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The Guest List: Your Bible to Tracking Your Wedding

Jul 29, 2011

Invites, RSVPs, thank you notes; how do you keep track of it all? A bride’s work is never done – and always ongoing. The guest list is going to determine so much: like how many favors to buy, meals to order, seating arrangements and more. None of this can even get started until the RSVPs start coming in, either.

Keep on top of it all by creating one large comprehensive sheet with all of this information. Sort all of this important information by person.

Include the following:
- Name
- Address
- Bride or Groom Side
- Invite status
- Seating Assignment
- Gift
- Thank You Status

Simplify as much of your wedding preparation into one convenient spreadsheet or wedding planning tool. That way you’ll have even more time to enjoy the fun parts like cake testing, wedding dress shopping, and the bridal party!

How do you plan on keeping track of your wedding party?

“Bridesmaids” Inspired Bridal Party

Jun 30, 2011

Sweet just like a cupcake

Baking isn’t just hot, it’s on fire. The recent box office hit, “Bridesmaids” centered on Annie, bridesmaid and owner of a failed bakery. While the foodie bride may find it absolutely perfect to get a big cupcake style tulle wedding dress, we thought we could take it a step further for the bridal shower!


In honor of Annie and bridesmaids everywhere we’re sharing our favorite baking themed bridal party ideas:


-Arrive to the bridal shower in a big cake!


-Send out recipe card invitations, complete with your favorite recipe to share!


-Have a ‘make your own’ meal bar complete with fixin’s for fancy sandwiches and margaritas. Provide a ‘make your own cupcake’ spread for desert with colorful icing and toppings to choose from!


-Ask all the guests to bring their favorite “romantic dinner” recipe. Everyone then has to share a story of a time they made the dish!


-Make name tags for all the guests with the generic 1950’s wife pictured! Not all guests will know each other, so it’s a good way to ease into socializing!


-Send everyone home with wedding dress shaped cookies as favors.


What kind of bridal shower are you planning? Will it be baking inspired – or just your tulle wedding dress?

How to Choose the Perfect Summer Wedding Date!

Jun 27, 2011

Save the date... pick a date!

Once engaged, lucky bride-to-be’s have so much more to look forward to! Announcing the engagement, parties and preparations that can take years! Many brides come in picking the perfect summer wedding dress even before the perfect date.


If the only thing you can agree on is to have a summer wedding, there’s a few ways to pick the perfect summer date!


-Check the Farmer’s Almanac for the perfect celestial combination, a day with a brilliant sunset and full moon will make your wedding day and reception even more perfect.


-Get in touch with the seasons, and choose the Summer Solstice so you can celebrate both on your anniversary on every year.


-Promise to always forgive and continue loving each other by having your wedding on Global Forgiveness Day, August 27th, or International Forgiveness Day, the first Sunday in August.


You can choose a date already special or make the day special with your wedding. When is your summer wedding set for?

Memorable Summer Wedding Ideas

May 12, 2011

You don't have to be conventional on your wedding day

You don't have to be conventional on your wedding day

All summer weddings have a lot in common. A ceremony or reception outdoors, hot summer colors for the bridesmaid’s dresses, and sea shell favors all great ideas! Some brides like to do something totally bold though. If you want to make your summer wedding one to remember, try changing up the traditional summer themes.

Here are a few ideas to make your summer wedding unconventional!

  • Make a flower arch with the help of the best wishes of your guests. Ask each guest to bring a flower to the ceremony, so they can help create the archway where the bride and groom will exchange their vows.
  • Summer wedding are a fun, less formal occasion. Rather than full ties, give all the groomsmen matching bow ties! These crazy little ties will be a gift that they’ll always remember!
  • Hold a pre-wedding beach party! Bring your rehearsal wedding dinner out to the sands for a campfire party. It’ll be the ultimate setting for a relaxing and fun filled night before the wedding!

Let us know what type of summer wedding you plan on having, traditional or unconventional?

Do it Yourself Steps for Wedding Savings

Mar 20, 2011

Go big for less!

Go big for less!

Have you ever heard of a DIY bride? DIY or do-it-yourself brides take on some of the more expensive wedding tasks to do themselves — or with their bridal parties!  There are a lot of ways to save as a DIY bride:

  • Take cake decorating classes. Not only is it a fun skill to learn, but by decorating your own cake you’ll have complete control of how your delicious cake come out.
  • Make your own floral arrangements! This can be a fun activity for bridal showers or just the entire bridal party to help out with. Get together for an afternoon of creating bouquets and arrangements with either fresh or artificial flowers.
  • Check out the great wedding deals here at Dimitra Designs! We offer huge discounts for brides with a tight budget on wedding dresses and tuxedo rentals. We also have discounted designer styles on our clearance rack.

Doing it yourself is a great way to tighten the budget, get the entire wedding party involved, and to have control as a bride over even the most tiny of details!

A Royal Wedding Playlist

Feb 25, 2011

WeddingWith the royal wedding drawing closer every day, we love to see what others have to say about the plans. While Middleton’s dress remains a mystery, their wedding playlist might not. DJ Sam Young, a fixture at London night clubs, recently released his top picks for the wedding playlist.

Some of our favorites include:

  • Michael Jackson — Billie Jean
  • Prince – Kiss, 1999
  • Stevie Wonder – Superstition, I Wish
  • Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
  • Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
  • Jay Z – Empire State of Mind
  • Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
  • Justin Timberlake – SexyBack
  • Queen – Another One Bites the Dust
  • Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
  • Beyonce – Crazy in Love
  • Outkast – Hey Ya!
  • Rihanna – Only Girl in the World

While it hasn’t been confirmed that DJ Sam Young is working the wedding, we have a pretty good feeling that a playlist like this may make an appearance.

What songs are must haves on your playlist?

Wedding Apps to Help You Plan Your Special Day

Jan 18, 2011

wedding ringsIts true: wedding apps are becoming a hot item on bride-to-bes phones and if you have a smartphone, why not let technology aid you in planning your special day? Here are a few great wedding planning apps, brought to you by The Knot, that are absolutely perfect for making your wedding plans run even smoother:

Wedding Dress Look Book: Shopping for a dress? Then this look book app is for you. Just enter in your body type, personality, type of wedding, and physical features and you’ll get to cruise through tons of dresses (or dress types) that might work perfectly for you. (Free, iTunes)

Wedding911: Get answers to hundreds of common wedding questions and even source answers from The Knot community by using this app as you plan your special day. A favorite for brides who need help getting started! (Free, iTunes)

The Knot Magazine: Download this app for your iPad and get this favorite wedding planning magazine delivered to you digitally. You’ll get features built in with this app too, like videos for DIY wedding projects. A definite favorite amongst bride-to-bes with tablets! ($4.99, iTunes)

What are some of your favorite wedding apps?

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Attending a Wedding? Try These Tips for Saving!

Dec 20, 2010

cocktail dressIf you’ve been invited to a wedding (or several!) this coming spring or summer, it’s important to remember that you have to reign in those expenses, especially if you were planning on taking a vacation! Here are some ways that you can save on being a bridesmaid or guest at a wedding this spring and summer:

    1. Choose a cocktail dress or bridesmaid dress that can be worn over and over again. Classic little black dresses are always a favorite, but you can also go for a simple eyelet or pretty cotton dress that can be worn throughout the summer months. Look for something that can be dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories.
    2. Don’t go crazy with accommodations. Stay with a friend or family member if you can. If you can’t, go for a cheap but clean hotel room. Remember – you’ll only be there for a night or two.
    3. Don’t charge all of your wedding-related expenses on a credit card. It’ll rack up some unnecessary debt that can get you in trouble later.
    4. Don’t be afraid to stay no. If your friend has invited you to a destination wedding where you’ll need to pay for food, hotels, airfare, and something to wear, it’s OK to say that you can’t afford it. Send her a nice gift once she gets back instead.

      What are some of your tips for saving on attending a wedding? We’d love to hear them!

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      2011 Wedding Trends to Watch

      Dec 14, 2010

      Short Wedding DressAt Dimitra Designs, we’re always mindful of the latest trends in weddings and for 2011, we have a couple of predictions on what will become the hot new thing for brides. If you’re planning on getting married next year and want to know what you can do to stay in line with what’s in vogue, then be sure to check out some of our 2011 wedding trends to watch:

      Local Chic: Because of the high costs of having a wedding, more and more couples will instead choose to keep things local and lovely, sourcing local ingredients for catering, local vendors for services, and of course, a local locale to keep travel costs low. Also expect to see much more DIY in the wedding planning process.

      Bridal Headpieces: Forget the veil – 2011 is all about fascinators! Brides will skip the veil in favor of heirloom or modern fascinators, smaller birdcage veils, vintage hats, or even just some cool floral or rhinestone hairpieces.

      Over The Top Cakes:
      The classic three tier wedding cake is about to get an upgrade. Watch in 2011 to see more interesting and unique wedding cakes that use fondant as the main decorative element, as inspired by hit cake making TV shows.

      Informal Attire: Instead of getting married in a tux, expect more grooms to opt for a sharply tailored suit instead. Brides will also forgo the huge gowns in favor of something sleeker and lighter, like a chiffon sheath or a playful tea length wedding gown in tulle. As for bridesmaids, it’s all about silk, linen, cotton, and tweed dresses that can be worn again and again.

      Colorful Wedding Gowns: Wedding dresses are about to get colorful, and we’re not just talking about embroidery or sashes. Wedding gowns in pastels, ballerina pinks, pale blues, buttery yellows, platinum, and even springy greens will make a splash as more brides look to be a vision in a color other than white.
      What are some other 2011 wedding trends that you expect to see?

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      Are You a Bridesmaid?

      Nov 25, 2010

      Be a better bridesmaid with some of our tips!

      Be a better bridesmaid with some of our tips!

      If so, there are plenty of ways that you can help your bride-to-be. Trust us – there’s so much more than just wearing the bridesmaid dress! If wedding planning is on your mind and you want to get in on the action (while taking some of the stress off of the bride) why not try some of these easy, but helpful tips?

      1.) When the invitations come in, offer to order a pizza, pop in a movie, and stuff envelopes. Invite the other bridesmaids and spend the evening with some wine and envelopes. It really is a huge help!

      2.) Help ease the bride’s jitters by giving her a bit of time to rest and relax. Get her tickets to a play or a concert that she’d love to see and make some time just to chill and talk. The chance to vent and destress will be very welcome during some of the most difficult planning tasks.

      3.) Be the end-of-the-night helper. Be sure that you collect the toasting flutes, cake topper, and any disposable cameras from the reception. This will keep the happy couple from worrying when it comes time to leave for the honeymoon!

      Now these are just a few easy ways to do the best job as a bridesmaid. What other suggestions do you have? How did you help your bride-to-be when you were in the bridal party?

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