Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
1.) If you are having your ceremony and your reception at the same venue, try not to leave too much time between the two. This way, your guests won’t have to leave and then come back, or be bored while waiting around for the reception to begin.
As the bride, it will be easy for you to lose track of time. Find a family member or someone who will be willing to be in charge of the “schedule” and will come get you when it’s time to cut the cake, toss the bouquet, etc. At The Canterbury Place, we have a hostess who will handle that for you.
Above all, remember that it’s your day! Go with the flow, and if you get a little bit behind on the timeline, don’t panic! The most important thing is that you have the time to enjoy yourself and your guests.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
If you are an adventurous couple, a fun idea is to contact a travel agent who can price out various activities like a couples massage, jet-ski rides, or dinner for two, thereby allowing your guests to choose what portion of the honeymoon they would like to contribute or “gift”. There are many great websites appearing like http://www.thehoneymoon.com/, which give your guests many fun options to contribute to. If you are an outdoorsy couple, a fun idea is to register for a series of pursuit-based activities like ski lessons, dance classes, or horseback riding. Sport retailers like http://www.rei.com/ now have an easy-to-use online and store gift registries so you can get that high-tech hiking gear you’ve been dreaming about!
If you are a couple that has already established a home and you are hoping for monetary gifts which would be more useful to you than a traditional wedding gift, there are still options for you. How to request money as a wedding gift remains one of the most challenging etiquette issues. Although you can find many clever poems and advice online on how to ask for cash, please keep in mind that guests will appreciate (and are likely to feel more comfortable) giving a “cash-like” gift if they know how their gift will be spent. Many still feel it is bad etiquette to mention cash altogether. For this reason, we recommend taking advantage of registries like Home Depot for home improvement items. Another common trend that many credit unions and banks have now started offering are wedding registry accounts that your guests can contribute to online. There are even great websites like http://www.ourwishingwell.com/ that offer a FREE, quick, and easy online option for a gift registry!
Department stores and home décor registries still hold their functional allure because many guests like to gift what is familiar and easily accessible. Conventional registries like Crate & Barrell, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Target remain the most popular because of their familiarity, their stylish lines and options of décor, and their great return policies. They also give your guests a wide range of options for a wide range of budget points, which is a very important key factor to remember.
Although registries continue to change and evolve, everyone has different ideas of what makes an appropriate wedding gift, so don’t be surprised if you still get the occasional personal or homemade gift. Remember, the gift giver is ultimately in charge of what you receive, while your job is simply to write a kind thank-you note.
Hopefully these tips help you on your way to a creative and successful registry!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Pear Shaped Brides.
An A-line skirt that gradually flares out will help you to appear to your best advantage. Your dress should highlight your mid-section and flow away from your hips and thighs. A ball gown can also work for this body type. As for the upper body, spaghetti straps and a V neckline will help to accentuate a slender upper body. Avoid slim silhouettes or heavy ornamentation in the hip area, as well as sheath gowns.
Scoop and square enhance the “bustiness”. Corsets can work wonders with helping to slenderize the upper body. Also, find a dress with far-apart straps. You may need to avoid strapless as this could cause some bulging. Avoid cinched waists and empire styles.
An empire waisted dress is going to be ideal (skirt begins under the bust and flares out gradually until floor length). Make sure the seam does not lay ON the bust; it must be underneath. You don’t want the fabric of your dress to be TOO loose, because this could actually add pounds. Thus, you should avoid fabrics that are too flowy.
A dress that cinches the smallest point of the waist line and then an a-line skirt looks great on this body type. The dress should have a lot of texture and fit snugly so that it acts like a corset. Dropped V waist dresses can also be very flattering. On the bodice, go for a deep V neckline so that you have a vertical rather than horizontal look. Avoid mermaid style, heavy materials, clinging materials, or bold patterns. Vertical beading cane help to elongate the body.
Hour Glass Shape
Two piece and corset dresses are fabulous! Girls with an hour glass shape can also pull off ball gowns. Accentuate your waist! Do not put too much detail in the bodice or skirt, as this will make you appear heavy.
Do not use ball gowns or mermaid dresses, as these can overwhelm you. You want it to be clean, without too much fabric. Seams or appliqués that run the length of the dress will help give the illusion of height, whereas a dropped waist will make you look even shorter.
Stay away from halter and off the shoulder necklines. These accentuate the shoulders. Go for strapless dresses with scoop or V necklines.
Off-the-shoulder straps can help to hide the problem area. A three quarter length or long sleeve can elongate the arm. Avoid tightness as all costs!
Avoid high waist lines! Ornamentation on both the upper and lower body will help provide balance.
So…who can do mermaid?
If you’ve been working out and have a great shape and want to show off your body, then you can pull of the mermaid. Especially if you have really small hips. Bear in mind, this is an unforgiving style and will accentuate rather than hide problem areas. If you are petite, thick or short waisted, or pear shaped, this is probably not the best style for you.
Make sure you take some friends and family members (especially ones that will be honest!) shopping with you. When I went wedding dress shopping, I gave my friends these strict instructions: “No matter how much I love a dress, you HAVE to tell me if it just doesn’t look good on me.” On your wedding day, you don’t just want a beautiful dress; you want a dress that will make YOU appear to your best advantage. The wedding dress is just like a frame that highlights a gorgeous painting. Above all, don’t get too stressed out! Wedding dress shopping should be fun! Happy hunting!
Photo via Gifford Photography
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Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
The Canterbury Place is excited to announce that we won the Best of Bountiful 2009 award for Decoration Service! We are beyond thrilled to win this award and are excited that we have been recognized for helping bride's create beautiful weddings.
Because we won this great award, I thought I would show our blog readers a few of my favorite weddings where the decorations were truly amazing and captured the bride's inspiration.
Irma's wedding colors were strictly ivory. She wanted everything elegant and I think that we achieved it! All of the linens were crushed pearl with compact centerpieces of lilies and hydrangea. The only thing not ivory in her wedding were the red rose petals down the aisle for the ceremony (very romantic). Other ceremony decorations included draped silk organza with floral arrangements on the aisle chairs and topping off the beautiful arch in the courtyard with a spray of lilies.
Mandy's wedding was all about the inspiration. She brought in pictures of everything that she wanted to achieve and we executed her ideas into reality. Mandy actually rented in square tables to create a strong geometric look. The linens were absolutely beautiful- the satin chocolate toppers with cranberry satin runners and folded napkins were the perfect pops of color against the ivory linen base and organza chair sashes. All of her flowers were reds, browns, and ivories except her bouquet which were soft peaches (and one my favorite bouquets of all time)! Her ceremony chairs were accented with flower pomanders that were later moved into the dining hall as decoration on the sconces. My favorite decorative element were the amazingly full centerpieces. They were so pretty and the perfect combination of textures.
Maria's wedding was actually themed- a pear theme to be exact. This one was executed very tastefully; all of the colors in the linens (a beautiful gold brocade), flowers, and attendants attire reflected the golds and greens in pears. The guestbook was a pear jar with notes on why Mark and Maria were the "perfect pair." The cake had beautiful dogwood and sugar pears and the centerpieces were golden pears (which the guests really enjoyed eating)!
We are proud of every wedding at The Canterbury Place! If you need any advice on adding that extra special, unique something, please don't hesitate to call and ask us! 801.292.5053
Post by Ashley
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Photo via Gifford Photography
2.) Pack a little emergency bag the night before: bobby pins, sewing kits, hairspray, touch-up make-up, more comfortable shoes in case your heels start to kill you… That way, if any glitches pop up, you’ll be good to go.
Photo via Gifford Photography
3.) Don’t be afraid to recruit family members’ and friends’ help! You can assign several different people things to remember so no one has too much on their plates. That’s what maids of honors and bridesmaids are for!
4.) Make sure you have something to eat before the reception! There is a good chance that you won’t be able to eat for awhile.
5.) Make sure you take the time to eat something at your reception! You’ve been planning and talking about this food for months, and you deserve to have some! If you absolutely don’t have time, have a family member or the caterers make up a box that you can take with you.
6.) Make sure you set aside plenty of time to take pictures. These are what will stay with you forever, and you will never regret the extra time you allotted to take them.
Photo via Gifford Photography
7.) Put your honeymoon luggage in the trunk of your getaway car the night before so you won’t even have to think about it the next day! If you are making your getaway in a limo or a rented car, then assign a family member to be in charge of the luggage.
8.) Don’t sweat the small stuff. A wedding is a huge event, and there’s bound to be a glitch somewhere. So if you’re brother gets caught in traffic and you have to hold up the ceremony or you get a grass stain on your dress while taking the pictures- just let it go. You want your wedding day to be the happiest, most memorable day of your life and the way to do that is by relaxing, having fun, and not sweating the small stuff.
Post by Madison