Top Five Valentine's Day Tips For Engaged Couples

With the season of love in full swing, all of the buzz is around how to make this Valentine’s Day special. As newlyweds, you want this day to be equally as memorable as it is romantic. If you want to look beyond the heart shaped boxes of chocolate, these tips are sure to help you exceed all measures of romance… Of course, a little chocolate still never hurt 😉

Check out these top FIVE tips on how to make your Fiance V-Day as special as your blossoming relationship:

1. Pack Your Bags

Nothing screams romance like breakfast in bed with the love of your life on a beautiful Valentine’s Day morning. We’re in luck with the holiday falling on a weekend this year so nothing is stopping you from sneaking away with your sweetheart for a love infused weekend getaway. Maybe something domestic like Maine?

2. Rub Out All That Tension

Everyone loves a little downtime to unwind and relax. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to hit your favorite spa with your other half and just unwind. If you’re looking to spice things up, perhaps try giving one another massages at home. Light some candles, stay in and let Cupid do the work.

3. Put A Ring Name On It

You’ve already put a ring on it. If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special soon-to-be, look in to something personalized. Whether it be catered to solely them with their name or initial or you both as a couple, this is a gift that could send Cupid’s arrow straight through the heart. Some examples are jewelry (wink, wink), video/photo albums, and even ties or cuff links for him.

4. The Fastest Way To The Heart Is Through The Stomach

Along with Valentine’s Day being the day of love, it is also a day of good food. Take this opportunity to make reservations at that new restaurant in town that everybody is raving about. If you’re looking for something more low key, try making dinner together at home. But don’t forget to leave plenty of room for dessert!

5. Something Sexy

This is for the ladies. If you’re trying to keep the soon-to-be newlywed romance at its peak, a great idea for a Valentine’s Gift is… you! Think about doing a romantic boudoir photo shoot and giving the end result to your fiance. Sexy and classic.

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Wedding Salon Kicks Off the New Year with a Sparkle

Hundreds of engaged couples gathered in Beverly Hills and New York City in January to plan their upcoming destination weddings and honeymoons at Wedding Salon. Guests were stunned by the fashion forward, modern and unique wedding displays, along with some significant ways to plan domestic, traditional and exotic destinations for their nuptials.


1. Culturally-inspired accessories and clothing:

Bridal gowns and accessories alike with cultural inspiration were represented at both showcases. Mirage by Samar pinpointed South Asian culture, drawing people in with gowns that captured stunning creative impulse. Accessories brand Ellen Hunter NYC wowed the couples with visually-intriguing accessories and head-pieces.

2. Pre-travel beauty enhancements:

Couples were excited to see options to enhance their outer beauty. Yes for the men too! Spray tanning, by Vita Liberata, made the pairs feel comfortable adding a little color to their natural glow. For the ladies in New York, Lancôme at Bergdorf Goodman celebrated nudes and natural makeup trends at their trial station and O2living featured amazing juice cleanses to keep healthy.

3. Traditional and Domestic Locations:

Travel resources were abundant in both showcases with extravagant tourism boards such as Mexico Tourism Board, Aspen CVB, Cape Cod CVB & many more. Couples were provided with displays so vibrant and lively they could picture their stress-free planning and relaxation ahead. Luxury resorts like Fiesta Americana, Shoals Club on Bald Head Island, and Ritz-Carlton Florida beautifully highlighted their abundance of options.

4. Exotic Destinations:

In addition to the locations couples love and adore, to their own surprise, they found themselves also drawn to places that are attractively out of the ordinary. Exotic destinations represented by Zulu Nyala South Africa, Three Tomatoes Italy and Aruba Tourism Authority, could be exactly what couples are looking for and all that needs to be done is a little exploration!

5. Shred for the Wed:

With many destination weddings including swimwear and fewer clothes, couples are eager to discover ways they can “shred for the wed”. Pure Barre and Bar Method put future brides and grooms in awe, with the most exciting ways to get their bodies into shape.


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Fall Wedding Trends at Wedding Salon Chicago

Engaged couples, bridal entourages, and family arrived at The Hotel Chicago on Monday to plan future luxury nuptials. The top vendors servicing the Chicago area gathered to show off their best designs, wedding services, and trendy point of views. Chicago’s top vendors revealed wedding trends for both local weddings and destination weddings.

Hot Wedding Trends Emerging from Wedding Salon in Chicago:

1. Tall Statement Centerpieces:  Resorts and designers alike featured noticeably tall centerpieces with elegant elements that caught and the attention of anyone walking by. The elongated base of the centerpieces allows for a larger and eye-capturing floral design without interrupting the space for the guests.


Photo by Eminjayin Productions

2. Pastels and Jewel Tones: In lieu of the fall season, the popular colors have shifted to pastels and jewel tones. Veil Designs and Navjot Design showcased stunning floral arrangements and table designs that unveiled the beauty of this season’s tones.


Photo by Eminjayin Productions

3. Shred for the Wed: The “shred for your wed” trend has been amplified by the heightened awareness of health benefits. Couples are joining together to make lifestyle changes by finding fun activities to get fit for their weddings. Pure Barre, The Bar Method and Mira Fitness showcased new, innovative ways to keep couples motivated in their fitness regimen.

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Photo by Eminjayin Productions

4. DJ Throwback Playlists: More often, couples are incorporating old-school music with new material. We heard many throwbacks layered with modern music, leading to a successful mix for all ages and guests. Who doesn’t love a classic 90’s song layered with a top hit?


Photo by Eminjayin Productions

5. Destination Wedding Pavilion: Luxurious destinations for weddings and honeymoons continue to stay popular for the affluent couples. Creating an intimate experience for their friends and family, couples use destination wedding packages as an escape from their busy lives at home. Wedding Salon showcased AMResorts, Aruba Tourism Authority, Aspen CVB, Mexico Tourism Board, O’ahu Visitors Bureau, Puerto Rico Tourism Board, The Villa Group and more.


Photo by Eminjayin Productions

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Hot Wedding Trends in Washington D.C.

Brides, grooms, parents and friends alike all gathered at The Loews Madison Hotel in Washington D.C. on Monday to plan their weddings. Guests were presented with the modern trends of the season; including cascaded beading, artful foods, white and gold color pallets, and textured linens that could electrify any wedding.

Hot Wedding Trends Emerging from Wedding Salon in Washington DC:

1. Cascaded beading: The featured Ava Laurenne gowns scattered throughout the show were absolutely stunning. Cascaded beading is the hot wedding gown movement; with the most dazzling beading just pouring down the gown, your gown is sure catch the lighting perfectly in every photo.

Cascaded Beading Bridal Gown _ Ava Laurenne

2. Artful foods:  Food at events is a crucial part of your guests’ experience. Who wouldn’t want to make it enjoyable to look at as well as eat? Maison Culinaire provided samples of a few colorful hors d’oeuvres that caught everyone’s eyes (and taste buds). Yum!

Maison Culinaire Food at Wedding Salon

3. White and gold color pallets:  Trying to decide on your wedding colors? The white and gold combination was a huge trend. The simplicity and tradition of white, blended with the elegance and royalty of gold, stands for a beautiful masterpiece.

Keswick Hall Centerpeice Setting White and Gold

4. Textured linens:  Yes, we said textured linens. A great way to spice up your wedding reception area is covering your tables with textured linens. They can still match your color scheme, and there are plenty of textures and designs you could choose between. From elegant to bold, your guests are sure to notice the details!

Camilion Events Table Setting Textured Fabric

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Washington D.C. Wedding Salon | September 21st 2015

Washington D.C. couples, we are officially one week away from our amazing event. We are proud to feature to TOP wedding vendors serving the Washington D.C. area. The evening of luxury will be filled with cake tastings, cocktails, gown previews, mini makeover, and much more.

 September 21st 2015 – Loews Madison Hotel – 4 PM -8 PM

THE KNOT  | WeddingWire  | BRIDES Magazine


Charm City Cakes

Charm City cakes

Ava Laurenne Gowns

ava laurenne

Beauty trials with Style Me Bar and Beauty in a Beat
Fitness inspiration for “shredding for the wedding” by Pure Barre
Beauty and health enhancement from Philips Zoom and The West Institute
Entertainment by DJ Angie D Entertainment and Washington’s Best Musicians, Photo & Video
Tasty cocktails and beverages by The Cocktail Guru and Travelling Bean-Specialty Beverage Catering Co.
Desserts and tastings by Ashley’s Sweet Beginnings, Better Event Catering, Maison Culinaire and Charm City Cakes
Photo opportunity fun with  ShutterBooth and Weddings By Lee
Venues and Travel for your wedding locations and honeymoons including Aruba Tourism Authority, Hills of Africa, Honeymoon Islands, Mexico Tourism Board, O’ahu Visitors Bureau, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Ronald Reagan Building and International Center, Fort Myer Officers’ Club, Shoals Club on Bald Head Island, Goldstone Inn & Restaurant, The Ritz Carlton Aruba, Sandals Resorts and The Cove Atlantis, Paradise Island


Wedding Salon Swag Bag includes: Acure, Caress, Cold-EEZE, Cosnova, Gold Ink Tattoo, Grand Central Beauty, Honest Tea, Johnson’s Popcorn, My M&M’s, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, POND’s, Udderly Smooth by Redex, Suave, VIP Sparklers,

+ Magazines: The Knot, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Perfect Wedding Guide, Premier Bride DC, Modern Luxury, Wedding Location, and more!

 Want to Come? Register here


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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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