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July 2011

Outfitted: Wedding Guest Attire

When deciding what to wear to a wedding, take into consideration the season, wedding location, time of day, and style of the reception. Guest attire guidelines include suggestions ranging from an informal daytime celebration to a formal evening affair. If the wedding invitation doesn’t specifically state the attire (Casual, Formal, Black Tie, etc) take note of the invitation’s typography, style and language choice.

When attending an evening wedding, guests should choose clothing similar to what they’d wear for a dinner or event out. Men are expected to wear suits unless the invite specifies black tie. Women should dress in sophisticated attire and carry an evening bag rather than a purse.

Requests for casual attire can be the most confusing. When in doubt, ask the couple or the wedding planner, and always err on the side of overdressing. Women can wear a skirt with a blouse or a casual dress. Try to avoid rich fabrics and trims that look too glitzy.

Although the old rule of avoiding white still holds true, black has become an acceptable color to wear as long as the clothing item is in an ornate rather than somber style. Think about punching up the black with colorful pins, jewelry or scarves. Stay away from jeans, revealing styles and torn/stained clothing. If your dress is sleeveless/strapless and the ceremony is held in a church, bring a cardigan or wrap to cover your shoulders.

For a full list of wedding attire suggestions, check out Emily Post’s (the queen of etiquette) guidelines.

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Sister Act: Two Weddings in 8 months

My sister, Lindsay, and I are twenty months apart. We were best friends as adolescents, and in high school, we wavered between cross country teammates and mortal enemies battling over Maybeline eye shadow. Once Lindsay left for college, we melded back into a symbiotic relationship based on mutual experiences and hobbies. It wasn’t surprising that we got engaged around the same time, and I have always been more than excited that our weddings are eight months apart.

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Some brides might feel that their wedding is their time to shine, and that there should be a metaphorical (or physical) spotlight on them the entire day. In my opinion, weddings are about sharing your happiness and joy with your friends and family members, so I have enjoyed getting to share this special planning experience with my sister.

As much as we’re alike, we’re also very different. Those differences have made our duel-planning more interesting and all the more fun. I have had the chance to brainstorm decor for Rich and my floral whimsy wedding while designing Andrew and Lindsay’s Parisian chic wedding. I don’t want to give away too much, but you can expect lots of mood boards and pictures in future posts!

Via Bippity Boppity Boo

Even though we’ve enjoyed sharing our ideas, there are a few things to keep in mind if you and your sibling’s weddings are close together.

  • Listen to one another’s ideas – You’ll receive better feedback if you know you’re both willing to help the other person out.
  • Spend time doing activities unrelated to the weddings – Once the wedding days get close, you’ll realize that your lives will revolve around your upcoming nuptials. Enjoy each other’s company while you still have free time. You can always hire a wedding planner to help relieve stress too! 🙂
  • Figure out what works for your style, budget, and personality – Don’t compare your wedding to your sibling’s event and stick to what you love best!

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I think both Lindsay and my fiance have come to understand the importance our relationship . We have countless inside jokes and shared memories, and I want nothing more to continue to grow together and create new memories.

I love you Winny!

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Wedding Woes: Writing my vows + Tips to complete them

Omaha, Nebraska Wedding Planner

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One of the first decisions Rich and I made as a newly engaged couple was to write our own vows, but since I have always loved the tradition and deep meaning of reciting the same promise, we decided to include traditional vows in our ceremony as well. We effortlessly picked out traditional vows that we felt spoke true to our relationship, but the personalized vows didn’t come as easy for me…

I started writing my vows early because I knew I would need a lot of time to perfect them. Writing your wedding vows is incredibly difficult. Give me a thesis topic, and I’ll organize my research and present a conclusion in a cohesive manner, but writing based on complex and life-changing emotions is not my strength. Rich, on the other hand, is a gifted writer. He makes the best holiday and birthday cards (they’re usually handmade with sharpie drawings and accompanied by a thoughtful and well-written letter).

Over the past few weeks, I got so worked up about writing my vows for fear that I wasn’t going to adequately express my gratitude and love for Rich. Every time I think of Rich, I instantly smile and I begin to wiggle and squirm with joy (picture a spaz-tastic puppy), but when I’d try to put that feeling into words, writers block would immediately set in. When it comes to love, words can be extremely limiting.

After many rough drafts, I finally feel like I’m on the right track. I compiled a list of tips that helped me, and I hope they can help you too!

  • Discuss expectations with your fiance – Will you write them together? Will you share your vows before the ceremony?
  • If you are not writing them together, decide on a structure and a maximum word count (150 words is a good place to start).
  • Get inspired by your past love letters, a meaningful song, old pictures and date souvenirs or go online and look for inspiring poetry and prose. Rich and I each have boxes filled with mementos from our relationship. I love opening them up and reliving those memories.
  • Remember to speak in your language. Don’t pick a poem or passage to recite because it sounds eloquent.
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Pretties by Elva Fields

I always check my google reader while I’m blow drying my hair in the morning (gotta multitask!), and I came across these Elva Fields necklaces this morning. I had a wedding woe post planned for today (and I’ll still get that posted this afternoon), but I was so excited by these amazing accessories that I wanted to share them with you right away. She’ll even make something custom for your wedding…..

Which one would you wear? I’ve got my eye on the purple one…

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Inspiration: All that Glitters…

I try to look for design inspiration in unexpected places. Bridal magazines and blogs are great resources, but in order to create something unique, you have to think outside of the box. This bride was inspired by Laduree, a famous French Pastry House. Isn’t that wedding lovely!?!

I was recently inspired by my sister’s pedicure. Her little piggies were painted with OPI Glow up Already!. This polish provides a grown-up alternative to the glitter polish we wore as kids. I immediately thought it would be great polish for a bride to wear, but why not shower an entire event in glitter? You might be thinking that glitter is only appropriate for New Years Eve, but glitter in bright colors or a glowing gold tone would be great for a summer f

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Planning a Wedding in 4 Days…..

Last Monday, I received an email from a woman in Colorado asking to help coordinate her wedding in Iowa on Friday (yep that’s right, four days later…). Sensing the distress in her email, I jumped at the opportunity to help her. The couple was simply focused on getting married, so I worked with the Iowa County Clerk to coordinate the ceremony with a judge and make sure they had fulfilled all of the requirements for a marriage license.

No matter how big or small an event, it gives me so much satisfaction knowing that I helped a couple to achieve a huge milestone in their lives. I wish them all the best!

Rich and I had a fun weekend. We each tried different selections from the three-course menu at Bread and Cup, and we kept score on who picked the best from each course. Rich won with the best appetizer (caprese salad) and dessert (bacon ice cream), but my eggplant parmesean with pesto beat out his beef short rib for best entree. Rich took me to Harry Potter on Sunday. I’m proud to admit that I bawled my eyes out. Who wants to go see it with me again!?

Speaking of emotions, I have spent the last couple of weeks gathering pictures for our wedding slideshow. As I was grouping pictures together, I ran across this combination, and I couldn’t stop laughing. Can anyone tell which one is Rich and which one is me…? Some of you know that I was haunted by the bowl-cut as a child, and I think the picture below explains why.

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Rich and Candace? or… Candace and Rich?

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Happy Weekend!

Kissing Train

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I’m going on a date this weekend, so the romantic kiss pictured above is the perfect way to start my weekend! Rich and I have been so busy running to and from Omaha that we haven’t been able to spend quality time together. Now we have to decide where to eat… I’m open to suggestions!

Have a relaxing weekend! See you on Monday!

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