It's been awhile since I've been on Sugar, I was quite the contributor a year or so back. But here I am, back and ready to post!
So much has changed in the last year, one being my engagement! With so many fabulous and creative ladies on here I just wanted to share a snip it of the pictures here with my Sugar ladies:
A little bloggie wanted to run some of them so here is a sneak peek. I hope you enjoy:
Here is a little YouTube video with all of them:
Flowers by Amore offers bouquets in a variety of styles and colors. They are looking for a brides most preferred bouquet and would appreciate your feedback.
Have you ever wanted to make your guests walk in and say "wow are we at the same banquet hall we normally attend?" Well you can make that hapen with Lighting! Lighting plays a very important role in enhancing the look of the room and not to mention to add a celebrity touch to your special day. Flowers by Amore has done it once again and created an amazing table top setting and decor for this wedding at the Farmington Manor Banquet Hall.
THIS WAS THE TABLE TOP SETTING BEFORE LIGHTING:
THE PHOTOS BELOW REFLECT THE ABOVE PICTURE ONCE THE LIGHTING WAS APPLIED
Having a timeline shouldnt cause wedding stress, rather wedding organization. This is the most important and special day of your life and with careful planning and organization you can increase your enjoyment of not only your "big day" but all the days leading up to it.
Six To Twelve Months Before Your Wedding
- Announce engagement. Use formal printed announcements and/or the newspaper.
- Select a wedding date and time.
- Choose size and style of wedding-formal, informal, special theme.
- Set a preliminary budget.
- Schedule a meeting with both sets of parents to openly discuss wedding expectations, costs, and responsibilities.
- Hire wedding consultant if you plan to use one.
- Buy a wedding planner or a notebook to remain organized and record decisions.
- Invite attendants to be in your wedding.
- Reserve the ceremony location.
- Choose the officiant for the ceremony.
- Reserve the reception site. Find out what services are included or available.
- Interview caterers, florists, photographers, videographers, musicians, etc. Be sure to taste food options, see the work of florists, photographers and videographers. Listen to or watch tapes of musicians. Ask for references and discuss deposit requirements and the cancellation policy. Hire as soon as possible.
- Create a preliminary guest list, including addresses. Ask all parents to do the same. Include the relationship (friend, uncle), this helps if the list needs to be shortened.
- Begin planning the wedding ceremony and reception.
- Write out directions and or a map to be included on a separate card with invitation.
- Shop for a wedding gown and accessories. Order your dress at least 6-8 months in advance.
- Choose and order attire and accessories for bridesmaids. Keep in mind the time of year and style of wedding.
- Start planning the honeymoon. If you are leaving the country, make sure your passport is up to date and verify any visa requirements.
- Register for wedding gifts. Develop a system for recording gifts as they arrive and for recording when you wrote the thank-you note.
Three To Six Months Before Your Wedding
- Finalize guest list. Use a software program or a list to track responses.
- Order wedding and reception invitations, response cards, place cards, announcements, thank you notes, informals, at home cards, Save-the-Date cards and accessories. Always order extra invitations and envelopes to allow for addressing mistakes and surprise guests. It is less expensive to order extras from the start.
- Send out Save-the-Date Cards so your guests can reserve your special day on their calendar.
- Address invitations and announcements as soon as possible.
- Arrange to have someone mail the wedding announcements the day of the wedding.
- Start making final decisions and arrangements for the ceremony and reception, including food, music, flowers and any rental equipment.
- Sign contracts and place deposits with caterer, photographer, videographer, florist, musicians and other service providers if you have not already done so.
- Plan rehearsal dinner. Time, menu and guest list.
- Arrange for wedding day transportation for important guests and wedding party.
- Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town members of the wedding party and guests. It is nice to provide a list of local restaurants and attractions.
- Order wedding rings and make arrangements for engraving.
- Have both mothers select their wedding attire.
- Confirm the delivery date for the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses. Schedule fittings.
- Choose and order formal wear for groomsmen. Remind men to submit their measurements to your formal wear provider.
- Finalize honeymoon plans.
- Shop for trousseau and special attire for parties, showers and honeymoon.
- Write thank-you notes as gifts are received. If you are using preprinted thank you notes to immediately acknowledge that a gift was received, be sure to send a hand written thank you on your informal notes within two months after the wedding.
Two To Three Months Before Your Wedding
- Finish addressing invitations and announcements.
- Finalize the ceremony details with officiant.
- Finalize details with caterer, florist, musicians, photographer, etc.
- Order wedding cake.
- Finalize plans for bridal luncheon or any other wedding events.
- Check requirements for medical tests and marriage license.
- Schedule appointment to have a picture taken for newspaper announcement.
- Ask someone to be responsible for the guest book.
- Choose small gifts of appreciation for the wedding party.
- Collect the forms necessary to change your name (if you are changing your name) on your Social Security card, driver's license, insurance, etc.
- Continue to write thank you notes.
Six Weeks To Two Months Before Your Wedding
- Mail the invitations (six weeks is customary, eight is becoming increasingly common). It is not uncommon for guests to mail their response card without writing their name. To identify guests if this happens, assign each guest a number. Write this number very small on the back of their response card before you put it in with the invitation. An incomplete response card can now be matched to a guest.
- Use a software program or a list with each guest's name and address to track responses.
- Order wedding programs and reception accessories such as napkins, cake boxes etc.
- Make final menu decisions.
- Set rehearsal time and verify with all participants.
- Have first wedding dress fitting.
- Schedule to have formal bridal portrait taken two to four weeks before wedding. Make sure wedding dress and shoes will be ready.
- Make sure members of the wedding party have their fitting.
- Make an appointment with your hairdresser to practice your wedding-day hair style. Bring headpiece. Have a makeup consultation at the same time. Schedule hair and makeup appointments for yourself and bridal party on the wedding day. Schedule a manicure for the day before wedding.
- Give photographer a list of all pictures you would like taken, including pictures you may want of the tent, flowers, cake, etc.
- Give videographer list of all shots you would like included in the video.
- Purchase gift for fiancé, if gifts are being exchanged.
- Choose thank-you gifts for parents and any others who helped with wedding.
- Submit wedding announcement and photograph to newspaper. Specify date for publishing.
- Continue to write thank you notes.
One Month Before Your Wedding
- Have your final wedding dress fitting.
- Verify that all members of the wedding party have had their final fitting.
- Get blood test and obtain your marriage license.
- Make sure you have all accessories, toasting goblets, cake knife, ring pillow, guest book, etc.
- Create a detailed wedding schedule for all attendants. List all events participants are expected to attend. Include date, time, location and any responsibilities. Give attendants the schedule two weeks before the wedding.
- Give musicians final music list for the ceremony and reception. Specify any music you do not want played. Have the music start 30 minutes before the ceremony.
- Prepare your wedding toasts.
- Pick up and try on your wedding bands.
- Confirm honeymoon reservations.
Two Weeks Before Your Wedding
- Confirm final details with all wedding professionals you have hired. Confirm wedding night hotel reservation.
- Give caterer your guest count.
- Finalize seating chart for reception.
- Submit names for place cards to calligrapher or write out yourself.
- Give a wedding-day schedule to all attendants.
- Finish addressing announcements.
- Pick up wedding dress.
- Have your bridal portrait taken.
- Break in your wedding shoes.
- Fill out a change-of -address form at the post office.
- Arrange for someone to collect gifts brought to the ceremony and bring them to your home.
One Week Before Your Wedding
- Verify final details with all service providers. Inform them of any changes.
- Finalize the guest count, making necessary changes to seating chart.
- Confirm transportation for the wedding party.
- Confirm that the photographer understands the list of pictures you have requested.
- Confirm that the videographer understands your specific requests.
- Verify that all wedding attire has been picked up and fits.
- Confirm that all attendants know when to arrive at the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and the wedding ceremony. Confirm that all attendants have a copy of the wedding schedule you created.
- Pack for your honeymoon.
- Stop mail and newspapers during honeymoon.
- Pay bills that will be due while you are away.
- Continue to write thank you notes, if possible.
- Pick up your marriage license.
The Wedding Day
- Be sure that both of you eat something.
- Try to relax and enjoy the day. If anything goes differently than planned, chances are you are the only ones who will notice.
One of the Most Beautiful Weddings I have participated in. From Full Open Beautiful Roses to Hydrangas and Crystal Chuppas; This bride truly had a platinum Wedding!! The wedding ceremony took place at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in West Bloomfield, MI and then immediatly following was lavish cocktails and appetizers at the Shanendoah Country Club in West Bloomfeild MI. The florist was Flowers by Amore which provided The Floral Decor, Linens, Lighting, Head Table Decor, Charger Plates and even Lighting! It was truly a Platinum Wedding!
What type of jewelry goes with this dress??
I would like to look "Put Together and Classy", it's a bridesmaid dress. The halter throws me off a little because the straps almost seem like a necklace.
So far I have thought of wearing earrings-dangley ones, because I have short hair and thought it would be a great accent-especially since it's an outdoor wedding.
photos of my wedding. 07 June 2009 :)
We decided to get married in a cave, bat and all - just kidding!! it was just a cast iron bat hanging from the entrance of a wine cave in Northern California. We invited our closest friends and family and we had the most wonderful designer/florist/renaissance man - John James of San Francisco's John James Designs - transform the cave with his design for our banquet table and flowers with our theme of Burgundy, Platinum and Sterling Silver Roses.
We married in November, so he filled the space with gorgeous roses and fall foliage . It truly was a spectacular wedding that we were so grateful to share with all of our loved ones. We put together our own take home gifts for each guest, a Moroccan Tea Glass filled with rock sugar stirrers, exotic Moroccan Mint Tea, Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans, and assorted Tea Candies. We wrapped the glasses with platinum silk ribbon and red cellophane and used them as place settings.
I've also included pictures of our DIY Twinkie Wedding Cake! It looks so fancy with the fondant layer, my sister and I stayed up until 3 the night before the wedding rolling fondant. It turned out beautifully!