Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Fun Find - "Garter Girl" Julianne Smith Wedding Garters

Your wedding garter can be a fun way to express your personality on your wedding day.

Julianne Smith started designing custom wedding garters back in 2005 and hasn't looked back. From traditional to animal print or even eco friendly, her garters are sure to add that special something to your wedding day.

Check out Julianne's website to see the full collection or to inquire about your own custom made garter. And be sure to visit the Garter Girl Blog for more information and pictures of Jilianne's unique garters

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This wedding brought to you by.....

You may remember several years ago Star Jones created quite a stir when she asked wedding professionals to donate their services for her wedding in exchange for promotion. At the time I thought it was tacky and a celebrity "stunt".

Flash forward to 2009. I was reading the holiday edition of Catersource magazine and came across an article about the bride who asked her caterer to sponsor her wedding in exchange for advertising the caterer's business by putting their business cards at each place setting.

Apparently, the bride got this idea from a morning TV show. While I am all for looking for creative ways to save money on your wedding, I think this is totally over the top and completely inappropriate. Your wedding should be about celebrating with your family and friends in doing so in a way that you and your family can afford.

Carly Roney, editor in chief of summed it up, "have hamburgers and hot dogs before you have a sponsored wedding."

I'm curious what you think. Is there ever a time when it's OK to ask someone to sponsor your wedding in exchange for advertising?

Wait, wait... Don't trash that dress!

The "Trash the dress" fad had been around for a few years now, and although I understand the creative concept behind it, I could never get past the idea of ruining a wedding gown. Seemed a little odd to me not just because of the expense and labor that goes into producing these dresses, but all the thought that goes into selecting the gown. A gorgeous gown can inspire the whole tone of your wedding day. Seems a shame to just toss it aside.

Earlier this year Brides a la mode was made aware of an organization that helps women and men who are losing their battle with breast cancer, Brides Against Breast Cancer. You can donate your gown and bring a moment of joy into the world of someone for whom a cure is too late. Brides Against Breast Cancer has over 32 shows all over the country, providing these brides with a beautiful choice of gowns at significant savings. More information can be found at their website .

If care is used, artistic photographs can still be shot while preserving the integrity of the gown. Why not pass it on to another eager bride?

Cathy Dietz

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Q & A Monday: Where have we been? And what's new?

You may have been wondering what happened to our daily blogs since the last time you heard from us was way back on October 26.

Well lots of things have been happening. First of all, shortly after blogging on October 26, I managed to fall and break my right arm in three places, requiring surgery and a four day hospital stay. Since I am right-handed, my ability to type has been severely limited. That is until I discovered voice recognition software. So, now that physical therapy is moving along and I have somewhat mastered the art of voice recognition, we are back on track.

We are busy preparing our studio for the holidays and excited about our upcoming "Second Sunday" event on Sunday, December 13. In case you didn't know, on the second Sunday of each month we host a mini bridal show featuring a number of our wedding professionals. On December 13, our event will have a holiday theme. Brides grooms and their families can stop by between noon and 3:00 PM to meet one on one with our wedding professionals and enjoy some holiday cheer.

We're excited to welcome our newest member, The Riverside Terrace and look forward to having them participate in one of our monthly events in the near future.

Remember that Brides a la mode is your one-stop wedding planning resource, regardless of what stage you are at in your wedding planning. Whether you have a question about etiquette or are looking for a unique gift for your bridesmaids or favor for your guests, we will have something perfect just for you.