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  • Georgia Wedding Venues:

    Georgia wedding venues display the legendary Southern hospitality that the region is known for - for the bride and groom with "Georgia on my mind," there are numerous Georgia wedding venues that take advantage of the state's pleasant weather and lovely natural setting. From the state capital of Atlanta to the coast and everywhere in between, "The Peach State" offers a bumper crop of Georgia wedding venues for couples looking to create a wonderful event.


     


    Georgia wedding venues - Atlanta

    Atlanta is a city which is proud of both its heritage and its role as a modern metropolitan center. Couples who live in the Atlanta area can choose from many diverse Georgia wedding venues, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which offers outdoor and indoor celebration options during all four seasons, surrounded by lush and fragrant blossoms. Callanwolde, a Gothic-Tudor style mansion built nearly 100 years ago and maintained as a National Historic Place, is situated on a large, landscaped estate with sculptured lawns and a formal garden. Another historic location, the landmark Fox Theatre, has a number of stunningly restored ballrooms that can be rented for weddings.


    Looking for Georgia wedding venues with an antebellum, Gone With the Wind feel? There are many plantation houses in the state which can be rented for wedding celebrations. One of the best known is Stately Oaks Plantation in Clayton County, the setting of Margaret Mitchell's famous novel - in fact, the Greek Revival-style plantation house, built in 1839, is believed by many to be one of the inspirations for Tara, the home of Mitchell's heroine, Scarlett O'Hara.


     


    Georgia wedding venues - Savannah

    Another historic location for Georgia wedding venues is Savannah, one of American's oldest cities - it was established in 1733. Nicknamed the "Hostess City of the South," Savannah's renowned architectural features include many charming public squares and park settings, along with historical churches, antebellum mansions and landmarks that can be used as Georgia wedding venues. On Tybee Island, just 20 minutes east of Savannah, couples will find a number of Georgia wedding venues. Marriage ceremonies can take place anywhere along the island's miles of beaches, in the park, at a restaurant or even at the base of the island's lighthouse!


    Athens, home of the University of Georgia, is also home to quite a few attractive Georgia wedding venues. Athens is a city where the historic meets the hip - there's a restored Victorian-era downtown, funky warehouse spaces, historic homes and grand ballrooms. On the grounds of the University, the Chapel, a campus landmark built in 1832, is a popular wedding spot for students, alumni and others interested in picturesque Georgia wedding venues.


    One of the benefits of the state's temperate climate is that Georgia has a number of award-winning wineries. Château Élan in Braselton, just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, is a 3500-acre winery and resort that can host intimate wedding parties or large, lavish affairs. And several wineries in North Georgia's wine country have facilities available as Georgia wedding venues - a perfect setting to toast a newlywed couple as they start their life together!

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  • Whenever You Call Artist: Mariah Carey Album: Butterfly Description Not Provided Lyrics Love wandered inside
    Stronger than you, stronger than I
    And now that it has begun
    We cannot turn back
    We can only turn into one

    I won't ever be too
    Far away to feel you
    And I won't hesitate at all
    Whenever you call
    And I'll always remember
    The part of you so tender
    I'll be the one to catch your fall
    Whenever you call

    And I'm truly inspired
    Finding my soul there in your eyes
    And you have opened my heart
    And lifted me inside
    By showing me yourself, undisguised

    And I won't ever be too
    Far away to feel you
    And I won't hesitate at all
    Whenever you call
    And I'll always remember
    The part of you so tender
    I'll be the one to catch your fall
    Whenever you call

    And I will breathe for you each day
    Comfort you through all the pain
    Gently kiss your fears away
    You can turn to me and cry
    Always understand that I
    Give you all I have inside


    And I won't ever be too
    Far away to feel you
    And I won't hesitate at all
    Whenever you call
    And I'll always remember
    The part of you so tender
    I'll be the one to catch your fall
    Whenever you call


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  • As I know many of you PW Brides have your eyes searching for Free Template Downloads to help save $ on your Wedding Budget during this tough recession... I wanted to share this fabulous Wedding Favor Bag Template from Inspire The Bride!


    What you will need:
    - A Printer that feeds from the top
    - Paper Bag (I used size: 4 5/8w x 8 5/8h in bags from Michael's)


    Instructions:
    - Place the paper bag in the printer with the bottom of the bag facing upward
    - The bags frontside should be facing you
    - Create custom paper size (should match same size as bag listed above) before printing



    Click to Download Template


    The Favor Bag Says:
    "Thank You
    For Celebrating With Us!
    ~
    Enjoy Sweets
    From The Bride & Groom"


    DIY FREE TEMPLATE Created by Inspire The Bride
    Visit to view more free DIY Templates

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  • Perhaps you think that you are "hard to fit," or maybe you've envisioned your dream dress for years, and can't seem to find it in stores...whichever the case, we got the scoop on custom bridalwear straight from the source.  Elizabeth Dye is a Portland-based ready-to-wear, bridal, and custom bridalwear designer.  She creates timeless, yet modern garments with one-of-a-kind embellishments and exquisite fit.



    Elizabeth says that not every bride is well-suited for for the process of a custom bridal gown.  It can be nervewracking for some brides to to make a commitment without seeing the final product on her body, and it is important that that a 'vision,' drawings, and fittings will suffice until the final garment is sewn.  She asserts that custom bridalwear is a creative collaboration between the client and the designer.



    Elizabeth maintains that there are better reasons than others for choosing to have a bridal gown custom made.  Having a specific vision of a dress that doesn't already exist in the world is a great reason to take the custom route.  Another, is if a bride is particularly taken by a designer's aesthetic.


    She suggests re-thinking this choice if the main reason for wanting a custom gown is that a bride feels that her measurements don't fall into the standard sizes of collection gowns.  Most often, alterations to a standard size bridal gown can be completed with relative ease by a skilled seamstress. Wanting to copy a high price ticket gown for less money is also not favored.



    In general, custom bridal gowns take at least three months to make- start to finish- and typically start at a minimum of $1,000.  When choosing to work with a designer, Elizabeth recommends seeing the artist's work in person, if at all possible.  Look at the construction of the garments, and determine if the designer has grown their business based on referrals.  It is ideal to work with a designer with which a bride can have face to face contact and live fittings.  At your initial meeting, bring lots of photos that inspire you to give the designer a feel for your ideas.


    When asked if she had any additional advice for a bride considering a custom wedding gown, Elizabeth says, "Have fun having something made for you.  It’s a luxurious process.  Having a custom made dress is an expression of what's in your heart and is utterly unique."


    All images are of Elizabeth's custom work or from her 2010 collection.  More of her designs can be seen here.

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  • Such an uncomfortable situation. The blushing bride and the handsom groom stare deeply into one anothers eyes, whilst professing their undying love before their closest friends and family. Out of nowhere a whiney toddler gurgles out a blood curdling scream. The spell is BROKEN. *sigh*


    Imagining this scenario once is all it takes for a bride to make the decision to omit all uneccesary children from the most romantic moment of her life.


    There are plenty of reasons why a couple would choose to have an adults only wedding, but how does one tactfully go about letting their guests know they've made this decision and that, NO, Little Timmy the Terrorizor will NOT be playing in the chocolate fountain?


    And on top of all that, how does one provide childcare, snacks and entertainment without breaking the bank?


    Read on PW'ers!


     


    Step One: Accept The Fact That You MUST provide the OPTION of childcare.


    The last thing you want is to end up with an ultimatum from FH's sister that she's not coming if your bratty niece isn't invited. How is she supposed to find childcare when she is from out of town anyways? And how can she know who to trust? I mean, what do you say in this situation?


    If your guests know that childcare will be provided in a different room or area by some trained trustworthy babysitters, and the kids will have some entertainment and food to boot, then they know that you have done your part. It's up to them to decide to take advantage of what you, the hostess, is providing, or find their own childcare.


    Step Two: How To Let People Know


    First and foremost, remember to mention it to your parents and future in laws to pass along to others. Although you want a quite intimate ceremony and an adults only reception, you will be providing food and childcare for the kiddies.


    Call to chat with specific possible problem makers. Be sure to mention that it's nothing personal, just that you want to have an intimate QUIET ceremony with absolutely NO possibility of interruption, and that your reception will be adult oriented and NOT an environment for children. Letting them know WAY ahead of time that you are hiring redcross trained or otherwise well referred babysitters and providing snacks and entertainment (however mundane) gives them time to become comfortable with WHY you don't want children in attendance.


    Be sure to add that you would understand if they weren't comfortable with a stranger babysitting and that you would not be offended if they chose to leave the kids at home with their regular sitter.


    By doing this you are presenting the parents with two options, not just simply, leave the kids at home or don't bother coming. KWIM?


    Step Three: Making The Formal Announcement


    Ok, so most people know that childcare will be provided, but how do you know who will choose to take advantage of what you have provided as the hostess, and who will be more comfortable leaving the kids at home?


    It is VERY IMPORTANT to add on the RSVP the following question. How many children will require childcare?


    You can word it many different ways to suit your tastes. I just added the following to my RSVP.


    "_____ children will require childcare"


    You could also use,


    "How many children will require childcare? ____"


    Couple this with the "____ out of ____ adults will be attending" ( or something similar) and it's pretty cut and dry. You're making it pretty clear that if the parents choose to bring the little ones, they WILL be hanging in the kiddie room/area.


     


    Step Four: Hiring Sitters


    There are a lot of resources at your disposal to find competant and reliable babysitters in your area.



    ask friends and family for referrals
    speak with local church youth pastors for suggestions
    if you are getting married in a church ask your pastor about who provides childcare during church or who does sunday school and if they might be avaliable to provide childcare for your wedding
    ask your teenage neices/cousins to babysit (this works well if you have a lot of them because most of the kids will already know them, and also if there are enough of them they can rotate out, also your family will be more apt to trust them!)
    Call your local redcross, they provide babysitting certification classes and may have fliers or info on local, responsible and certified sitters.
    Call local daycares or preschools and ask if any of their teachers or volunteers also babysit

    Be sure to interview potential sitters ahead of time, ask them for previous experience, maybe a couple referrences, and some questions to gauge their maturity level, in the case of younger babysitters, be sure to meet with them WITH their parents, so everyone knows what's going on.


    Meet with sitters about 2 months before your wedding to make sure they will be avaliable and reliable, interview many more sitters than you will need, that way you won't be scrambling at the last minute to find replacements.


    Make an initial rough estimation of how many kids you are expecting. If you are expecting under 10 kids, one SOLID adult sitter is probably all you will need.


    However, if you are expecting more that ten kids, you will need more supervisors. Also keep in mind the general age groups of the kids, you will need more mature sitters if there are ten infants than if there are 5 six year olds.


    When in doubt, its better to have more sitters than you need, than not enough sitters. You can ALWAYS send them home with a few bucks and a thanks anyways.


     BUDGET TIP: Ask potential sitters what their rates are, explain your situation, how many kids, for how long, where you will be and how many other sitters will be there and ask them how much they will charge you. You will probably be VERY surprised at the small amount that they ask for in exchange for their services.


    They BEST girl I hired (16, red cross certified, and a total sweetheart) supervised for 8 hours for 20$!!!


     


    Step Five: And A Good Time Was Had By All


    Don't forget to plan ahead as far as where the kids will hang out. Most churches and other venues will be willing to rent out a small additional room for a small amount of money, but if your wedding is outdoors you can simply set up a kids area.


    It is best that wherever the kids are is out of direct sight of the party, as they may get distracted and want to go hang out with mom and dad. However, the best way to avoid this is to make the kids area THE PLACE TO BE! They won't even know what their missing if you provide them with some kid friendly snacks and activities.


    Kids snacks and activities can be had VERY inexpensively, for example:


    SNACKS:



    kool aid
    mini PB&J's
    pizza
    wedding cupcakes

    ACTIVITIES:



    coloring books
    bubbles (for outdoors)
    sidewalk chalk (for outdoors)
    dollar store toys
    movies
    kids party games
    video games

    Step Six: Be Prepared


    Make sure your sitters have at least one person that's familiar with the family as a point of referrance in an emergency situation. That way if little sally becomes inconsolable, or little billy is feeling sick, the sitters can locate the parents promptly.


    Don't forget to ask your sitters to ask parents about any allergies or special needs when they are dropped off. Also be sure your ushers/greeters know to direct families with children to the kids area immediately upon their arrival so no one gets the idea that childcare is an OPTION.


     


    Step Seven: Breath Easy and Have a Wonderful Kidfree Wedding Experience!

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  • You finally got engaged and you're ready to get married.  Now, you're having a debate about whether or not to have a wedding event.  One of you is not so excited about the time and money this would cost. After all, the whole idea is to be together forever, not put on an extravaganza.

    But, there really is a good reason to sanctify your marriage in front of family and friends.  It really is going to be good for your marriage-this is why:



    1.    A wedding ritual that includes all the people you care about becomes a meaningful moment to be shared forever.


    2.    The couple can palpably feel the love and joy that surrounds them



    3.    Their relationship is enhanced by the positive emotions displayed



    4.    The couple experience their lives becoming entwined with the vows they make and those who witness this event.



    5.    A reciprocal bond of support is solidified between the couple and their friends and family.



    6.    A wedding is really fun.



    7.    Dancing and revelry creates such happiness to be treasured



    8.    There is a chance to be grateful and sentimental in a formal way



    9.    Look for an opportunity to be reminded of your love all the time.



    10.  Transcendent joy is forever part of your special day.  It really is so meaningful and nothing prepares you for how your heart will feel.


     


    Source:  Unknown

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  • For those of you who asked me to post the instructions to the DIY "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" Cards, here they are.


    Inspiration: http://www.oncewed.com/16446/wedding-blog/diy-wedding/diy-bridesmaids-cards/


     


    Materials



    8x11 sheet of printer paper for stencil
    Flesh-tone cardstock (you'll need 4in x 5.5in for each card you make + enough for 2 nickel-sized heads for each card you make)
    White cardstock (enough for one wedding dress (at least 4in x 2.75) + accessory for each card you make)
    Colored cardstock for bridesmaid dress (enough for one dress for each card you make - at least 4in x 2.75in each)
    Brown/Black/Red/Blonde cardstock for hair (you don't need much of this)
    Black ballpoint pen
    Pencil
    Scissors
    Nickel coin
    Glue

     


    Creating the Stencil


    Start with one 8 x 11 sheet of printer paper.



    Fold in half lengthwise.



    Cut on that fold so you get this:



    Fold this in half so that it looks like this and again cut on the fold:



    Fold in half the same way you just did with the remaining piece to get this:



    Now you're ready to draw your stencil on one half of the paper. Use a nickel for the head. Using a pencil, trace the nickle, making sure that the top of the nickel touches the top of the paper. Draw shoulders and arms, body, legs, and feet. You should make sure that the body is symmetrical for it to look right. Here's what it should look like when you're finished drawing it:



    Keeping your paper folded, cut out your stencil. It should look like this when finished:





     



    Cutting Out the Pieces


    The Flesh Tone Cardstock - Bodies of the Girls: This is pretty straightforward. You'll want to cut out enough of the pairs as you're making cards. Just trace your white printer paper stencil onto the flesh tone cardstock and cut out. You also should trace and cut out two nickels for each pair to glue on as heads later.


    Dresses: You'll want to design a dress to fit on the body of your stencil. Obviously use white for a wedding dress and colored for your bridesmaids. Here's my cutouts (after I made the stencil and cut them out): 



    Accessories and Hair: This is the hardest part. Again, you'll need to make a stencil and then cut it out on your cardstock. I didn't take pictures of this part. The best idea is to draw it how you want it (whether it be a flower for the hair, necklaces, veils, shoes, etc), and then REVERSE it when you trace so that the pencil marks won't be visible. This goes for all of the tracing onto the cardstock. The hair is just really trial and error. I tried to cut out the correct haircut for each girl.


    Assembling


    First, glue the bride's dress onto the right side of the stencil and the bridesmaids dress onto the left side of the stencil like this:



    Then, glue one of the nickel sized flesh tone pieces on each doll so there is a distinct chin. It will make it look much better if you do it than if you don't do it:



    Then add your hair, face (just three small dots), and accessories. I finished mine with a small swarovski crystal for a necklace for the BM and ring for the bride.




     


    Assembling the Cards


    Materials



    Cards
    5x7 envelopes
    metallic pen
    black cardstock
    rotary cutter/mat or scissors
    bone folder tool

    I used powerpoint to create a card, and then I took it to Kinkos to print to make sure it fit in a 5x7 envelope. Here's the screenshot of the card in powerpoint, and then the printed version:




    Here were my supplies laid out:



    For each card, I cut out a 1.5in x 11in inch black strip. I used this to tie the card and the dolls together. Using the bone folder, I centered the strip and folded it around the card, attaching each end of the strip to the other end with a drop of glue. I wrote each girl's name on the strip using a silver metallic sharpie. Here's this part finished:



    Then I wrote each girl's name/address on a 5x7 black envelope and my return address on the back flap:



    Let me know if you have questions!

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  • This is literally an article full of gorgeous pics full of inspiration for your reception please browse through and enjoy :)


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    I hope that there is something here to suit everyone's tastes and styles


    Thanks for looking!


     


     


     

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  • PW'er MeeshMosh had a romantic and lush pink and ivory reception.  


    Her centerpieces consisted of soft ivory and pink roses perfectly arranged and perched on tall clear vases with pink ribbons and crystals.  Each guests place setting included a clear beaded charger, an ivory napkin, and a single pink rose atop a light pink tablecloth.  


    White chivari chairs completed this elegant and romantic look.


    All photos courtesy of Jennifer Skog photography




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  • I've gotten quite a few messages asking how I made my table numbers, so I included the super easy instructions on my DIY Bio page!


    Damask Table Numbers:



    Table Number Instructions:


    Supplies



    picture frames (I bought mine from the dollar store)
    damask scrapbooking paper (I got mine from Michaels)
    wooden numbers (Michaels wood crafting section)
    black acrylic spray paint (Michaels)
    spray adhesive (don't use super glue b/c it won't hold)

    Instructions



    Clean picture frames so there are no fingerprints/smudges
    Cut scrapbooking paper to size (I was able to make 4 frames per piece of paper) and place inside the frame. If the pattern isn't continuous, make sure you place them all in the same direction.
    Spray paint the wooden numbers and allow to dry (Note: paint from all sides so it coats all the grooves evenly)
    Spray the adhesive to the back of the wooden numbers (should be the flat side) and imediately center and affix the number to the frame and allow to dry

    These only cost me about $2 per table number.

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  • Georgia Wedding Venues:

    Georgia wedding venues display the legendary Southern hospitality that the region is known for - for the bride and groom with "Georgia on my mind," there are numerous Georgia wedding venues that take advantage of the state's pleasant weather and lovely natural setting. From the state capital of Atlanta to the coast and everywhere in between, "The Peach State" offers a bumper crop of Georgia wedding venues for couples looking to create a wonderful event.


     


    Georgia wedding venues - Atlanta

    Atlanta is a city which is proud of both its heritage and its role as a modern metropolitan center. Couples who live in the Atlanta area can choose from many diverse Georgia wedding venues, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which offers outdoor and indoor celebration options during all four seasons, surrounded by lush and fragrant blossoms. Callanwolde, a Gothic-Tudor style mansion built nearly 100 years ago and maintained as a National Historic Place, is situated on a large, landscaped estate with sculptured lawns and a formal garden. Another historic location, the landmark Fox Theatre, has a number of stunningly restored ballrooms that can be rented for weddings.


    Looking for Georgia wedding venues with an antebellum, Gone With the Wind feel? There are many plantation houses in the state which can be rented for wedding celebrations. One of the best known is Stately Oaks Plantation in Clayton County, the setting of Margaret Mitchell's famous novel - in fact, the Greek Revival-style plantation house, built in 1839, is believed by many to be one of the inspirations for Tara, the home of Mitchell's heroine, Scarlett O'Hara.


     


    Georgia wedding venues - Savannah

    Another historic location for Georgia wedding venues is Savannah, one of American's oldest cities - it was established in 1733. Nicknamed the "Hostess City of the South," Savannah's renowned architectural features include many charming public squares and park settings, along with historical churches, antebellum mansions and landmarks that can be used as Georgia wedding venues. On Tybee Island, just 20 minutes east of Savannah, couples will find a number of Georgia wedding venues. Marriage ceremonies can take place anywhere along the island's miles of beaches, in the park, at a restaurant or even at the base of the island's lighthouse!


    Athens, home of the University of Georgia, is also home to quite a few attractive Georgia wedding venues. Athens is a city where the historic meets the hip - there's a restored Victorian-era downtown, funky warehouse spaces, historic homes and grand ballrooms. On the grounds of the University, the Chapel, a campus landmark built in 1832, is a popular wedding spot for students, alumni and others interested in picturesque Georgia wedding venues.


    One of the benefits of the state's temperate climate is that Georgia has a number of award-winning wineries. Château Élan in Braselton, just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, is a 3500-acre winery and resort that can host intimate wedding parties or large, lavish affairs. And several wineries in North Georgia's wine country have facilities available as Georgia wedding venues - a perfect setting to toast a newlywed couple as they start their life together!

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  • Whenever You Call Artist: Mariah Carey Album: Butterfly Description Not Provided Lyrics Love wandered inside
    Stronger than you, stronger than I
    And now that it has begun
    We cannot turn back
    We can only turn into one

    I won't ever be too
    Far away to feel you
    And I won't hesitate at all
    Whenever you call
    And I'll always remember
    The part of you so tender
    I'll be the one to catch your fall
    Whenever you call

    And I'm truly inspired
    Finding my soul there in your eyes
    And you have opened my heart
    And lifted me inside
    By showing me yourself, undisguised

    And I won't ever be too
    Far away to feel you
    And I won't hesitate at all
    Whenever you call
    And I'll always remember
    The part of you so tender
    I'll be the one to catch your fall
    Whenever you call

    And I will breathe for you each day
    Comfort you through all the pain
    Gently kiss your fears away
    You can turn to me and cry
    Always understand that I
    Give you all I have inside


    And I won't ever be too
    Far away to feel you
    And I won't hesitate at all
    Whenever you call
    And I'll always remember
    The part of you so tender
    I'll be the one to catch your fall
    Whenever you call


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  • As I know many of you PW Brides have your eyes searching for Free Template Downloads to help save $ on your Wedding Budget during this tough recession... I wanted to share this fabulous Wedding Favor Bag Template from Inspire The Bride!


    What you will need:
    - A Printer that feeds from the top
    - Paper Bag (I used size: 4 5/8w x 8 5/8h in bags from Michael's)


    Instructions:
    - Place the paper bag in the printer with the bottom of the bag facing upward
    - The bags frontside should be facing you
    - Create custom paper size (should match same size as bag listed above) before printing



    Click to Download Template


    The Favor Bag Says:
    "Thank You
    For Celebrating With Us!
    ~
    Enjoy Sweets
    From The Bride & Groom"


    DIY FREE TEMPLATE Created by Inspire The Bride
    Visit to view more free DIY Templates

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  • Perhaps you think that you are "hard to fit," or maybe you've envisioned your dream dress for years, and can't seem to find it in stores...whichever the case, we got the scoop on custom bridalwear straight from the source.  Elizabeth Dye is a Portland-based ready-to-wear, bridal, and custom bridalwear designer.  She creates timeless, yet modern garments with one-of-a-kind embellishments and exquisite fit.



    Elizabeth says that not every bride is well-suited for for the process of a custom bridal gown.  It can be nervewracking for some brides to to make a commitment without seeing the final product on her body, and it is important that that a 'vision,' drawings, and fittings will suffice until the final garment is sewn.  She asserts that custom bridalwear is a creative collaboration between the client and the designer.



    Elizabeth maintains that there are better reasons than others for choosing to have a bridal gown custom made.  Having a specific vision of a dress that doesn't already exist in the world is a great reason to take the custom route.  Another, is if a bride is particularly taken by a designer's aesthetic.


    She suggests re-thinking this choice if the main reason for wanting a custom gown is that a bride feels that her measurements don't fall into the standard sizes of collection gowns.  Most often, alterations to a standard size bridal gown can be completed with relative ease by a skilled seamstress. Wanting to copy a high price ticket gown for less money is also not favored.



    In general, custom bridal gowns take at least three months to make- start to finish- and typically start at a minimum of $1,000.  When choosing to work with a designer, Elizabeth recommends seeing the artist's work in person, if at all possible.  Look at the construction of the garments, and determine if the designer has grown their business based on referrals.  It is ideal to work with a designer with which a bride can have face to face contact and live fittings.  At your initial meeting, bring lots of photos that inspire you to give the designer a feel for your ideas.


    When asked if she had any additional advice for a bride considering a custom wedding gown, Elizabeth says, "Have fun having something made for you.  It’s a luxurious process.  Having a custom made dress is an expression of what's in your heart and is utterly unique."


    All images are of Elizabeth's custom work or from her 2010 collection.  More of her designs can be seen here.

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  • Such an uncomfortable situation. The blushing bride and the handsom groom stare deeply into one anothers eyes, whilst professing their undying love before their closest friends and family. Out of nowhere a whiney toddler gurgles out a blood curdling scream. The spell is BROKEN. *sigh*


    Imagining this scenario once is all it takes for a bride to make the decision to omit all uneccesary children from the most romantic moment of her life.


    There are plenty of reasons why a couple would choose to have an adults only wedding, but how does one tactfully go about letting their guests know they've made this decision and that, NO, Little Timmy the Terrorizor will NOT be playing in the chocolate fountain?


    And on top of all that, how does one provide childcare, snacks and entertainment without breaking the bank?


    Read on PW'ers!


     


    Step One: Accept The Fact That You MUST provide the OPTION of childcare.


    The last thing you want is to end up with an ultimatum from FH's sister that she's not coming if your bratty niece isn't invited. How is she supposed to find childcare when she is from out of town anyways? And how can she know who to trust? I mean, what do you say in this situation?


    If your guests know that childcare will be provided in a different room or area by some trained trustworthy babysitters, and the kids will have some entertainment and food to boot, then they know that you have done your part. It's up to them to decide to take advantage of what you, the hostess, is providing, or find their own childcare.


    Step Two: How To Let People Know


    First and foremost, remember to mention it to your parents and future in laws to pass along to others. Although you want a quite intimate ceremony and an adults only reception, you will be providing food and childcare for the kiddies.


    Call to chat with specific possible problem makers. Be sure to mention that it's nothing personal, just that you want to have an intimate QUIET ceremony with absolutely NO possibility of interruption, and that your reception will be adult oriented and NOT an environment for children. Letting them know WAY ahead of time that you are hiring redcross trained or otherwise well referred babysitters and providing snacks and entertainment (however mundane) gives them time to become comfortable with WHY you don't want children in attendance.


    Be sure to add that you would understand if they weren't comfortable with a stranger babysitting and that you would not be offended if they chose to leave the kids at home with their regular sitter.


    By doing this you are presenting the parents with two options, not just simply, leave the kids at home or don't bother coming. KWIM?


    Step Three: Making The Formal Announcement


    Ok, so most people know that childcare will be provided, but how do you know who will choose to take advantage of what you have provided as the hostess, and who will be more comfortable leaving the kids at home?


    It is VERY IMPORTANT to add on the RSVP the following question. How many children will require childcare?


    You can word it many different ways to suit your tastes. I just added the following to my RSVP.


    "_____ children will require childcare"


    You could also use,


    "How many children will require childcare? ____"


    Couple this with the "____ out of ____ adults will be attending" ( or something similar) and it's pretty cut and dry. You're making it pretty clear that if the parents choose to bring the little ones, they WILL be hanging in the kiddie room/area.


     


    Step Four: Hiring Sitters


    There are a lot of resources at your disposal to find competant and reliable babysitters in your area.



    ask friends and family for referrals
    speak with local church youth pastors for suggestions
    if you are getting married in a church ask your pastor about who provides childcare during church or who does sunday school and if they might be avaliable to provide childcare for your wedding
    ask your teenage neices/cousins to babysit (this works well if you have a lot of them because most of the kids will already know them, and also if there are enough of them they can rotate out, also your family will be more apt to trust them!)
    Call your local redcross, they provide babysitting certification classes and may have fliers or info on local, responsible and certified sitters.
    Call local daycares or preschools and ask if any of their teachers or volunteers also babysit

    Be sure to interview potential sitters ahead of time, ask them for previous experience, maybe a couple referrences, and some questions to gauge their maturity level, in the case of younger babysitters, be sure to meet with them WITH their parents, so everyone knows what's going on.


    Meet with sitters about 2 months before your wedding to make sure they will be avaliable and reliable, interview many more sitters than you will need, that way you won't be scrambling at the last minute to find replacements.


    Make an initial rough estimation of how many kids you are expecting. If you are expecting under 10 kids, one SOLID adult sitter is probably all you will need.


    However, if you are expecting more that ten kids, you will need more supervisors. Also keep in mind the general age groups of the kids, you will need more mature sitters if there are ten infants than if there are 5 six year olds.


    When in doubt, its better to have more sitters than you need, than not enough sitters. You can ALWAYS send them home with a few bucks and a thanks anyways.


     BUDGET TIP: Ask potential sitters what their rates are, explain your situation, how many kids, for how long, where you will be and how many other sitters will be there and ask them how much they will charge you. You will probably be VERY surprised at the small amount that they ask for in exchange for their services.


    They BEST girl I hired (16, red cross certified, and a total sweetheart) supervised for 8 hours for 20$!!!


     


    Step Five: And A Good Time Was Had By All


    Don't forget to plan ahead as far as where the kids will hang out. Most churches and other venues will be willing to rent out a small additional room for a small amount of money, but if your wedding is outdoors you can simply set up a kids area.


    It is best that wherever the kids are is out of direct sight of the party, as they may get distracted and want to go hang out with mom and dad. However, the best way to avoid this is to make the kids area THE PLACE TO BE! They won't even know what their missing if you provide them with some kid friendly snacks and activities.


    Kids snacks and activities can be had VERY inexpensively, for example:


    SNACKS:



    kool aid
    mini PB&J's
    pizza
    wedding cupcakes

    ACTIVITIES:



    coloring books
    bubbles (for outdoors)
    sidewalk chalk (for outdoors)
    dollar store toys
    movies
    kids party games
    video games

    Step Six: Be Prepared


    Make sure your sitters have at least one person that's familiar with the family as a point of referrance in an emergency situation. That way if little sally becomes inconsolable, or little billy is feeling sick, the sitters can locate the parents promptly.


    Don't forget to ask your sitters to ask parents about any allergies or special needs when they are dropped off. Also be sure your ushers/greeters know to direct families with children to the kids area immediately upon their arrival so no one gets the idea that childcare is an OPTION.


     


    Step Seven: Breath Easy and Have a Wonderful Kidfree Wedding Experience!

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  • You finally got engaged and you're ready to get married.  Now, you're having a debate about whether or not to have a wedding event.  One of you is not so excited about the time and money this would cost. After all, the whole idea is to be together forever, not put on an extravaganza.

    But, there really is a good reason to sanctify your marriage in front of family and friends.  It really is going to be good for your marriage-this is why:



    1.    A wedding ritual that includes all the people you care about becomes a meaningful moment to be shared forever.


    2.    The couple can palpably feel the love and joy that surrounds them



    3.    Their relationship is enhanced by the positive emotions displayed



    4.    The couple experience their lives becoming entwined with the vows they make and those who witness this event.



    5.    A reciprocal bond of support is solidified between the couple and their friends and family.



    6.    A wedding is really fun.



    7.    Dancing and revelry creates such happiness to be treasured



    8.    There is a chance to be grateful and sentimental in a formal way



    9.    Look for an opportunity to be reminded of your love all the time.



    10.  Transcendent joy is forever part of your special day.  It really is so meaningful and nothing prepares you for how your heart will feel.


     


    Source:  Unknown

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  • For those of you who asked me to post the instructions to the DIY "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" Cards, here they are.


    Inspiration: http://www.oncewed.com/16446/wedding-blog/diy-wedding/diy-bridesmaids-cards/


     


    Materials



    8x11 sheet of printer paper for stencil
    Flesh-tone cardstock (you'll need 4in x 5.5in for each card you make + enough for 2 nickel-sized heads for each card you make)
    White cardstock (enough for one wedding dress (at least 4in x 2.75) + accessory for each card you make)
    Colored cardstock for bridesmaid dress (enough for one dress for each card you make - at least 4in x 2.75in each)
    Brown/Black/Red/Blonde cardstock for hair (you don't need much of this)
    Black ballpoint pen
    Pencil
    Scissors
    Nickel coin
    Glue

     


    Creating the Stencil


    Start with one 8 x 11 sheet of printer paper.



    Fold in half lengthwise.



    Cut on that fold so you get this:



    Fold this in half so that it looks like this and again cut on the fold:



    Fold in half the same way you just did with the remaining piece to get this:



    Now you're ready to draw your stencil on one half of the paper. Use a nickel for the head. Using a pencil, trace the nickle, making sure that the top of the nickel touches the top of the paper. Draw shoulders and arms, body, legs, and feet. You should make sure that the body is symmetrical for it to look right. Here's what it should look like when you're finished drawing it:



    Keeping your paper folded, cut out your stencil. It should look like this when finished:





     



    Cutting Out the Pieces


    The Flesh Tone Cardstock - Bodies of the Girls: This is pretty straightforward. You'll want to cut out enough of the pairs as you're making cards. Just trace your white printer paper stencil onto the flesh tone cardstock and cut out. You also should trace and cut out two nickels for each pair to glue on as heads later.


    Dresses: You'll want to design a dress to fit on the body of your stencil. Obviously use white for a wedding dress and colored for your bridesmaids. Here's my cutouts (after I made the stencil and cut them out): 



    Accessories and Hair: This is the hardest part. Again, you'll need to make a stencil and then cut it out on your cardstock. I didn't take pictures of this part. The best idea is to draw it how you want it (whether it be a flower for the hair, necklaces, veils, shoes, etc), and then REVERSE it when you trace so that the pencil marks won't be visible. This goes for all of the tracing onto the cardstock. The hair is just really trial and error. I tried to cut out the correct haircut for each girl.


    Assembling


    First, glue the bride's dress onto the right side of the stencil and the bridesmaids dress onto the left side of the stencil like this:



    Then, glue one of the nickel sized flesh tone pieces on each doll so there is a distinct chin. It will make it look much better if you do it than if you don't do it:



    Then add your hair, face (just three small dots), and accessories. I finished mine with a small swarovski crystal for a necklace for the BM and ring for the bride.




     


    Assembling the Cards


    Materials



    Cards
    5x7 envelopes
    metallic pen
    black cardstock
    rotary cutter/mat or scissors
    bone folder tool

    I used powerpoint to create a card, and then I took it to Kinkos to print to make sure it fit in a 5x7 envelope. Here's the screenshot of the card in powerpoint, and then the printed version:




    Here were my supplies laid out:



    For each card, I cut out a 1.5in x 11in inch black strip. I used this to tie the card and the dolls together. Using the bone folder, I centered the strip and folded it around the card, attaching each end of the strip to the other end with a drop of glue. I wrote each girl's name on the strip using a silver metallic sharpie. Here's this part finished:



    Then I wrote each girl's name/address on a 5x7 black envelope and my return address on the back flap:



    Let me know if you have questions!

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    I hope that there is something here to suit everyone's tastes and styles


    Thanks for looking!


     


     


     

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  • PW'er MeeshMosh had a romantic and lush pink and ivory reception.  


    Her centerpieces consisted of soft ivory and pink roses perfectly arranged and perched on tall clear vases with pink ribbons and crystals.  Each guests place setting included a clear beaded charger, an ivory napkin, and a single pink rose atop a light pink tablecloth.  


    White chivari chairs completed this elegant and romantic look.


    All photos courtesy of Jennifer Skog photography




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  • I've gotten quite a few messages asking how I made my table numbers, so I included the super easy instructions on my DIY Bio page!


    Damask Table Numbers:



    Table Number Instructions:


    Supplies



    picture frames (I bought mine from the dollar store)
    damask scrapbooking paper (I got mine from Michaels)
    wooden numbers (Michaels wood crafting section)
    black acrylic spray paint (Michaels)
    spray adhesive (don't use super glue b/c it won't hold)

    Instructions



    Clean picture frames so there are no fingerprints/smudges
    Cut scrapbooking paper to size (I was able to make 4 frames per piece of paper) and place inside the frame. If the pattern isn't continuous, make sure you place them all in the same direction.
    Spray paint the wooden numbers and allow to dry (Note: paint from all sides so it coats all the grooves evenly)
    Spray the adhesive to the back of the wooden numbers (should be the flat side) and imediately center and affix the number to the frame and allow to dry

    These only cost me about $2 per table number.

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