Friday, November, 27 2015 • Planning • by Dynamite Weddings
WARNING: Another selfish post!
I told you earlier that I have two cousins getting married this year. Well MORE NEWS!!! My little brother will be joining us in the realm of the engaged! YEA!!
He is marrying a very lovely young lady that we all adore and had even told him that if he ever broke up with her we would break up with HIM. Yes, we love her that much! So congrats to my little bro and my brand-new little sister! Let the games begin!
My husband and I are truly very fortunate. One of our wedding gifts was a trip to NEW YORK. And, now I completely understand why people confidently wear their I Love New York shirts. We chose to delay the trip for awhile due to work schedules, weather, etc. This flexibility allowed us several months to enjoy being newlyweds and get work time off. We also knew that right around the corner, a fun trip was waiting. It was like having 2 honeymoons, really. Our friends (who live there and gave us the gift) were amazing. They allowed us the opportunity to go to fabulous restaurants, great sites, fun attractions and the top of the Trump Tower (and, yes the view is quite spectacular, not to mention the other aesthetics). It was so nice to be able to have one on one time with my husband too. If you like to travel, I definitely suggest trips as gifts. Sometimes groups of people enjoy going in on a large gift, so I recommend picking a fun destination. I don't know how I managed to get soooo lucky in receiving this gift because I hadn't even thought of it, but I will tell you, I can't imagine my life having not gone on the trip. We got to get away for two honeymoons?? What a great first year of marriage!!
We have all heard of the Monster-in-Law (being your mother-in-law). But my story is a little different. I get along wonderfully with my soon to be MIL, it is my soon to be SIL I'm having the trouble with. She is the baby of the family and the only girl. She has always been the princess of the family and from my understanding any girl that her brother has ever brought home she has made trouble for. I thought things were going to be different for her and I because we got along really great right up until my fiance and I got engaged. Ever since then she has become an absolute terror! She makes fun of us when we talk about the wedding, ridicules my choices, doesn't want to participate, and the minute someone brings up the wedding she does everything she can to change the subject or bring the attention back to her. I am at my wit's end with this behavior! My FI and I have talked about it but he just says she isn't used to not being the center of attention and will get over it. Which really frustrates me because I don't want to be dealing with this for the next 9 months of my engagement! I know it's not all about us but I would like to look back on this time as joyful not contentious! Can you offer me any suggestions?
Distraught Over In-Laws
Dealing with the in-laws can always be tough. It is hard because even though they do become your family there is always an adjustment period. It becomes even more difficult to adjust to when you have a family member that wants to make it difficult for you. When it comes to dealing with your new family you and your FI really have to be on the same page. That will be one of the important factors in creating your own family. It sounds like to me that your SIL is going through a growing period. If she is used to being the center of attention and the only girl it can be difficult to share that spotlight. My best advice to you is to sit down and have a heart to heart with your FI. Make sure he understands exactly how you are feeling. Ask him how he would like to deal with the situation. And create a gameplan. Figure out what your limits are and how much guff you are willing to take. Chances are you SIL will eventually get over it and jump on the bandwagon but if she doesn't it really does fall to your FI to take control of the situation. There are growing pains for everyone when they get married. Keep smiling and keep planning and keep your eye on what is truly important; the love of you and your FI.
Bridesmaid's dresses can either have that "wedding look" and never be worn again or you can pick from fabulous dresses that can be worn again and again for any cocktail hour! We found some amazing dresses we love from Simone Carvalli. Not only are they gorgeous, but we found a few you could wear for a holiday or cocktail party. Bridesmaid's dresses can be pricey and if you find ones that you can wear at other events, your bridesmaids won't mind flippin' the bill on a high priced dress. Check out simonecarvalli.com for more great dress ideas!
Having a barn yard wedding? Some of the most beautiful weddings and receptions are in barns. Barns provide for a natural setting and make it easy to hang decorations and lighting. There are a few top rustic wedding trends for a barn yard wedding. First, don't forget your cowgirl boots under your wedding dress! You can find boots in all colors too, so if you don't want your usual rustic boot, go for pink or white!
Second, how about a photo op with hay as your back drop, either sitting on a loose pile of hay, a bale, or even throwing it up in the air?
Third, for a fun and rustic decoration, hang mason jars with votives and light them as the sun sets. Or use mason jars upside down on the tables with a votive candle sitting on the top or bottom. And last but not least, be sure to play country music in the barn for some good ole dancing (maybe even line dancing!).
Sunday, November, 22 2015 • Florals • by Dynamite Weddings
The majority of bouquets recently seen are hand-tied bouquets. This is when gathered flowers are wrapped around the stems with ribbon or vine like rope. If you want something a bit more fancy try adding jewels, beads, pearls, crystals, or rhinestones to your hand-tied bouquets . Those brides that are going for an earth friendly theme or having a beach wedding should incorporate more rustic features such as shellfish, feathers, or pinecones to their hand-tied bouquets.
Although roses are the most popular bouquet flower we have seen that lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids have become more trendy. Randomly picked flowers have also been seen a lot lately.
Saturday, November, 21 2015 • Photography • by Dynamite Weddings
Many photographers are making an effort to get to know the area of your venue before the wedding takes place. They are going to â??special placesâ?? instead of just sticking close by the church or venue.Your photographer may have a great spot that he/she knows of in reasonable driving distance from your location. There are many places you can get those photos that are just outside of the box, a little less traditional if you will.If this is the case, we say go for it.Spending an extra 30 min or so with your photographer will pay off big time in the end.After all, a few extra minutes could create a lifetime of memories??
Want to know how to hide those unwanted blemishes? Dark circles? Or redness? We can help with these basic wedding day makeup how to's! For those unwanted blemishes, try hiding them with a pointed brush dipped into tacky concealer and tap over a pimple and tap with finger to blend. To diminish dark circles, smooth shadow-banishing highlighter onto inner corners of your eyes. Then use your finger to blend a thick cover up into the curve beneath your eye. Last but not least, to reduce redness, use licorice root extract on your skin, then press foundation over redness prone areas with a sponge. Hope these makeup how to's help you bride-to-be's!
FlipClips.com allows you to take a small video and have it changed into a flip book! What a great idea for a Save the Date or fun twist on a wedding favor! This image is of a flip clip proposal...how original!!Photo provided by flipclips.com
Have you met Monica and Marvin yet? These two have the best insight on everything weddings from the wedding checklist to fancy wedding ideas. They might look like a couple of monkeys, but they know their fare share about your big wedding day! Marvin likes to take the wedding planner duties and Monica comes up with clever wedding ideas, but also keeps everyone on track with her amazing wedding checklist. These two are always open to questions and willing to help at anytime!