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The Jenny Yoo Collection
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When Neeley called to make her first appointment at Twirl she was so sweet and I could just tell she was going to be a fun bride! Neeley was planning an outdoor wedding in July at Talon Winery in Lexington, KY and had a specific color purple bridesmaid dress she was trying to find. The color inspiration?? Neeley has a super creative mind and found purple pashmina wraps on sale at Pier One and wanted to use them as her table runners. The end result was beautiful!! Neeley chose bridesmaid dresses by After Six in African Violet. This sweetheart style is so classic and pretty and looks good on many different body types.
Thank you to Neeley for letting Twirl play a small role in your big day and to Nelson Benton Photography for the gorgeous pictures! Congratulations on your marriage!
So, over the past month I have had multiple brides come to me with the idea that they are going to have their bridesmaids in white just like them. At first I was a little taken back by it... but the more I hear the bride's vision, the more the idea starts to grow on me. Below is a picture of a bridal party that was all allowed to choose their own, white dress. The designer of choice: THREAD.
After hundreds of years of weddings, I think we can agree that it has ALL been done! There is no color scheme that hasn't been tested. No crazy dress that hasn't been worn. No venue that hasn't already been chosen. It's even hard to come up with a first song that has never been danced to.
So I think the fact that it has all been done before is causing brides to strive even more to bring out their creative side. The couple brides that have the vision of an all white wedding have said to me, "I don't know anyone that has ever done it before". And aside from the fact that I currently have 3 brides all with that idea... they are right. It is not common to have the bridesmaids in WHITE!!!!
Aside from being different, it also gives off a very clean, crisp look. In the picture below, they even kept the theme going with the flowers. Again, not as common, but it looks great. And having the guys not wear the traditional tux... also stepping outside the box.
I'm not going to lie... when it comes time for my wedding, I may not rule this idea out! I would however, choose some fabulously bright colored, fun shoes for the girls to wear and have the flowers match. I mean, I have to at least stand out a little on my big day!
The more I see it, the more it is growing on me! ;)
Happy Wedding Planning!
Ok, so I'm going to need you ladies to share your opinions with me on this one. I was listening to a bride and bridesmaid the other day discuss the below "situation". We all know money is tight right now in this lovely economy - - so, being a bride... would you rather your girlfriend be an actual bridesmaid and stand up for you on your big day - - or - - would you rather they participate in your bachelorette party weekend and simply be a guest @ your wedding?
To me this was a no brainier, but I have recently come to realize that I might be alone on this opinion.
Being a bridesmaid can be rather expensive. You have the dress, the shoes, hair and makeup the day of, most likely a mani/pedi will be in order, alterations for the dress, the bridal shower gift, the wedding gift - and those are just the basics. All those things can easily add up. If you add a weekend getaway to that list for the bachelorette party- that could almost double the cost.
So, the conversation the ladies were having was the bride saying she would rather her girlfriend not be a bridesmaid and just attend the bachelorette weekend. She said those are where the "funner" memories will be made.
This is where you all come in. Do you feel that the bachelorette party weekend will be more memorable than your actual wedding? And if you have a bridesmaid who is tight on money and must choose - - would you rather her choose the weekend getaway? Let me know your thoughts?
Happy Wedding Planning!
So - what is your idea of how a bachelorette party should go? I feel like there are two roads you can take.
1) Vegas Style! This is a weekend that will no doubt be hard to forget (assuming you can actually remember it). Fabulous dresses packed- 20's cashed in for1's - cell phones turned to silent - cameras charged and ready - human decorations to match each outfit and of course tickets purchased for those "special" shows. The nights start LATE and the mornings are hardly actually seen. You wake up hung-over, crawl down to the amazing buffet and stare at whoever is sitting across from you with a look of "please kill me know"! Once you regain consciousness - the camera creeps out and the re-hashing beings. The whole day is spent trying to remember what actually happened and who it happened with (or to). Your stomach hurts from laughing so hard and you are literally crying the pictures are so funny! When the weekend finally comes to an end, you are all in need of a vacation from your vacation!
2) Girls Weekend! I'm thinking cabin, beach house or resort somewhere out of town with all your bridesmaids and close girl family members. You spend the weekend cooking, gabbing, drinking wine, shopping, lunching, drinking wine, watching romantic movies, laying by the pool, taking advantage of the spa, drinking wine and of course Girl Talk! This weekend is spent with those closest to you telling "remember when" stories while laughing so hard you are forced to cry. Old picture books are pulled out and no doubt the happy tears being. The girls that are married tell you all about the good times you have to look forward to and the girls that are single gush @ how happy they are for you (while secretly wishing they were in your shoes). It's a calm weekend full of memories and reminiscing .
Either way you decide to spend your last "single" weekend - make sure you are surrounded by the people you love the most. That is where the best memories come from!
Congratulations Twirl Brides! We are so excited for you and your new adventure! We hope your Bachelorette party is a weekend you will never forget!
Jamie and Emile were married on a beautiful late Kentucky spring day on May 29, 2010. Jamie lives in Los Angeles, but knew she wanted to come home to Lexington for her big day. Planning the wedding from across the country was a huge task to undertake, but with the help of Always Planned, the results were stunning! If you have not been to the Headley-Whitney Museum it is well worth a visit.
Jamie just shared these photos from her wedding with us by her photographer Harper Smith Photography yesterday and I knew I had to share them immediately! Jamie's navy, green and accents of blue created a very classic, beautiful feel for the wedding. Her bridesmaids were outfitted in After Six Style 6553 in Blueberry Taffeta. This style suits many body types and is such a timeless dress!
Congratulations to Jamie and Emile! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!
"FOR THE MODERN GLAMOUR GIRL"
My favorite dress this week is actually a line of bridesmaid dresses. The designer Chloe & Reese has a bridesmaid line called Ardour and it is, in a word, fabulous! It was specifically designed with the bride and/or or her bridal party in mind. It's fun and flirty; perfect for the bride who is looking for something unique for either her girls or herself.
The dress is short. The bodice is form-fitting with several necklines available including: strapless, scoop neck, v-neck, and one shoulder. The skirt starts at the natural waistline and is gathered to form a full party skirt that hits 2-3 inches above the knee. Available in many colors, the fabric is a tightly woven silk faille that holds it's shape very well and really makes the dress.
The best thing about this dress is the fact that it gives you so many options to accessorize, and what girl doesn't like her accessories? It looks great with some fun & funky shoes (flat or high heel) and/or a brightly printed clutch. You could also pair it up with some custom jewelry, which could also be the gifts for bridesmaids; I would recommend a slightly chunky, colorful, 15-20 inch necklace.
The dress is very versatile, working for both modern and vintage weddings, and is basic enough to be worn again and again. It is a distinct look that can work outside of a wedding as well. For example, Vanessa Minnillo wore this dress to the Kentucky Derby this year. Ardour has just come out with this dress in both short and long bridal gowns. Whether the dress is for an engagement party, bridal shower/luncheon, or the bridesmaids, it is a dress that will capture everyone's attention.
Jewelry provided by Sally F. Billings of sallyb. Clutch provided by Elizabeth J. Sexton of b.jolley. Both available at Twirl Lexington.
Click here to watch the video of the dresses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoDSfizIZ6A
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Thank you notes are an absolute MUST to show your gratitude for the outpouring of love you experienced during your wedding. While e-mail, texting, website and Facebook posts are appropriate for some things...they most certainly do not replace the kind gesture of a hand written note and should not replace your wedding thank you cards. Some people will tell you that you have a grace period of a year to write your thank yous after the wedding, but why leave it hanging over your head for that long?? Our goal was to have them done as quickly as possible after we returned home from our wedding. We are now 6 weeks post wedding and just have a few left to write for gifts we recently received.
As for the style of your thank you cards, that is personal preference. You can have cards printed before your wedding with your new name on them, but we opted to share a wedding photo on ours. Polka Dot Papers, who did our wedding invitations, offered to do a photo card for us. One of my bridesmaids had these made by Grey Ink a few years ago and I loved the card and still have it on my refrigerator! When we returned from our honeymoon I sent her a photo and she had the cards to us within a few days. In the mean time we made sure we had recorded all the gifts given to us so we did not leave anyone out.
To make the card writing more fun, we cooked dinner a few evenings and made a date night out of it. Brandon wrote the cards to his friends and family and I did to mine. The wording does not have to be anything profound...just thank them for taking the time to come to the wedding (if they did) and how much their love and support means to you. If a monetary gift was given, you don't have to mention the amount, just that you appreciate their generosity and how much it will help as newlyweds.
In the end, it is the act of taking the time to write the note that matters most.
Exciting news! Jenny Yoo Collection is offering a promotion for the month of July on ALL of their long gowns. This includes all floor length bridal, bridesmaid and flowergirl/jr. bridesmaid styles!! Complete your order in July and receive an additional 10% off! The Jenny Yoo Collection is available at Twirl's Scottsdale and Lexington locations.
Like I said last week...I do not have many things at all that I would change about our wedding, so this blog will be much shorter than last week! Here are just a few tips for making your wedding day the best it can be:
- Do not run late! Running late turns into stress, so do your best to be on time for everything. We were cutting it very close on time after we got our hair done and it made me a little anxious and I felt rushed to get to the venue for photos.
- Have a conversation with your photographer about exactly how the picture time will go. Our photo time seemed a little scattered and we did not feel like we got all the pictures we would have liked to have done. If the photographer does not offer a check list of exact family shots you want then make sure you let them know.
- If your ceremony is outdoor then consider doing the group photos really early or inside the venue. Our guests started arriving 45 minutes early and we had to wrap up our photos early so everyone wouldn't see us before the wedding. Again, I felt really rushed and that is not a good feeling.
- Do not forget to thank everyone involved for making your day extra special...this includes vendors, friends and family!
- Do not forget to look around at the guests right before you walk back down the aisle to take a mental picture of who all was in attendance. Do the same thing at the reception a few times. These are memories you will treasure forever.
Now that it has been a few weeks since our wedding, I can think more clearly about what advice to give to other brides and bridesmaids. I was so emotional about everything for a while after the wedding...and admittedly even a little depressed it was all over.
Here are a few of my favorite things or the "Do's" I would suggest:
- Do spend the night before with family or friends. It was so nice to wake up at my parent's house and be able to relax that morning with them.
- If everyone is going to the same salon, go early and hang out while everyone is getting their hair and make up done. Plan for mimosas and brunch and just enjoy everyone.
- Have your photographer join for salon time. I think we had some great shots just hanging out together. Brandon and his guys played golf that morning and the photographer joined them for a bit as well! Capture every moment!
- DO have a person serving as your wedding coordinator. Even if you can't afford someone, have a friend that is organized help out. Ours was invaluable! She took the dresses to the venue and made sure everything ran smoothly for the wedding and reception.
- Do have someone video the wedding ceremony for you. Once I started down that aisle it is all a blur, so it was nice to watch everything and remember it all.
- If you are willing to buck tradition a tad, I would recommend having a special moment together before the wedding. For us, Brandon had my bouquet at the spot where we were getting married. I came out of the front doors of the Carrick House and met him there. It was so nice to see him and relax before there were going to be 250 eyes on us. We did all of our pictures before and it made us so at ease for the wedding.
- If you are having an outdoor ceremony, offer a beverage to your guests. We had tea and lemonade stations and it was a huge hit in the heat! We also had our programs printed as fans to help keep everyone cool as well.
- Brides - if you can get to a spot in the back of the ceremony to watch all the music and everyone be seated I would recommend it! Standing at the back watching it all come together with my dad is one of my favorite memories.
- After the ceremony have a spot to meet your bridal party before everyone goes into the reception. We had the Carrick House designate an area with drinks for everyone so they didn't have to wait in line. It was fun to hang out and take some fun pictures!
- Save your cake topper and eat it when you get home from the honeymoon. We hardly got any cake at all, so this was great! We are going to have a fresh one made next year for our anniversary:)
- Before you leave your reception, have your coordinator pull your parents out first to a special area so you can properly say your thank you's and good-byes.
I have WAY more Do's than Don'ts, but I will share those next week!
Recently I have been asked by several brides, "Who are you supposed to invite to the rehearsal dinner"? My answer usually is, "well, this is your wedding - - so whomever you want". But if you look up wedding etiquette (and this is what I have always thought myself) - the answer is: the bridal party (bridesmaids and groomsmen), immediate family and out-of-town guests.
The bridal party and immediate family are a given - but people are usually thrown for a loop with the out-of-town guests (especially when there are a significant amount of them). This is how I look @ it. The rehearsal dinner is the perfect time to spend catching up with the family and friends you don't get to see on a daily basis. You can exchange the "How have you been's", "What have you been up to's" even the "thank you so much for coming's". This dinner should be relaxed, laid back and it's not meant to break the bank. It should not "out shine" your wedding by any means. Choose a restaurant with a great entertaining area (maybe a patio or larger private room) and in a price range you (or whoever is paying) can afford. Spend your time laughing and telling stories and catching up with everyone. This should include the out-of-towners. Keep in mind that, in most cases, they have paid for their plane ticket, their hotel room, their transportation and no doubt a wedding gift for you. The night before the wedding, they most likely won't have plans (seeing as though they don't live in the area) so all the more reason to include them in your rehearsal dinner.
All this time spent catching up means you don't have to do it at the wedding. I can't tell you how many times I have watched the bride and groom spend their ENTIRE reception walking around, thanking people for coming and catching up! The bride and groom should be enjoying the delicious food they spent months picking out - and sipping on the champange they have been toasted to with - and creating new memories on the dance floor while listening to the music from the DJ or band they just had to have. They should be a part of the wedding they created and enjoy their perfect night.
No matter how it plays out - just sit back and enjoy the moments. They are going to FLY BY! :)
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This time next week I will by lying on the beach with a banana daiquiri in my hand and my HUSBAND by my side! I cannot believe this is the last time I am writing Tuesdays with Ty before the wedding. Time has certainly flown by and I am so excited for this weekend! I have enjoyed sharing my journey with everyone. Don't worry...I'll be back to update you with photos and wedding day do's and don'ts after we get back from the honeymoon:) I thought it would be fun to re-cap my fun wedding week attire with everyone! Brandon keeps asking just how many dresses I will wear because I keep parading out with more for him to critique. My excuse is that I will only get to be the BRIDE once and I want to make the most of it.
Beginning on Thursday I plan to start wearing white...because I can. We do not have any particular event on Thursday other than set up for the rehearsal dinner, but I plan to wear a super cute white sun dress my mom found for me in California!
Friday I will have 2 wardrobe changes. At 11:30 that morning I will be surrounded by all the special ladies that are a part of the wedding for my bridesmaid luncheon at Circa 1840 in my hometown, Georgetown. For the occasion I will wear an ivory dress by Chloe & Reese sold at Twirl. Later that day, I will change for our rehearsal and dinner. Since we are doing a Fiesta theme, my dress is not white...but the festive Shiloh dress in fuchsia and ice blossom print by Thread, also sold at Twirl!!
Now, for the wedding day! 3 wardrobe changes total! The time before the wedding will be spent at ChaCha Salon and brunch at Josie's. Every person that has been in a wedding before knows that you need to wear something that doesn't go over your head when you are changing. So, while in Nashville on my bachelorette party I found the sweetest white strapless dress that is comfy and perfect for the wedding day.On to the wedding attire! As you may remember, I am wearing my mother's gown (with new life and style breathed into it). I am giving you a sneak preview of mom in the original 1976 gown. Of course, I cannot post what it looks like now until after the wedding, but I love it and it is so special.
For my final wardrobe change of the evening, I will change into a fun short, ivory reception dress by Lynn Lugo (also available at Twirl) after we cut the cake and do our first dance. I am seriously obsessed with this dress!
On Sunday morning we leave bright and early for the honeymoon and again, I plan to wear white! Well this one is white and black and has fun flowers at the bottom, but still! I will be Mexico ready when I get on the plane!Happy Planning!
With 11 days left before our wedding day my mind is starting to spin with last minute details of what all needs to be done. I have my to do list tucked snugly in my purse every day and enjoy marking things off as we get closer! The most important advice my best friend gave me is to enjoy the moment! Take the time to enjoy your last few days as an "engaged" couple...you will never be that again after the big day. We are also going to take some time to have dinner with each of our parents again to convey our thankfulness for their support and love throughout this time. My parents have been truly wonderful and I will never be able to repay them for all they have done. I want to be able to celebrate with them and celebrate!
A few other things that are topping my list:
- Final guest count and walk through with our location, The Carrick House
- Send final table number and follow up with florist
- Timeline finalization with coordinator
- Order rehearsal dinner food
- Shop for bridal luncheon hostess gifts - Peggy's Gifts and Accessories has super cute gifts and is a neighbor of Twirl, conveniently!
- Get the program approved by minister and send to print!
- Finalize bridesmaid gifts
- Confirm honeymoon reservations
- Make sure your hubby-to-be has all his attire taken care of:)
- Send out a note or email to all your bridesmaids with the itinerary of Friday and Saturday with hair appointment times and what time they need to be at the location for photos, etc. PS - make sure your groom does the same for his guys!
There are a few fun things I am planning as well! This week my Matron of Honor, Nancy, and I are going to Happy Hour to go over everything to make sure I am not forgetting anything! It will also be fun to relax and take a moment to breathe.
Next Monday I am getting a massage before I start getting everything together for the honeymoon! There is certainly a lot take care of, but just keep a list going and ask for help if you feel overwhelmed. This is a time you should be joyous and not stressed. Enjoy the moment.
18 days. That is how many days we have left before the wedding! I cannot believe how time flies and how quickly I know these next 18 days will go by. So, on Monday, Brandon and I headed downtown Lexington to get our marriage license!! Having a marriage license is required in order to officially be married on your wedding day. Getting it does not mean you are married, just that you are legally allowed to be married. The license becomes official after the ceremony when both the bride and groom sign it with your witnesses and the officiant. After that it is filed and then you get your marriage certificate in the mail a few weeks later!
So here are a few tips on what you need to know for getting a marriage license in Kentucky (you can search your city for local requirements):
- Both bride and groom must go together to to the County Clerk's office to apply for the license
- The license is valid anywhere in Kentucky
- Both of you must have a valid ID with you (driver's license will do)
- The license is valid for 30 days after it is issued, so make sure you don't go too far in advance
- There is a fee ($35.50 in Kentucky) and you have to pay with an in-state check or cash, so be prepared
- They will give you the license - we are taking ours to our preacher to keep and remember to bring on the wedding day. He will take care of getting it signed and mailed back in.
- You will get the official certificate in the mail a few weeks later. You need this in order to officially change your name!
Enjoy this day together and your last few weeks of being engaged! We went to stock up on honeymoon beach basics afterwards:)
The answer would be yes for the obvious reasons. I love when a bride walks into Twirl with a giant binder and begins flipping though the tabs to show me the different aspects of her wedding. The venue, the flowers, the colors of the linens, etc...etc. This is great because I get to experience the true vibe of her wedding. This makes my job easier when it comes to helping her find bridesmaid dresses because she has painted a picture of her wedding for me.
Now as wonderful as organization is, it can sometimes make the bride's tasks become frustrating. Like many brides do before they come to Twirl, they spend a lot of time on-line and in magazines looking for their "perfect" bridesmaid dresses. This usually leads them down one of two roads. *The first is they have found the "perfect dress" (on-line or in a magazine). The one they MUST have.
The trouble they sometimes run into is that there isn't a boutique in Arizona that carries a sample for her to see in person. The brides and her girls then spend lots of time trying on other dresses, but the bride just cant get the "perfect dress" out of her head. Nine times out of ten when the bride does finally find a way to get her hands on the "perfect dress", she ends up not even liking it in person. The fabric is not what she expected... or the color swatches looked different on-line... or it doesn't flatter her bridesmaids. And because she didn't really pay attention the first time around with the bridesmaid dresses because all she knew was the one she thought she really wanted wasn't available, she is now back at square one. It is almost like a mini dream gets crushed... and when it comes her wedding, that is never good. *The second path of organization that can bring un-needed stress into a bride's life is when she finds a color she MUST have.
There are hundreds of color options when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, however, there are millions upon millions of colors and different shades of those colors in the world. When a bride comes into Twirl with a piece of fabric or a paint chip or a shoe and knows that come hell or high water this must be the color of her bridesmaid dresses, things can get a bit tricky. Not every color comes in every fabric. The bride will almost always find a fabric she loves and a card of color swatches that do match her must have color. She then has to decide if the dress is more important and should she slightly alter her shade of "teal"? Or is the must have color more important and should she go with a dress she likes less?
To some this may seem silly, but it happens all the time. The one piece of advice we can offer is never be 100% set on anything until you see it in person. Colors, dresses, fabrics, styles... they will always look different in person
: sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse (depending on who you ask). We hate to see brides upset or frustrated. Choosing bridesmaid dresses should be yet another fun part of the wedding planning. Especially because it involves your closest girl friends. So perhaps starting with an open mind can help bring the stress level down a knotch or two. :) And as always, we are here to help in any way we can!
Happy Wedding Planning.