Ok, so you don't need a "special" flat iron to get those bouncing curls you always wanted! It is so easy! So if you have a flat iron for the days you want straight, you can use it for curls too! First brush your hair, then take a piece of hair the same width of the inside of your flat iron or smaller and go over it with the iron. Take the flat iron half up your strand of hair, close it and curl the flat iron under with hair still hanging out of the flat iron, leave for a few seconds, then pull flat iron down and hair through it, the slower you pull hair through flat iron, the curlier it will be. And repeat until you have done each strand. Enjoy those bouncy, curly locks!
Weddings are all about "I Do's" when you think about it....obviously the most important one takes place when you say "I DO" to becoming man and wife, but as any bride knows, there are A LOT of details you have to prepare to get to that moment in your big day.
First, you have to say I DO or do not want to all the options that come with planning a wedding, then you have to say "I DO" (literally, in a contract) to vendors and to paying for their services to accomplish each part you have decided to incorporate and budgeted towards.
With all the money that changes hands--and the fact that you lay the perfect coordination of your wedding solely in the hands of whomever you hire to carry out your dream--it almost feels as if you are marrying your vendors too, at least for the short term.
Unless you actually have a miraculous money producing tree in your backyard, weddings are all about opportunity cost and picking one thing you really want or need over another thing you might really want or need. The only advice I can give is to say I DO to a great photographer and a comprehensive photography package. It is one part of the entire wedding coordination process where the money spent will truly have a pay-it forward benefit as you, your parents, and future generations can enjoy the captured memories of one of the most special moments you'll ever have in your entire life.
My wedding album just shipped in from Italy a few weeks ago and all I can say is WOW! It is truly exceptional. Everything is perfect--from the quality of the photographs and the type of photographs that were taken to fit my exact style, to the design of the album infused with the personality of my husband and I and our wedding day, to the outstanding quality of the construction. I am so pleased we opted to go with a photographer we had a 'gut feeling' about and a package that, while expensive, was worth the money. It's not even been a year yet since we said our I Do's at the alter, and seeing the now-memorialized expressions of joy and love on our faces and the faces of our family and friends as we paged through our album was a special moment for us.
Do it right so you'll have no regrets in the future...it doesn't mean you have to give in to a "the sky is the limit" photography budget, but it does mean doing your homework, interviewing photographers until you find the one you connect with--that gets who you are, what you want out of a photographer, and the kinds of photos you hope to see--and fitting into your budget a package that will give you enough options to have memories to look at for the many years to come.
Have you ever been to the fair and not ordered cotton candy? It's such a fun treat reminiscent of childhood fun. When we saw this rock candy spun with a shell of cotton candy, we just had to share! Yumm....
We shared this idea with you, now share it with your guests. A great time to splurge on a candy overload.
Looking for the perfect location in the Napa Valley for an outdoor wedding? We know a wonderful place! Hans Fahden Vineyard is fabulous! This Napa Valley wedding location is peacefully nestled 5 minutes from Calistoga in wine country. From the swans greeting you as you walk up the quiet and romantic gardens to the pond where weddings take place. Then after the wedding, guests go up to the deck that overlooks the pond and relax with drinks and butler style apps. Once the wedding party is ready to join their guests, everyone enters a wine cave for the reception that is romantically, illuminated by candles. After the meal is served, you and your guests can hit the dance floor! What a great party!
On the big day make sure you designate one of your right hand girls to be your bathroom assistant. The duties of the brides bathroom assistant include: helping her with her shoes, making sure her dress looks right, carrying extra accessories in case she may need something, and most of all helping her use the restroom!
You need to make sure both bride and bride's bathroom assistant are comfortable enough with one another. Make sure this gal knows you well in case of an emergency. Try your sister or maid of honor, both great choices!
Monday, April, 13 2015 • Photography • by Dynamite Weddings
If you want to create a memorable event, try planning from a guestâ??s prospective. You will need to begin by asking yourself, â??What do I want my guests to say after they leave my reception?â?? You may start by thinking back to a wedding that you have attended in the past. What stood out for you? Was it the flowers, food, venue, weather, dancing, music. etcâ?¦? Try to remember what you said to yourself as you left that wedding. This exercise alone will help you to prioritize your planning and budget based on a guest prospectiveâ?¦ yours!
Ask yourself, â??What type of wedding day are we going to create?â?? You may say things like simple, elegant, classy and fun. Then ask yourself what you want your guest to say after your reception, â??Wow that really was a simple wedding!â?? or â??Wow, that really was an elegant wedding!â?? or â??Wow that really was a fun wedding!â??
Taking a guest prospective with regards to planning your wedding day would be the first step to creating a lasting impression.
Sunday, April, 12 2015 • Etiquette • by Dynamite Weddings
On your wedding day before your ceremony and before you see your groom you may be nervous, and chances are he is nervous too. Write your groom a little notes on your big day to calm the jitters and remind him how much you love him and can't wait to be married. It may seem like a small gesture but it will mean the world to your soon to be husband.
wedding tip - reenact an old pose... with a new twist!
Saturday, April, 11 2015 • Photography • by Sugar and Spice and...
There are so many iconic photos out there. Use them as inspiration for your wedding day photos. Gals... when was the last time your guy dipped you and gave you a long smooch? Guys.. be dramatic! Isn't this the most romantic photo?
Miss Trish of Capri limited edition footwear collection will be available from April 5th - July 5th at Target stores and online. Shoe designer Trish Carroll, who's sandals usually sell for $300+, has created this delightful collection for Target shoppers!
Have you decided on 'who' will marry you? Well you have options! You can pick a justice of the peace, pastor at your church, your priest or even a friend can get ordained to marry you. More and more couples have asked a friend to become ordained and preside over the nuptials. Why you say? Why not! Choosing a friend or someone who knows you two very well can make the ceremony more personable. They can even add a few stories to make the vows more heartfelt. Since he/she knows you both so well, they are more likely to have great rapport with you and your guests. And you may not even have to pay them a fee, although a thank you gift would be in order.
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!