“Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Cheers to the happy couple! But what do you choose and how many glasses, bottles and bubbles do you need to pull off that perfect party? To determine the right amount of the right stuff at the right price, consider the number and preferences of your guests, the type of party/reception, and even variables like the time of year. Obviously you need to have a good estimate of how many adults will attend the party, but it’s also very helpful to know if they are beer drinkers, or do most prefer wine? Do you...Read more
5 Unique Wedding Send Offs It's a fairly common tradition to throw some sort of celebratory confetti in the air as the couple leaves from the wedding. This is something that you see at nearly every wedding but why wouldn't you want to stand out a bit? It's okay to break the tradition just a little here and there. Depending on the season and personality of your wedding, we've rounded up several ideas for you to choose from in the way of send offs! Sparklers Shimmer, shimmer dolls! Adding sparklers to the mix is a perfect way to add a little pizzazz to your big day. It's all about celebrating,...Read more
Wedding Day Emergency Kit The wedding day is filled with lots of emotions, lots of rushing around, and lots of beautiful memories made! In the midst of all that, the bride is more than likely going to fall back on her bridesmaids for an item or two. Maybe her hair slipped out of that perfectly styled bun and she needs a bobby pin as well as your helping hand. Perhaps she burst into tears when her Dad saw her for the first time in her beautiful wedding gown. No matter what the situation might be, the bridesmaids (especially the maid or matron of honor) should be prepared for whatever situation...Read more
Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue When planning a wedding, there are all kinds of hoops to jump through. It starts with setting the budget and ends with you walking down the isle to your sweetheart. Everything else in between can get so hectic! Not to worry, we're here to help. There at the beginning of wedding planning, one of the first things to check off the to do list is meeting with potential wedding venues. Where are you going to walk down the isle? What's your vision? There's a lot more to that list of questions. Today we've rounded up a list of questions to take with you when you...Read more
Champagne: Fun Facts 1. There are approximately 20 million bubbles in each glass of champagne. This is according to a recent study published in American Scientist. Now that's some serious bubbly! 2. When the cork pops, it can reach up to 64 km/hour 3. Champagne has three times more gas than beer. Take that, beer connoisseurs! ;) 4. Marilyn Monroe once bathed in a tub of bubbles. According to her biographer, 350 bottles of champagne were used in the making of this sparkling bath. 5. It's rumored that champagne was actually created by accident. As many know, the French region of Champagne is...Read more
Getting engaged is a wonderfully exciting time for couples and their families alike. From the time your groom-to-be asks for your Dad's hand, it's all a swirl of emotion. There is lots of celebration to be had and we love celebrating that along with you! (Every year we include an engagement feature in the magazine.) While this is a very exciting time for everyone involved, there are a few things to keep in mind as you begin this new stage of life. Below we have rounded up a few things for you to check off the to do list now that you have a sparkly new accessory ;) Call Your Relatives ​​The...Read more
It’s become fairly common for couples to leave simple welcome bags in the hotel rooms of their guests. This is used as thank you for making the trip as well as covering some guidelines for the wedding weekend ahead. Below we gathered a few ideas for you all to utilize in your own welcome bags! Paperwork ​Invitation: In case they left this behind or spilled their Starbucks on their original, offering them an extra invitation is always a good idea. This way your guests won’t be scrambling trying to get the address on wedding day! ​Itinerary: Including an itinerary in the welcome bags depends...Read more
The Do's and Don't's of Hiring a Photographer As Told By Rachael Houser Photography If at all possible, DON’T delegate the hiring of your photographer to your sister, your maid of honor, your mom, or your planner (though a planner should certainly be kept in the loop!). Do the research, the inquiring, and as much communicating as you can yourself. Sound harsh? Hear me out – I promise there’s good reason! The ONE person you’ll spend the most time with on your wedding day is your photographer. (More-so than your groom!) I hesitate to think of any other vendor (besides your planner) who you’ll...Read more
TEXT Scheduling Engagement sessions are usually done about six months before the wedding. Sessions are typically done on a weekday in the evening. Weekdays will ensure that most public places will have less people and be more accessible for shooting. If a weekend date is needed, please contact me at least two months before the desired date to check on available weekends. Figuring out when to book is largely based on what/how you will be using the images. If you just want them for the experience, you can choose whatever season and feel you are going for. Many couples use the engagement photos...Read more
5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Dress Set Your Budget This isn’t always a fun aspect to factor in but it is necessary – especially when bridal gowns can skyrocket quickly! Make sure that before you even begin the shopping process that you have set a budget. What percentage of your wedding budget goes to the dress? What’s your range? Set it and stick to it, ladies! Start Your Shopping Early Nothing is worse than finding the perfect gown and finding out that there isn’t enough time to make the alterations necessary. What’s the best way to keep such a dilemma from surfacing? Start your shopping...Read more