Posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings

One of the most commonly asked beauty questions is “What can I do to make my life easier and quicker in regards to hair and makeup?” Time and effort is especially important for brides. On, Lucy Clarke shows her favorite Little Cheats to use on your wedding day!

1. If you want a little bit of coverage, but not a full face of makeup, mix a pea size amount of foundation with your regular moisturizer. It’s a lighter way to even out your complexion!


2. While doing your eye makeup, hold a folded piece of tissue underneath while applying. That will prevent eyeliner and mascara from smudging and running down your cheeks!


3. Want to highlight your cheekbones? Use lip balm!


4. To get a quick “pout”, apply lipstick first; then add a touch of gloss to the center of your bottom lip. This makes the lip look fuller!


5. Use olive oil to remove stubborn waterproof mascara.


6. For fast hair drying, use a paper towel. It absorbs a lot more water than a regular bath towel!


7. Placing sliced tomatoes on your face for 10 minutes will brighten dull, tired skin and clear away blackheads!


8. To exfoliate quickly and cost-effectively, scrub a mixture of honey and salt over dry skin and rinse.


9. To brighten up teeth on the go, eat strawberries! Strawberries contain malic acid which serves as an astringent and can lighten surface stains.

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings


When it comes to providing musical entertainment at a wedding, the bride and groom can choose a band, a DJ, or both. If they decide to only use a band, there are some requirements they should look for:

Most importantly, the band should be able to play your preferred genre and style of music. Many bands only play specific sets and genres, so if you want a specific song or artist to be played, it is imperative that you make sure the band is capable of doing so.

You should also ask if the band provides music in between sets. CD’s and iPods are a great option for when the band is taking a break, but they require speakers and either a CD player or an iPod dock! It is important that they have music playing so the guests aren’t sitting in silence.

Make sure the band is aware of the entrance songs, first dances, father/daughter dance, etc. Nothing is more mortifying than the wrong songs being played during a special moment!

Does the band meet the requirements of the venue? Most venues ask if the band has portable appliance certifications and public liability insurance. The band should check with the venues to see if they have a sound limiter and where it is set. The limiter controls the sound of the room.

Lastly, the bride and groom need to find out how long the band plays for. The sets can be 3 sets of 40 minutes, 2 sets of 45 minutes, or 2 hour sets. Whatever the bride and groom choose, they need to make sure their guests are having a great time throughout the reception!



Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings

 Do you and your sweetheart love to watch movies together? If you consider yourself film buffs, you should also consider a cinematic wedding!

Movie tickets make a great design for wedding invitations! They’re cute and fun but are still easy enough to convey all of your information and theme.

For centerpieces, try adding a photo strip of you and your fiancé or another customized movie ticket. They can be added to a floral arrangement or put on a small easel or stand.

There are a lot of ways to do a movie themed cake! For a more classic cake, select a flavor with white icing. Edible film strips can be wrapped around. If the bride and groom are focusing on a specific movie, they can design the cake characters from the film. Instead of a traditional cake topper, they could use a small clapboard or film strip.

For the wedding favors, popcorn buckers can be displayed on a separate table in the reception area. They could hold anything from gourmet popcorn to 3D glasses and a movie gift certificate. Don’t be afraid to get creative!


Movie Themed Weddings


Movie Themed Weddings


Movie Themed Weddings

Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Accessories

 Fresh flowers aren’t just meant for bouquets and boutonnieres! They can also be used as a beautiful alternative or addition to veils or headpieces! Try using some flowers in your hair for a fresh, unique wedding look! These are our favorite ideas:

If you’re wearing your hair in a bun, wrap some flowers around it or pin them to the side! A bun is a classic, but flowers add a modern twist!


Wedding Flowers in Hair

Want to feel like a princess? Design the flowers of choice into a floral crown. The flowers can be a uniform color, contrasting colors, or simple greenery! Baby’s breath is another great option for a crown or headband.


Embed flowers into messy curls! The look is wild and bohemian, but still wedding appropriate. You can also choose one large flower to pin into your hair, really making it pop!


Wedding Flowers in Curly Hair

Although the idea of flowers in your hair is traditionally bohemian, flowers can be used in all wedding styles, from outdoors to elegant! If you do choose to use flowers in your wedding hairdo, make sure you’re careful! Flowers should be kept well hydrated until the last possible minute and avoid spraying them with hairspray or perfume. Additionally, choose the right flowers for your wedding! Keep them seasonal and avoid flowers that clash with your wedding colors or overpower your dress, face, or jewelry.

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Wedding Dresses

Everyone knows how important it is to dress for success at your wedding. But that doesn’t mean a bride has to wear a long, white gown.

There are some great, daring options for our bold brides!

The Crop Top:


Alternate Wedding Dress - Crop Top 1


Alternate Wedding Dress - Crop Top 2

Whether you love it or hate it, the crop top is a trend that’s here to stay. With celebs from Miley Cyrus to Kim Kardashian sporting the look regularly, it’s no surprise the trend has made its way into the wedding world. Although the crop top is daring, it’s a smart way to show skin without revealing too much. This look has been popping up in both bohemian weddings and modern runway shows.



Naked Lace:

Lace for weddings is classic, but layering it over nude colored fabric creates a look that’s brave and beautiful. Whether you choose a formfitting dress or a flowing frock, this trend is romantic and guaranteed to wow your guests!



Alternative Wedding Dress - Naked Lace 1



A wedding dress doesn’t have to be white! Although bolder colors are not used as often as neutral tones, the colorful wedding dress is having a moment. From blush to bright, the color popping up most often is pink!


Alternative Wedding Dress - Colorful


Alternative Wedding Dress - Colorful


Ankle Length:

Daring doesn’t have to be revealing or obvious! Ankle or tea length dresses are a unique option for more conservative brides! Ankle length dresses are also great for showing off a killer pair of shoes! BONUS: This length is universally flattering!


Alternative Wedding Dress - Ankle Length


Alternative Wedding Dress - Ankle Length 2




Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings

Unity Candles - A New Wedding Tradition


The lighting of the unity candle is a relatively new tradition that some couples take part in at their wedding.  The lighting of this particular candle symbolizes the union of two separate lives into one together.
During the lighting ceremony, couples can either light the ceremony in silence or have their minister narrate. Before the ceremony, two taper candles, called family candles, are placed on each side of the unity candle and lit by a family member, normally the mother.  The couple moves towards each other and stand on either side of the candle holder.  The taper candles (one for the bride and one for the groom) represent their individual lives.  At the same time, the couple will take their candle, and light the unity candle together.  Once the candle is lit, the bride and groom will place their taper candles back to where they had started, and blow them out.  By blowing out their separate candles, they are ending their separate lives and taking place in a new one together.


Like other traditions, the unity candle does not have to be done the same as everyone else’s. Some couples choose to have their fathers light their candles, or siblings. This tradition is meant to represent two families coming together and creating a new family, so how you choose to represent that is a personal choice. 
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings

Country Wedding


Did you know the most popular genre of music is country?  Country music has captivated the country, and it’s not just the music: It’s a lifestyle.
Rustic and country weddings have been a big trend lately, and it’s understandable why! Simple, classic pieces that evoke nostalgia and happy memories are what country weddings are all about! Who doesn’t want that when you’re getting married? has many unique ideas for the perfect country wedding!
  1.  Embellish the save the dates with a country-style design!
  2. Hold the ceremony outdoors or in a barn!
  3. The wedding party can arrive via hayride instead of the traditional limo.
  4. Cut the wedding programs into a cute shape, like a boot!
  5. Mason jars, mason jars, mason jars!
  6. A wildflower bouquet!
  7. A cowboy hat can be worn by the groom with his boutonniere attached to it.
  8. The bridesmaids can wear cowboy boots, as well as the groomsmen!
  9. As row markers, mason jars can be used on the back of the chairs.  These jars can also be transformed into wine glasses.
  10. Decorate the bride and groom’s chairs with rope, like a lasso or a tied knot!
  11. Top the wedding cake with flowers or tied burlap knots.
  12. Hang sunflowers and white lights from the ceiling or walls, if allowed.
  13. Depending on the cost and the rules of the venue, a mechanical bull can be rented for some fun at the reception.
  14. When the ceremony and reception are over, the newly married couple can leave by horse and wagon.

Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings

Table numbers are a helpful way to organize the seating at your wedding! Most catering venues will supply table numbers, but they are typically plain. If you want to try a fun project for your wedding, customize your table numbers to add décor to your reception!


Using picture frames for your table numbers is an easy way to add some flair. Frames come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors that you can specialize to your taste.


Creative Wedding Numbers


If you want to serve wine at your wedding, use a wine bottle with a number attached to the side of the bottle. You could also use champagne or any other liquor of your choosing. However, make sure to use a soda or sparkling cider bottle for the kid’s tables!


Creative Wedding Table Numbers


For something more sentimental, photographs of the bride and groom can be used. Each picture can be used to represent a significant moment for the couple. Table number one could have a picture from their first date, or their first vacation. Anything that’s meaningful to the couple will be heartwarming for the wedding guests.


Creative Wedding Table Numbers 3


You could also use candles with the table numbers etched or painted on the side! Thick, tall candles work best for this idea. For a country style wedding, you could use painted mason jars, carved wooden blocks, or chalkboards. There are a lot of cute, fun ways to do table numbers! Making your own table numbers could also be a fun project for the bride and groom or the bridal party.


Creative Wedding Table Numbers 4



Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings

There are so many ways to remember your special day! Pictures videos, and wedding programs! For those who don’t know what a wedding program is, a wedding program is a nice gesture and courteous way of letting guests know what to expect. Here are the basics to make your wedding program a souvenir for your guests and personal keepsake for the bride and groom.

Although it’s not necessary, you can put a fun cover on your program! Whether it is plain or detailed, it should include the date, the couple’s names, the place, and possibly a picture of the couple. If the wedding is themed, the cover is the perfect place to incorporate the theme.


Wedding Program Cover


The wedding program should map out the order of events. These details can include:



  • Processional music
  • The officiator’s greeting
  • Special readings
  • Prayers
  • Exchanging of vows
  • Ring ceremony
  • Communion, lighting of the unity candle, or special song
  • Pronouncement of marriage
  • Recessional music


Wedding Program - Order of Events


The last page, bottom, or back of the program should include the wedding party. For those guests who are not familiar with most of the wedding party, it is a nice way to introduce them. This list should include:


  • Officiate
  • Parents of the bride
  • Parents of the groom
  • Maid of honor
  • Best man
  • Bridesmaids
  • Groomsmen


Wedding Program Back


For a really special treat, try customizing the program! If you’re having a summer wedding, put your programs on Popsicle sticks and turn them into fans! Other options include writing the processions on a big chalkboard, or even an aisle runner!


Wedding Program Custom


Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings

Attention all brides!  This day is just as important for mom as it is for you!  Finding a dress for mom can be a fun way to bond with her and spend some time together before the big day!



To find a dress for mom, you can start out by looking through bridal magazines and websites! A dress for the mother of the bride or groom does not have to be matronly or old-fashioned! Though some mothers may want to dress modestly, a short, fun dress might be perfect for others! Like the bride, mom wants to look her best and feel comfortable at the same time.
Throw all of the typical ideas out the window! The mothers of both the bride and groom do not have to match or wear the same color dress and style. It is perfectly ok for the mothers of the bride and groom to wear different dresses! Try having one mother wear the wedding color and have the other wear a complimentary shade, like purple and silver! It will look great in pictures!
Mom should never overshadow the bride.  If your gown is simple, than moms shouldn’t be overly ornate.  You will never go wrong with something elegant and classic.  Make sure to communicate with one another about the dresses for both mom and the bride! While both of your opinions are important, you have final say over your dress and so does she.
The most important thing is for both you and your mom to feel happy and comfortable while you enjoy your special day! Pick a dress she loves and have a great time on the dance floor!
Wedding Dresses for Moms
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