wedding industry in the united states

  • Brides: Will You ChooseTraditional or Trendy?

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    After you choose your wedding dress, you'll probably start thinking about what accessories will look best with your gorgeous gown. Many brides select very traditional pieces, but what if you want to showcase more of your own personality and style? Well then my dear, then go in search of accessories that speak to your fashion soul. Go with your gut and wear what love.
    The Dress
    Before we talk about the jazzy accessories you might like to select, you might want to decide on your dress. Would you like it to be more traditional, or a little out of the ordinary. You can always play around with adding colorful embellishments, going with vintage, raising the hemline and much more. Be sure that you select a gown you LOVE and makes you feel like a bride.
    The Shoes
    Bridal shoes generally peek out only slightly from the bottom of the wedding gown. More and more brides are having a lot of fun by putting their personal flare and funky style into their bridal shoe selection. At weddings today, you are likely to find glittery sneakers or pumps, brightly colored heels or ballet flats, beautifully embellished cowboy boots, and much more!
    The Accessories
    Bridal jewelry and other wedding accessories are another way that brides can really show off their personal style. Bold necklaces are very popular for brides who choose a strapless gown. However, some of these brides choose to forgo neck adornment and instead go for a striking pair of drop earrings. Many brides today are also losing the veil and instead selecting beautifully ornate hair pieces, or using a blusher.
    There are so many ways that brides can showcase their personal style. Brides, don't go with what you think people expect you to have or wear, instead choose what makes you (and your groom) happy. When all is said and done YOU will be left with those wonderful memories of how perfectly authentic your big day was.
  • Bridesmaids Tips ~ Before you Say YES!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bridesmaids!!!!!

     

    Many things come to mind when we think about bridesmaids; giggling girlfriends shopping for dresses, a lot of elegant bridal parties in preparation for the bride's big day, a luxurious and exciting bachelorette party -- fun, fun and more fun!!! It is such an honor to be asked, especially if you are being asked by a dear friend or close family member to be one of her bridesmaids. You may be willing to invest much more time and money than if the bride is one of best friends -- but what if she isn't? Either way, before you say "YES!" you'll definitely want to consider some very important things first, and on the Charming Chick blog today we want to give future bridesmaids the information they need.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Weddings are  time to celebrate love, friendship and all of the wonderful joys that uniting two people and two families can bring. However, there are other things that can throw a bit of a wrench into all the joy. If you are prepared for the things that can happen, then you'll know how to deal with it and whether or not you are up to taking on the duties and costs associated with becoming a bridesmaid.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The High Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

     

    Bridesmaids to have to pay their way for a lot of things, so being a bridesmaid can get expensive. You may think you'll only be out the price of a dress (which can cost a fortune if you have a bride with expensive taste) and shoes -- but there is so many other things to consider. Here is a list of potential items bridesmaids may have to pay for:

     

    *dress

    *shoes

    *accessories

    *hair

    *makeup

    *bridal shower

    *bachelorette party

    *wedding gift

    *travel and lodging expenses

    *and more....

     

    This can add up to be $1500 but often more! If your friend is frugal or at least conscious of trying to keep the costs low for the wedding party -- give her a BIG hug and tell her thank you. Spending $1500-$3000 might not seem like much to you, especially if you are headed for a tropical destination wedding but for many bridesmaids that is a huge expense. That being said, there are some very generous brides who will pay for many things for their bridesmaids, but that is the exception and not the rule.

     

    Communicate openly about your budget restrictions and if you don't want to go into debt -- well, gracefully and humbly bow out. There are always other duties you can help out with.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bridesmaids Have Many Duties

     

    As a bridesmaid you do need to know that you will expected to help out with some of the wedding activities. You must show up to all the pre-wedding parties and you will also be expected to help plan some of them, especially if you are the Maid of Honor. You will also be expected to assist the bride in any way possible the day of her wedding but she may also ask for your help in putting some wedding projects together as well.  After the wedding you may need to help gather the gifts, the bride's dress, tuxedos, etc. If you don't think you have enough time to commit to such things you might want to consider declining the invitation to serve. However, if the bride means a lot to you -- you can probably find the time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Being a bridesmaid is both an honor and a lot of fun. Just make sure you are comfortable with the financial and time commitments involved before you say yes. If you think about things things before being asked then you won't have that awkward silence that can make you both uncomfortable and potentially strain your friendship.

  • Honeymoon Destinations ~ How do You Choose?

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    If you are planning a wedding you've probably been swimming in all the details that will make your wedding day super special -- but you are probably also thinking about what you will do once the wedding is over.  If you are like most couples, you are looking forward to your honeymoon almost as much as you are to your big day! Have you decided on a destination, are you struggling to choose between a few favorites or are you so overwhelmed with wedding details that you haven't even narrowed it down? On the Charming Chick blog today, we have some tips that may be able to help you choose your perfect honeymoon destination.

     

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    1. First Things First

    The best and first thing you should do is to sit down with your sweetie and make a list of all the places the two of you might like to go on your honeymoon. Are you looking for tropical sandy beaches, do you want to get lost in a big city, are you looking for a destination that holds great historical significance or would you like to travel to another country - passports in hand - and experience the sights sounds and flavors it has to offer?

     

    2. Consider Your Budget

    If you have a budget, as most brides and grooms do, you'll want to take that into consideration while planning your honeymoon. If you are paying for your wedding yourselves then you might decide to have a short and romantic weekend getaway, then opt for a more elaborate honeymoon a few months after your wedding. You'll want to consider travel lodging, meals, activities etc. as you are mapping out your budget.

     

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    3. Honeymoon Activities

    In addition to the destination you and your soon-to-be-spouse will also want to consider the types of activities you'd like to on your honeymoon. Knowing what activities the two of you would like to do on your romantic getaway can be very helpful to determine where you ultimately want to go. Once you do that you can check prices and even see what packages are available. Sometimes travel packages can include airfare, hotel accommodations, a meal or two and one or two activities and a reduced price. You can research online or speak with a travel agent for more information.

     

    Whatever you decide to do, it will be memorable. Take a chance. Go somewhere you've always dream of going, do things you've never done and just enjoy each other!!!

     

     

     

  • Wedding Day Planning~ Ring Warming Ceremony

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    Your wedding day is one of the most important and special events of your life. You'll spend many months - and countless hours - planning so you can rest assured that everything  will be just the way you've dreamed and hoped it would be. For many couples,  the guest list is one of the things on their wedding day to-do list, that they agonized over most.  You may narrow it down and bulk it back up to ensure all the people you love most will be there. With all of that thought and consideration that goes into to deciding who you want to share in your special day, wouldn’t it be wonderfully fitting to include those people in your ceremony?

     

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    A growing trend among many couples is to have a Ring Warming Ritual as part of the ceremony. This deeply meaningful, yet simple gesture, is a beautiful and unique compliment to your wedding day ceremony. During the service, your wedding rings are passed around to all of your guests. Each guest holds the rings briefly, while silently saying a blessing or wish for your union. This ritual is ideal for small  ceremonies and is an interactive way to include your guests in the service. They will all feel so cherished by your gesture to include each and every one of them.

     

     

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    If you are worried about your rings getting dropped or lost, consider placing the rings in a small bag or tie them together with fabric. In addition if you are having a larger ceremony - or if you just don’t like the idea of having everyone touching your rings - pass them just among your immediate family members. The passing can even take place during the vows, so that by the time you get to the ring exchange the rings will have made their way back to you.

     

     
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     Your wedding day is your special day, so make it fun, unique and choose to include things that represent your personalities and your love for one another!

     

    HAPPY PLANNING!!!

  • Wedding Planning ~ Dallas Wedding Vendors

     

    Are you newly engaged? Just started wedding planning? Looking for wedding vendors in the Dallas area that you can trust?

     

    You only get one wedding - and there are no do-overs - so you'll want to make sure you choose the right pros to capture all of the special moments and to ensure things run smoothly on your big day! Wedding planning involves pulling together an enormous amount of well thought out details -- and trusting that the logistics of those details to professionals who have your best interest at heart. At Charming Chick we know and understand this, which is why we have decided to make your decision easier by featuring 3 local Dallas vendors who you can rely on. We are confident that they will make every effort to make your day extra special!

     

    2nd Generation Video Productions -- Dallas  -- http://www.2gvp.com/

     

     

     

    Your wedding day will pass by in the blink of an eye. You will be filled with so much love, joy and excitement but it may be difficult to remember the details and you'll long to relive those moments once again. Hiring a highly skilled videographer will ensure that each loving glance, tender touch and unique moment will be documented forever. This  means that  you can share and enjoy your wedding day over and over with friends and family -- as well as your future children grandchildren, and  great-grandchildren.

     

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    2nd Generation Video Productions is a family owned and operated video production company. They are recognized as one of the best in their field and have been selected Best of the Knot for the past 2 years. They were also awarded a Creative Excellence Award from their professional association. 2nd Generation is able to ensure the highest quality videos because they use only HD Cameras and can produce videos on either DVD or BluRay. They also use wireless mics to provide their clients with clear audio of the vows, readings, toasts and everything in between. Before hiring a videographer be sure to read Questions to Answer Before Selecting a Videographer and Choosing Your Video on 2nd Generation's blog. You'll also want to follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information.

     

    Another fantastic option that 2nd Generation offers their clients is the ability for friends and family to give the gift of a professionally produced top-notch wedding video. They have made it very easy by providing an online Video Bridal Registry. They provide a shopping cart and secure payment site where couples can register -- then friends and family can purchase gift cards towards the cost of the wedding video. They also provide flexible payment options to fit just about any wedding budget.

     

     

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    "This business is a labor of love for our family.  We treat every couple as if they were our own children and strive to deliver a product that will become a treasured piece of family history.  We feel our work speaks for itself: feel free to view our samples at www.2gvp.com"

     

     

    Event Elements -- Dallas --  http://eventelements.com/blog/
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    When you are wedding planning it is especially smart to consider hiring a wedding planner. Your wedding is all about you and your husband-to-be. You'll want to celebrate and enjoy each other, your family and friends without having to worry if each and every detail is playing out just the way you planned. These wonderful professionals can certainly be a sanity saver but you really want to hire someone who you connect with, someone who really "gets" your vision and is especially attentive to details -- and your budget. An event planner can be involved just the day (or weekend) of, to ensure that things run smoothly and on time -- or they can be with you every step of the way as you plan and design the perfect day.

    We recommend that you contact Event Elements for your wedding planning needs. Kristyn Hall, owner of Event Elements  is professionally trained by The Dallas Wedding Planner Program. She provides very personal service and excellent attention to details. She is creative, innovative and works to make your big day especially unique and personal. She also has accounting and budget management experience, which means she can help you plan the wedding of your dreams and help you stay on track with your budget.

    Event Elements also won the 2011 Brides Choice Award from WeddingWire, so they are now in the top 5 percent of Wedding Pros nationwide. Whether you just need someone for the days leading up to your big day or a full-planner who can walk your through the entire process, Event Elements will design a package specifically to meet your needs. Follow them on Facebook and visit their blog for more information and to see gorgeous photos from weddings they have helped plan.

     

     

    Rhonda Robbins Photography -- Dallas -- http://rhondarobbins.typepad.com/   

     

    Selecting a great photographer will mean so much to you. After your" big" day has come and gone, you will pour over the pages of your wedding album time and time again to relive all of the love and joy you felt on your most wonderful day. With each click of their lens, a skilled photographer can capture all the warm  feelings, sweet moments and blissful fun that will occur on your wedding day and document it for a lifetime.

    Rhonda Robbins, of Rhonda Robbins Photography will capture all of your most special moments. She not only does an amazing job as a wedding photographer, she also does gorgeous engagement sessions, family photo shoots and more. She  is a true professional who listens to your needs. You will be delighted with the results!

    Contact Rhonda today to learn more about her photo packages. Also, be sure to follow her blog and look for her on Facebook. She has some amazing photos on both, so take some time to look around.

    Have Fun Planning Your Dallas Wedding!!!!!!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Your Wedding Budget - Save at Charming Chick

     

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    Did you get engaged over the holiday? Have you started to plan your wedding day? Have you also begun to think about your wedding budget and now realize how expensive things can be? It's true, making your wedding day perfect does cost a lot of money - money well spent - but still it's a lot.  We have great news for you though. Now through January 31st Charming Chick is having a fantastic sale and we have included many of our beautiful wedding items. So now is the time to start planning. Even if your wedding day is a year away, it's best to start getting things little by little so it's not such a financial strain so close to your big day. Take your time to look through all of our reasonably price wedding accessories. Even at their regular prices they can work well with your wedding budget -- but that fact that many items are on sale make those prices so much sweeter.

     

     

     

    If your wedding day includes a ceremony on the beach, on a boat or you just want to have a nautical theme, this white satin garter will be an nice touch. Now through January 31st, 2012 it is on sale for ONLY $7.99. This is an absolute steal for a garter of this quality. It features a nautical bow and a gold star fish.  One size fits most.

     

     

     

     

    Many brides like to give their bridesmaids a special gift that can be worn on the day of the wedding. This personalized pearl necklace and earring set makes an absolutely stunning gift!  This set will look perfect with any dress style and it is something your girls can cherish for years to come. You can be sure that they will always be reminded of you and your special day every time they put it on. This set is on sale  now through January 31st 2012 an at this low price won't put a huge dent in your budget. You can even pick one up for your mother and/or grandmothers to wear.

     

     

    Top your cake off right with this beautiful cake topper. Even if you don't have to watch every penny of your wedding budget, you'll still appreciate the uniqueness that this photo cake topper has to offer --- and at an unbelievable price. Going on now through January 31, 2012 this cake topper is on sale for only $16.99! This topper is crafted of sturdy acrylic and makes a wonderful keepsake that you can enjoy for many years to come.

     

     

     

    You'll definitely need  some champagne flutes to make a toast with and these elegant glasses are just perfect -- and on sale! The flutes are crafted of hand blown glass and will ensure that you will make your wedding day toast in style. The great sale price also means you can keep within your wedding budget.

     

     

     

    You simply cannot pass up the deal on this gorgeous flower girl basket! At the time of this posting it is listed at only $9.99 -- very affordable! It's so affordable in fact that you could buy several to use to hold candy, favors or flowers to decorate on the tables at your reception. There are so many things you could do with these -- you just have to let your creativity soar!

     

    These are just a few of the wedding items that we have on sale right now. Again, all you have to do is peruse our affordable wedding items to see the other things we have on sale. Shop Charming Chick and you'll be able to stick with your wedding budget while shopping for wedding decor, favors accessories and more

     

    Happy Planning!!! 

  • Wedding Dos and Don'ts ~ for the Groom

      

    You found the woman of your dreams. You asked her to marry you. Now she wants to plan, plan, plan! Are you wondering how much or how little you should do. Maybe she seems to have everything all planned out - or at the very least - an idea about how she wants everything to go. Maybe she asks for your opinion on things but does what she wants to regardless of your input. On the other hand, your bride might be looking to you for answers regarding each and every detail and you honestly aren't sure - or don't care - what the napkins look like.

    Do have a heart to heart with your bride-to-be. Let her know what you are comfortable planning, and what you are not. Be specific. This will let her know that you aren't leaving all the planning to her.

    Do make a list of all the things you would like to have at your wedding - or things you would like to be in charge of. If finding the right DJ is high on your list, or you have a good sense of what foods would work best -- let your bride know. This doesn't mean you have to - or even should - make the decision alone. Instead, it means you do the foot work in finding the right vendors to meet with and then you can decide as a couple who can make your wedding dreams, a reality.

    Do voice your opinion. It is your special day as well. You might also like to request your own cake -- the groom's cake is a wonderful addition to any wedding.

    Do make sure you communicate regularly - and clearly - with your groomsmen. You are responsible for keeping tabs on your guys. Did each one get fitted for his tux? Do they know when all the pre-wedding activities are taking place? Have you come up with a wedding day check list so they know what their responsibilities are and where they will be the most help.

    Don't go out drinking the night before your wedding. Make sure your friends plan your bachelor party. The day of your wedding you want to be well rested and feeling your absolute best.

    Don't forget to keep the bride happy. This is and exciting and stressful time for you both, and if you make sure you are there for her every step of the way, she will love you and appreciate you even more than she already does.

    Don't be late. Whatever you do -- be on time for your wedding!

  • Being a Bridesmaid ~ How Much Does it Really Cost?

    One of your dearest friends has just become engage. You both squeal with excitement and start discussing the details when she grabs your hand, looks into your eyes and says, "Will you be my bridesmaid?" Before you even think -- you say, "Yes of course! I would be so honored!!!" It is a huge honor and it and be a really fun experience but what many don't realize - until they are in the thick of it - is that it can potentially be very expensive too.

      

    So how much does it cost to be a bridesmaid?

     

    The answer to that really depends on your bride. Is she sensitive to the budgets of her bridesmaids? IS she frugal minded or extravagant? Will her wedding be local or is she planning a destination wedding? In a recent article on MSN Money it is noted that a bridesmaid can spend upwards of $1000-$1400 by being in just one wedding! How on earth could the bill rise to that amount? Let's look at some of the expenses that bridesmaids are responsible for.

    * Bridesmaids dress ~  This can really vary in price depending on your bride. According the wedding website, TheKnot.com the average price for a bridesmaid dress is around $200. This doesn't include any alterations that need to be done, undergarments, shoes or accessories -- so you need to take this into consideration as well.

    *Travel and Lodging Expenses ~ If the wedding you'll be participating in is in town -- fantastic! If not, you will need to plan accordingly. Most of the time the bride and groom will reserve a block of rooms for out-of-town guests and the wedding party. This can save you a lot of money and if you room with one or two other bridesmaids, you can save even more.

    *Bridal Shower ~ Whoever hosts the bridal shower, usually ends up paying for the bridal shower. Sometimes it's the Maid-of-honor, sometimes it's all the bridesmaids together, or another friend or family member of the bride. You may only be responsible for the bridal shower gift but your expenses may also include travel and party supplies or food for the shower as well.

    *Bachelorette Party ~ The main rule for the bachelorette party is that the bride pays for nothing, which means the bridesmaids pay for the entertainment, food, drinks, and anything else that is included.

    *Wedding Day Pampering ~ This usually includes hair and nails. If this is something the bride has asked to have done -- many times she'll foot the bill as a gift to her bridesmaids. However, that isn't always the case. If you are on a tight budget you might want to clarify who is paying before making your appointment.

    The most important thing you can do, is to be upfront with the bride about what you can and can not afford. If she is the awesome friend you've always known her to be, she'll understand and will keep you budget in mind when making her requests.

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