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Tips for an Enjoyable Bridal Fair Experience

Bridal fairs are a great way to meet vendors in your area and to pick up great advice and ideas for your wedding day in one convenient location. Here are some tips to make your experience more enjoyable while finding the products and services you need. Make Lists To ensure you don’t miss out on your top priorities, experts suggest making a list of the specific services or products you are shopping for and visit those booths first. Have a list of questions ready for the vendors you are interested in. What to Bring A bag on wheels! You will likely be picking up brochures, magazines, business cards, etc. so make sure you will be comfortable toting them around for a few hours. Address labels. These are handy when registering for prize drawings that a lot of vendors offer at bridal fairs. You may also use them to request more information from specific vendors you are interested in. Pen and paper. Jot down helpful advice, notes,

A memorable wedding gift

My best friend is getting married in December and moving to start married life with her husband in AUSTRALIA! (Oh so far away!) While I’ll definitely miss her I do wish them both the best and wanted to make sure I picked out a very special truly unique gift and not a blender. I came across some old VHS videos of us in the past and decided to have them transferred to DVD for an early wedding present. I was also able to work in some current videos of us from my iphone, and a very special heartfelt video message to them both at the end. It was so beautiful and meaningful for everyone who saw it. Her mom is planning on getting their old home movies transferred too, so my friend can have her family close even though she’s far away. I got this idea from attending a wedding where the couple showed a photo slideshow of themselves growing up, meeting each other, dating, and then getting engaged. I absolutely loved it! Plus showing it at the reception was a gr

The all-important diamond wedding ring: what you need to know to get it right

Terms you should know We found a concise explanation of words to know when picking out a diamond ring, the most important being the “cut”: “The cut refers to the number, placement, and shape of the ‘facets’ (flat, polished planes) that create a finished diamond. The shape into which the stone is cut determines its brilliance (white light reflection or sparkle), and fire (reflection of rainbow colors). A good cut can release a stone’s beauty, just as a bad one makes a stone dull. The next aspect to consider is the clarity, which is how clear the diamond is. The imperfections on the outside are called blemishes and the ones on the inside are called inclusions.” 1   A “carat” is the unit of measure for the weight of a diamond. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams. Consider Her Style Buying the biggest, shiniest ring just wont cut it! You want to select a ring that reflects your bride’s personality and unique style. Look at the jewelry she likes to wear (not the hideous jewe

A Great Wedding Guide for Guys and Gals

At VW, we’ve done a fair bit of research on every aspect of the wedding event industry. Occasionally we come across extremely helpful resources we love to share because they do such a great job of offering information and useful tips in planning weddings for the bride and groom, bridal party, even professional wedding planners and coordinators. Lisa Helmanis’s book, Get Married Without a Hitch: Planning the Perfect Wedding While Keeping Your Budget, Emotions, and Relatives from Spiraling Out of Control, is easy to read and each chapter contains “brilliant ideas” that are practical but thoughtful insights   to assist in decision making and budget taming. Navigate through the book easily using the Table of Contents; the chapter titles are quirky but underneath each is a brief explanation of what you can expect to find there. Another aspect we love is the presentation of ideas in bold in all the margins. An idea may present an aspect you haven’t considered when sending out invita

Couple's Love Story Video

Are you looking for an element of excitement to add to your wedding day? A custom Couple’s Love Story Video will entertain your guests and share all the unique stories of how you met, what the proposal was like, and your plans for the future. It is a great opportunity to show off your playful side and is a charming addition to any wedding. Video production companies, like Euro Star Productions in Ventura, can shoot and edit you and your future spouse retelling all the special moments that lead you to each other. Here is a sample love story video , as well as footage from a love story wedding day debut.  How do I get a custom Love Story video you ask? Contact a video production company or wedding video company and ask if they offer such a service. A Google search for “Couple’s Love Story” and other related terms could provide samples of videos you like for the video’s producer to base yours on and may provide company contact information. Be sure to communicate with them to en

Airbrush Makeup for Your Wedding Day

Makeup and hair are two concerns many brides address by hiring a professional. If you decide to try airbrush makeup on your wedding day, make sure your makeup artist/stylist has had training and experience. Ask to see a portfolio of their work or see if they can provide a sample service for you as practice before your big day. Airbrush makeup professional, Laura of La di Da Makeup Artistry, recommends silicone-based waterproof airbrush makeup for brides because it looks natural, will not rub off on clothing, and “wont go anywhere until you wash it off.” Airbrush makeup is applied in a fine mist with a spray gun attached to an air compressor. Color can be mixed to match your skin tone and because of the way it is applied, it will not clog pores or have a “caked on” appearance. It gives a soft, flawless look to skin and lasts for hours in contrast to conventional makeup that can require several touchups due to sweat, rubbing off, and tears. Harrington of Here Comes the Guide m