There are a few things brides should swerve to avoid no matter their age.  1.Not wanting to be thought of as a Bridezilla, many brides will tolerate poor performance, bad behavior, and snippy attitudes from vendors instead of speaking up. This can become a big regret after the wedding.  No one likes confrontation, but not speaking up when your gut tells you something’s off can be disastrous.Bride’s think because they’ve hired the pros they’ll automatically do a stellar job. Unfortunately, this isn’t… Read more »

Debbie Brown Photographer Hiring a professional photographer to capture those unforgettable moments of your wedding day is a HUGE decision emotionally and financially. In today’s electronic age, sadly some couples forego using a traditional photographer in lieu of guest’s cell phone images via Snapshot, Facebook and Instagram. I sat down to chat with local, award winning photographer Debbie Brown (she’s been voted the Best Photographer in her city for 7 consecutive years and was just awarded Woman of the Year for… Read more »

Let’s talk bridal bouquets. Every bride envisions herself carrying one down the aisle and having it in hand for wedding day photos. Here’s what you may not realize; they’re heavy, awkward, and can be a difficult prop to work with. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. My goal here is to have you to think about the flowers, and the size, weight, shape, and comfort of your bouquet ahead of time. Carrying around a flower arrangement all day is generally… Read more »

You’ve sporting a beautiful ring, have a great engagement story and are so happy you can’t stop smiling. People are thrilled for you. And then they start offering their opinions: Weddings are so expensive. You’re not going to waste your money on one, are you?You’d be better off taking a trip or buying a house than spending money on a wedding.You’re going to keep your wedding small and casual right?Luckily you’ve already had a big wedding. No need to repeat that.You’re not… Read more »

Cherry Blossom Cake It’s springtime and there are some fabulous cakes out there to help celebrate your wedding in style. A question was asked on Facebook recently about where to find an extravagant and inexpensive wedding cake. Seem like a contradiction? Well it depends on how the bride defines extravagant…and inexpensive. First thing is to define your cake budget. The next is to ask what makes a cake extravagant to you? Is it color, tall tiers, flowers, pearls, beads, fondant? Try to… Read more »

The positive aspect of a Friday evening wedding is simple; it can be less expensive. Many venues are willing to waive their catering and guest minimums for a Friday evening wedding. This can make Friday a smart choice for those brides looking for venue options to host smaller and more intimate gatherings. Even smart choices result in the law of unintended consequences kicking in. Here are 8 challenges of Friday Weddings you may encounter: Your vendors will probably have another… Read more »

  Every bride wants the perfect wedding. Older brides bring a level of confidence and shall I say it, a take charge attitude to the planning process. This attitude should not be confused with control issues, which we also probably have! However you want to categorize it, implementing these 11 items will make your wedding day a success. 1. Unplug Your Guests! Yep, that’s right have them turn off their smart-phones, I-pads and any other device that has a screen,… Read more »