Your Wedding Experience presented by David Tutera (Philadelphia, February 2016)

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Wow. It doesn’t seem like it’s been over a month since I attended Your Wedding Experience presented by David Tutera in Philadelphia.

I’ve been wanting to share with you, as Your Wedding Experience is more than just a bridal show.

This wedding inspiration show is presented by the one and only David Tutera (American celebrity wedding planner, bridal fashion designer, designer, author and professional speaker).

When asked why he came up with the concept for Your Wedding Experience, he said that he had attended/spoke at other bridal shows in the past, but wanted to offer an experience. He wanted a bridal show that was a “place where [couples] can experience ideas and vendors to help you create your own unique wedding.”

And yes, this show is sooooo much more than picking up brochures from local vendors.

At Your Wedding Experience you can:

  • Take Ring Selfies (with Bernie Robbins Jewelers) Where brides-to-be get their rings professionally cleaned, then snap and share the pic on instagram.
  • The Rock-It Experience bar and lounge, a blend of musicians, djs, video and more.your wedding experience david tutera philadelphia 2016 - the rock it experience
  • Live wedding band showcase
  • Live cake decorating by Desserts by Danayour wedding experience david tutera philadelphia 2016 - desserts by dana
  • Get glammed up at the Beauty Studio

Create your own signature scent at the DIY Fragrance Bar, with Scenterprises Inc. Pick out 2-3 scents, and get to take home a bottle of your unique blend.

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Watch and learn from wedding experts at the Tips & Trends Stage.

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Topics covered Catering: Choosing the Right Style of Dinner Service for your Reception, 5 Tips for a Memorable Destination Wedding, and (the session I attended) Cake Tips & Trends / How to Pick Your Baker, and more!

  • Win great prizes including a private consultation from David Tutera himself!
  • And of course the Fashion Show, featuring ‘Project Wedding Dress,’ where Philadelphia University Fashion Design students were challenged “to create the most innovative and wearable bridal look out of unconventional materials,” including paper and invitations by Invitations by Dawn.

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Before the show floor opened, wedding professionals had the opportunity to participate in Industry Sessions by David Tutera and Preston Bailey,

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and photo ops afterwards.

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During the trade show, David himself visited all the vendors and their booths/displays at the trade show, and judged the trade show contest winners including:

Best of Show Sweetheart Table – Let’s Do Linens

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Best Booth Sampling – Desserts by Dana

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and Best New Products – Bridal Buddy

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There are more opportunities this year to attend Your Wedding Experience as upcoming shows will be in Houston on April 17th, Ft. Lauderdale on May 22nd, Atlanta on August 12th, and back in Philadelphia on August 28th.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, helping someone plan one, or a wedding pro, this is definitely the place to be.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Choosing Wedding Songs That Tell Your Love Story

Trying to decide on what songs to play at the special moments of your wedding day can be a daunting task. Sorting through the thousands of potential songs to play at your wedding can get exhausting.

Wedding Paper Divas has created an easy-to-use, helpful wedding song interactive, comprised of more than 900 songs to help you pick the best ones for every part of your wedding — from walking down the aisle to tossing the bouquet.

It even includes helpful filters for genre and year so you can find songs based on your style.

Wedding songs are like a soundtrack. Individually, each may be beautiful, interesting or funny, and together they tell a story.

Whether you want classic love songs, traditional instrumentals or a modern rock ballad, the songs you choose for your wedding and the order in which they are played will be as unique as your relationship. Your wedding songs will set the mood on your big day and be the music that stirs up happy memories for the rest of your life.

For the full song interactive go here: Wedding Paper Divas Song Interactive

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Your Bridesmaids Don’t Have to Match

The days of 6 young women dressed identically, with matching shoes, matching hairdos, gloves, earrings, and flowers preceding the bride down the aisle are disappearing.

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s bridesmaids have the luxury of picking out their own best look (that looks flattering, AND might actually be worn again) in various lengths, color families, fabrics, and styles.

 

 

 

 

 

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It can be very difficult to put everyone in the same color and style, and have everyone involved look and feel good. “Everyone has her own personal style. An eclectic mix looks more special.” (Lauren Conrad of Paper Crown Bridesmaids).

 

 

 

 

 

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Here are some elegant options to consider:

    • Pick two or three colors that work well together (ex. peach and taupe, gold and bronze, etc.) and let the bridesmaids pick a dress in the color and style they wish. You can specify length and neckline but the color choice is up to the bridesmaid.
    • Are sparkles your thing? Outfit your maids in gowns with bling – sequins, beads, studs can work as long as the shine in uniform.
    • If you want them to look coordinated but not identical, select several different styles that you like in a color you want, but let them pick the dress they want from your selections.
    • Choose separates. A number of bridesmaid manufacturers have created lines that offer skirts of varying length with 3-6 options for tops. You pick the color and they pick their style combos.
    • Pick a color and let your ladies choose their fabric and style.
  • Don’t forget prints. Once a color group has been chosen, consider putting the bridesmaids in prints and the Maid of Honor in solid color – or reverse it with your Maid of Honor in a print and the bridesmaids in solids.

Be sure to take into consideration the individual tastes and preferences when choosing your attendants’ gowns. Look for a uniting factor – color, length, fabric, or silhouette – for a cohesive look.

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Jean

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A Few Simple Guidelines for Your Military Wedding

Military weddings are really the same as any other wedding, with the exception of attire and a few traditions.

To have a military wedding, either the bride or the groom must be currently in the military.

In a military wedding if the groom is serving in the armed forces, he must wear his dress uniform in the ceremony. As part of the outfit he may wear a sword or saber but never a boutonniere.

A military bride has the option to wear her dress uniform or a traditional wedding gown. Other military personnel in the wedding party and wedding guests, male or female, usually wear a military dress uniform.

Despite the differences in attire and protocol, a military wedding is pretty much the same as a traditional wedding with include some military traditions.

One of the most common military wedding tradition is the arch of swords or sabres, which symbolizes a safe entry into their new life together. Navy and Marine Corps’ use swords for the arch and the Army and Air Force uses sabres.

Usually at the conclusion of the ceremony, but can also be done as they enter the reception, the newly married couple walks arm and arm beneath an archway of crossed swords.

If the bride is not in the military, the last saber bearer typically will gently and playfully swat the bride’s backside as she walks through the arch, and says “Welcome to the (insert branch) Ma’am!”

Another tradition is for the bride and groom to use a sword to cut the first piece of their wedding cake. As in a “regular” cake cutting, the bride holds the sword and the groom places his hand over hers.

When determining the seating chart for a military wedding you need to consider any high ranking officers who may be in attendance. The bride or groom’s commanding officer along with his spouse should be seated in the front row of the respective side if the parents are not there. Or, he and his spouse may sit in the second or third row with the family. The remainder of military guests should be seated by rank in the rows just behind the family.

Photo credit: Couple in garden – © Katseyephoto | Dreamstime.com – Happy Wedding Couple In Garden Photo

Photo credit: Arch of sabres – © Michellepix | Dreamstime.com – Under The Saber Photo

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Jean

For more ideas, Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Weddings From The Heart is a wedding planning, coordinating, and design company based in Dayton, Ohio, also serving southwest Ohio and surrounding areas.

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An Inside Look at the Making of Vanessa Williams’ Luxurious Wedding Invitations

Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrimp were married last summer in Buffalo, NY.

It was while vacationing in Egypt when Vanessa met Jim.

This memory was called forth on their wedding day in her attire (a sleek skirt/top combo with gold belt); hair and make-up (smoky eyes and hair styled long and straight); and jewelry (gold and diamond necklaces and chandelier earrings to echo the Egyptian vibe). Jim had her engagement ring designed with a lotus leaf.

Even their wedding invitation reflected an Egyptian theme.

It’s been often said that the wedding invitation gives guests a glimpse of the event to come. The amazing invitations designed by Adorn Wedding Invitations hinted at a beautiful and luxurious event.

“This invitation says to the world love is possible love is real. For Vanessa and Jim this couldn’t be truer.”

Adorn Wedding Invitations has allowed us to share the absolutely stunning invitations that they created for Vanessa & Jim, including this video documenting “their design journey.”

https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/player_vanessa.php

“But [Adorn Invitation’s] job was simple; create invitations that live up to the celebration of the year!”

The points of reference that Vanessa shared with them were a gold color scheme, her dress, and a “shortlisted pin board.”

The invitation, and other enclosures, were printed on rich Marsala paper (a deep and emotionally rich color which conjures the feelings of passion and romance), and printed in gold, metallic foil to give it a luxurious touch.

Inspired by the details of her dress, their designers created a hand sketch which was then digitalized into a singular shape which they repeated multiple times to create a seamless and uniformed pattern.

This intricate pattern became the breathtaking overlay, and featured over 580 small shapes that were precision laser cut on gold metallic shimmer paper. A lotus, a symbol of fortune and of purifying the spirit, was plated in 14K gold and hand applied to each overlay.

No detail was overlooked as the envelopes had opulent embellishments: gold foil monogrammed return address, custom wax seal, and custom crafted gold liners.

As you can see, the final results were truly amazing.

“As Vanessa said, they did “extraordinary work in creating a beautiful piece of art.””

 

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Jean

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5 Top Wedding No-Nos To Avoid

In this era of “doing your own thing” and “I want it my way”, there are some things that no bride should ever do.

Of course you want to have a fabulous day that will stay in the minds of your guests forever.

Your wedding will be special and as unique as you and your groom wish, but here are some “please don’ts” or “wedding no-nos” to consider.

  • Don’t try to be superbride. Weddings take a lot of planning and you do not need to make every single decision about every little detail yourself. Do not spend every waking moment to planning THE WEDDING. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your mom, your best friend, your cousins – people really do want to help. Let them. Hire a wedding planner, often times they will save you time and money. You can contract with them to handle as much or as little as you need.
  • Don’t have a cash bar. You don’t invite people to a party and then ask them to pay for beverages. There are lots of alternatives. Have a bartender help create a special drink for the event and serve that and only that. Or consider a wine bar or gloved waiters circulating with trays of champagne. Or you may have a cocktail hour only and serve wine during dinner.
  • Don’t include bridal registry information on your invitations. Yes, it is good to register for gifts. It helps invitees and insures you receive gifts you actually want and can use. However, it is good to remember that giving wedding gifts is not mandatory. Your guests will want to gift you but they don’t need to. Get the info out on your web site or via word of mouth but NEVER on your invitation.
  • Bad Brides – or How Not To Treat Your Bridesmaids

  • Don’t be bossy with your bridesmaids. Remember that in the most traditional sense your bridesmaids, especially your maid of honor, are there to act as witnesses to this solemn event.

    They aren’t “maids” to command. Most brides handle these relationships with skill and grace, but we have seen brides shift from “asking” to “demanding” and it isn’t pretty. They expect their bridesmaids to shell out for expensive garments, wear their hair the way the bride insists, and attend countless showers. Yes you give them thank you gifts but along with that, remember they have lives beyond appearing in your wedding.

  • Don’t make guests wait for hours between the ceremony and the reception. It is ideal to have a venue that handles both the ceremony and the reception, but if you can’t try to avoid long delays between events. If you have your heart set on being married in your family church but the reception you want can only be held as a special location in another town, you’ll have to make arrangements for guests to go directly to the reception site and have a “cocktail hour” or “coffee bar” or alternative happening while they wait for the reception to begin.

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    Jean

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Real Wedding by Weddings From The Heart Katie and Nick

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A little bit of rain couldn’t put a damper on this wedding day.

Katie and Nick were married at Holy Angel’s Catholic Church in Dayton.

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Following their ceremony, (and to stay out of the rain), the bride and groom took a few photos at the Dayton Art Institute.

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Afterwards, guests enjoyed a reception with dinner and dancing at the Dayton Racquet Club.

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Eclectic and fun – ingredients for a fun, memorable wedding

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The joy on their faces says it all.

Our fabulous vendor team:
Ceremony – Holy Angels, Dayton
Reception – Dayton Racquet Club
Rentals – Prime Time Party Rental
Hair & Make-Up – Eye Do Make-Up & Hair
Florist – Floral V Designs
Photographer – Steve Hutchison with Childers Photography
Party Bus – Beat’s Feet
Cocktail Hour Entertainment – Rose Trio
Ice Sculpture – Ice Sculptures by Ramon
DJ – Tom Potts with Absolute DJs
Baker – Frosted
Wedding Gown – European Bridal

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Photo credit (all photos): Childers Photography

Weddings From The Heart is a wedding planning, coordinating, and design company based in Dayton, Ohio, also serving southwest Ohio and surrounding areas.

Elegant – Stylish – Fun – Creative – Magical
Whatever your wedding vision, we can bring it to life! Contact me today contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net, at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 so we can chat!

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