The Top Five Things You Should Not Forget on Your Wedding Day

Joshua Aull Photography

Joshua Aull Photography

WE LOVE LISTS! They are the key to sanity and thy prevent a whole lot of wedding day messes. Luckily our amazing friends over at PERFECT WEDDING GUIDE are dishing up loads of great advice. Here is their step by step list they have provided:

1. Stay hydrated. Whether or not you’re planning on drinking alcohol at your wedding, it’s so important to drink water throughout the day. Dehydration (especially when combined with stress) can lead to heart palpitations, headaches, shaking, and lightheadedness. The last thing you want to do is faint on your wedding day because you didn’t remember to drink some water!

2. Eat the food you’re paying for. Many times, couples miss their cocktail hours due to picture taking. They then enter the reception, have their first dance, and begin mingling with guests. It’s important to remember to eat some of the food you’re paying for. Ask your wedding planner (or a relative) to bring you a few food selections during photos, and make sure you partake of the meal at your reception.

3. Touch up your makeup. Brides, you’ll be photographed the entire day. Make sure you have touchup makeup (at least lipstick) handy any time you need it. You’ll be thankful when you get those photos back…especially the un-retouched family pics!

4. Bring a change of shoes. Unless you’re wearing flip-flops or sneakers down the aisle, the odds are your shoes will be causing your feet to ache by the time you reach the reception. Bring a pair of comfortable shoes to change into so you can dance the night away in comfort.

5. Take a few minutes to soak it all in. The single-most common thing we hear from newlyweds is that their wedding day went by in a flash. Don’t forget to take a few minutes to take a deep breath, relax, and take it all in. That way, the memories will really stick with you for years to come. These may not seem like critical things to remember on your wedding day, but trust us… they are! Do you have any suggestions you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments.

Joshua Aull Photography

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Once again, a big thank you to our friends over at Perfect Wedding Guide for giving us some amazing advice to share with our GLAM couples!


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Friday Vendor Spotlight

Ladies and Gents we have A LOT of love this week. We are gearing up for three shows! We are really loving what each of these special vendors bring to the table, we think you should get to know them. You will probably agree with us and want to meet these rock star vendors in person… and while you are at it have a fun evening filled with luxury.  September 21st we will be at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington DC, October 12th we will be at the Hotel Chicago, and November 16th we will be at the Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC. Get your tickets today!

Harmonia Strings – When we think luxury weddings, we think talented musicians, and amazing music. Turn to the best in New York City area, you cannot go wrong with Harmonia Strings and their graduates of the Julliard School and other leading conservatories.

Keswick Hall – Keswick Hall is an impressive 48-room mansion nestled on 600 acres at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. From the elegant and stylish surroundings to the onsite activity and event options, and luxurious accommodations.

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Pure Love Films -Pure Love Films services the New York area and the Mexican Riviera.  Their distinctive approach to storytelling and artistry provides our couples with an experience that is emotionally engaging, and a film that fully immerses them in a moving memory of their wedding day that brings joy for years to come. GET YOUR TISSUES OUT!

Silvia and Jose Antonio Highlight Film from Pure Love Films on Vimeo.

Fort Myer’s Officers’ Club – GREAT for military weddings and top reviewed catering!

C’est Mon Plaisir Events -Event planning company dedicated to offering personalized service. By merging Avant garde design and classic values, C’est Mon Plaisir Events will work with you to make your vision a reality.

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Sullivan’s Steakhouse- The obvious choice for your engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding showers, and other wedding events.

Heritage Resort - A destination resort without boarding a plane!  The newly renovated resort is full-service from rehearsal to garden ceremony to reception- all in our elegant rustic location just over an hour away from New York.

Allseated -AllSeated offers FREE collaboration tools to easily create, access and update seating charts as well as scaled floor plan management, table layouts, guest lists, 3D design, timeline, RSVP’s and more!

Westin Punta Cana -If there exists a more indulgent place to unwind, we have yet to find it!

S2 Event Management -We coordinate everything from start to finish, providing professional advice and manage the details of your big day. We will be present in every moment to find the best alternative to make your dream wedding.

Wedding Protector Plan – If you don’t think you need wedding insurance you need to take a second look, you are  investing too much money to not get coverage.

Los Cabos Tourism Office -Los Cabos is the perfect place for a romantic getaway with your loved one. Its location at the tip of the Baja Peninsula and the two oceans surrounding the area create some breathtaking landscapes to fall in love with. Brides and honeymoons will find their perfect venue in Cabo.

Crushcakes Weddings & Events – Crushcakes uses the freshest and finest ingredients and everything is made from scratch daily to ensure only the finest quality for every customer that walks through our door.

Olli Studio- Looking for a little extra edge in your wedding photos – trust the best! You might end up binge watching their videos. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Susie FreemanTravel/ Blaycation – BUCKET LIST TRIPS – the most EPIC honeymoons yet.

Batter and Cream – From Wall Street to Whoopie Pies is the story behind Elizabeth Fife, founder and CEO of Batter & Cream.

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Luxe Destination Weddings – LUXE is a full service destination wedding travel agency and wedding planner specializing in weddings in the Caribbean and Mexico.


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Bow Ties vs. Neck Ties for the Groom

The biggest current argument in men’s wedding fashion, bow tie vs. neck tie.  We honestly cannot pick which we like better. There are just too many amazing combinations to totally rule one out. If you weren’t confused before, you might be now, because these men are really rocking their wedding day fashion.

Men's Wedding Neck TiesLeft Picture: Bryce Covey Photography on Style Me Pretty
Top Right: Kristilee Parish Photography on Wedding Chicks
Bottom Right:  Anna Rosell on Love My Dress

s Wedding Bow TieLeft Picture: KT Merry Photography via Style Me Pretty
Top Right: Alix’s photography  on 100 Layer Cake
Bottom Right:  Bryce Covey Photography via Style Me Pretty

The good part is, you might be able to have your cake and eat it too, if you can’t decide. Separating the groom from the groomsmen is very often done through the differentiation in bow tie or neck tie. The bow tie translates into a more formal look and is usually reserved for the groom, but traditional is waning so throw the rules out the window and go with your heart. Any other inspiration you want to throw our way is welcomed with open arms.


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White Dress, White Tuxe.... & White Teeth

Of course everyone wants sparkling white chomps for everyday life. But for your wedding day… it’s necessary! Here are the top five reasons why getting your teeth whitened for the big day is an absolute must:

Photo credit: Adams & Cheek Dentistry

  1. If you are wearing white, it is going to be way more noticeable if your teeth are not just as bright and healthy.
  2. You will feel super awkward if your photographer has to Photoshop your yellow teeth for your wedding photos.
  3. Meeting your new spouse’s family members for the first time? You HAVE to look your best.
  4. You’ll look, and feel, absolutely stunning on your honeymoon. No professional photographer to whiten up those teeth!
  5. …Who doesn’t want white teeth?

Wondering when you need to start the teeth whitening process?  If you should do it yourself at home or go get it done professionally?  How much you should expect to spend? We recommend that you turn to the experts, Philips Zoom. They have every option you can imagine available so you can get an idea of whats best for you in your price point.

 


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Yay or Nay for the Third Dress?

Brides all over the world have heard of the two dress bride.  For those who don’t know, this is the bride who has a different dress for her ceremony, usually more of a traditional gown. And her second dress, is usually something either shorter or easier to move and dance in for the reception.

Today, a new trend approaching is the third dress.   The third dress is the last of the dresses to be put on.  The bride’s first dress is something more traditional, the second is something that has more flow and more of a dreamy look, and the third dress is short and fun.  Something the bride can pair with great colorful shoes and dance the night away towards the end of her reception and for the after party.

If a bride is going to participate in this trend, she needs to have the budget to support it.  Three dresses is going to have some affect to the budget of the wedding.

Do you think this is something that will stick? Will the third dress trend be something that stays around for years to come?  Or will we see it dying down at the end of wedding season?  Only time will tell for the future of the third dress.


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Friday Vendor Spotlight

Our vendor spotlight is packed with venues, hotels, caterers, restaurants, beauty services, entertainment, planning help and more! Here are just some of our favorite wedding resources this week.

Spring House Hotel ~ We love Spring House Hotel because the indoor and outdoor views for seaside weddings stop you in your tracks, you have no choice but to enjoy the moment and environment. Block Island lends itself to the the perfect mix of country and nautical in Rhode Island.

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The DJ Firm  ~ We find that they have more varied experience than your average wedding DJ, the associates at The DJ Firm get everyone on the dance floor, even the people you wouldn’t expect.  That’s right, put on those dancing shoes or take off those heals!

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Phenomenon Events ~ We know Phenomenon Events to be the edgy, yet elegant wedding photographers and videographers of the century.  It’s no surprise that they’re one of Buffalo’s most trusted and requested resources.

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Tulle La La ~ Each month Tulle La La sends brides-to-be boxes full of wedding planning advice and “tulles” (read: surprises) to assist with the overwhelming process of planning your dream wedding.  It’s like birch box for the bride and groom, we dig it.

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Patina Events @ Brooklyn Botanic Garden ~ We Love the outdoors and great food, obviously so do you.  Patina Events @ Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of our go to locations for the stunning views and food.  Their delicious menus celebrate the natural beauty of the Garden, along with exquisite pastry design.

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Ashley’s Sweet Beginnings ~ Suggestion, order a custom wedding cake for your special day at Ashley’s Sweet Beginnings. Not into the cake tradition? Ashley’s Sweet Beginnings is also our  go-to bakery for personalized cakes, cookies, cupcakes, dessert platters and more. If you’re in the D.C. area, be sure to stop by and check them out.

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Exotic Looks by Karen ~ We highly recommend Karen and her team for all of our NYC brides.  They are a one stop shop for all your beauty needs!

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Kookla Makeup ~ Kookla Makeup provides both hair and makeup services specializing in bridal and wedding beauty.  Megan Ashley, a well known artist in the industry, is the perfect go-to beauty artist.

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C’est Mon Plaisir Events ~ Want that look you see on all the modern wedding blogs? We suggest you talk to C’est Mon Plaisir Events. They merge avant-garde design and classic values to make your personalized vision a reality.

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants ~ Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants have a wide range of properties each with it’s own unique personality.  With 66 boutique hotels and 81 restaurants in over 30 cities the possibilities are endless!

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Better Events Catering ~ If you’re interested in yummy food that catches the eye, we want you to get to know Better Events Catering.  These culinary artisans pride themselves on using fresh ingredients in creating a personalized service in the DC area.

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Currituck Outer Banks, NC ~ BEACH WEDDING HEAVEN! We drool over the spectacular sunsets and white sand beaches, the Outer Banks is an unforgettable backdrop for a wedding ceremony in Corolla, North Carolina.

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Want to  get VIP access to this week’s hot vendors? Email us today and we will hook you up!


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