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Engagement Photos: Should You Have Them?

When it comes to throwing the kind of wedding your friends and family members will be talking about for years, there’s no denying you and your sweetheart will have to spend a great deal of money.  With this in mind, it’s no wonder you’re considering cutting some things out of the budget, including engagement photos.  Since an engagement photo session can easily run past the $1,000 mark (even the $2,000 mark, depending on where you live), you and your fiancé figure you can put that money towards a few extra dinner plates at the reception.

However, don’t let the idea of saving a few extra dollars stop you from enjoying engagement photos.  There are plenty of ways you can incorporate engagement photos into your wedding without paying extra.  So if you and your fiancé are debating about having engagement photos, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Engagement photos are sweet, sentimental, and far more casual than traditional wedding photos.  This is why so many couples opt to use their engagement photos as backdrops for save the date cards and magnets.  It’s a great way to personalize these cards as well as let the world know how in love you are.

Using your engagement photos for save the date cards and magnets is incredibly easy.  If the company is online (like www.savethedateforless.com), all you have to do is upload the photo of your choice to the website, order your ideal number of cards, and type in personal information for the cards.  Your save the date cards will be ready before you know it – and you might even save a significant amount of money as opposed to going to a traditional printer!

  1. Your engagement photos can also be used as a really cool way for your guests to wish you and your now-husband a happy life together.  To do this, simply send your favorite engagement photo to a photo lab (www.mimosadigital.com can help).  Have the lab use the photo to create a mat or a larger picture that can be placed on a prominent table during the reception.  While you and your honey take wedding pictures, your guests will be able to sign the mat with their well-wishes.  Take this picture home after the wedding to enjoy a truly amazing memento courtesy of your engagement photos!

Engagement photos represent a special time in your life – so be sure to enjoy them! You’ll also enjoy saving money on your save-the-dates. Remember to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get FREE return address printing! Hurry, this deal ends October 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this amazing offer!

How to Pick The Best Limousine Options For Your Wedding

When it comes to planning your wedding ceremony, you may be focused on the big show-stopping details, like the style of your wedding dress and the colors of your bridesmaid dresses.  But there’s another component of your wedding ceremony that can play a big role in impressing your wedding guests: your limousine options.

Traveling to and from your wedding ceremony should be just as special as that walk you take down the aisle.  After all, this is the moment where you’ll be able to bond with your father before you become a Mrs., or when you can excitedly squeal with your bridesmaids as you see the church up ahead.

Therefore, you want to ensure that your limousine plays just as special a role in your wedding day as your cake, dress, and DJ!

Wondering how to pick the best limousine options for your wedding?  Take a look at these tips and techniques:

  • Word of mouth is one of the best ways to discover a limousine driver that will give you the high-quality transport experience you deserve. If you have any friends that were recently married, consider asking them who they used as a driver, and if they’d recommend the company.
  • On a similar note, you may want to go online and check out customer reviews for local companies.  Have the customers posted relatively positive reviews for the limousine service?  Is the company usually on time?  Do they go above and beyond to make their customers happy?  If you can find a company that meets all these requirements, then you’re well on your way towards finding a high-quality limousine service.
  • Of course, you’ll want to make note of which limousine style you want to sport on your wedding day.  Classic black stretch limousines can make a stylish impact on your wedding ceremony, while stretch white limousines offer a fun throwback to vintage styles.  Classic cars such as a Rolls Royce or Excalibur are all beautiful options that allow you to arrive in style.
  • Finally, you’ll want to ensure that your limousine options fit your wedding budget.  You don’t want to start your wedded life in debt just because you ended up splashing out on your wedding transportation!

Use these tips and techniques to find the best limousine option so you can focus on other things – like writing your vows or tasting that delicious wedding cake!

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Deciding on Groomsmen Dress Options

When it comes to dress options for your wedding party, most couples tend to focus on the brides maids.  After all, they’re the ones who get to enjoy beautiful dress styles in a variety of colors, while the groomsmen will only need to get the standard tux…

Right?

Not necessarily.  As soon-to-be-wedded couples will find out, choosing groomsmen dress options isn’t always so black and white (pun intended).  The groomsmen dress options will vary based on the theme of the wedding, how formal the ceremony is, and the unique style tastes of the couple.

Ready to discover how to decide on groomsmen dress options?  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and get ready to learn how to make your groomsmen shine!

Decide On Your Budget

Like with wedding dress shopping, you’ll want to set aside a budget that your groomsmen can stick to when shopping for tuxedos.  If there’s a particular designer style you have your heart set on, you’ll want to contribute money to your groomsmen, particularly if this style may be out of reach for their budgets.  Assess your wedding budget to see how much you can contribute.

Pick a Lapel

When deciding on groomsmen dress options, you’ll be faced with a world of lapel options.  These options will include the following:

  • The Notch Lapel: This suit jacket is squared off to the top collar, which creates a notched appearance.
  • The Peak Lapel: This suit jacket is a double-breasted style that’s been imported straight from the shores of England.  It’s one of the most traditional tuxedo looks, so this should be common enough to find.
  • The Shawl Lapel:  This tuxedo cut creates a continuous curve that resembles the traditional smoking jacket.
  • The Fashion Lapel: This tuxedo cut utilizes two flaps of cloth to create a double-breasted appearance.  The fashion lapel is perhaps the most formal of all four of these lapel options.

Decide on a Color

Like with bridesmaid dresses, you’ll want to pick a groomsmen tuxedo color that perfectly complements your wedding colors.  For many couples, this will be the traditional black tuxedo.  Many couples also opt for white tuxes, which is common at more formal ceremonies.  Playful couples may opt for colorful tuxes that incorporate the wedding theme, like navy blue or chocolate brown.

No matter what you decide on for your groomsmen dress options, we’re sure they’ll all look dashing and handsome on your big day! Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get up to FREE return address printing! This deal ends October 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this amazing offer!

Deciding on Bridesmaid Dress Colors and Styles

 You’ve finally chosen the special women in your life that you want by your side when you’re getting married.  Whether they’re your best friends, sisters, or cousins, these women represent some of the closest bonds you’ve formed throughout your life (except, of course, for the bond you have with your future husband!).  That’s exactly why you want to pick gorgeous bridesmaid dresses that will flatter your bridal party as well as match the theme of your wedding reception.

Of course, this is all easier said than done.  With so many different body types to account for, it can be difficult to select a universally flattering bridesmaid dress style.  And what happens if your wedding colors aren’t exactly dress friendly?

Not to worry: this article will help you decide on the best bridesmaid dress colors and styles for your wedding ceremony.

The Bridesmaid Dresses That Flatter Everyone

First, it’s important to note which bridesmaid dress styles are flattering on all body types.  You may be tempted to give your bridesmaids strapless dresses, but keep in mind that this isn’t exactly flattering to women with larger busts or arms.  Therefore, consider buying dresses with delicate spaghetti straps or gorgeous sheer sleeves.  You may also want to consider going with a longer dress style, particularly if you’re having your wedding in an elegant indoor space, like a ballroom.

Speaking of length, be sure your bridesmaid dresses hit at a flattering part of the leg.  Dresses that hit above the knee are great for all leg shapes.  Avoid dresses that hit below the knee or in the middle of the calf, as this can make shapely legs look much bigger.

How To Choose The Best Bridesmaid Dress Color

When it comes to choosing the best bridesmaid dress color, you’ll want to incorporate the dresses in your wedding theme.  When planning your wedding, you’ll choose two or three wedding colors that will be incorporated throughout the ceremony and reception.  Therefore, the bridesmaid dresses should pick up on one of these colors.

When choosing the color, be sure to pick the wedding color that will be most flattering on your girls.  A nice neutral color like chocolate is always a safe choice (if your neutral color is white or cream, avoid picking this color – you want to stand out up there at the altar!).  If you want to opt for one of your brighter colors, make sure that it flatters the complexions of your bridesmaids.  For example, blue is universally flattering, while coral or hot pink can only be worn by certain complexions and body shapes.

Remember, you want your bridesmaids to look their best and feel as comfortable as possible! Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get up to FREE return address printing! This deal ends October 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this amazing offer!

 

 

Tips On Selecting a Make-Up Artist

It goes without saying that you want to look your best on your wedding day.  That’s why you’ve taken the time to choose the best wedding dress that will make your guests drop their jaws in amazement.  You’ve also been hitting up the gym to ensure that you look your absolute best.  You’ve even been making regular appointments at your local spa to get rejuvenating facials and glow-boosting treatments.

So it’s no wonder you want to select a make-up artist that will highlight your features and make you look absolutely gorgeous on the most important day of your life!

Choosing a make-up artist should be just as important to your wedding planning process as choosing a DJ or a caterer.  After all, a make-up artist can either enhance your natural beauty or make you look completely different.  And since your wedding will be captured on film forever, you want to find a make-up artist who will make you look like a glamorous movie star.

Wondering how to find that make-up artist?  Here’s how to select the best make-up artist for your wedding!

Take Advantage of Free Makeovers

In order to attract your business, make-up artists will typically offer a free makeover to demonstrate what they can do.  Don’t feel bad for taking advantage of this service – after all, it’s going to help you make your final decision!

Don’t forget to bring along a member of your bridal party with you.  This should be a close friend or relative who will be able to tell you honestly how you look.  The make-up artist can also give the bridesmaid a free makeover, which will illustrate how she’ll make your bridal party look on the big day.

Consider Your Budget

Don’t forget that your budget will play a big role in finally deciding which make-up artist you’d like to opt for.  Remember, you should be able to pay your make-up artist for doing your make-up, as well as the make-up of your bridal party, your mother, and the mother of the groom.  If you can’t afford to do the make-up of all these people, be sure to tell the make-up artist that you’d like her to only do your make-up.  This will give you a more accurate price point to work with.

Selecting a make-up artist doesn’t have to be a big affair – just use these tips and you’ll find the right person in no time!

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