Premier Wedding Expo Bridal Show – Sunday, January 5th!

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Looking for a great way to meet lots of wedding professionals in one place? Stop by the Premier Wedding Expo this Sunday! We have been proud to help produce these great events for many years, and they keep getting better.

  • Over 100 exhibitors
  • Great discounts and prizes will be available for brides planning their weddings
  • Each bride gets a bridal bag when entering the show

The event runs from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the UNF University Center (12000 Alumni Drive). Tickets are $10 at the door, but if  you purchase the online in advance they are only $7! Be sure to visit the show’s website, www.PremierWeddingExpo.com, to learn more.

5 Realities About Getting Engaged

monica-chandlerWe are in the midst of engagement season! Statistically, most proposals happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, with a huge spike between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you think your special someone might be popping the question soon, here is a look at the reality of the situation.

  1. It’s not (usually) going to happen the way you think it will. You may have a vision influenced by your favorite movie or book – the perfect dress, the perfect hair, the perfect location, just the right music playing in the background, a good manicure… but guess what? Guys don’t typically think like that. It might happen when you have no makeup on, in your jammies, or out walking the dog. But however your sweetie proposes, it’s going to be special and memorable, because it’s a story uniquely yours.
  2. He’ll be super-nervous. In movies and tv shows, guys are usually cool, calm and collected when they propose. But in reality, whatever he has planned will never go the way he imagined it would either. Do you remember all the preparation and craziness when Chandler was going to propose to Monica on Friends?! (I love that episode!)
  3. You may not love the ring. Unless you’ve been ring shopping together, your honey is probably not going to nail it 100%. Hopefully he knows enough about your style and personality to get something you don’t hate. He spent a lot of time choosing this most-special piece of jewelry, and he thinks it’s perfect. So you should too.
  4. People will ask you when and where you are getting married 5 minutes after he pops the question. And in some families, the “when are you having kids” questions will start too! You don’t have to have all the answers right away – in fact, it’s best to take some time and just enjoy being engaged!
  5. Not everyone will be happy for you. Some people will think it’s too soon, you’re too young, he’s not right for you, whatever. But if you know in your heart that now is the right time and he is the right guy, don’t worry about their opinions. (Side note: if there are concerns about abusiveness, substance abuse, or other potentially dangerous behavior, you may want to seek the advice of a trained counselor to be sure you know what you are getting into.)

When you do have the ring on your finger, don’t forget to give us a call to start planning your one-of-a-kind wedding!

Wacky Wedding Superstitions

It’s that dreaded day – Friday the 13th. We were lucky {!} enough to get two Friday the 13ths this year – exactly 13 weeks apart. Weird? Absolutely. Scary? For a lot of people. For some insight, check out the article “Why Does Friday the 13th Scare Us So Much?” over on the National Geographic website.

We thought it would be fitting to look at some wacky wedding superstitions on this inauspicious day:

  • The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. Ew!
  • Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.
  • Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. But in modern culture, it’s the most popular day of the week to marry!
  • In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits! 
  • According to folklore, a knife signifies a broken relationship and is bad luck to give as a wedding gift. If knives are on your registry, just give the gift giver a penny. That way it’s a purchase, not a gift. 
  • Having a cat eat out of your left shoe one week before the wedding is good luck.
  • Peonies, one of the most desirable wedding flowers, actually represent shame!
  • Single women should take a piece of wedding cake home, and sleep with it under their pillow. Then they will dream of their future husband!

But here’s one that we actually agree with: Don’t use your married name or monogram before the wedding! Some think it’s tempting fate to do so, and the wedding will not take place. If you’re superstitious (or a stickler for proper etiquette), save the monogramming for your reception decor and registry items.

Would you get married on a Friday the 13th?

Pantone Announces 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Pantone 2014 Color Of The Year

Yesterday, Pantone announced the 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. According to the press release,

“Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

If you don’t work in a design-related industry, you might wonder what the heck the “color of the year” is exactly.

“For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.”

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So next year, as you are strolling through the mall and see lots of this color everywhere, think back to this blog post and say, “Ahh, I get it!”

The photo on the right is an example of a bridesmaid’s dress from Dessy in Radiant Orchid. Will you incorporate this color into your wedding? Share your ideas in the comments section!

Charitable Donations as Wedding Favors

tabatha-dustin-favor-card“What do you mean, you aren’t having wedding favors?”

We hear it a lot, usually from the parents of the bride and groom. The history of the wedding favor isn’t really well known, but party favors in general have been around since the 16th century. Think back to your birthday parties as a child – didn’t you always give your friends a little sack of goodies to take home?

While there are lots of great wedding favors out there, many couples are choosing instead to donate cash to their favorite charity instead of buying little chocolates or scented candles. There are so many reasons to choose a donation over a physical favor:

  • A specific charity or cause is near and dear to your heart.
  • It’s more environmentally friendly.
  • Remember a family member with a memorial donation.
  • It’s more personal.

So how do you do it?

First, contact the charity (or charities) you would like to donate to.  Most charities have websites where you can make a donation via credit card, however if it is a local charity you may need to mail a check.

Next, find a way to let your guests know about your donation. You may chose to have a card placed at each place setting describing your charity of choice, or have two or three placed on each table. If your cause is environmental in nature, consider printing your message on plantable paper – seeds are embedded in the paper, and flowers will bloom when your guests take it home and plant it.

As an alternative, you can make a little framed sign and place it somewhere in the cocktail hour space, rather  than having cards on the tables. Most people attending your wedding will know why you chose the charity you did, so long explanations aren’t necessary.