Wedding Veils 101

Historically women wore veils on their wedding day to hide their face from the groom before they were married, but today veils are more viewed as a bridal fashion accessory. There are many different types of veils to choose from, for example: Blusher:


Also known as a birdgecage veil, the blusher veil is very short and has only one layer of material. It falls just below the chin and complements any style of dress.

Chapel Veil:


This type of veil is considered more formal then the blusher and is made from two layers of material. The first layer covers the face during the ceremony and the second layer extends to the floor. This type of veil works best with wedding dresses that have a longer train and are more formal.

Fingertip Veil:


This type of veil is made with either one or two layers of material. The length of the veil extends to the bride’s fingertips and looks great with formal, floor length gowns.

Flyaway Veil:


The flyaway veil is less formal and is made from several layers of material. This veil is worn short and falls just below the bride’s shoulder blades. It can be worn with less formal dresses that are short or ones with no train.

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An Alternative to the Traditional Wedding Cake

Don’t like cake? Want to do something different instead?? There are many different options for those couples seek and alternative to the traditional wedding cake! For example:


Cupcakes are a great and popular alternative to a more traditional wedding cake. The beauty of cupcakes are that they can be made in multiple flavors, giving your guests the option of which flavor they would like to have.


Instead have having one big cake with one flavor, think about having a cake buffet instead! Your guests will be able to choose from a variety of different cakes which can be creatively displayed as part of your wedding décor.

Love pie? A pie buffet is another nice alternative to cake. Similar to the cake buffet but with various types of pies, you guests will surely appreciate this yummy twist in the wedding tradition.


Looking for something really different? Use donuts! These unexpected treats will be sure to wow your guests!

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Prioritizing Your Wedding Budget

One of the most important aspects of the wedding planning process is deciding what your wedding budget will be. How much "should" a wedding cost, you ask? Well there is no right answer. The wedding budget is as individual as the couple themselves. That being said, the average cost of a 150-person wedding is $25,000-30,000. According to The the budget is typically broken down with the following percentages: Reception: 48-50%

Ceremony: 2%-3%

Attire: 8%-10%

Flowers: 8-10%

Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%


Stationary: 2%-3%

Wedding Rings: 2%-3%

Parking/Transportation: 2%-3%

Gifts: 2%-3%

Miscellaneous: 8%

To avoid stress, allot about 5% of your budget for a "just-in-case" fund.

If you are paying for your honeymoon yourselves, remember to budget for that as well!

Once you have decided on your total budget number, the next step is determining your priorities. Both the bride and groom should make a list of their top three priorities for their wedding, for example photography, cake and flowers. Once your top three are decided, allocate a little bit more to them; then do the opposite for your bottom three choices.

Once you have your budget drafted, start making phone calls for your top three priorities to see if they are close to your budget. Before you start attending lots of meetings and signing contracts, get estimates on a few things to make sure your budget is realistic. If not, go back to the drawing board before moving forward!


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Wedding Bustles 101

With a long history dating back to the 1800s bustles were originally worn by stylish women who wore a frame underneath their dress to support the back of their full skirts. Today brides bustle their dresses in order to lift the long trains of their gown off the floor (not to mention staying clean), making walking and dancing on the big day much easier!! Most bridal dresses don’t come with bustles and are instead added during the alteration process. There are many types of bustles:

  • Over Bustle (Ballroom)

Is the simplest and most inexpensive type of bustle. However this type of bustle is prone to breaking during the reception, so brides with long trains or particularly heavy gowns should take this into consideration.

  • Under Bustle (French or Victorian Bustle)

This type of bustle is very popular and great for brides who plan to be very active during their wedding. The under bustle is secured in place by tied ribbon.

  • Tufted Bustle

This type of bustle utilizes jeweled appliqués at the gathering spots in order to highlight the tufts on the skirt of the gown.

  • Pick up Bustle

This bustle is best for wedding dresses with shorter trains. There is only one pick up point selected and anchored much lower on the dress then on other bustles.

When deciding which bustle style to use for your wedding dress, keep in mind the fabric of your dress. If the fabric on your gown is delicate, like organza for example, make sure to choose a bustle style that reduces the weight on each bustle to avoid tearing. Also keep in mind your alterations budget, as bustles range in price depending on the type of bustle, length of train and fabric being used.

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