Aug 16, 2008

Red Wedding Gowns – Should You Wear One?

Yes, yes, YES! Red wedding gowns have been popular in Europe and Asia for more than ten years and now are the hottest new trend right here in America. At first we saw a hint of red, in a bold sash attached to a traditional white dress. Now you can select a complete red gown, a red bodice with a white A-line or organza skirt, or a strapless white bodice with a full red skirt. Other dramatic options include red corset lacings, red appliqued embroidery and mini-bouquets attached to the train of the gown.

Red Satin Wedding Gown by Demetrios

Aug 10, 2008

Wedding Reception Venue Ideas

Family, recently married friends, neighbors and coworkers - your best place to start when selecting a perfect wedding reception venue!   Many of these fifteen fabulous indoor and outdoor wedding reception venues are ideal for both the wedding ceremony and reception, saving you both time and money.

· Landmark Hotels
· Fairgrounds or Renaissance Faires
· Military Clubs
· Wineries
· Private Yachts
· Botanical Gardens
· Historic Castles
· Bed and Breakfast Inns
· Private Mansion or Estate
· Country Clubs
· Zoos
· National Parks
· Public Beaches
· Large Restaurants
· Art Gallery or Museum

An outdoor wedding ceremony or reception is to be held in a public beach, national park or lighthouse, special permits will need to be obtained. For example, getting married at Yosemite or Yellowstone will require the bride and groom to fill out an online application and pay $150 for a permit. Major holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day or the Fourth of July may be off limits. There may also be restrictions on parking, decorations, music, butterfly release and the number of guests allowed.  Do your homework and everything will be perfect!

Private clubs, restaurants and hotels are easily able to accommodate both the ceremony and reception. Decorations, altars, aisle runners, chairs and/or canopies may be included in the price if you ask. Remember; always ask for a little extra! They also offer complete catering, with sufficient staff to set up, clean up and serve. And something you make take for granted, clean and accessible restrooms. May and June can be crazy so book at least one year in advance!

Love the idea of a landmark hotel wedding? Inn Richmond, Virginia, The Jefferson built in 1895, is every bit as exquisite as it looks. Recently, when I stopped by, they were having two weddings simultaneously, and I had to take pictures quickly as one bride was getting ready to descend the magnificent, grand staircase. Local legend has it that this staircase was the one used in “Gone With The Wind” (Rhett carrying Scarlett up to bed), but the truth is that the book’s author, Margaret Mitchell, once stayed at the Jefferson. She may have used its elegance to draw from when writing her famous book.

Don't Miss!  Lucia Belle Photography

Aug 2, 2008

Rustic Wedding Bouquets

Rustic wedding bouquets - made of simple and surprising new elements - twigs and straw, paper and twine.  Millions of brides have chosen roses over rustic and the sweet Baby's Breath that has always been a filler for those traditional bouquets now has a country charm all on it's own!

Baby's Breath Bouquet
Wheat Wedding Bouquet