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Top 12 Looks from Bridal Fashion Week

It’s Bridal Fashion Week and that means more couture to crave as the hottest wedding dress designers from around the world show off their new collections in New York City. With more than 30 designers debuting their Spring 2015 collections, it’s hard to narrow down our favorites to only a dozen, but that’s just what we did!

Check out our Top 12 Looks from Bridal Fashion Week:

Which designer’s looks did you love most?

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5 Tips for Wedding Invitations

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Have you ever opened the mailbox to find a plain white invitation with a your name typed on a mailing label? Then opened the envelope to find a poorly printed wedding invitation? Were you excited to mark the date on your calendar? Were you envisioning the attire you would wear or did you just place the invitation in a pile with other non-significant mail to be viewed at a later date?

Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your event and it is the first glimpse into your vision and details for the day.

Before ordering your invitations, T.evenire Stationery Boutique is sharing a few tips for ordering your wedding invitations:

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1.  Invitations should reflect the couple’s personal style.

Gone are the days of tissue-lined invitations printed on white card stock with black ink. It is acceptable to use bold colors and various elements to design the perfect invitation for their special day. Do you dream of having a black-tie affair, an intimate backyard garden wedding, a beachfront ceremony or an evening wedding overlooking the city skyline? The same way you are excited to turn your vision into reality, your guests should be excited to attend your celebration. Don’t be afraid be to select colors and materials that are commonly used in your everyday lives. Remember your wedding is the first celebration you will be hosting as a married couple and it should represent your personal brand.

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2.  Wedding Invitation Suite  ~ What should be included?

Your wedding invitation doesn’t just tell the main details of your wedding like the time and date. It also tells your guests how to dress and what is expected of them. Here are some items that you may want to consider when ordering your wedding invitations:

• Invite  ~ Displays information regarding the ceremony

• Reception Card ~ Displays the location and time of the reception and it will let your guest be aware that they may need to arrange for transportation to the second location.

• Reply Card {RSVP Card} ~ It allows the guest to communicate with you. It displays information regarding their attendance as well as their meal selection at the reception.

• Accommodation Card ~ Displays hotel and travel information for your guests.

• Directions/Map ~ Displays the driving directions for guests that are unfamiliar with the location of your wedding and/or reception.

• Wedding Website Card ~ Displays your wedding web address and is used to give your guests detailed information pertaining to your wedding. On the site guests may be able to RSVP for the wedding, view details about the rehearsal dinner and the day of wedding details, directions, hotel accommodations and travel details.

3.  How many invitations should I order?

A very common mistake when ordering invitations is that the host typically associates the number of guests with the number of invitations needed. “Don’t count people, count invitations”

When ordering invitations, count the following as one invitation:

• Unmarried or Single Guest

• Family including children under the age of 18

• Couple {married or living together}

A guest list of 100 names is normally 50 – 75 invitations depending if the guest is married or single. Always order extra invitations for keepsakes, guests that have told you they will not be attending {but will still be invited} and for the guests that are on your backup guest list.

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4.  When you should mail them?

Invitations should be mailed out 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding you should mail your invitation out 5-6 months prior to wedding. This will allow  your guest the opportunity to make the appropriate travel arrangements.

5.  Why do invitations cost so much especially when they are going to throw them away?

If  I had a dollar each time I have heard this, I would be very wealthy. The truth is most people don’t actually throw them away. They save them and share them with family members or friends that know someone that is getting married.

Custom or luxury does not always mean expensive. It simply means that it was designed exclusively with the sender in mind and that value is priceless. Depending on the style, printing technique and materials used the price of invitation can vary from $3.00 to $25+ per suite. When selecting your invitations consider your budget and the items that are needed to set the appropriate ambiance for your day.

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Do you want your guest to place your invitations in the pile of standby mail or do you want them to place your date on their calendar and anxiously await your Special Day?

T.evenire Stationery Boutique is an Atlanta invitation design boutique that has been a part of the Atlanta Wedding & Social Celebration industry for over 14 years. 

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Bride of the Month: Daedrea

Meet Daedrea – our Bride of the Month for April! She and her fiancé, Chris, are getting married in August 2014 at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta.

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How did he propose?
The proposal happened during my birthday trip to Los Angeles, CA. We went on the trip with my friend and her husband, during Labor Day Weekend. On our second day there, we went to Griffith Observatory, a popular tourist attraction in Los Angeles. It’s located on the top of a large hill, and you can see the entire view of Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and even the Pacific Ocean. We got there right around the time the sun was setting. My friend and her husband (who were totally in on the proposal) suggested that we take turns taking couple photos, and see which couple can take the best photo. So we took turn taking photos of each in different areas of the Observatory. Then my boyfriend suggested that we take some photos in the middle of the courtyard, in front of a large statute. Once we got near the statute, we started taking more photos. Then he said he had an idea of how he could make the photo even better. He faced me towards him, and told me to stand right there. Then he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring box! I was standing in total shock, and cannot even recall what he said. But I did manage to say “yes!” and all of the other tourists gave us a round of applause. 

What has been the most fun and the most difficult part of the wedding planning process? 
The most fun part of the process so far has been choosing the food at the tasting for the caterer and the cake tasting. My fiancé has been less involved in the day planning, but we were able to do both of those things together. 

The most difficult part of the process has been bridesmaid issues. Not everyone can be in the wedding, and that is difficult when you have a lot of people in your life that you really value. Also, not everyone who says yes to being a bridesmaid may actually be able to do it. So it has been a matter of learning to accept both of those things.

Congratulations, Daedrea & Chris!

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Perfect Pre-Wedding Playlist

You’ve got the entertainment booked and have had your first dance song picked out since you got engaged, but what will you be listening to while you get ready on your wedding day? The right pre-wedding music can set the tone for the day and get you even more excited for the festivities. Soothe any day-of jitters while you jam along with your bridesmaids and get ready for the best day of your life!

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Here are some of our suggestions for the perfect Pre-Wedding Playlist:

Tell us: What are your must-play songs for your pre-wedding playlist?

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Serve Signature Drinks with Lyght House Cocktails

Offering a signature cocktail at your wedding reception is a delicious and fun way to personalize your celebration. Lyght House Cocktails, a Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta exhibitor, specializes in crafting unique cocktails to showcase the bride and groom’s personalities at their event.

Whether you want to serve a cocktail inspired by your favorite flavors, your décor color scheme or seasonal ingredients, there are many ways you can incorporate your style into the cocktail menu. Lyght House Cocktails has created several original recipes:

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Asking a bartender to pour the drinks at your reception for a few hours is nothing new.  Well, how about hiring a mobile bartending service that will not only bring in a full service staff and all the necessary equipment to cater your beverage needs, but also one that will create custom libations that are sure to bring cheer to you and all of your guests the whole night long? That service is Lyght House Cocktails.

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Not only can we create signature cocktails tailored specifically for you, we can also personalize beverages as wedding favors and attendant gifts. 

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Lyght House Cocktails at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta, January 2014

Did you have a chance to stop by our bar at the Bridal Extravaganza and try our flavors: Etern~I~Tini, Spring Breeze and Crush?  If not, let’s schedule a tasting and get your fully customize bar booked for your wedding! 

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Best Photography Locations in Atlanta

With the weather warming up and Spring around the corner, many engaged couples are looking for perfect engagement photo locations in Atlanta. Bridal Extravaganza exhibitor George Street Photo and Video is sharing some of their top choices with our brides:

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Historic sites, architectural beauty, a robust urban setting — a walk through the streets of Atlanta can open one up to some of the most visually stunning sites in the Southern U.S. But, when it comes to planning a photo session in the city, it can be tough to sift through numerous different locations to find one that provides the best backdrop.

Before meeting with your photographer, it’s a good idea to compile a list of potential locations that catch your interest. Consider spots with a variety of landmarks and settings that reflect the type of atmosphere and aesthetic you have in mind.

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Bride of the Month: Jen

Meet Jen – our Bride of the Month for March! She and her fiancé, Ron, live in Atlanta and will be getting married in July 2014 in Historic Duluth.

Jennifer How did he propose? The day he proposed I had just come back from a long week of classes at school, and was sitting on the couch watching Law & Order: SVU eating pretzels (Romantic, huh?). He sat down with me and nonchalantly asked me what the most important parts of my “engagement wish list” included; to which I replied that he needed to 1) ask my father, 2) use my full name, and 3) get down on one knee. (I previously had several requirements that included a secret photographer and all that jazz, none of which seeming practical or important at that moment!) He gave me a kiss, and then reached into his pocket, got down on one knee, and proceeded to ask me to marry him right there on my couch (in my sweatpants…)! Of course, I immediately started crying (sobbing) and after saying yes, we called our families. We ended our Friday night out to dinner with friends and a concert in Little Five Points. I found out later that day that he had picked up my ring that very morning, and after talking with his mom, he realized the most important thing to us both was that we get to spend a lifetime together.

What has been the most fun and the most difficult part of the wedding planning process? The most difficult part of the wedding process has been the dreaded guest list. While we both have many people in our lives we love and appreciate, we don’t have the budget or the space to accommodate them. I have always enjoyed the idea of a “small wedding,” but at 150…the list keeps growing! The most fun part of the wedding planning process has definitely been the bridesmaid dress fitting. Almost all of my bridesmaids were present, and we had a wonderful lunch with my mom and future mother-in-law afterwards. I’ve come to realize that planning a wedding is not about a specific date; it is about the time that you share with the people you love that lead up to the day that you share your love with everyone.

Congratulations, Jen! 

Want to be our next Bride of the Month? Email chelsea@engageabride.com for submission information!

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BEA Fashion Show Stage by Botany Bay Florist

While you’ll most definitely see the hottest trends in wedding fashions on the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta runway, you’ll also see high-end designs from Atlanta’s best florists and decorators. At the bridal show on January 26, Botany Bay Florist created this gorgeous fashion show stage and presentation with drapery from Unique Event Elements:

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Trends at the Bridal Extravaganza Fashion Shows

The fashion shows at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta showcase the hottest fashions in bridal gowns and bridesmaid attire! Our couture fashion shows always feature the latest styles from Bridal Fashion Week in New York and the glossy pages of wedding magazines. In January’s show, we saw everything on our runway from colors and halters to lace and dramatic backs. Here are some of our favorites:

Texture:

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Halter Necklines:

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Barely There Color:

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Dramatic Backs:

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Bridesmaids | Dark Hues:

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Bridesmaids | Lace and Neutrals:

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What were your favorite looks on the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta runway?

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Pantone’s Color of the Year at the Bridal Extravaganza

Pantone Color of the Year 2014

Pantone’s Color of the Year often influences wedding designs and style palates. It shows up in bridesmaid dresses, bouquets, linens and the tiniest of details. The Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid and it was everywhere at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 26! Our vendors are always on top of the latest trends and they were certainly prepared to show brides how they could incorporate the hot hue into their wedding day!

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Fashion show: stage by Botany Bay Florist, bridesmaid dress from Brides By Demetrios

What do you think of Pantone’s Color of the Year? How would you incorporate it into your wedding decor?

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