need a gown or show-stopping cocktail dress ?

I am not a fashionista. I used to be. Seriously, I have spent more money on clothes, shoes and handbags that I care to admit. But over time, my priorities became clearly different – choosing quality over quantity and stream lining my closet.

However, in my industry, there are times where I need to have a gown or an awesome cocktail dress. I go shopping and can’t find a thing!

Do you feel the same? Do you have a fantastic non-profit ball to attend and want to feel glamorous without spending all that money?

Brides … do you have a lot of parties to attend in your honor and want to look fabulous?

Bridesmaids – is it a small wedding and you can choose your own dress?

Hello … Rent the Runway

Now I know this isn’t ground breaking news, but just in case that you don’t know about it. This awesome site that works with you and lets you have the designer gowns for rent, at an affordable price.

Don’t forget accessories, proms, work clothes and more!

And for you sweet teens, you can try: Charlottes Closet

photo credit: jesse and gena photography

plan on!

get your wedding guests dancing …

We have the coolest clients who are willing to try something, a little different. Especially when it comes to getting your wedding guests dancing!

This fall we had a client, Rachel Adams Sansing, who implemented a brilliant idea on getting everyone on the dance floor. She also has a kick-ass blog, just in case you were wondering. Back to the story.

the formal dances were switched up

  1. First Dance as a Couple
  2. Mother of the Groom / Son Dance went first (as everyone knows this is the last dance)
  3. Father of the Bride / Bride Dance

This is when it got interesting. Shortly into the dance, the Rachel and her father stopped dancing and ran out to get new partners. The two couples danced for awhile.

Then they stopped and ran out and got new partners. And so on, and so on. Until the dance floor was completely filled!!

Then the DJ kicked off Open Dancing and everyone was up and moving immediately after the end of the formalities. It was so cool!

Would you consider doing this?

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plan on!

welcome your guests at your wedding reception…

I adore it when the Father of the Bride (who may be the host of the wedding) gives a welcome at the reception. After the wedding couple is announced, the Father will take center stage and “welcome” all the guests to the evening.

few things to keep in mind:

  1. This is not a toast. No need for holding a drink.
  2. Very important to remember to talk about both families, don’t leave anyone out.
  3. Recognize your special guests. If you have a lot of out-of-town guests it’s fun to call out …. “Welcome guests from California, Boston, Texas …”
  4. Keep it short and sweet.
  5. Be the host. Act as though you were in your own dining room. What would you say if you had guests and wanted to welcome them to your home?

Be sure to add this event to your wedding timeline!

featured photo credit: jordan barclay photography

plan on!

unique bachelorette party …

Last summer I had the opportunity to participate in one of the coolest Bachelorette parties I’ve ever attended and I had nothing to do with the planning. In fact, I didn’t even know the bride. But when you have friends on the Ohio River … everyone is invited for a little fun.

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The bride: Tami Klueh (now Beach) knew that she wanted to have a fun, river, bachelorette party with her girlfriends. But she was surprised when they picked her up at the dock with a real wedding dress for her to wear! And all of the girls who attended, wore a bridesmaid dress over their swimsuits in honor of Tami’s upcoming wedding. I even got to wear one!

Parked on of the islands off of French Island Marina, you can imagine how all the girls dressed in formals stood out amongst the boaters and swimsuits. And it was so great for Tami, strangers and friends congratulating her. Jello shots, drinking games, dancing, trashing the dress, swag bags, rope swing, grilling, an awesome house boat and lots of laughter … it was a great day!

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Great job at the planning: Nancy Daniels, Audrey Taber, Angie Glassford, Beth Farrand, Jessica Biggs, Brianna Beard, Buffy Crowley, Melissa Roe (and her Roe Boat) …. and anyone else I missed (like I said, I was just a guest).

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So have you had a different kind of bachelorette party with a theme?

party on!