of events

Phone numbers of vendors

Pack for honeymoon (if leaving immediately)

 

Copyright 2012, Kim Horn, MBC™

To hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants

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C 602.418.9089

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September 18, 2012

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Wedding Toasts

Wedding Toasts

The wedding toast has evolved from a simple “to your health and happiness” to a personalized, fine tuned presentation, and often using props for visual aids.  Statistics show that, next to dying, public speaking is some Americans’ greatest fear.

Who toasts, what order, and how many?  There is a simple equation to make this be a memorable event at your wedding rather than a disaster and embarrassment.  AVOID an “open microphone” at your wedding for anyone to say a toast.  If you are interested in having an “open microphone,” it is best to offer this option for your closest family and friends at the rehearsal dinner.

One key thing to remember, the bride and/or groom have entrusted YOU to be in the position with the microphone to say something remarkable about them, and their relationship.  Treat others the way you would like to be treated, and your toast will be a raving success!

The bride and groom should have a list of who will be toasting, and in which order, which they have given to their bandleader and/or DJ for introductions.  If they have not, make sure you discuss this with them so you know their preference.

Tips for Preparing Your Toast.

  • Stand when offering a toast.
  • Speak from your heart, and research to find out clever and interesting facts about the bride and groom which would be interesting and clever to share about their relationship in a positive light.
  • Be upbeat when offering toasts.
  • If someone has died in the family recently, this is not the time or place to offer your sympathy.
  • If you do include humor, do it tastefully, and end on a serious note.
  • Quotes from readings and poetry may enrich your toast, as well as letting the bride and groom know you cared enough to give it some thought ahead of time.
  • The best man usually offers the first toast, followed by the maid/matron of honor.
  • Wedding toasts are traditionally made to the bride and groom individually, and then to the couple.
  • A wedding toast should be trimmed down to 3 minutes maximum.  You WILL lose your audience’s interest if it is longer.  Edit your word choice, the more impact is from the least amount of words.
  • If this is the second marriage for the couple, NEVER mention this during the toast.
  • Avoid clichés, jokes, or “humor” which may have ethnic or religious implications.
  • Steer clear of profanity or offensive language.
  • Practice your toast in front of a family member, or in front of a close personal friend.

Delivering Your Toast.

  • Speak into the microphone, and arrive early for a sound check to feel comfortable in the room so you know how close to hold the microphone to your mouth.  You don’t want feedback screeching in the room, and you don’t want the level of the volume of the microphone so low no one can hear what you say.
  • Avoid saying “um”, “you know,” “I mean,” and other phrases which mean you are not well prepared.
  • Keep the tone of your voice interesting, not monotone, not too high pitch, and don’t speak to fast, or too slow.
  • Make eye contact with the bride and groom, and everyone in the room.  Do not have your back to anyone.
  • Do not chew gum.
  • Make sure everyone has something to drink as their toast.
  • Remember to bring your glass with you when you offer your toast.
  • If they haven’t already spoken to you, make sure you speak to the wedding planner, head captain, photographer, videographer, DJ, and band know where your toast is in the timeline for the day.
  • Wish them well.  A toast to the bride and groom should end with hopefull wishes for a happy future.
  • Offer personal advice, or pull inspiration from historical quotes, readyings, literature, or even song lyrics.
  • The final gesture is to raise a glass and take a sip.

Copyright 2012, Kim Horn, MBC™

To hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

AZ State Coordinator | Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera

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February 13, 2012

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Note to self – these are items your BFFs in your wedding party will not mention to you. 

Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaid Dresses

When you say:

1).  “I don’t want to be a Bridezilla, but…” your bridesmaid thinks you have just become one.

2).  “I want your bridesmaid dress to be one you will wear again…” your bridesmaid thinks the chances of that happening are slim.

3).  “Since you are not in a serious relationship…” your bridesmaid thinks she should have the opportunity to invite and bring a guest. 

4).  “Do you want your hair and make-up done…” your bridesmaid thinks yes, if you are paying for it yes, or no, if you are not. 

5).  “What shoes do you think work with your gown…” your bridesmaid thinks the comfortable ones since my feet aren’t going to show in the full length gown you chose.

6).  “Do you want to walk down the aisle with a groomsman, or by yourself…” your bridesmaid thinks (if she is single) definitely if it is my significant other, or possibly if it is the hottie groomsman, otherwise, alone works for me!

7).  “As your bridesmaid gift I was going to get you matching jewelry…” your bridesmaid thinks she would prefer something more personal from you.

Copyright 2012, Kim Horn, MBC™

To hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.

Kim M. Horn, MBC™

Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 59 in the World

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings

Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com

AZ State Coordinator | Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 – May 2012

ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera

O 480.921.7891

C 602.418.9089

F 480.829.6292

E info@ArizonaBridalSource.com

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