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A Common Wedding Mishap: Planning Too Far Ahead

Nov 15, 2010

weddingYou’re engaged! Congratulations – now what?
Well, for starters, it’s important to take your time before jumping into full on wedding planning. That’s right – for now, forget the flowers and the bridesmaid dresses. In many cases, couples start to plan too far ahead without first considering the core elements of the wedding day: the mood, the guest list, and the season.

The Mood

Would you like to have an intimate affair in a backyard? An elegant gala for 200? A fairytale wedding for 100? Deciding on the mood and feel of the wedding day is one of the first steps to planning this wonderful event. Sit down with your fiance and discuss the details. Think about what mood you would both feel most comfortable going with. From there, you can start thinking about the guest list.

The Guest List

This will be one of the most important elements of your overall wedding plan. Your guest list will help determine the setting, the budget, and even some of the vendors. Make a concrete list and run it past EVERYONE who has a hand in planning. The last thing you want is to make a list of 100 and have it bumped up to 200 because a great-aunt decided to invite a few friends. Make sure that you have a concrete idea of who you want to invite and then move on to selecting a venue and vendors. Trust us – it’ll make things so much easier!

The Season

It helps a great deal to narrow down a month or even just a season where you feel your wedding might best be held. This allows for you to send out the appropriate invitations, vendors, and ensembles for the wedding, as well as a bit of your wedding theme. Before selecting the invitations, decide on the date and work from there.

What did you start with first when planning your special day?

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Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer

Oct 25, 2010

cream rose bouquet with wedding ringsOnce you have the dress all picked out, there’s only one thing left to consider: who will make you look your best while you’re wearing it?
Splurging on a great wedding photographer is a great idea, especially since these images will follow you for a lifetime. You want to make sure that everything looks picture perfect and with a good photographer, it most definitely can.

When shopping for the right wedding photographer, first consider your budget. How much can you spend on great images? With a clear price range, you’ll be able to better narrow down your options and choose someone who can work with you (and your budget).  Once you have a list of photographers in your budget, start doing research. Look into the photographer’s experience level and portfolio. Take note of the other weddings he or she shoots. Does he or she have a particular style that you like? Are the images in focus? Are they high quality? Do they add character? Really get to know the images and then schedule a meeting.

When meeting with the photographer, it’s important to consider personality. You want to make sure that he or she looks professional but can relate well with you and your guests on the special day. Prepare a list of questions beforehand so that you cover all of your bases. Ask about things like pricing, delivery, service offerings, contracts, deposits, and references. Trust us – it’ll be better for both you and your photographer if you come prepared.

After the interview process, it’s time to comparison shop. Look at the details given to you by each photographer and choose the one that best fits your needs. It’s that simple! Just be sure to follow up throughout the planning process so that you both have a clear idea of what you expect out of your wedding images. Communication is key!

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Simple, DIY Wedding Favor Ideas for Fall

Sep 17, 2010

pumpkins

Fall is a gorgeous time of year to have a wedding and if you’re planning on having your special day in the next few months, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll gift your guests. Fall wedding favors can be expensive, but if you’re looking to make your wedding day even more unique, consider going the DIY route. Although it’s time consuming, it can be incredibly affordable for any bride.

Here are a few easy fall wedding favor ideas for any bride to try during this time of year:

Apples to Apples: Fall fruits are so delicious, so think about giving your guests just that! Attach a lovely hand written gift tag or message to a freshly picked apple or pear and put one at each place setting. It’s delicious and nutritious!

Favor Bags are Fabulous: It’s true! A set of wedding favor bags can be filled with so many things for a fall wedding. Consider filling up yours with gummies, chocolates, mints, maple sugar candies, or apple-flavored candies to capture the best flavors of the season. Or go for colorful candies in a fall color palette. Feeling crafty? Make favor bags into scented sachets by adding potpourri ingredients like fresh cinnamon sticks.

Get In The Kitchen: Baking can be a great way to DIY your wedding favors, so consider making some cookies and then bagging and tagging them with some lovely gift wrap. Include a recipe with each as a fun touch. Not sure what to bake up? Go with something that’s perfect for the season, like pumpkin or oatmeal raisin. Think hearty and flavorful!

These are just a few ideas on how to do DIY wedding favors. Do you have any tips to share?

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Raise Your Glass to Something Blue!

Aug 6, 2010

Blue Impact
Image by thefost via Flickr

Did you know that you can serve up a signature cocktail on your special day instead of doing the traditional champagne toast? Wedding drinks don’t have to be dull and stale. You can actually have fun with what you serve while still keeping with tradition. Here’s one idea from DimitraDesigns.net on how to make the most of your wedding toast while fulfilling a lucky bridal tradition.

Remember the Victorian bridal saying of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? Don’t think that you have to be wearing all of these things in order to get the same lucky effect! What if your something blue was actually something quite…delicious? This cocktail recipe for The Something Blue will be sure to delight guests on your special day while ensuring that you won’t be overwhelmed between the borrowed, new, and old wardrobe items.

The Something Blue

To make this drink, combine the following in a chilled champagne flute:

  • 2 oz Hpnotiq
  • 2 oz white wine
  • 1 oz ginger ale

Serve and toast to a beautiful day  – and a long and happy marriage!

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Keep Your Bachelorette Party Mellow

Jul 6, 2010

You’re shopping on DimitraDesigns.com because you’re a classy bride with classy tastes.  But that doesn’t mean that you have to totally nix the idea of a bachelorette party.  There are plenty of ways to have a good time with your girls without getting too raunchy.  So forget about the strippers for a while, and try out some of these mellow bachelorette Dimitra Designs bachelorette party ideasparty ideas.

-Just go out to dinner!  It can be a great opportunity to share some memories about the bride-to-be.  Pick her favorite restaurant, and have a pleasant evening.

-Play a mellow game.  One of our favorites is one that tests the bachelorette’s knowledge of her future hubby.  So have one of the girls ask the groom 20 questions beforehand.  General stuff like his favorite color, movie, and most embarrassing moment.  See how many the bride can get right!

-Have a spa day.  Planning a wedding is stressful, so we’re sure everyone could use a little time to relax.  Massages, manicures, and pedicures are a great way to do that!  Plus, many spas offer group rates.

-You can even go to a concert or a play.  There’s bound to be a local community or college theater out there with something you girls want to see.  It’s a perfectly classy bachelorette party idea.