October 26, 2012
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By Rachel Fogel – Wedding Assistant – Some Like it Classic Wedding and Event Design

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe; this poem has become a tradition that brides uphold to this day. It can be difficult to infuse this classic ideology into modern weddings, but with the use of antique heirlooms, the solution is simple. Family heirlooms can be interpreted as absolutely anything ranging from a piece of jewelry, to your mothers veil, to intangible items as well, making the gamut of possibilities endless. It is important to inject a piece of your family and history into your special day, but that does not mean that you can’t add a modern twist.

Whether you have your grandmother’s pearls or your mother’s wedding dress, these items can either keep their original form or get molded into a new item. Many women wear jewelry that has been worn in past generations or transform the pieces into modern rings, additions to their veils, part of their bouquet, and even as jewels on their dresses. Another great alternative to wearing the exact dress that your mother wore is to take a piece of it and create the “something old” component to your day. With even just a piece of lace you can make a garter, a handkerchief, and more. Although the heirlooms are amazing ways to incorporate tradition into your wedding, there are some unconventional options as well.

Creativity is essential in keeping with a modern day theme and traditional does not mean boring. An heirloom is not necessarily a physical object. Your parents first dance song, their choice in color combinations, the location of their wedding, or even a specific pose in a picture are all ways to utilize heirlooms in a way that can be contemporary and altered into any style. A unique idea could be to present your spouse with a gift that someone in your family has used on their wedding day.

The poem is significant in that it represents good-luck items through the use of antique heirlooms. Its nature is old and traditional, but has the opportunity to utilize any contemporary idea based on the individual bride. There is no right or wrong item. At Some Like It Classic, we picked out some of our favorite modern heirlooms that perfectly fit the poem!

Photo:  Sara Johnson Photography

Bridal Gown:  Jennyvi Dizon Couture

Hair – Veronica Peebles:  Salon Stylush

Makeup: Stephanie Nault

Models: Recio Jackson Courtier / Ford Models

 

March 21, 2012
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By Lauren Melby (www.somelikeitclassic.com)

Bridesmaid Dresses below by Alfred Sung
Photo by Diana Elizabeth Photography

 

Although bridesmaid dresses may not be as jaw dropping as the bridal gown, they can still be gorgeous as well as a crucial decision to make.  Most brides choose their bridesmaid dresses to go hand-in-hand with the wedding theme and colors.  This is highly recommended, but not required.  What may be more important is having a dress that fits each bridesmaid because, as we know, women come in all different sizes.  In order to accomplish this and keep each of your bridesmaids happy, you can choose from a few different options.

Some brides choose to keep the same exact color and length of bridesmaid dress, but change the style and fabric depending on body type.  For example, a strapless dress may work better for smaller busted women, a halter for curvier women, and a one-shoulder, whimsical dress for petite women.  This say it gives the allusion that everyone is dressed the same when realistically each bridesmaid has a dress catered to their body.

Another option in choosing bridesmaid dresses is to let the women choose their own dress within the olor palette, some being a patterned dress and some a solid colored dress.  For example, if the wedding color scheme was red, grey, and navy, the bridesmaids may choose a dress out of those colors or in a pattern combining all three.  This is a very fun idea and adds some extra spunk to your ceremony.  In addition, if the groomsmen all have the same color tie, it will link the dress colors together nicely.  Some brides stay away from this choice because it may add confusion for the guests as to who is in the wedding party.  A way to avoid confusion with each unique dress is to have them all wear the same shoes, or one distinct piece of jewelry.  This way, there is still tradition without exact uniformity.

In choosing bridesmaid dresses, it really depends on what type of atmosphere the bride is looking to create with her wedding theme as well as what everyone is most comfortable with.  It is nice to see that bridesmaid dresses are becoming more unique.  As a bride you have more variety to create exactly what you want your wedding to incorporate.

Happy Shopping!

 

March 21, 2012
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Q: My fiance and I want a smaller wedding, but we both have hundreds of friends and a handful of childhood friends and over 15 couples have invited us to their wedding.  How do we decide on who comes and who doesn’t make the cut?

A:  It is completely appropriate to tell your friends that although you would love if everyone attended, you are keeping it to immediate family and your closest childhood friends.  Keep in mind, even though you were invited to a friend’s wedding, it doesn’t mean they automatically get invited to yours.  If you have it in your budget, host a celebration after the big day at your favorite restaurant or fun bar with those that weren’t able to attend – you don’t have to pick up the entire bill.  Give drink tickets and pay for the first round.

Q: My venue has an on-site person already that has been helping with my wedding, but my Maid of Honor thinks I should get a wedding planner.  What is the difference?

A:  Your on-site coordinator is a wealth of knowledge and we love them, but they are not a wedding coordinator.  Your on-site coordinator knows the venue inside and out.  They can also provide you with a preferred vendor list that features their favorite vendors to work with as well as help with some of your setup basics on the day of.  What they won’t do is review and negotiate savings with your wedding contracts, team you up with vendors that fit your style, budget and vision, assist you with your overall design, create a master timeline to send out to all of your vendors and family members, and help with last minute detail and design work.  Wedding coordinators are like personal assistants.  They can do everything from going to all your vendor meetings to post wedding services, like making sure all of your wedding items get returned to the appropriate place.  On-site coordinators love wedding coordinators and vice versal.  When you have both together you are guaranteed a flawless celebration.

Amina Michele is a wedding planner and entertainment & style expert sharing all her knowledge with you.  Ask her anything at www.aminamichele.com.