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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wedding Dress & Alteration Questions Answered

Answers to frequently asked wedding dress and alteration questions by Laura from A Bride's Design. Photos by EM's Event Photography.

1. When should I get my dress altered?

About two months prior to your wedding date is best. This period of time is perfect for 2-3 fittings, and at this point weight fluctuation is minimal so the bride avoids a re-alteration.

2. Should I leave my dress in the dress bag or let it breathe?

It is best to leave the dress in its bag in a dark room until a few days before the wedding. After your final fitting, when the dress has been pressed, it should be hung up outside of the bag so it doesn't wrinkle and crease.

3. Should I order a size bigger than my normal dress size?

No. Every size chart runs differently. It is best to purchase based on your measurements. If there are inconsistencies, you should generally choose the dress that fits your largest measurement. However, this depends somewhat on the style of gown. An a-line dress for instance, is more forgiving in the hips. Therefore if your hip measurement doesn't exactly correspond, the dress will likely still fit if the other measurements are true to size.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we're running a 4 day special on our Day-Of Wedding Coordination and Wedding Planning packages!

Book our Full Day-Of Coordination Package ($800)
and get a Partial Planning Package FREE! ($500 Value) another BONUS....
We know it's the holidays and the purse strings are tight,  
so you can reserve your date with a deposit of only $100
(Balance can be paid over time or all in 1 payment closer to the wedding date)

To book our packages during the Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale:

1. Call (440) 320-3255 to schedule an appointment at our studio in Avon Lake at 630 Avon Belden Rd. (Appointments only, valid Friday 11/25 through Monday 11/28) 

2. If you're unavailable for an appointment this weekend, you can send an online deposit through to reserve your date and come in for your appointment at a later date. (If you choose to use PayPal, please send to our PayPal account: We will reply with confirmation that your date is reserved and contact you to schedule your appointment.

    -Valid on dates booked in 2012 and 2013 
    -Your $100 deposit must be received by Monday, 11/28 at midnight EST. 

    -Buying this as a gift for someone? Ask about our holiday gift card!

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    I Do Bridal Soiree - Vendors Register Here!

    Step 1: Download/Print our registration form.
    Fill it out completely and mail to the address below,
    email to or fax it to (815) 327-0804.
    Download here.

    Step 2: Submit your Booth Registration Fee

    Pay by Phone: We can take credit/debit cards over the phone at (440) 320-3255

    Pay by Mail: Please make checks payable to Amy Nixon
    Mail to: Amy Nixon, 630 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012.

    Pay Online: Choose a PayPal payment button below for easy online registration!

    1/29/12 Deluca's Place
    Vendor Booth $299

    3/8/12 Wedding Reception
    $100 Fee

    Cleveland Browns Stadium
    10x10 Vendor $500

    Cleveland Browns Stadium
    8x8 Vendor $300

    Android Wedding

    The geeky side of me had to share this awesome celebration of love and love of technology.  

    Think you’re a hardcore Android fan? Well +Vanessa Kenworthy and+Rhys Kenworthy recently took Android love to a new level with their Android themed wedding!

    From the .75 m (2 1/2 foot) Android cake to vows exchanged via their Android phones, this was an event like no other and we want to thank Vanessa and Rhys for letting us share their big day with the Android community. 

    So check out some news coverage and pics from the wedding!


    Rainy Day Weddings

    So its raining today and it made me think of some of the weddings we’ve done on rainy days. While mostly we’ve been lucky with good weather over the years I remember a couple really crazy weather days and some of the interesting things I’ve learned about rainy days. Did anyone else know that rain on your wedding day is lucky? I heard that several years ago from a couple while it poured. It didn’t seem to dampen their spirits in the least. 

    We had an interesting wedding this summer when it went from 100 degrees to thunderstorms while we partied in a tent. Nobody even noticed and the rain stopped just in time to get some incredible sunset pics of the bride and groom. It seems to me that while the weather can’t always be dismissed the real keys to a wonderful wedding day are sharing it with friends and family, the ones we love.

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    8 Wedding Rules That Can Be Broken

    Good to know!

    Couples are personalizing their nuptials more and more, and as budgets become stricter, a lot of the old etiquette is being pushed aside. From who pays for the reception to how long afterward you can send a gift, find out which wedding rules are being bent, and which ones can be broken.

    1. The bride's family doesn't always pay.
    Tradition has always dictated that the bride's family pays for the wedding and the groom's family pays for the honeymoon. But because of the recent recession, that's not necessarily the case anymore. "Oftentimes the actual funding for the wedding, the expenses, are taken care of by a slew of people as opposed to only the bride's family," says Lizzie Post, spokeswoman for the Emily Post Institute and great-great-granddaughter of etiquette expert Emily Post. "You want to honor the tradition by allowing the bride's family to take the reins if they want to, but the groom's family should honor the new custom by offering.” 
    2. Your wedding party can include all ages and genders.
    A male maid of honor, a female best man, grandma as the flower girl—your wedding party is just that, yours; there should be no restrictions. "Platonic friendships nowadays are crossing the gender barrier, so it's not a problem at all if the bride would like a gentleman standing up at her side; she's more than welcome to," Post says. "And even the couple's family [can be included]. There are people who ask their mother to be the matron of honor or ask their grandmother to participate. So it's nice to see that's opened up a lot and people are embracing it."

    3. Guests no longer have a full year to buy a gift.
    Unfortunately this one might mean a few of us are in trouble! Unlike in years past, you no longer have up to a full year from the wedding to buy the bride and groom a gift. The appropriate time line is now "three months, so it definitely is something you want to try to get done as soon as possible," Post says. "Your friends would be thrilled if a year later you sent them a gift; it's never too late. But three months gives you enough time, especially now with the ability to just click on an online registry."
    4. You can decline to be in the wedding party.
    You've been in five weddings this year, and with the cost of the dresses, travel and gifts, you're broke. So if another dear friend asks you to join their wedding party, it's more than OK to politely decline. Just explain why in a heartfelt way. "Many modern brides really understand with the travel and distance [usually involved], but it's all in how you do it," Post says. "Say, 'I love you so much and I want to be there to support you, but right now being a bridesmaid is not something I can commit to. Is there another way I can help you on your big day? I know it's so important to show you how much I love you.' Make the bride know you do want to commit to it, but you can't."
    5. It's acceptable to ask for gift cards or cash.
    Nowadays, with family and friends living across the country and at various stages in their lives, it's definitely acceptable for a bride and groom to ask for gift cards or cash. "It's a great way to make it convenient for the guests and easy on them. I don't think it's tacky," Post says. Whereas you can ask for gift cards on your registry, as far as cash, just be polite about it. "You usually want to spread it by word of mouth. You definitely don't want to put 'cash only' on your website and you never put it on your invitation," Post adds.
    6. The groom can see the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony.
    Superstition has it that it's bad luck for the groom to see the bride dressed in white before she walks down the aisle. But a lot of couples are kicking this to the curb for some alone time and a better photo op beforehand. "If the bride and groom are very traditional, they won't see each other before the ceremony. But photographers will encourage it because the bride's makeup is fresh and her hair is done so they can get a lot more photos done before the ceremony," says Elizabeth Todd, wedding coordinator at Blackstone Country Club in Peoria, Arizona. "Afterward, they can take a few family shots and enjoy the cocktail hour."
    7. Men can take or leave the wedding ring.
    Depending on where you grew up, there was probably a pretty clear norm regarding whether or not husbands wore a wedding ring. But nowadays it's really up to the groom—as long as his bride is fine with his decision. "I think it's totally a personal choice. I know some people choose to tattoo the ring on their finger," Post says. "It's a new option."
    8. You don't have to do a wedding cake for dessert.
    Maybe Cupcake Wars is responsible for this one—more and more often, modern couples are eschewing the traditional multi-tiered wedding cake and opting for cupcakes, or sometimes a dessert bar. "It's fun for the bride and groom to switch things up for dessert because not everyone likes wedding cake. It's also more fun for little kids; it’s easy to eat, less messy," Todd says. "[The bride and groom will] just do a smaller cake to cut for pictures and then after that's over, guests know they can go ahead and dig into the dessert bar."

    See the full article online: Woman's Day


    Congrats Heather & Alex!

    Heather & Alex had a gorgeous color combo of eggplant and burnt orange, and we had a great time designing the decor!


    Congrats to Heather & Alex!
    November 5, 2011

    Church: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
    Reception Venue: Pine Ridge Country Club
    DJ & Uplighting: Selective Sound Entertainment
    Flowers, Decor & Linens: Amy Nixon Events

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Cost Cutting on the Cake

    Fake It
    If towering tiers of frosted chocolatey goodness are what you had in mind for your wedding day, it’ll cost you.  But hey, brides are donning fake eyelashes and nails, so why not fake the cake?  You can still have your larger than life wedding cake by only having a few tiers of real cake.  Then, your designer can add on Styrofoam layers decorated just like the rest of the cake for those extra tiers and height.  Your cake will still elicit oohs and ahhs from all the wedding guests, and they will be none the wiser!
    Keep it Simple
    Time is money – but it works both ways! One of the main costs for your wedding cake comes from the amount of time required to create your confection.  The more intricate and detailed the design, the longer it will take for your designer, and the more dough your designer will take from you.  The icing on the cake?  The simpler the design, the less cash you’ll be forking over for it.  Work with your baker to come up with a beautiful design for your wedding cake that still expresses you and your wedding, but that will cost less of the designer’s time and your money.

    Keepin It Real
    Fake tiers may be a game changer in wedding cake costs, but fake flowers can be a whole other ballgame.  Sugar flowers that look impressively real can look gorgeous on your wedding cake – and they’re edible too! – but, they require extra time and effort on the part of your cake designer, which means more moolah!   A cake blossoming in real blooms will still look amazing and will keep your costs down. Locally grown flowers that are in season during your wedding are your budget-friendly best bet.

    Kitchen Aid
    If you’ve got a big guest list but an itty-bitty budget, figuring out how to feed everyone may be a bit daunting.  Let them eat cake!  A great money-saving tip is to have a smaller wedding cake at the reception for the cake-cutting (tradition is free!), and then sheets of cake in the kitchen that will be served to your guests.  Once the cake is taken to the back to be cut for dessert, your guests will never know the difference – but your wallet will.

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    Bridal Show Recap :: La Villa's Fall Bridal Show

    This past weekend was the first bridal show at a newly renovated venue in Cleveland, La Villa Conference & Banquet Center. Thanks to the participating brides and vendors! Between the registration table and our booth I didn't have much time to take photos, but I managed to get a few!


    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Halloween Wedding Details

    *Oopsie! I meant to get this posted last night but the time got away from me! Hope everyone had a great Halloween!


    In honor of Halloween, I thought I'd share a few of the gorgeous photos from our Halloween themed wedding last year at House of Blues! Happy 1st Anniversary to Tina & Justus! All photos by Digital 504.


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