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June 2015 - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning

Help! My Mother Hates My Wedding Plans

 Moms, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom  Comments Off on Help! My Mother Hates My Wedding Plans
Jun 302015
Mother Hates Wedding Plans

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If you and your mother have butted heads over everything from your fashion sense to the contents of your refrigerator, chances are, she'll have a bone — or 10! — to pick with your wedding plans. "It is unbelievably common for a bride's mom to get too heavily involved and opinionated on what is a unique and special experience reserved specifically for the bride and groom," admits Courtney Wolf, wedding planner and marketing director of Invision Events.

From battles over the color of your calligraphy ink to the ribbon used to tie your bouquet, Wolf says, "all aspects of planning are fair game for mother and daughter disputes." But, "we all know mothers only want what's best for their daughters, and I am sure this is where all of this stems from," she says. So it's best to put down your dukes and learn how to deal instead!

See More: 4 Things All Parents Love at Weddings

"The best advice I can give to both moms and daughters alike is to simply respect one another during this process and enjoy this time together," Wolf says. While you can't exactly point it out to her, your mother should be willing to "realize she's 'had her turn,' and this is now the bride's opportunity to have the wedding she always imagined — within reason of course," says Wolf.

For her part, the bride must understand that while the wedding day is "first and foremost about her, her fiancé and their relationship, it's also important to honor and consider the thoughts and feelings of those closest to you," Wolf says. Consider ways to compromise in order to shut down conflict and make a concerned mother happy. "Can you tie in a family tradition or use an heirloom piece as part of the ceremony or reception? If so, those may be lovely ways to incorporate your family and what's important to them' as a part of your day without going overboard," Wolf suggests.

Finally, keep your focus on what's important. "This is such a special season in a young woman's life, so take the time to enjoy it with those you love and care for and try not to get caught up in the minute details which don't really matter anyways!" Wolf says.

Ways to Help Your Bridesmaids Save Money on Their Dresses

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Jun 302015
How to Help Bridesmaids Save Money on Dresses

Photo: Cauku Geksoer

As a bride, you're well aware that being a bridesmaid definitely isn't cheap. But you also just can't help yourself: you really, really want your girls to look out of this world in their dresses. So what's a conflicted bride to do? Get creative, that's what! Turns out, there are tons of ways to help your bridesmaids save some dough on their dresses without sacrificing quality, a cohesive look or bleeding their bank accounts dry.

1. Let them choose their own dresses
Within reason, of course! Instead of picking out a specific dress for each girl, decide on a designated color (or range of colors), and give your bridesmaids the freedom to choose their own, suggests Emmy Award-winning stylist, David Zyla. This way, "Each woman can comfortably shop within her budget and feel so much more beautiful in a neckline, silhouette and fabric that really suit her."

To ensure everyone's on the same page, however, wedding planner Lynn D'Ascanio of D'Asigner Events advises hitting up your local paint store and selecting your color palette from the paint chips. "Then, give a color sample to each bridesmaid so she can choose her dress within the several shade variations on the paper strip."

2. Shop trunk shows
They're not just for wedding dresses! If you do your homework, your bridesmaids could score decent discounts on their dresses too. "What's great about trunk shows is that the entire collection will be on display so there will be more options to choose from," explains celebrity wedding and event planner Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design. "Bridesmaids can save anywhere from 10-20 percent off the dress if they buy that day."

3. Go the rental route
Why make your 'maids pay top dollar when they can rent their dresses at a fraction of the cost? "For the bridesmaid that can't imagine fitting another dress into her closet (and wants to save a little cash), give her the option to rent," recommends Weddington Way CEO Ilana Stern. We love Weddington Way, as well as Rent The Runway, Vow To Be Chic and Little Borrowed Dress.

See More: 10 Things All Brides Should Tell Their Bridesmaids Before the Wedding

4. Browse the end of season sales rack
Bridal expert and editorial director of You & Me TV, Anne Chertoff, suggests checking out stores like J. Crew and Ann Taylor, where you'll find classic looks in a range of colors and trends. "The prices are very competitive and they are national brands with an online component making shopping easy."

5. Try flash sales
If you only have a few bridesmaids in your crew, then flash sales could be the way to go. "Thanks to sites such as Gilt that specialize in higher end designers, if you're open minded and ready to purchase when you start searching, you can score some awesome deals," points out Dorian Smith-Garcia, founder of bridal and lifestyle website, The Anti Bridezilla.

6. Opt for short dresses
Go short or go home! Seriously. "Shorter-length dresses usually cost less than floor-length looks and bridesmaids appreciate them more since they have more wear again potential," notes Chertoff.

7. Have them purchase pre-owned dresses
Most girls literally only wear their bridesmaid dress once, so why not check out sites like Once Wed, Tradesy, or Preownedweddingdresses.com to score perfectly good dresses on the cheap?

PHOTO: A Woman Is Searching for This Couple Who Got Engaged on Top of the Eiffel Tower

 Engagement, News, Proposals  Comments Off on PHOTO: A Woman Is Searching for This Couple Who Got Engaged on Top of the Eiffel Tower
Jun 302015
Viral Photo of Strangers Getting Engaged

Photo: Jen Hurd Bohn via Facebook

Yet again, the Internet has joined forces for love. One woman was recently vacationing in Paris, visiting the Eiffel Tower when she spotted a couple getting engaged. Naturally, like any good tourist, she had her camera ready and snapped the sweet moment. But because the iconic site seeing spot was so crowded, she couldn't actually catch the couple in time to get their information so she could share it with them. So, California native Jen Hurd Bohn took to Facebook to find the newly affianced duo.

First, she posted a few of the photos to her Facebook page with a simple message: "Saw this guy propose to this girl on the Eiffel Tower Sunday 6/21/15 wanted to send them the pics but was stuck in line. Help me find them!"

See More: Watch These Guys Try Wedding Dresses On

Like any good love story, this has gone totally viral, with the likes of Full House star Candace Cameron-Bure and local news stations posting the images as well. Right now, her original post is raking in close to 200,000 shares!

In later comments, Bohn noted that she thinks they're American based on their clothing: "I've got friends across the country and by their clothes I'm guessing they're from the U.S.," she wrote in the comments section underneath her post. "Somebody knows somebody who was in Paris last week and got engaged...."

So far, no one has located the couple, but we're sure it's only a matter of minutes. After all, this is just like that man who snapped the newylwed couple by Tower Bridge last month and, thanks to the Internet, succeeded in finding the lovebirds.

A Sophisticated Wedding with Tex-Mex Flair

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Jun 302015

Brittney and David first met when standing on opposite sides of a wedding aisle in May of 2012. "I was the maid of honor, and he was a groomsman," she remembers. "We connected over surfing, a passion for art, and our desire to do mission work overseas." They even have a photo from that night, taken by the bride's uncle after he proclaimed that they should have babies together. "It was embarrassing at the time, but we're so happy to have the photo now!" laughs Brittney.

Just over two years later, David took Brittney to Lake Tahoe for her favorite holiday: The Fourth of July. He rented a boat, then prepared a three-course meal of cheese and wine, ribs (perfect for his Texan bride), and Drumstick ice cream cones. As the fireworks started, David got down on one knee. The couple got right to planning, inviting 200 guests to join them at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas for a long weekend celebrating the New Year, culminating in a sophisticated Tex-Mex wedding on January 3rd, 2015. Keep reading to see the DIY details — from the flower arrangements to the programs — photographed by Britt Latz.

Brittney used to be a consultant at Kleinfeld, so she knows her way around a wedding dress. "I've seen all sorts of body types and styles, and have witnessed every horror story of a bride trying on too many dresses and not being able to choose," she says. So instead, she only visited a few shops, and tried on five dresses total. She ended up falling for a dress she'd put on so many other brides before, a slightly fitted Anne Barge gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and a layer of Alencon lace draped over silk. "After looking at dozens of lace gowns, I decided to look for something totally different, until I saw this one," Brittney says.

Her bridesmaids matched the gray, cream, and black color scheme, choosing knee-length gowns that fit their style. Bouquets of olive branches and ranunculus tied them all together.

The flower girls wore gray, with the older girls in voile dresses that Brittney designed and the younger girls in Zara creations with white embroidery.

Brittney's bouquet of olive branches, wheat, hydrangeas, ranunculus, and Texas tallow berries gave her look a naturally sophisticated vibe.

The ceremony took place in Ian's Chapel, a 19th century chapel that Camp Lucy's owner discovered in Vietnam and had disassembled and brought to Texas. The chapel's beauty was left undecorated, save for votive candles clustered around the altar.

Brittney designed the programs, as well as the "Uncle David, Here Comes Your Bride!" sign that the ring bearer carried in.

After they said "I do," Brittney and David paused on their way out of the church to ring the bell.

Inside the event hall, a mix of round and long tables were topped with centerpieces the bride assembled from flowers found in the venue's gardens.

Olive branches and wheat were added to the silver buckets, matching the bride and bridesmaids' bouquets. The Tex-Mex menu featured fajitas (the bride and groom's favorite meal) and traditional margaritas made with fresh lime juice and simple syrup the groomsmen had prepared the night before.

Two burros were on-hand and had been brought in to carry around cold beers to guests. "They got commandeered by our guests' children, who spent the night taking donkey rides!" laughs Brittney.

The couple's first dance was to "Forever and Ever, Amen" by Randy Travis, and three of David's groomsmen (and former band mates) surprised the newlyweds by learning the song and playing it for them.

The wedding cake featured layers of French vanilla cake with praline and salted caramel filling, while the groom's cake was a chocolate ice cream cake with bourbon and dark chocolate chips.

After a sparkler exit, David and Brittney headed to Punta Cana for their honeymoon. The couple did most of the planning themselves, but Brittney reminds couples to put in just as much time into planning the real reason they're having a wedding: "Spend more time planning your marriage than your wedding," she says.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Camp Lucy || Wedding Coordinator: Stephanie Middleton || Officiant: Brian Jenkins || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anne Barge || Veil: Olivia Nelson Los Angeles || Hair & Makeup: Pearl Austin || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein || Flower Girls' Attire: Wren Huis, Zara || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Wolf Diamonds || Music: ceremony - Page CXVI, reception - The Nightowls || Catering: Whim Catering || Cake: Bride's Table || Rentals: Whim Event Rentals || Favors: Seedlings from Itasca Greenhouse || Donkeys: GrooveLabs || Photography: Britt Latz Photography

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How to Ask for Cash Wedding Gifts Without Looking Tacky

 Etiquette, Wedding Etiquette, Wedding Registries  Comments Off on How to Ask for Cash Wedding Gifts Without Looking Tacky
Jun 302015

Since many modern couples already live together and have all of the housewares they need, they don't need the items you'd find on a typical wedding registry list. On the other hand, demanding cash from guests may rub some attendees the wrong way. here, our etiquette experts weigh in on exactly how to ask for monetary gifts without offending your friends and family or appearing gauche.

Asking your wedding guests for financial gifts in lieu of lobster crackers or patterned china is entirely acceptable, but requires a more nuanced approach than passing along your registry details. You guests may balk at the notion of supplying you with an envelope of cash because of the impersonal nature of the gesture, so be sure to spread the word in a way that conveys what the capital will mean to you. Many couples find the most effective manner of doing this is by setting up a wedding fund, and elaborating on exactly what the money will go towards.

See More: 10 Classic Registry Upgrades

If you have a wedding website, pass along the news of your wedding fund by stating something to the effect of, "We are fortunate to have our home essentials stocked, but we would love your help in travelling the world/learning the art of Italian cooking/pursuing our goal of biking in the Tour de France." You can also go the route of online registry sites solely dedicated to monetary gifts, like Tendr, which touts itself as the "elegant way to give and receive cash gifts." Verbally informing friends and family is also an effective means of spreading the word. Some guests may still wish to gift you a tea set or cocktail shaker, but subtly encouraging guests to contribute to an established fund will ensure more cash gifts.

WATCH: Kids Share Their Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

 Celebrity, Gay Marriage, News, Same-Sex Marriage  Comments Off on WATCH: Kids Share Their Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jun 302015

Same-sex marriage is pretty much all anyone can think about since the Supreme Court made it nationally legal on Friday — that is, for adults, at least. Jimmy Kimmel took an interviewer and a camera crew out on the street for his late-night talk show in the wake of the decision to see what kids have to say about the matter. As it turns out, their thoughts on love, marriage, and how it relates to gay and lesbian couples are a little bit sweet and a whole lot hilarious.

In asking the children if same-sex couples should be allowed to get married, the interviewer found that the issue isn't any more complicated or controversial than love and marriage itself, though it doesn't seem like they think about it much. Case in point:

"When should two people get married?" the reporter asked one child. "In the afternoon," the youngster responded. When another was asked why someone would want to get married, the boy answered, "Because they're pregnant."

See more: Love Is Love: Watch This Emotional Video in Support of Marriage Equality

The questions about gay marriage elicited similar matter-of-fact responses. One girl said that it's hard for some kids to understand the concept, but that it isn't for her. When asked if everybody should be able to get married, she said, "If you're old enough."

A different boy summed up his thoughts as, "If they want to [get married]", they should be able to."

One of our favorite responses, though? One boy's simple, "I know nothing about that yet," when asked about marriage.

Watch the video to see the rest of the spot-on statements!

Fun Lawn Games for a Summer Wedding

 Wedding Ideas, Wedding Style, Wedding Style & Decor  Comments Off on Fun Lawn Games for a Summer Wedding
Jun 302015
summer wedding idea lawn games

Photo: EP Love

Now that the weather's warmed up, it's time to take your wedding festivities outside. An alfresco cocktail hour — complete with fun lawn games! — is a great way to help break the ice among guests and get friends and family members mingling. Here are some of our favorites to incorporate into your own summertime celebration:

Croquet (Above): Invite guests to grab a mallet and get a match started on the lawn.

summer wedding idea lawn games

Photo: Anna Delores

Giant Dice: A jumbo set of dice is perfect for bringing guests together.

High Striker:: Guests will be clamoring for their turn at wielding the mallet to see who's the strongest.

Giant Jenga: For a fun DIY project, head to the hardware store for some lumber and request them to be cut in 54 block-size pieces.

Cornhole: After the ceremony, challenge your groom to a round of this bean-bag lawn game.

Jumbo Connect Four: Little ones and grown ups alike will get a kick out of this super-sized Connect Four game.

What Your Maid of Honor Really Means When She Says These 5 Things

 Bridesmaids  Comments Off on What Your Maid of Honor Really Means When She Says These 5 Things
Jun 302015

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A maid-of-honor has a lot of duties — selecting wedding party attire, coordinating a bridal shower, planning an epic bachelorette party, sitting by your side as you lick 252 sticky stamps. But the one thing we all want from our right-hand woman? "A good MOH will keep her mouth shut about most things and just do her duty," describes Courtney Wolf, wedding planner for Invision Events. "I can remember the times I have been a bridesmaid and had to suffer through ugly dresses, cheesy picture poses, and awful updos. It comes and goes — and you just get over it."

Unfortunately, not all maids-of-honor keep mum while you're wedding planning. So if you've got a Chatty Cathy who can't keep her lips sealed, we've got you covered. Here are five things your MOH might say, decoded.

1. "I mean, it's OK."
If your maid-of-honor drops this noncommittal-but-full-of-attitude bomb while you're selecting her dress, jewelry, or updo, read the subtext of her talk: It's screaming, "I really don't like this — but I'm not going to come right out and say that to your face. You'll hear it through the grapevine next week."

2. "If you really need me to pick up your aunt and uncle from the airport, then I will."
Said with verve, this sentence means just what it says; expressed with a deadpan or sigh, your maid-of-honor is up-to-her eyeballs in other maid-related duties and can't stand the thought of tacking another item onto her wedding to-do list.

See More: 8 Annoying Things (Most) Bridesmaids Are Guilty of Doing

3. "I'm ready to par-tay at your wedding."
This maid-of-honor may be going man-hunting at your reception. Be a good friend and help her let loose in the right ways — the ones that won't make you regret you invited her to join your wedding party! You can even play matchmaker for her and the right groomsman.

4. "I wouldn't choose it for my wedding, but you've got to go with what you like!"
While you're considering color schemes or selecting flowers, your maid-of-honor may say this as a way of supporting your choice. But what she really means is, "That is ugly!" Even though she's underhandedly told you that your selection is unattractive, her sentiment is still right — you do have to choose what you love.

5. "You told me that already."
While you're on nonstop gush mode, your girlfriend is telling you politely to please stop. It's easy — and often unintentional — to annoy our friends by overloading them with wedding information, and this maid-of-honor has had enough.

Jun 302015
Modern Chignon Ideas

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While trends may come and go, bridal hairstyles always favor the classics. Enter the chignon: the epitome of timeless style for decades and the most requested updo among brides-to-be. Traditionally worn sleek and pinned at the nape of the neck, a chignon can be updated with a few simple tips. "No one wants to be the cookie-cutter bride, and the best way to modernize any expected style is to add a personal touch," says celebrity hairstylist Angelo David Pisacreta of Angelo David Salon. We've gathered 10 ways to freshen up the classic style, so you can try one or a few at your hair trial and find the look that's right for your wedding:

1. Go messy for a romantic updo.
"If you're saying, 'I do' on the beach, add a texture spray to your chignon before wrapping it up," says Pisacreta.

2. Looking to add some edge to your smooth style?
Create two small chignons at the nape of your neck and leave one long piece free in the center.
Wrap the loose hair around the buns in a figure eight shape and violà.

3. Pump up the volume.
"Make somewhat fine hair into a fuller chignon by crimping your hair to add some texture before you wrap and pin it into place," says Pisacreta. Twist and weave strands for extra oomph.

4. Sparkle and shine.
"If your wedding is a more formal affair, accessorize with a decorative pin or classic clip to add elegance," says Pisacreta. A single statement piece or small crystal hairpins are all you need.

5. Create an interesting shape.
"Secure the base, like a pony, then curl the pieces up and pin to make a flower-petal shape," he says. Mist with spray and you're good-to-go.

6. Go boho.
Start by creating braids of varying sizes. Gather them into a chignon to look effortlessly cool.

7. Act like royalty.
A chignon already exudes regal glamour. Complete the look with a fascinator hat à la Kate Middleton.

8. Finish your look with fresh flowers. "Don't overpower it — baby's breath are perfect," says Pisacreta.

9. Change positions.
Opt for a side chignon (perhaps with a one-shoulder dress?) instead of the traditional center placement.

10. Bangs offer an that extra va va voom.
"Add sultry side-swept bangs to create a flirty feeling," says Pisacreta.

10 Genius Ideas for Your First (Paper) Anniversary Present

 Married Life, Relationships  Comments Off on 10 Genius Ideas for Your First (Paper) Anniversary Present
Jun 302015

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Does the idea of sticking to tradition and gifting your husband something made from paper for your first anniversary make you seize with panic? What exactly, other than tickets to a sports game — which you totally already bought him for his birthday — might he like?

Luckily, we've done some digging and come up with 10 gift ideas, from the mushy to the practical, that are made from paper and your man will love.

A notebook — with your notes inside it, of course.
This gift requires a little forward thinking, but whether you start the first week of your marriage or just jot down your thoughts a month before your first anniversary, hand your man a notebook or journal filled with the reasons he makes an awesome life partner, your favorite memories, the funniest things he's said to you — whatever you know will make him smile to read.

Make a digital photo album.
Gone are the days where women have to print out paper photos and glue them into a scrapbook. Now, you can use online tools such as Blurb or Shutterfly to build a professionally bound book of photos of your first year together.

Be professional with stationery.
Jazz up plain ivory cards by adding your husband's monogram, then include custom wax seals, stamps, return address stickers and more in a package that will amp up your husband's business presence.

Buy a pair of plane tickets.
Destination? Your husband's dream trip, of course. As a bonus, clear the vacation days with your husband's boss on the sly, and include the time-off form with the gift, so he'll know he's got nothing to worry about but what to pack.

Commission a custom portrait.
Head online to Etsy, or visit a local artist's loft to work with him or her to create a painting or sketch of your family. Have a pet? Make sure your fur-baby gets in on the action, too!

Get your friends and family in on a gift.
Give yourself at least a three-month head start for this one. Circulate a notebook among friends and family, asking them to contribute their favorite memories of you as a couple or the best marriage advice they've been given. Your husband will love reading others' thoughts on your life together, too.

Schedule a photo shoot.
Ask your wedding photographer to help you plan a one-year-anniversary shoot with a theme that will celebrate your first year together. Together, you and your husband can choose your favorite prints and create a gallery wall in your home.

Hang a world map.
Make sure it's large, because the point of this present is to spend time with your man plotting the points on each continent you'll one day visit together. Art and vacation plans; what's not to love?

Make his wishes come true.
Write down as many "wishes" as you can think of, from a night with complete control of the remote to his favorite home-cooked meal, and place each wish inside a jar. Let him know that when he needs a pick-me-up, he can pull out a wish and you'll make it come true!

Or make a wish for your future.
Purchase a pair of Chinese paper lanterns, which you can light together and send off on your anniversary night with wishes for your next year of marriage.

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