Be a Bride - Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta Wedding Planning Site http://www.beabride.net Be A Bride | The Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta - The Best Wedding Show in the USA Wed, 20 May 2015 04:01:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 Vendor Spotlight: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique http://www.beabride.net/2015/05/19/vendor-spotlight-wedding-angels-bridal-boutique/ http://www.beabride.net/2015/05/19/vendor-spotlight-wedding-angels-bridal-boutique/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 02:00:25 +0000 http://www.beabride.net/?p=4875 ]]> Celebrating 12 years of bridal bliss – Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique has dressed over 10,000 beautiful brides! Nestled in the heart of historic Roswell, Wedding Angels has created an intimate, boutique setting that allows us to work one on one with brides and provide distinctive and personalized customer service.  Experience true Southern hospitality as our warm and friendly consultants guide you through the process of creating your perfect wedding day vision- it all starts with the dress!

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Choose from hundreds of gowns in our intimate boutique setting. We are a family run business, and we know our brides by name- your experience could not be more personal than this! With gowns ranging from $500 to $5,000 we truly have something for everyone!  Let US be YOUR Wedding Angels!

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Visit Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on August 16, 2015!

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12 Wedding Day Photos with Mom http://www.beabride.net/2015/05/03/13-wedding-day-photos-mom/ http://www.beabride.net/2015/05/03/13-wedding-day-photos-mom/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 02:37:38 +0000 http://www.beabride.net/?p=82243 ]]> There’s no one quite like your mom. Through ups and downs, she’s always been there for you, and this is especially true on your wedding day. Who else is going to excitedly volunteer to secure 100 tiny buttons on your dress and hug you way too long as you’re trying to leave the reception in your getaway vehicle? Your mom, that’s who!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re sharing some of our favorite wedding day moments featuring moms:

 

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Bride of the Month: Lori http://www.beabride.net/2015/05/03/bride-of-the-month-lori/ http://www.beabride.net/2015/05/03/bride-of-the-month-lori/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 01:47:42 +0000 http://www.beabride.net/?p=82259 ]]> Meet Lori – our Bride of the Month! She and her fiancé, OJ, are getting married in May 2015 at Pristine Chapel Lakeside in Jonesboro, GA.

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How did he propose?
I met OJ Flowers in college years ago. We were good friends and then we lost touch with each other. Years later, we found each other on Facebook. We went on a date and courted for a year. His last name is Flowers and I remember on our 3rd date, I told him that I loved flowers. He responded and said “What if I gave you ‘Flowers for Life?'”

He proposed Aug 2, 2014 at a radio station event I work (Praise in the Park) in front of ten thousand people. I was working the event (I am the marketing director for several radio stations) and this event is a huge one we put on every year. He arranged to have my family and his family there. I was called to the stage urgently – I thought there was a problem. When I got on stage, I thought I was getting an award. Next thing I know, I hear my fiancé’s voice. He proposed right there on stage. I was shocked. (See the proposal here)

What has been the most fun and the most difficult part of the wedding planning process?
The most fun part has been selecting my dress. Also, picking out the décor and theme of the wedding,. My theme is “Garden Glam.” The hard part has been the guest list. Ugh. I wish I could invite everyone, but I can’t. My limit is 200.

Congratulations, Lori & OJ!

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Top Trends of Bridal Fashion Week http://www.beabride.net/2015/04/21/top-trends-of-bridal-fashion-week/ http://www.beabride.net/2015/04/21/top-trends-of-bridal-fashion-week/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:04:20 +0000 http://www.beabride.net/?p=82195 ]]> TopTrends

In New York City this past weekend, wedding dress designers from around the world debuted their Spring 2016 collections at Bridal Fashion Week. We’ve been scouring over all of the new looks and sorting through styles from industry leaders like Amsale, Reem Acra and Vera Wang. Check out the wedding dress trends that captured our attention:

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Short Sleeves

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Naeem Khan

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Floral Applique

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Drop Waists

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Maggie Sottero

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Plunging Necklines

Ines Di Santo

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Jenny Packham

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Marchesa

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Reem Acra

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Carolina Herrera

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Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

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Carolina Herrera

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Lela Rose

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What were your favorite trends from the Spring 2016 collections at Bridal Fashion Week?

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Meet The Pros: Lindsey of Epperly Travel http://www.beabride.net/2015/04/13/meet-the-pros-lindsey-of-epperly-travel/ http://www.beabride.net/2015/04/13/meet-the-pros-lindsey-of-epperly-travel/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:12:21 +0000 http://www.beabride.net/?p=82190 ]]> Epperly TravelMeet Lindsey Epperly of Epperly Travel!

How long have you been working in the business/wedding industry?
5 years

Where are you originally from?
Columbus, GA

Married or single?
Single

If single, what do you want your wedding to be like?
Being in the travel business, I’m a huge fan of destination weddings – some of our partner properties have the most stunning areas, like the cloisters at the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas, or the palm-tree laced backdrop of the St. Regis Punta Mita.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I’m a big reader and writer – I enjoy spending time writing travel-related pieces for my blog or freelancing for magazines.

Favorite place in Atlanta for dinner?
246 tops my list after I recently enjoyed the chef’s tasting experience – Andrew Isabella can whip up a dish that easily rivals Michelin starred restaurants I’ve been to during my travels.

Favorite place to vacation?
South Africa has been my all time favorite destination – it makes for a very cool honeymoon, too! Travelers who want to a very unique spot will not be disappointed in the combination of wildlife, relaxation, and culture that you can find here – it’s truly out of this world.

Favorite social media outlet?
Instagram! I’m having a lot of fun with the Epperly Travel account going through my old travel photos and showing clients how to #getawayfromhere

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Design Details: Crème de le Chic Events http://www.beabride.net/2015/04/01/design-details-creme-de-le-chic-events/ http://www.beabride.net/2015/04/01/design-details-creme-de-le-chic-events/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:56:38 +0000 http://www.beabride.net/?p=82138 ]]> Anchored by Pantone’s Color of the Year, Crème de le Chic Events brought elegant edge to their lavish designs at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. Designers, Victoria and Laura, share their inspiration:

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For the Keurig area, we wanted to offer a dramatic showcase of the Keurig machines that blend seamlessly into our design. We arranged two seating areas within the lounge to incorporate and showcase furniture rentals. We incorporated black and white furniture with an assortment of accent pillows throughout to carry the Old Hollywood theme and Keurig branding into the lounge.

The Keurig area also showcased our Crème de le Chic estate table. The estate table featured a dramatic set up of mirror, gold, black and white with pops of the new Pantone Marsala color and a subtle touch of spring time blue. The landscape for the table coordinated with the stage area, setting the tone for a formal, spring time evening dinner event. Above the estate table hung a crystal chandelier with white ostrich feathers lining the top. The reflection of the crystal chandelier on the estate table enhanced the “glam” factor with the existing arrangements on the table.

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For the stage, area we wanted to give the impression the models are being showcased during an elegant Spring Time Old Hollywood premier! We included a luscious green “living” wall that resembled classic garden boxwoods. This wall was framed in champagne draping that set the tone for a formal Spring time affair including gold framed mirrors lined with small clusters of white flowers and feathers.

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Brides by Demetrios Fashion Show

Concept & Design: Crème de le Chic Events
Photos: Inije Photography & Films
Furniture & Rentals: Collection Event Rentals
Drapery: Unique Event Elements
Stationery: Invitation Creations

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24 Bachelorette Party Ideas http://www.beabride.net/2015/03/31/24-bachelorette-party-ideas/ http://www.beabride.net/2015/03/31/24-bachelorette-party-ideas/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:59:25 +0000 http://www.beabride.net/?p=82105 ]]> The bachelorette party is a highlight of the exciting engagement season for many brides. It’s a great time to cut loose, blow off planning stress and make lovely/hysterical/embarrassing memories with your besties. While many automatically associate bach parties with strippers, booze and phallic paraphernalia, today’s bachelorette has so many more options! Check out our 24 ideas fun things to do for your bachelorette bash:

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1. Weekend Getaway – whether it’s the beach, lake, mountains or whatever you prefer, just get outta town!

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2. Perfume Party – schedule an appointment with a pro to create a signature scent to wear on your wedding day

3. Scavenger Hunt

4. Shop for Bridesmaids’ Wedding Accessories – take your girls out to pick out the earrings/shoes/etc that they’ll wear on the wedding day

5. Mixology Class – learn to make cocktails like a pro with a class taught by a pro!

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6. Comedy Club

7. BYOB Art Class – you get to drink while making your own party favor: win-win!

8. Pole Dancing/Burlesque Class – Regardless of whether the class turns into an hour-long giggle fit or you actually end up learning a move or two, this will be an experience you and your friends won’t forget!

9. Music Festival – flower crowns mandatory

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10. Winery/Brewery Tour and Tasting

11. VIP Club Night– complete with limo and bottle service

12. Photoshoot – get dolled up and schedule a shoot with a pro photographer in a fun setting like a botanical garden or an artsy neighborhood complete with graffiti! Keep it light and casual since you’ll be getting plenty of formal, posed shots on the wedding day.

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13. Barre Class

14. Amusement park – let your inner child out by spending a day in the sunshine riding roller coasters and eating overpriced junk food. (We strongly suggest you do not plan this activity after a long night of drinking.)

15. Beauty Day – spend day being pampered at the spa or splurge on glamorous blowouts

16. Camping/Glamping

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17. Dance Lessons – make sure your friends are ready to bust a move during your reception. Schedule a salsa or ballroom dance class to brush up on your skills!

18. Road Trip – playlist complete with high school throwback hits is a must

19. Dude Ranch

20. Figure drawing class – somewhat of cross between going to a strip club and an art class. It’s a chance to try something new and see your shy friend blush for a full hour.

21. Old school sleepover – junk food, movies, gossip and games. Just like when you were little… but with wine.

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22. Psychic reading

23. Volunteer – take a break from the “all about me” planning you’ve been doing for the past several months and get your girls together to give back to others. Spend a day helping to build a new home for someone in need or register the group for a charity run/walk!

24. Drag Show

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An important aspect to each of these ideas – be sure to have a good camera or, at least, well-charged phones to document the fun!

Do you have any ideas to add to this list? Share them with us!

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Bride of the Week: Danielle http://www.beabride.net/2015/03/10/bride-week-danielle/ http://www.beabride.net/2015/03/10/bride-week-danielle/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:06:31 +0000 http://www.beabride.net/?p=82008 ]]> Meet Danielle – our Bride of the Week! She and her fiancé, Will, are getting married in April 2015 at the The Reserve at Oak Bowery in Lafayette, AL.

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How did he propose?

Will and I were on a trip to Stone Mountain, GA for his birthday. His mom had given me a wrapped gift for him to open that weekend. Will drove us to a secluded spot in the woods next to a beautiful lake and we parked our fold up chairs and the gift to enjoy the scene and celebrate his birthday. Will then told me the gift was for me and I opened it to find a gorgeous jewelry box that he had engraved with “The Middleton’s”. I looked up to find him on one knee where he asked me to marry him!

What has been the most fun and the most difficult part of the wedding planning process?

The most fun part of the wedding planning so far has been meeting with vendors, trying on dresses, and spending time with family and friends talking about plans! The most difficult part will be taking all the thousands of ideas in my head and making them a reality!

Congratulations, Danielle and Will!

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7 Ways to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding Day http://www.beabride.net/2015/03/09/7-ways-include-pet-wedding-day/ http://www.beabride.net/2015/03/09/7-ways-include-pet-wedding-day/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 03:06:08 +0000 http://www.beabride.net/?p=82067 ]]> WeddingPet

Who is your best friend? My best friend is named Lorenzo. He is a great listener, absolutely loves my cooking even when I forget three ingredients and kind of burn it, and is never in a bad mood. The other day I asked him what he thought about being in my wedding party someday. He didn’t say anything. At first I was kind of insulted, but then I realized that if I was a black and tan Corgi I would not be caught dead in a charcoal gray suit either. I mean, that would like totally clash. So once we nixed the groomsmen idea (because I am not budging on the gray suits), we sat down and brainstormed some ideas together that were a little more appealing to Lorenzo. For all you out there with fashion forward furry best friends, here is what we came up with:

  1. 1Walk the ring down the aisle. This job assignment is going to be a better fit for pets on the calmer, more obedient side. The best way to do this is have a special friend or family member that is familiar with your pet walk them down the aisle. The pairing of these two is important! For example, your three year old flower girl who is terrified of dogs is probably not the best choice. This can be a great opportunity to involve someone in your wedding ceremony who did not quite fit into the wedding party, but is an important part of your life. If you have a pet who is excellent at coming on command, you may be tempted to just have them walk down the aisle themselves. Make sure that being surrounded by an aisle of laughing, oohing and ahhing people is not going to distract them! Either way, you can order collars that have ring pillows attached. Practice runs are key here.
  2. Sweeten your wedding pictures! Your pet can be an adorable addition to the wedding photos. You can choose to include them in just your group photos in the beginning, or make a night of it! Have someone walk around with your pet throughout the night and get your guests to pose with them! This can make a funny, and adorable coffee table book of pictures to look through someday. If you have a photo booth, and an animal friendly booth operator, station your pet at the booth for an hour as a fun addition to the photos. This is a better option for pets that love to be held and get lots of attention!
  3. Let them beg for tips. Some of us have pets that are not quite up to wedding guest standards. Create a tip jar for your bartenders to use that has a picture of your pet begging on it. It will get some laughs and your bartending staff will love you for it!
  4. Donate to your favorite animal based charity in place of a favor for your guests. Create a sign with your pets picture letting your guests know that a contribution was made in their honor!
  5. Involve them in your table numbers. Do you own 6 pets? Ditch the table numbers and instead name each table after one of your furry friends. If you want to put a little time into it, create a theme that matches your wedding and have a little photo shoot with your pets so you can include a picture of each pet at the corresponding table.
  6. Have a lot of guests in attendance with pets at home? Pick your pet’s favorite treat and offer it as a favor to your guests to take home to their furry friends. In order to include everyone, offer a treat for dogs and cats, along with a third option that is to be enjoyed by their owners.
  7. Include them on your save the date. Have a fun photo taken with your pet holding a sign with all your wedding info. Have a turtle? Paint your date on his shell (with turtle friendly paint) and take a picture. Stage a wedding scene of your cat and dog getting married. You get the picture; style it any way you want!

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If you choose to go with an option that includes bringing your pet to you wedding, keep a few things in mind. Not all venues will allow pets, so before you set your heart on bringing them, make sure it is okay! You also need to choose a handler for your pet that day. This person needs to be responsible for getting your pet to and from the wedding at the appropriate times, as well as caring for them during the event. If you do not think it is wise to have your pet there for the duration of the event, make sure you pick someone that will be okay with departing early. You may want to hire someone for this task so no one is missing out on part of your event, not to mention it would be best for your handler to remain sober for the safety of your pet. If your event is out of town, also ensure that you have pet friendly lodging.

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Bride of the Week: LaTonia http://www.beabride.net/2015/03/03/bride-week-latonia/ http://www.beabride.net/2015/03/03/bride-week-latonia/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:42:06 +0000 http://www.beabride.net/?p=82004 ]]> Meet LaTonia – our Bride of the Week! She and her fiancé, Robert, are getting married in March 2015 at the 850 Building in Forest Park, GA.

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How did he propose?
He had the ring hidden behind the pillow in his bedroom and brought me in to tell me how much I meant to him and how much he loved me. He pulled the box from behind the pillow (which I had been sitting on, but didn’t know there was a ring hidden under) and got down on one knee to ask, “Would you marry me?” It was very private, personal and special.

What has been the most fun and the most difficult part of the wedding planning process?
The most fun part of the wedding planning process is the fact that we chose not to have a wedding planner, but to plan the wedding ourselves. That way we get to create what we want, how we want. Most grooms just do “men things” (i.e. shop for tux, bachelor party, etc.) but my fiancé is “hands in.” He has even helped to pick out the flower girl dresses, which are so cute! The most difficult part of the wedding process would also have to be planning it ourselves. Trying to tackle everything on our lists by March can be a challenge, especially with transitioning into a new job, moving and other obligations. But it will all come together and we are going to make it happen for a beautiful wedding day!

Congratulations, LaTonia and Robert!

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