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Bride’s Bouquet Toss

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Bride’s Bouquet Toss

Weddings are not all about the dress. They have so many traditions and I love to learn how they began and how they evolved to what they are today. One that really peeked my interest lately was the Bride’s bouquet toss. Where did this tradition come from?

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Well let’s travel back in time to the 14th century where the original tradition began. The bride has always thought to be a lucky woman. So it was common for wedding guest to actually grab and rip shreds of the bride’s gown. Yes you read that correctly. You would have guests grabbing and ripping pieces of your gown for good luck. 

As time went on Bride’s needed to find a way to change this tradition. Basically creating a new tactic to avoid the destroying of her wedding gown. So the tossing of the bouquet became the new tradition. The bride would toss her bouquet in to the crowd to distract her guest, so she could leave with her husband to the bridal chamber. 

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So now all the single ladies line up on the dance floor for the chance to catch the bride’s bouquet. Whoever catches the bouquet is the next to get married! They are receiving all the luck from the bride. The tossing of the bride’s bouquet allows everyone to be around the bride and her beautiful wedding gown instead of ripping her wedding gown to shreds. Something I am sure every Bride is thankful for. A bride spends a lot of time getting ready for your special day. No one better shred up their wedding gown!!

 

Lily’s Bridal and Prom Boutique offers wedding gowns up to size 30 in stock. Your appointment is in our private bridal area with your own Bridal Stylist. Call to book your appointment today 410.553.9336 or on our website

Wedding Day Coordinator

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Wedding Day Coordinator

Planning a wedding can be very stressful for many but the most stressful part will be your wedding day. First is setting up of the ceremony and then preparing reception site. Not to mention to make sure your bridal party shows up and in theie proper attire. All this takes time, work, and not to mention it can be stressful. So you have detailed timeline but do you have that time? I would strongly suggest a Wedding Day Coordinator.

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The wedding day coordinator will keep you on track and organized. They will keep your wedding running smoothly and on time. Most importantly they will make sure you and your groom are the first to eat and have drinks. The wedding day coordinator will make sure all the events of the reception happen; everyone has drinks for toasting, knife and server ready for the cake cutting, bouquet toss, and hunting down anyone needed for a special toast or dance. That way you can really enjoy the day as the bride and groom. You will be able to spend more time laughing and dancing with your family and friends instead of worrying about what needs to happen and at what time. You spent a lot of time and stress planning the wedding day of your dreams. So it is your turn to enjoy and relax, invest in a Wedding Day Coordinator.

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Family Members

If a family member offers to be your wedding day coordinator, politely say NO, let them enjoy the wedding too. Hire a professional. It is worth the cost to be stress free and to be able to enjoy your wedding day. Many wedding coordinators offer the day of service. Ask your recently married friends for recommendations and start interviewing. As you find a wedding coordinator that you click with and they will start providing ideas and suggestions. You will not regret this extra part of your wedding!

 

Wedding Gown Alterations

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 Wedding Gown Alterations

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You ordered your wedding gown or purchased your wedding gown from inventory and now it is time for wedding gown alterations. Are wedding gown alterations always needed? Where do I go for alterations? How long does it take for your wedding gown alterations?  How much will it cost me? – These are the common questions we receive when we work our brides. So let’s answer those questions for you.

Are wedding gown alterations always needed?

In a simple answer YES! Wedding gowns are not produced to your exact measurements. So you will normally need some type of alteration. So there is no need to be concerned if your dress needs a hem or shaping in a certain area.

Where do I go for wedding gown alterations?

At Lily’s Bridal and Prom Boutique we provide our brides with a list of recommended seamstresses all over Maryland. We do this for several reasons. The main one is convenience for the bride. This way you have a seamstress that offers hours that fits your schedule and location. The second reason is we do not like to have a seamstress meet you at the store and then take your wedding gown with them to sew offsite. To us this leaves room for your dress being damaged. To Lily’s it is safer and so much more convenient for you to have a seamstress that meets you and sews your wedding gown all at the same place. This does not mean we do not know about alterations. I am what you call a dress engineer. I know dresses are put together and sewn.

How many appointments will be needed for my wedding gown alterations?

Typically you will meet with your seamstress three times. Your first appointment is to determine what needs to be done and discuss pricing. Please make sure you get what will be done and the cost in writing. This will protect you and the seamstress. Keeps everyone on the same page. Your second appointment will be about tweaking and more shaping. The 3rd appointment will be final fitting and pick up. You may require additional appointments if you are having changes outside the normal alterations to your wedding gown.

How much are wedding gown alterations?

This is an area that has a large price range due to so many factors. The dress material, the dress layers, lace, beading, and so on. Our industry standard price range is $300 – $600. This is where we strongly recommend discussing price at your first appointment. You can always shop around for pricing but please research the seamstress and read their reviews.

When should I book an appointment for my wedding gown alterations?

Lily’s Bridal strongly recommend three months prior to your wedding date. Book that appointment as soon as you can. Remember there are other clients for your seamstress. Not to mention the peak wedding season too. The spring and fall are busy times for most seamstresses. So plan ahead!

Alcohol and Your Wedding

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Alcohol and Your Wedding

How will you serve alcohol at your wedding, an open bar, a cash bar or no bar? What is the best way to go? Alcohol is typically expected at cocktail and dinner receptions, but you can choose from different serving methods. If an open bar isn’t going to fit the budget, consider serving champagne as guests arrive, wine with the meal and beer, wine and specialty drinks after the meal. With an even tighter budget, serve a punch or pre-purchased beer, wine and liquor. Once the alcohol is gone, the bar can serve nonalcoholic beverages.

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On-premise pricing at a restaurant, banquet hall or private club can be done per consumption, or by the bottle or drink; with cocktail reception included and then per consumption; all-inclusive, with the total price of the meal including food and beverage (a good deal if your guests are heavy drinkers); or by corkage fee only, meaning you bring your own wine and champagne and the venue charges you a fee to serve it. If you have under drinking age on your guest, negotiate a lower price for them.

Creating two signature cocktails and have the option of wine and beer could help with keeping costs down. This creates a special option for your guests and helping you keep additional alcohol charges down.

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An advantage to having your reception at a less traditional location and bringing in your own caterer is that you can also buy and bring in your own liquor. Check out prices at discount stores, wine shop catalogs, liquor stores and local wineries. Make sure to buy about 10 percent more liquor than you think you’ll need, and stock up on the ice.

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Wedding Centerpieces

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Tips for Choosing The Perfect Wedding Centerpieces

Wedding Centerpieces, why are they so important? A large part of planning the perfect wedding comes down to planning the perfect wedding reception. While the ceremony itself is the star of the day, the reception is the much anticipated after party and that’s when the real celebrations take place. When couples plan their wedding reception a great deal of attention is put on the food and entertainment, which is as it should be. But décor plays a large part in setting the stage for a memorable wedding reception, and it’s easy to overlook those little things that can help to add a distinctive touch to your own wedding celebration. Such as your Wedding Centerpieces.

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Why the Concern on Wedding Centerpieces?

During the reception, your guests will be spending much of their time seated around dining tables. When they are not dancing or moving through the receiving lines, guests will be seated at table eating, drinking, and generally enjoying the company of friends and family. Wedding centerpieces give couples a wonderful opportunity to put their own personalities into the décor of the venue. Wedding centerpieces can take many different forms, from flower arrangements to a cluster of mirrors and candles; from fruit baskets to elegantly arranged tea cakes. The only limit is your imagination.

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What to Consider

There are a number of things couples need to consider when choosing their wedding centerpieces. First, and foremost, is budget. Decide how many tables will be needed for your reception, and how much money you can allow for each centerpiece.  Consider how many guests will be seated at each table and how much space can be given to the centerpiece. Try to avoid centerpieces that take up too much space, and steer clear of designs that may obstruct your guest’s view. If your reception is in a dimly lit venue, you may want to include candles or tea lights in your centerpieces to create accent lighting at your guest’s tables.

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Coordinate With Your Venue

Before settling on any final design choices for your wedding centerpieces, be sure to check with your venue. Some venues have restrictions. You should also confirm set-up times with venue, to ensure that you have ample time beforehand to set up. Also don’t forget to find out who is responsible for clean up after your reception.

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Engagement Party

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The Perfect Engagement Party

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The engagement party officially kicks off the wedding festivities and starts the wedding-day countdown. Throw a flawless one by following our nine easy steps.

  1. Decide who’s hosting.

Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the couple’s engagement party. However, like many etiquette rules, this one has changed over the years and these days, pretty much anyone close to the couple is welcome to plan and pay for the engagement party. However, the bride’s parents should still get the first chance to throw it.

  1. Pick a date.

Engagement parties are usually held soon after the couple becomes engaged, while the news is still fresh. You might even decide to announce your engagement at the party! But many couples decide to share their happy news on social media soon after the proposal happens.

  1. Create the guest list.

Anyone invited to an engagement party must also be invited to the wedding, so the party host needs to work with the couple to compile the engagement-party guest list. And if you aren’t sure of the size of your wedding just yet, it’s better to limit the invites to those you are certain you will also invite to the wedding.

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  1. Decide on a venue.

Think about the type of party atmosphere you want: If you like the idea of having everyone in the same room, you might want to rent out a private room at a local restaurant. For something more low-key, a family member’s house, backyard, or clubhouse might be a better choice.

  1. Register for gifts (or not).

Some guests may inquire about a gift registry, so figure out if you want to register or not. If you decide to do so, select items in the low to middle price range (don’t forget, the wedding is still to come). If not, include a note in the invitation kindly requesting no gifts.

  1. Send the invitations.

Keep the invitations simple — hand-write them yourselves or send the invite via email. If you decide to go the printed-card route, choose a clean, classic design; don’t worry about color palettes or other details — your engagement party invitations don’t have to match the rest of your wedding stationery.

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  1. Plan the menu.

There’s no need to plan a five-course meal with a four-hour open bar. Anything from passed appetizers to a simple buffet or a casual cookout will work for the engagement party. You can also get creative and serve dishes with special meaning to you.

  1. Set the scene.

If you want, choose a theme that reflects you as a couple or something that reflects your two families. The real trick here is that you don’t want to upstage the wedding.

  1. Decide what to wear.

Choose attire that complements your engagement party setting, but keep it simple. A pretty sundress is great for an outdoor celebration; if your venue is a little fancier, a little white dress is a safe bet. As for your fiancé, while he doesn’t have to don a suit and tie (and definitely not a tux!), his outfit should nicely complement yours.

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Wedding Invitations

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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Invitations

Similar to choosing the perfect wedding dress, ordering wedding invitations can cause bridal panic attacks. First impressions last forever, and wedding invitations set the tone and theme for the entire affair – not to mention the fact that they’ll last forever in a scrapbook.

Theme

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Many brides struggle with creating the perfect theme for their weddings. In my experience, brides begin with a theme in mind, but it goes out the window once they see wedding invitation samples they love. Keep an open mind about wedding invitations, especially if you have not locked-in theme or color scheme. Sometimes, actually viewing product samples is the difference between liking a wedding invitation and ordering a wedding invitation. My best advice when it comes to planning a wedding is to stick with a color theme, rather than stick to a design theme. Narrow design themes can eliminate choices before you’ve even considered them.

Price

Wedding Invitations can get pricey. It’s also difficult to weigh a fair price against the level of quality and detail required. I recommend that brides compare the prices of many vendors on wedding e-marketplaces to ensure they’re receiving reasonable deals. Some vendors may offer free guest address printing on wedding invitation envelopes, while some offer free shipping. It’s important to consider each aspect of a price to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Invitation design

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Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. What one bride loves, another bride hates. For example, more outgoing brides could feel that a metallic pocket fold with a satin ribbon and rhinestone buckle perfectly sets the stage for an elaborate, flashy wedding. On the other hand, traditional brides may love classic wedding invitations, featuring a white cotton cardstock with black, gold or silver lettering that appears simple and elegant. In any case, I have found that bold-colored ribbons or colored rhinestone embellishments have negative effects on wedding invitations. These aspects can make invites appear “Sweet 16-ish,” and no bride wants that look.

It is also recommend that brides stay away from adding photos of the couple to the wedding invitations. Photos of the couple, or of a landscape, are more appropriate for an engagement party or a save-the-date announcement. If you have your heart set on incorporating a favorite photo, use it on your wedding program, table menu or wedding favor. A beautiful picture of the couple on a custom wine label definitely makes a lasting impression on guests.

Final thoughts

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Finally, when it comes to ordering wedding invitations it is a must to purchase a sample before placing a full order. This allows brides to physically see the quality of the wedding invitation before placing a large order. Remember that actually viewing a product can make all the difference.

Ease your invitation stress by performing a little research before contacting vendors. Know roughly what you want, but keep an open mind in order to get the best results. Have fun with the process, and you’ll be able to create something that you’ll want in your scrapbook, too!

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Wedding Invites

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Wedding Invites

After you drop down from the high of telling everyone you are engaged, you have to get to work planning that special day. Regardless of how big the wedding will be, you will still have the responsibility of making your invite list. And no matter how many people you plan on having, I guarantee you will have to make the tough decision of figuring out who to leave off—and then letting them know. It’s never easy, but making sure you do the proper thing is important as it will cut down on bruised feelings.

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Invite Who You Want

Your wedding is, YOUR wedding. Not your parents’, not your friends’, not your families’, but your own. Bottom line, if someone isn’t nice to you, don’t invite them. Think of a guest list as a college paper. You remember those days right? You have the long list of notes with facts and points you want to add, but you have to narrow the list down to the ones that will make the paper an A+. And with your wedding, you’ll want to invite the guests who will make the day as special and fun as possible.

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Don’t Invite Unwanted Coworkers

This one is usually the number one issue people have when planning their wedding. Do you invite the coworkers and boss? Sit down and think about all the people you work directly with–the ones you see every day. Then think to yourself, “If I was going out for dinner, would I invite this person?” When you use this methodology, it will really help shape your ideas of who should be invited.

You Don’t Have to Invite Everyone with a Date

Deciding if you should invite someone with a date can really make your numbers add up to grand proportions. And sometimes when you invite someone with a date, they feel burdened with having to go find one. A lot people have this problem because they may have a friend who is dating someone and said friend feels they should be invited. Guess what, they shouldn’t.

If they are married, engaged, living together, or have dated for more than six months, they get invited. Anything aside from that, it’s a no. When you have to tell someone their date is not invited, state your rules. Even if they put up a fight, still let your friend know that’s the rule you and your fiancé decided on. It’s cut and dry and across the board and the only way to make it fair.

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Wedding Planner

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Wedding Planner

As weddings are becoming more and more extravagant the use of a wedding planner is also increasing. Years ago weddings were planned by the bride with the help of her mother and her bridesmaids but as the cost and opulence of weddings are increasing many brides are turning to professional wedding planners to aid them in making their wedding just as extravagant as those of their peers.

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Choosing a wedding planner, however, can be a difficult task. You need to find someone who will do an excellent job planning your wedding, who fully understands your needs and desires for your wedding and most importantly who you feel comfortable talking to about your ideas.
Past performance is often the best indication of how well your wedding planner will perform. For this reason the first step in choosing a wedding planning is to think about the weddings that you have attended recently. If there are a few that stand out as being exceptional, talk to the bride and ask who she had as a wedding planner.

In the wedding planning business experience definitely is important. While it is true that a wedding planner who is new to the business may do an excellent job on their first wedding it is not a good idea to take a chance on an unproven wedding planner.

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Another quality to look for in a wedding planner is someone who understands what you want and works to ensure that your wedding fulfills your dreams. Many wedding planners have their own ideas about what type of wedding you should have and they may not listen to your ideas or opinions. This may be acceptable if you do not have strong opinions about your wedding and are in need of guidance but if you have an idea of what you want at your wedding you should search for a wedding planner who will help to make your wedding everything you want it to be.

Finally, the best wedding planner in the world isn’t helpful if you don’t trust the planner. It is critical that you feel comfortable with your wedding planner and that you completely trust them.If you are not comfortable with your wedding planner, you may be hesitant to speak up and express your opinions and as a result your wedding day may not be what you had hoped it would be.

Wedding planners are becoming increasingly popular. Modern women have careers and busy lifestyles that make it difficult to devote a great deal of time to planning their wedding. Hiring a wedding planner can take some of the stress out of the situation but finding the right wedding planner creates its own dilemmas. Your wedding planner should be experienced, knowledgeable about the area where you plan to have your wedding, open to listening to your ideas and should also be someone that you can trust and confide in. When you find a wedding planner who meets all of these standards, you will have a wedding planner who is capable of planning your dream wedding.

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Where to Honeymoon

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Where to Honeymoon?

For many couples, the honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so it’s important to select a location that fits your needs, budget, and style. But how do you decide on your destination? Start by answering these five questions:

 

What’s your dream location? It’s your honeymoon, so start by dreaming big! Talk to your future spouse about destinations you’ve always wanted to visit, and note any similarities in your dream destinations. While you both might not initially want to go to the exact same location, you can find common ground in the general part of the world you want to visit, the honeymoon style you prefer (beach, cultural, off-the-beaten path), or even more specific features – like you both want a location with world-class restaurants. And if you just can’t settle on one location, perhaps a cruise is right for you!

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How much time do you have? If you have an unlimited amount of vacation time, lucky you! But most couples have work or other obligations that may prohibit them from taking an extremely long honeymoon. So if you have just a weekend to get away, you may want to pick a location close to home. But if you’re able to take two weeks off, you can spend more time traveling to a far off destination, like Australia or Bali.

 

What is your budget? Consider how much money you have to spend. While honeymoon registries are a good way to ask your guests to help pay for extras and activities, it’s important that you’re able to afford the airfare, accommodations and meals yourself, right now. If you’re looking to cut costs, look for all-inclusive resorts or locations closer to home to save on airfare. Also, try to avoid visiting hot destinations during peak travel season. Each destination has a peak season. You may want to consider waiting for off peak season to travel.

 

When are you going? The time of year is important in choosing a destination, so make sure to do your research. There is weather to consider and peak travel seasons.

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What do we want to do? Do you want a relaxing honeymoon experience, or one full of adventure? Is nightlife important to you or are you more interested in daytime cultural activities like museums? Talk to your future spouse about all your travel preferences before committing to a location. There are some destinations that provide versatility, like many of the Caribbean islands, but you’re not going be lounging on the beach in Paris, for example, so choose the activities that are most important to you.

 

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