Traditions that come from Irish Weddings

Traditionally in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is considered the luckiest day of the year to be married. Whether you have ancestral roots in Ireland or just want to add a little luck o’ the Irish to your celebration, we are sharing some ways to bring some Irish wedding traditions into your wedding day!
Origin of the “Honeymoon” – Did you know in ancient Ireland, newlyweds were toasted with a mead made of honey, and were given the brew to drink for 30 days, or otherwise known as a moon’s cycle? Hence the honeymoon!
It’s an Irish Wedding Tradition to incorporate Irish Lace. Queen Victoria transformed bridal fashion with her white Irish lace gown for her 1840 wedding, and in more recent times, also by Princess Diana and Duchess Kate Middleton.
And in Celtic tradition, braids represent female power and good luck.
One of our most famous and signature traditions, the term tying the knot actually comes from the ceremony tradition of wrapping the couples hands in fabric, knotting the couples’ hands together. This gesture of the love knot represents unity through thick and thin. We’re proud to see it recreated in many wedding ceremonies across the world!
And then at the end of your event, be sure to serve some Irish Coffee!

Wedding Gown Shopping?

Wedding Gown Shopping?

13+ Tips for Stress Free Wedding Gown Shopping

1.       Create a budget.  Most brides will spend about 10% of their wedding budget for their dress.

2.       Start shopping early. It takes anywhere from six to twelve months from the time you place the order to when you bring your wedding gown home. Bridal designers need four or five months to make it, and then you need to schedule fittings.

3.      Know what kind of dress you want. Love satin, hate lace…let your stylist know what you love and what you hate.

4.      What kind of wedding are you having? Destination wedding, outdoors, grand ballroom, barn/country….this decision will play some kind of role in selecting the right dress for the mood of your wedding.

5.      Most bridal shops prefer appointments, but most are happy to work with walk-ins too. Saturdays can be crazy busy, so why not try a weekday appointment for a more private and relaxing experience.

6.      Bring one or two people whose opinion means the most to you. The reality bridal TV shows show brides bringing a huge group of family and friends – and that just add drama and indecision to the process.

7.      Get ready for your appointment and bring items you want to wear down the aisle. Wear a strapless nude bra and a seamless thong or brief.

8.      Some dresses look better on you than on the rack. Let the stylist help choose a style which will flatter your body. Keep an open mind. Try different silhouettes to see which one makes you feel stunning.

9.      Forget about “sizes” in the wedding gown industry. Every designer’s size charts are different. Taking in a gown is easy; letting it out is difficult.

10.  For most shops, a 50% deposit is required when you order.

11.  Don’t be afraid to say “yes” to the dress on your first attempt. When you know, you just know. If you feel exceptional in that dress, it’s your dress.

12.  Move around – sit – dance a bit. You want to be comfortable.

13.  Gowns are made to order, so minor details can be customized or switched. You can add a belt to add some sizzle, or add some colored tulle underneath to add contrast. Straps can be added or you might want to order a small jacket or fur for those cooler months.

 

And a few extra tips –

 

Fit is everything, which is why, when it comes to your wedding dress, alterations are everything. You can splurge on a pricey dress, but if it’s not altered properly it won’t look any better than a gown that’s a tenth of the cost.

Budget for Alterations: Bridal Alterations can add up. Some shops charge per service ($200 to shorten your gown, $150 to resew seams, etc.) while others charge a flat fee that covers anything you’ll need to make the dress fit you perfectly. Design changes can cost anywhere from $50, to cut a sweetheart neckline, to hundreds of dollars.

Don’t Buy a Gown to Small: Never buy a too-small dress, thinking you will lose the weight. It’s easier to take in a larger dress, than to let a smaller one out.

Wear your Wedding Shoes: A seamstress will adjust the hem based on the shoes you’ll be wearing at the wedding. If you haven’t picked out your wedding shoes yet, bring a pair with a comparable height. Your hemline should gently graze the ground, so that you don’t trip.

 

So, where are you buying your dress? Be sure to choose a reliable, bridal store that cares about helping you be your very best on your special day. There are some disreputable stores, that have poor service after the sale. Even some of the larger chains have bad reputations. There are both good and bad online bridal stores – and once you purchase your dress, it’s yours. Use care when going that route as well.

 

Be a beautiful, happy bride in the dress you love!

 

 

 

Beware of these 5 Major Budget Busters!

Having a wedding isn’t as simple as saying “I do” — and it can be expensive.  The average cost of a wedding in 2020 was over $20,000.  Figures are still out for 2021, but probably very close to that amount as well.

Having a Wedding Budget is critical to having a wedding without stress.  And even with a budget, these budget busters could happen if you are not careful!

  1. Exclusive Venues

While recommended vendors are great, having exclusive vendors is much different. This will lock you into their prices, services, and policies. If you find a venue with exclusive agreements, make sure you have pricing from all those vendors before signing your venue contract.

 

  1. Venues without Amenities

The venue that is just a building — maybe it has bathrooms (let’s hope) and a “caterer kitchen” (meaning sink, water, and refrigeration). The price is right, so you think you’ve scored. Take a breath — then sprint to your nearest rental service. and get estimates on everything else. Don’t let rentals be a budget buster just because you thought the venue was a good deal.

 

  1. The Outdoors

The everlasting trend of Midwest weddings! You throw up a white tent and invite your closest 100 friends and family. It won’t be more than a few grand, right? Wrong! You also need bathrooms, power generators, outdoor lighting, parking, parking lighting, transportation to and from parking, rain plan items, catering tent and equipment, ice and ice trailer, fans or A/C or heat, bug spray, landscaping — and that’s just naming the essential items.

 

  1. Unvoiced Parent Opinions

This is why you should include contributors in budget talks. At that meeting, encourage everyone to voice their full, specific opinions. Real-life story: A bride’s dad said steak and decent wine were a must. We got it accounted and budgeted for. Fast-forward a few months to the catering tasting. Dad ended up wanting filets and table service for everyone. As you can imagine, the price of a filet times 350 guests was much different than standard wedding steak. The budget was busted, and guess who it fell back on? The bride. And she ended up having to cut things she really wanted because of it.

 

  1. An Untracked Budget

Track every single thing that you and anyone else spends. If you don’t, you will end up going crazy in one of two ways. The first is when you go crazy saying, “I’m spending like a crazy person!” and think you’ve overspent — because when else in your life are you dropping $1,000 deposit checks every other day? The second is when you go crazy saying, “Everything is going to be fine!” and start rattling off those $1,000 checks like nothing. Then you go to add everything up and realize you busted your budget. Then you have to cut things like gifts to your wedding party, alterations, and even hair and makeup

 

Looking for Unique Ways to Personalize Your Wedding?

Looking for a unique way to personalize your wedding? You may want to consider a Monogram Wedding – one where you and your future husband’s names are intertwined to create your own custom monogram.  Starting with the invitations and carrying through to thank you cards, your monogram will be prominently displayed and will be truly unique to your celebration. There are a number of ways to decorate using your monogram theme – you can display the last initial only or a combination of the last initial, the bride’s first initial and the groom’s first initial. When creating your 3-letter custom monogram, it is tradition for the bride to be listed first, the last initial to be the large central letter, and the groom’s initial to follow.  Explore additional ways to flaunt your monogram: Add them to personalize napkins, have your groom add your monogram on the cuffs of his shirt, and so many more ways.
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Tips for Putting on Your Wedding Dress

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I love the fun and excitement of getting ready that occurs in the girl’s getting ready room.  There are lots of special moments that unfold that beg to be captured by your photographer.  Perhaps it is your sister’s special hug or gift, or your best friend’s “something old” that she has given you – all these moments are so very special.

Here is what I hate – bags, shoes, underwear, empty food containers, water bottles and a complete mess all around the room!  Your photographer will do their best to capture the events, but honestly, let’s have your girls pick up as they go – and a firm reminder from you, goes a long way.  The benefit is that your photos will not have the distractions of the messy environment, and those photos will emphasis the event and the emotion.  Remember you will be looking at these photos years from now!

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And now for putting on the dress.

Tip #1:  Always go potty BEFORE you put on your dress.

Tip #2:  Be sure your photographer is there to capture the moment.  Don’t put on the dress before he/she arrives.

Tip #3:  Putting on your wedding dress can be an incredibly beautiful, fun and captivating moment.  Most photographers recommend that you pick one person to assist you, sometimes your mother or your maid of honor.  Having less people will make the moment more relaxed, let you enjoy it, and allow your photographer to capture more of you and your dress, rather than a sea of people.

Tip #4:  To keep your hair and makeup fresh, if you are putting the dress on over your head, raise your arms up and out to protect your hair and makeup.

Tip #5:  Put on your own jewelry.  A sea of people – adjusting your dress, adding your bracelet, one adding a necklace – just way to much going on at one time.  I see people looking like they are dressing a Barbie Doll, and the bride just trying to accommodate everyone!  It’s crazy.   Put on most of your own jewelry, but if you have one piece that’s important to you (or hard to get on) have ONE person help you with this.  Shoes do require help – who can see their feet in those big fluffy or tight dresses.

And one last, little thing.  Why do all girls hold onto their boobs?  Really?  Once the dress is on, let go!    Do you want all your photos to show you holding up your boobs?

 

 

2021 Wedding Trends Report

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