Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Wedding Dresses

Everyone has heard the stereotype concerning bridesmaids’ dresses: that they tend to be ugly and not the most flattering. This may have been true over the years, but recently brides are making more of an effort to satisfy their bridal party and pick dresses that can be worn again for another social event in the future. Members of the bridal party are typically expected to pay for most of their wedding day attire including not only the dress but often the shoes and matching jewelry as well. Read on for some of the latest trends on the rise when shopping for bridesmaids gowns!


More and more often we see brides allowing bridesmaids to select dresses of the same color in different styles. This allows every member of the bridal party to choose a dress she is most comfortable in for her body type, and may allow her to wear something more complimentary to her figure. Some variations include matching color dresses in strapless styles, one shoulder dresses, and dresses with both straps or sleeves. Even the length of the dresses can vary, with some ladies more comfortable wearing shorter skirts and others preferring a tea-length or even a full gown. Ultimately the decision is the bride’s, but flexibility is important to help all of your best girlfriends feel comfortable walking with you down the aisle. It’s important to keep their thoughts and feelings in mind throughout this selection process as well.


A second trend we’re seeing more and more of is the ombre trend. Yes, this can be applied to your wedding theme!! Whether you incorporate it in your floral arrangements and reception décor, or your bridesmaids’ dresses, it is the hottest new thing on the wedding scene! To master this ombre theme with your bridal party, select dresses in varying shades of the same basic color, as featured below! Another variation of this trend, pictured above, is to have the maid of honor wear a darker (or lighter if the bride prefers) colored dress to stand out among the other members of the bridal party. This has become a very popular trend as well!

The season or time of year of the wedding can influence the bride’s choice of color and style to pick for the dresses. For fall and winter seasons, dark, warm colors such as arrays of red, gold, maroon, and oranges are most common. Spring and summer weddings often feature lighter color pallets including but not limited to pastel schemes, bright, vibrant aqua blues and hot pinks, and beautiful minty greens just to name a few!


Last but not least, while the bride should not be a control freak, she should stand up for her opinion and her vision of her special day. Although the bridal party’s thoughts and feelings should absolutely be taken into consideration, it is one of the most important days of her life and should go as she envisions it. This is a very important day and everyone in the wedding should be happy looking stylish and gorgeous while feeling comfortable in their own skin!

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings

How to Tell Dad You are EngagedIn most cases, father-daughter relationships are one of the most precious things in a young woman’s life. Your father is your first example of how a man should treat a woman. He alone is supposed to demonstrate this to you through the way he treats you, your mother, and his mother. The bond between a father and his daughter is irreplaceable. Now that Daddy’s little girl is engaged, how is the bride-to-be going to break the news that she has another very special man in her life? How will he react? Of course this can be a very emotional conversation, but here are some ways to let your Old Man down easily.

The best way to break the news would be a one-on-one, father-daughter date. This way, he will not feel like he is put on the spot in front of other family members or friends, and it can help solidify the bond by demonstrating respect and sincerity. The bride should make it a point to emphasize to her father how important his role in her life has been and will continue to be. She should also stress that no other man can ever take his place. Although he is sure to suspect something is up, the bride can still gently break the news to him. A father’s biggest fear and anxiety about his daughter getting married is that she is going to love and care for another man for the rest of her life, and he will be responsible to love and care for her. By reassuring her dad that she will always still be there, and that she knows he will always be there for her, it can make telling him a much easier task.

If the bride and groom are concerned about the father of the bride’s reaction, it may be best to break the news together among family. To make things less tense, the bride can suggest having a family get-together or dinner party at either hers or the groom’s home. When the time is right, the bride can make it seem as if she is going to propose a toast while everyone is eating and socializing around the dinner table. Instead, she can stand next to her fiancé, pull out her ring, and reveal it to her entire family thereby making their announcement. By doing this, even if the father is shocked and may not have the exact words to say, the engaged couple can still have their family there to support them both regardless of what happens.

No matter how or where the bride decides to tell her father about her engagement, she needs to go into it with a positive attitude. It is important for any bride or groom to be to demonstrate to the parents how important their happiness is to them, and how influential they will continue to be in their lives. Parents put so much time and effort into raising their young ones, so it is understandable that “passing them off” to another caretaker can be an extremely emotional time for them. It’s out of love and concern, because no matter how old you are, you will always be daddy’s little princess and mommy’s little prince. You have been their number one priority for so long, that it will be a period of adjustment for them to see you depend on someone else to take care of you. As a father and an important role model, seeing his daughter happy is the greatest gift of all!

Posted on Saturday, February 09, 2013 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: The Westwood

The Westwood - The Knot's 2013 Pick for Best of WeddingsWe are proud to announce that The Westwood has been rated by local brides and voted The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 Pick! We are honored that our brides have voted for us in this prestigious award as a Best of Weddings Venue for 2013! The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the
best-of-the-best wedding resources. We would like to sincerely thank our Westwood Brides for their nomination and votes for this year's award! We are truly grateful and appreciative for the endless support!


Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: The Westwood

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Posted on Monday, February 04, 2013 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings

Nail art is back on the list of top trends for this year!! Nail artists can design anything on your teeny tiny fingers and toes from favorite sports teams to holiday themes! Why not try out a bridal theme for your wedding day mani/pedi?? Below are some of the cutest bridal nail styles we’ve seen yet!

Wedding Nail Art Wedding Nail Art

This fashion forward take on the classic French manicure features a nude base with glitter, lace, and even rhinestones! All of these bridal elements come together for one perfectly matrimonial manicure! The best part? The ring finger serves as an accent nail! Perfection!


Wedding Nail Art - Glitter

Here is another modern take on the timeless French manicure! Glittered tips instead of the classic thin white line are the perfect bridal touch! The perfect design element to accent your wedding day bling, this glittery French will look absolutely stunning!

Wedding Nail Art - French Manicure

Last but not least, this is hands down our favorite look. A classic French, incorporating the ring finger accent nail we love, but this time with a mini-engagement ring design! It’s simple, classy, elegant, and totally chic at the same time! Adorable for all events leading up to your special day including an engagement party, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner!

Wedding Nail Art - French Manicure with Ring Accent 

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