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Liz+Mark’s wedding was one we will not forget. Liz +Mark came to us after reading an article Liz’s mom read in The Broadripple Gazette about our company.
Liz’s family was relatively new to the area and Liz+Mark were really busy professionals. We were thrilled to join in their wedding planning. Thus began a great friendship and lots of planning time. I love Liz. She is pretty, sooo smart and an IU Hoosier. In fact, unbeknownst to us, Liz’s mom and I attended IU together, lived next door to each other in different sororities and knew the same people. Liz also was a member of her mom’s sorority and shared in our love of Bloomington. Mark is a great guy too. Mark is a FABULOUS baseball player and fan! A graduate of DePauw, we shared stories about his alma mater and baseball. We loved helping Liz+Mark with vendor referral, design of their wedding, all of their invitations and coordination.
Their wedding was held at the United Methodist Church on North Meridian on a sunny afternoon. Prior to the wedding, we “trollied” for pictures with my new friends, “Jesse and Gina, Evansville’s renowned photographers” around town. One of our pictures was at the Eiteljorg under a statue with an umbrella-just for fun. A few raindrops came right after our pose, but we didn’t think a thing about it. The sky began to get gray; just before the wedding. Near the end of the ceremony the weather changed. With no real warning, we needed that umbrella! Rain poured hard and it poured fast.
Everyone was onboard the trolley headed for downtown. We arrived at Union Station. The entire wedding party was dodging the showers to get into the Crowne Plaza/Union Station for the reception. As soon as we arrived all of the lights went out. No problem, we had LOTS of beautiful candles burning and were ready for the guests. Soon the Crowne had the lights were back on, the music was playing and lots of laughter filled the room. It became a perfe
Later we were looking out the windows at some beautiful downtown city scape with drops of rain glistening like jewels on the windows,thinking about this beautiful couple and their beautiful dayct evening; just like the day had been.
Here are some great tips from one of our best resources www.marthastewartweddings.com
For a Religious Ceremony
Any clergy person who officiates will want the couple’s interests to be deep-seated and to extend beyond the architecture of the church. If the couple practices the same religion and are members of a church or synagogue, then the choice of officiate is probably clear. Someone who is not a member of a church or synagogue can find a clergy person by calling local churches and a religion’s national headquarters for referrals.
What to Ask
During the first meeting with a religious officiate, start by asking questions about his or her approach to the service and what the ceremony will entail — whether there will be a speech or a sermon, and whether the couple can offer input on the subject. Should the couple choose to add some personal touches to the ceremony, such as writing their own vows, they can ask the officiate for suggestions and advice.
Religious Officiate Budget
If either the bride or groom is a member of the congregation, the couple may not need to pay a fee to be married by a clergy person. It is appropriate, however, to give him or her a gift of appreciation and gratitude. For nonmembers, the fee for a religious officiate can range from $100 to $250, especially if there are prenuptial meetings. Payment is expected for all of the officiate’s travel expenses. Sometimes the fee for having the wedding at a house of worship is taken in the form of a donation, which can range from $50 to $1,000. It is customary for the best man to hand over the payment immediately after the ceremony.
For an Interfaith Marriage
Not too long ago, it was nearly impossible to find an ordained officiate to perform an interfaith ceremony. Today, although there are some hurdles, the climate for an interfaith ceremony is much warmer. Many clergy will perform this type of ceremony alone, or with an officiate of another faith. Couples who are met with resistance from within their own religions can turn to a third, more liberal religion, such as the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is supportive of interfaith marriages across any lines, regardless of whether the bride or groom is a member of its church. Some couples choose to celebrate their vows in the tradition of both religions and have two ceremonies, in which case only the date of one and one signature will appear on the official wedding certificate.
For a Civil Ceremony
A nonreligious ceremony can be just as expressive as a religious one. If it has been cleared with the officiate, the couple may write their own vows and incorporate readings, music, and themes into the ceremony. Exactly who qualifies to be a certified officiate varies from state to state, so be sure to check with the local marriage-license bureau for its rules. Some government officials may perform weddings outside government offices, but the rules for this also vary widely, so check with the local government to find out what is permissible.
The cost of having a judge, a county clerk, or another government official perform the ceremony depends on the locality. The fee may vary if the officiate goes to the site, or if the ceremony takes place at a city hall. As for a religious service, it is customary for the best man to hand over payment after the ceremony.
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The secret is out and we are thrilled to announce that Kim King Smith, Indiana’s only Accredited Bridal Consultant has been named the official Professional Technical Editor for the New 3rd Edition of Wedding Planning for Dummies!! This newest edition, with over 20% new material will be available November 27, 2012. Kim King Smith has distinguished herself, worldwide, as a member of an elite panel of experts for this project, including
world known celebrity wedding planner and publisher of Lucky Magazine, Marcy Blum.
Wiley Publishing has made this new edition the best and most sought after for Brides.
Kim King Smith has been working directly with the publishers for months reviewing the material and adding additional information to make Wedding Planning for Dummies the BEST publication of its kind! Millions of readers will be reading the wedding planning tips and following the experienced advice in making their wedding planning easy and fun.
If you are planning a wedding or are interested in the wedding planning industry, this book is a MUST. The publishers have included new material that you will want to know and read about. The edition will be for brides and budgets with all ranges. The new edition is available now at Barnes and Noble Amazon and many other locations worldwide.
Make sure to get your copy early, since this is such a popular publication and a great read. Please let Kim know how you like it. We hope you LOVE it!
Here are some tips to make your wedding easy planning.
1. Don’t over invite. Keep the numbers manageable for your budget and for your venue. Remember that each guest will cost you in food and beverage as well as decor, rentals and favors.
2. Personalize your wedding. Find and share elements that make the wedding about you as a couple and not everything that is in social media.
3. Be creative. Yes, you can stay within your budget and have many wow elements.
4. Prioritize the most important details and sacrifice the least important.
5. Enjoy the event and invest in a professional that can coordinate at least the weekend while you and your family enjoy the celebration.
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Want a WOW FACTOR for the entry of your next fabulous event? Use glow stones. These little stones are a tremendous way to add impact and wow to any entry or exit. Set a tone for your event as guests arrive with this magical path. These pebbles are non-toxic, photo-luminescent and waterproof. Just expose them to a light for 10 minutes, and they will illuminate for up to 12 hours. (No electricity required.) Mix them with pavement or gravel for a stunning surprise.
Wow, wow, wow!
We can’t wait to use them!
Clear Nail Polish works wonders.
Reattach rhinestones and beads that may have fallen off your dress with clear nail polish. It can also stop stocking runs in their tracks.
Dryer sheets are for more than the dryer.
To keep hosiery from sticking to your dress, rub a damp used dryer sheet over them. Toss one in your luggage, just in case (it’ll freshen your clothes). If you don’t have one, run a wire hanger or a metal spoon over or under your dress.
White chalk isn’t just for your chalkboard.
White chalk will cover the stain on a white garment.
Vodka or Wine anyone?
Give your diamond a real cleaning and shining using vodka (yes, vodka!) and a toothbrush.
Red wine spill? Quickly pour white wine on the stain to remove it.
Lip balm isn’t just great for your lips.
Zipper stuck? Lip balm or hand soap can loosen it.
Baby powder; the old stand by.
Baby powder is great for treating wedding-dress stains. Sprinkle on to absorb oil from spots, then brush off with a white cloth. It’s also useful for hiding the residue of wine and makeup stains after you’ve used stain-removal wipes.
How about a banana?
Use the inside of a banana peel to erase scuffs from your guy’s leather shoes. Then buff them to a shine with a paper towel
Whatever the situation, please….Keep Calm and Carry On!
The newest arrival of fashion on Michigan Avenue is now NY based and acclaimed Henri Bendl. Henri Bendl is a store founded for fashion and fun. We loved visitng with Joshua Graham one of the store’s stylists. He explained the signature pieces, the branding, the crystals and the service to us, all while we tried on bangle after bangle, c tiger striped crystal earrings and a few hand bags. After our purchases were secured, we lwere wowed at seeing it wrapped in the chocolate and white striped packaging and grosgrain ribbons embellished with white polka dots. Fun, fashion and fresh! All of our words for Bendl.
image from http://fabgabblog.com/2010/04/henri-bendel/
The runway report is in and lace is the new look! Its intricate beauty has captivated queens and starlets since Queen Victoria, and today it
is making a classy comeback with modern cuts and details. If you are looking for something very romantic and soft, lace is a beautiful material for a timeless wedding. It is ultrafeminine, classic, and romantic. Interested in adding a one of a kind detail to your dress? Lace capelets have the look of old Hollywood glam and can be wornover a lace gown. This little added coverage over a strapless gown is a greatvintage or two-in-one look, especially if you are on a budget! Lace is atimeless material, and some go so far as to makelace the theme of their decor. Check out some of these lace accents!
Engagement season is about to be in full swing and lucky ladies everywhere will be showing off their shiny
new rock! This new life changing experience is only the start of what your
engagement has to offer. Here are a few things that are on the “TO DO’
list once he ‘puts a RING on it’!
1. Get a manicure! Your hand is about to be the main focus of hundreds of
photos and you don’t want to embarrass yourself with un kept nails. Zip into
your favorite salon and start soaking those fingers!
2. Set a Budget! Have a nice, sit down, chat at home, with whomever is
supporting your wedding- it could be you, your fiancé, his parents or yours.
A private family gathering is essential in the early stages so that everyone is
on the same path. The conversation may be awkward, but it needs to be addressed
before anything becomes planned.
3. Insure your ring! If your Love hasn’t done this already, make sure it is done immediately. The jeweler (where it was purchased) should have suggestions about certified insurers. Make sure you get an appraisal slip from your jewelerso the absolute replacement value can be determined.
4. Sign up for Sale Alerts! Your wedding dress is going to be a major purchase, but your accessories don’t need to be. Many
designers have major sales and throughout the year. Check out their sites and sign up.
5. Sign up for Pinterest! Pinterest is the motherland of inspiration! You will be on this site for hours & gather so
many ideas! Majority of the ideas have step by step directions on how to create
the masterpieces. You will want to save (or pin) all of your favorites, from
your dress, to the cake, to favors, and creative keepsakes.
6. Talk $$$ with your Fiancée! Money is always an uncomfortable topic, but it needs to be done, so put on your big girl pants and
do it! You both will need to know all the logistics of combining bank accounts. Make sure you also discuss with your parents about CDs, trusts, or other important documents that may need to change or not change once you become man
7. Sign up for Trunk Show Alerts! Follow your local bridal
boutique on Facebook or Twitter to get all the latest info about an upcoming
sale or trunk show. This will allow you to see your favorite designer’s newest
creations straight off the runway.
8. Chose a diet & STICK TO IT! If you plan to lose weight or tone up for your wedding and honeymoon, the worst thing you could do is crash diet at the last minute. If you want to lose more than 5 pounds, give yourself 9-12 months to do it. Pick a proven plan like Weight Watchers or JennyCraig. Ask your Fiancé to invest a few months of a personal trainer for just
you or as a couple. Make a pact to get into shape together with a personal workout plan. Working out with your Fiancé allows
you to support each other even more and get healthy at the same time! If your Fiancé can’t find time, ask one of your bridesmaids.
9. Pick a location! Whether it is selecting the city or the venue, the most
important decision needs to be determining the location of the wedding. This
may need to be something that you get everyone’s advice on; his family and
yours, as they will have an opinion.
10. Hire a planner! It doesn’t matter how organized you can be or how
creative you are, a planner will be your right hand person. As it gets closer
and closer to your day, a planner can help you with everything! From the moment you get engaged, to your
wedding day, they can also assist you with developing a timeline and assist you
with weekend coordination. A planner will have many connections to venues and
vendors for your day. This will allow you to save time and expense plus
allowing everyone to sit back and enjoy the day without missing a precious
To those of us in the wedding industry, hiring a planner to help with a wedding seems to be common knowledge. It’s only when discussing the topic with family and friends that I realize people sometimes don’t fully grasp the importance of one.
Haven’t we all heard a story or two where something didn’t go right at a wedding? It happens all the time no matter who is in charge, but the key is how those problems are managed. When a planner is not involved, is there someone designated to solve the issue of the caterer setting up in the wrong area? Who is making sure the gifts and cards are being accounted for? Or how about someone to find the cake knife and server when they disappear just minutes before its time to cut the cake? Most of the time the answer is no. Friends and family are left scrambling to solve these mishaps while also trying to enjoy the wedding as guests.
Almost every couple these days is working within a budget, but everyone seems to think they can save on costs by “doing it themselves.” So they will invest in a great photographer to capture the moments and details, a floral designer is hired to make everything look pretty and money is spent on linens, favors and a dessert bar. However, when it comes to getting a professional wedding coordinator to pull together all those details, often times couples decide to skimp on that. A slew of money is spent in planning, but come wedding day, the execution of everything is pawned off on an aunt, family friend, catering manager, or bridesmaid. Paying to bring someone on board who knows what they are doing puts the day at ease no matter the scale of the wedding. Even if there are beautiful decor elements and photos to capture it all, if the bride and groom and their guests didn’t fully enjoy it, that’s what will be remembered.
Don’t forget “you get what you pay for,” and a wedding planner is no exception. Planners that actually service brides as a business and not as a hobby are indispensable and will typically charge a minimum of $2500 depending on wedding location, size, and tasks at hand. Anything less may indicate inexperience. Do the research; check out some of these blogs who have credible vendor directories and list wedding planners all across the US.
Not convinced? Below are accounts from actual brides who didn’t hire the right professionals! Don’t let this happen to someone you love.
1. Transportation nightmare: The shuttle may forget to stop at one of the hotels and leave guests behind before the ceremony is about to start… so now what?
2. Stranded at the altar: The couple may forget to designate someone to cue the musicians to know when the wedding party and bride should walk down the aisle. The groom and guests wait while nothing happens, but the same song plays over and over again.
3. Family Feud: Family members, who are helping run the day, may have a different vision than the bride and groom. With no third party mediator offering an unbiased opinion, the disagreements may escalate leaving the couple less than enthused about their wedding day.
4. Communication Meltdown: The bar tab may exceed the allotted budget, but no one checks in with the bartender so drinks are continuing to be served leaving the newlyweds with an unexpected bill at the end of the night.
5. Budget Blunders: Most couples overspend on their budget and waste a lot of time researching vendors within their price point. Planners are used to working within the confines of a budget, they do it every day. They already know which photographer is going to be in your price range and which caterer will give you the most for your money.
Floral Design: Kim King Smith Events Floral Division http://www.kimkingsmithevents.com/
Venue: Columbia Club http://www.columbia-club.org/
Church: St. Roch Catholic Church http://www.strochindy.org/
Cake and Dessert Buffet: Ritz Charles http://www.ritzcharles.com/
Video: Jet Kaiser Films http://jetkaiser.com/
Photography: Nathaniel Edmunds Photography http://nathanieledmunds.com/
Band: The Living Proof Band http://www.livingproofmusic.com/band.asp
Stationery: Lemonseed and Co http://www.lemonseedandco.com/lemonseedandco./Welcome.html
Photo Location: Fountain Square http://www.discoverfountainsquare.com/
Gown: Belle Vie Bridal Couture, Vera Wang http://www.belleviebridalcouture.com/