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Money-Saving Tips to Create a Beautiful Bouquet

Money-Saving Tips to Create a Beautiful Bouquet

Have you ever given thought about your wedding bouquet? Colors, style, and beauty all matter! Recently, I met with Lori Cowie, owner and chief creative officer of Frances Florist in Douglasville, Ga. In addition to teaching me how to create my own wedding bouquet, Lori gave some helpful tips for brides to save money on theirs…

  • To cut costs, choose flowers that are in-season at the time of your wedding. You can surf the Internet to discover what blooms during the season of your big day.
  • Select flowers from nature, and ask your floral designer to arrange them.
  • From January 1 – February 28, flowers are triple in price. As a result, if you’re planning your wedding during this time, be prepared to pay a higher cost.
  • Make sure that your florist is reputable and has experience. In the long run, this may save you money and headaches.

Caught on Camera… Treasured Wedding Photography Tips

Caught on Camera… Treasured Wedding Photography Tips

Wedding photographs are timeless pieces that help tell the story of a couple’s beginning. How often have we gazed at a photo of dear loved ones on their wedding day? Personally, I have watched my grandparents cheerfully grin as they pulled out the old photo album to take a brief moment back in time. Full of pride, they show off their pictures from back in the day, which include beautiful black and white wedding snapshots.

With this in mind, capturing the precious moments of the day you say, “I do,” is significant. You, too, will probably share the story of when you and your fiancé became one. I talked with photographer John Barker of River City Images Photo and Video. John has shot 600 weddings over the past 18 years. He offers his suggestions on preparing for your ceremony and reception photos…

  • Before searching for your photographer, think about what type of photos you want.

What About the Children? Ideas to Include Your Kids in Your Wedding Ceremony

What About the Children? Ideas to Include Your Kids in Your Wedding Ceremony

Many soon-to-be-wed couples have children from previous relationships. Some opt to make their children a major part of their big day. If this is you, here are some ideas to create a memorable day for bride, groom, and family.

  • Exchanging jewelry… During the ring exchange in your wedding ceremony, also give a momentous piece of jewelry to your children. It can be a ring engraved with a precious inscription or a necklace with a locket encasing a beautiful photo. 
  • Participating in the bridal party… Your daughter or son can serve in the bridal party as a flower girl, junior bridesmaid, ring bearer, or groomsman.
  • Giving away the bride… In this journey you all will travel, why not have your son or daughter (or both) walk you down the aisle to begin together.

A Historical Site is an Option for Your Wedding Venue

A Historical Site is an Option for Your Wedding Venue

Have you ever thought of adding a little historical charm to your wedding day? Venues, like the Douglasville Cultural Arts Center, are beautiful southern gems to consider.

The Cultural Arts Center is on the National Historical Preservation Society’s National Register and offers enchantment and elegance for weddings and receptions. To discuss the magnificence of this 100-year-old venue, I met with Emily Lightner, program assistant of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County

“The Cultural Center was once a home,” says Emily. She explained that it was once the home of deceased Georgia State Senator W. T. Roberts in the early 1900s.

C’est si bon! Delicious Catering Insight to Feed Your Reception Appetite

C’est si bon! Delicious Catering Insight to Feed Your Reception Appetite

Whether you’re planning a small or large wedding reception, it’s best to gear up with a bit of knowledge before you go hunting for a caterer. I had the opportunity to meet with Michelle Pethel, catering coordinator of the restaurant Gabe’s Downtown. Gabe’s is one of the best-kept secrets of metro Atlanta offering classic upscale Louisiana fare in a casual setting. The restaurant’s executive chef and co-owner, Gabe Toups, was also executive chef at New Orleans’ renowned Broussard’s in the French Quarter as well as the Metro Bistro. Who else to receive great expert advice on selecting a caterer for one of the most memorable days of your life? Michelle offered some wonderful tips in choosing the right caterer for your reception.

Bride on a Slim Budget? Ways to Save BIG on Your BIG Day

Bride on a Slim Budget? Ways to Save BIG on Your BIG Day

Looking for creative ways to stay within budget on your wedding day? It’s not by chance you’re reading this! I recently got some great tips from Tanya Jackson, Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation, City of Smyrna. Grab your pen, and take notes!

  • DJs are always less expensive than bands, and here’s a tip to save even more… Some places, like Smyrna’s Community Center and Brawner Hall, allow you to connect your iPod to their sound system and play your own music. Consider making your own playlist of tunes you love, and dance the night away with your new hubby and guests!
  • Feeling “artsy?” Do your own make-up.

Tips to Find the Wedding Dress of Your Dreams

Tips to Find the Wedding Dress of Your Dreams

You’ve found the perfect gown in that popular bridal magazine. You envision yourself walking down the aisle with all eyes on you… Gorgeous! At least, let’s hope so. Next to the venue, picking the right dress is very important for your wedding.

“Selecting the right gown depends on body type,” says Angelia Gladden, manager of Brides Atlanta in Douglasville. This premier salon, located on Douglas Boulevard, offers a stunning selection of gowns for you and your bridal party.

“You really need to come in open-minded… Try on everything that an associate pulls for you,” Angelia suggests. So, although you think that intricately beaded, A-line dress you discovered on the Internet would look fab’ on you, it may not. Try it on! You may find that another dress, which doesn’t appear to be a head-turner, looks undeniably hot on you instead!

Angelia recommends that brides educate themselves.