Plan a Hair Trial

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Schedule a Wedding Day trial followed by a dress fitting.  Once your hair is styled, you can see how your chosen hair style and veil will look with your dress. If you color or highlight your hair, you may opt to add, define or adjust your tints in the weeks leading up to your wedding to properly balance with your wedding ‘do.   For your hair trial, follow the preparation advice from your stylist just as you would for your Wedding Day. Bring your veil or any accessories you plan to use in your hair. Keep track of the amount of time it takes your stylist to complete your look. Does the time frame align with the start and end time included in your agreement? If your trial takes longer than anticipated, adjust your agreement with your stylist and your salon. Your hair appointment can determine the timing of your entire Wedding Day, so it’s important to schedule it carefully as well as pad it with extra time....

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Wedding Day Attire for the Groom

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Q. I am wondering if I need to rent or buy a tuxedo for my Big Day. When is it okay to wear a suit in lieu of a tuxedo?  A. If you are questioning whether or not to go with a tuxedo rather than a suit for your Big Day, a simpler formal suit can, in fact, be dressed up for a very formal occasion (like a wedding) with the careful use of accessories and with the added advantage of being worn again at the office holiday party (without people asking where the bride is).  Getting the right fit is more important than anything else. Whatever the brand name, the cloth used, the accessories added, if the tux or suit does not truly fit correctly then it is never going to look right. The idea of visiting a tailor and being measured and fitted may seem a bit fussy, but doing so really is the only way to ensure that you will look and feel your best for your Big Day. A good fitting suit always will transcend...

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Expo Milan 2015

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We are thrilled to be participating in the upcoming Expo Milan 2015. Expo Milano 2015 is a non-commercial Universal Exposition with some very unique and innovative features. Not only is it an exhibition but also a process, one of active participation among a large number of players around the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. It is sustainable, technological, thematic and focused on its visitors. Open from May 1 to October 31, 2015, the Expo will host over 130 participants. Running for 184 days, this giant exhibition site, covering one million square meters, is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors. Milan today Milan was the thirteenth most visited city in the world in 2014 and was included among the three most important destinations for 2015. It’s a city to explore and love, full of treasures and a lively night life. Milan has always been an interesting and vibrant city: it was one of the most glorious towns during the Middle Ages, and the home of most spectacular Italian courts during the Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci arrived in Milan from Florence looking for a job and ended up staying for a long time, as well as many others did after him. Having always been a focus for the history of the city, Milan has a considerable part of the Italian cultural heritage and is one of the major art cities; including such sites as The Duomo , churches, palaces, museums, without forgetting the contemporary art and architecture, that are also distinctive aspects of the city. Countless works of art are housed in Milan, and almost all can be reached by foot. The new districts that are springing up in the name of modernity are changing the skyline, which is poised to become one of the most beautiful in Europe. A journey of tastes Visitors will experience a unique journey that looks at the complex theme of nutrition. They will have the possibility to take a trip around the world, sampling the food and traditions of people from all over the globe. Expo Milano 2015 will be the first Exposition in history to be remembered not only for its products but also for its contribution towards education on food and the planet’s precious resources. For more information visit www.expo2015.org All You Need to Know about Tickets for Expo Milano 2015...

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Strategies for Flower Girls and Ring Bearers

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Many brides and grooms include their nieces and nephews or the children of bridal party members as flower girls or ring bearers in their wedding. Kids are cute, sweet, fun and funny. But oftentimes, the younger they are, the less they’re willing to cooperate. For example, if you have a “nature child’ in your wedding party (that is, kids in the stage where they say, “I don’t want to wear that!” to every article of clothing), a child in your wedding who ends up wearing every meal, a kid who may not make it down the aisle in an orderly fashion (or at all), understand upfront that you may encounter some “oops” moments—some adorably amusing, some not so much—and be prepared with strategies for potential glitches. √ Aisle alert Are you comfortable with the fact that some little ones may not “perform” their duties at the wedding, even after a smooth rehearsal? If a child doesn’t want to walk down the aisle, then consider whether or not a parent or other wedding party member can walk along with them. √ Flower girl and ring bearer attire It may be wise to hold off dressing young children in their wedding outfits until the ceremony is about to begin. Of course, accidents can happen at the very last moment, so ask the parents to bring an extra set of clothes. If necessary, offer to pay for the extra ensembles yourself. √ Extra wranglers Ask someone in your wedding party (in addition to the parents) to stay on “kid duty” until the ceremony begins. An extra babysitter will not only be helpful to the parents, but it could help avoid attire accidents. Also, consider gifting your little ones with quiet activity bags to keep them entertained during the ceremony. √ Timing If you have plans to take photos at multiple locations, consider how long you need to have your little ones available to pose. You may want to consider having them included for a certain period of time just before the ceremony and just after. Ask their parents what they think will work best for their children to look and feel their freshest (especially if the kids still take naps). √ Substitute duties If something should occur before the ceremony that prevents little ones from performing their duties, but you still want to include them and give them a chance to shine later on, let them forgo their part in the ceremony and give them a task for the reception. Flower girls can scatter their petals as you and your beloved debut as an official couple into the reception hall, and ring bearers can cut in after the first dance. √ Meals Try to seat...

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Engagement Photo Session

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

An Engagement shoot is an opportunity for both a couple and their chosen photographer to work together and get to know one another. Chances are you chose your photographer based, at least partially, on their stunning portfolio of past work but this is a also a chance to see how well they capture you as a couple and offers a glimpse at what you can expect if you choose to have them photograph your wedding day as well. There are of course a number of very practical uses for the images that come out of an engagement shoot as well.  They are prefect for incorporating into your save the date cards, your wedding website and all of those now almost obligatory social media updates. They are also a wonderful memento, a visual reminder of the end of one phase of your relationship as you enter another. Courtesy of John Rozier...

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Origin of Engagement Parties

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Engagement parties date back to ancient Greece, when betrothal was a contractual meeting between men. A potential bride’s father and future husband would meet to establish and iron out the details of the marriage. This tradition was certainly a step up from the caveman who established that love connection independently and simply hauled a new bride home with the trip back to the cave being the engagement. Although today’s weddings are still contractual, we have grounded this institution into a loving partnership. Today, this bond is consensual, intimate and deep-rooted, yet shared with family and close friends. Modern day engagement parties begin to establish this bond with the couple and their closest circle of family and friends by celebrating and congratulating the couple’s decision to...

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