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Ceremony & Reception

A Tale of Two Weddings

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on April 23, 2014 at 5:00am

A big city celebration has modern conveniences, while a country setting offers its own rustic chic charm. One thing is for sure, you want a personal backdrop for your big day. Here, wedding experts share insight to help you decide which setting is right for you. The City Wedding At the top of the list for why an urban wedding should win out? Practicality. First, you have your pick of venues, fr…

Ceremony & Reception

Pre-Wedding Cocktail Hour

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:00am

If you want your guests to have a memorable time from the moment they arrive, consider following the lead of more and more modern couples who are opting to get the party started pre-ceremony. To set the right tone, Yolanda Crous, features and travel director for Brides magazine, recommends creating a special playlist or hiring an instrumentalist (think guitarist or jazz trio) to play classical ve…

Ceremony & Reception

How To Stream Your Wedding

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on April 18, 2014 at 5:00am

Not every guest will be able to attend your wedding ceremony, but that doesn’t mean they have to miss the service. According to Ustream, 20,000 U.S. couples used the San Francisco-based streaming service to live-broadcast their wedding ceremony in the last 12 months, a 250-percent increase from the year before. It makes sense, says Anne Chertoff, a New York-based wedding editor and consultant.…

Attire & Style

The Glam Plan

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on April 16, 2014 at 5:00am

Long before she says “I do,” a bride has a pretty good idea of her dream dress. Whether she’s just Type A or accesses the wealth of information on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest boards galore, she’s pretty much decided if it’s Vera Wang or Amsale, strapless or one-shoulder. But the journey to find what she really wants may be fraught with detours. After all, what she sees on the comput…

Attire & Style

Look Good, Feel Good!

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:00am

From InStyle and People to The Knot and Pinterest, there’s no shortage of websites with photos to help you formulate your idea of big-day beautiful. Austie Eckley, a Portland, Ore.-based hair and makeup artist, says many of the brides she works with find inspiration in celebrity images because starlets typically have top stylists creating their picture-perfect looks. The key thing, however, i…

Attire & Style

It’s All About The Colors

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:00am

Want a dreamy, romantic vibe for your upcoming I Do’s? Consider a palette of pale pink and champagne. Just want to have fun? Go for bold pairings of vibrant hues, such as cherry red and aqua. The key thing to keep in mind: the colors you choose will help set the tone for your soirée. If you’re looking for inspiration, Matthew Robbins, author of “Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings” (…

Attire & Style

Tasks For The Maid of Honor & Best Man

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on April 09, 2014 at 5:00am

You know you’d like your sibling or closest friend to be your maid of honor or best man. But, beyond standing beside you on the big day, what is fair to expect of them as part of the job? According to Kate Chynoweth, author of “The Bridesmaid Guide: Modern Advice on Etiquette, Parties, and Being Fabulous” (Chronicle Books, 2011), standard maid of honor tasks include: purchasing the bridesm…

Ceremony & Reception

Tips For A “Social” Wedding

Article by Brooke Showell, CTW | posted on April 07, 2014 at 5:00am

It all starts with a status update or tweet: We’re getting married! But with all those status updates comes a little common sense. Follow these guidelines on how to appropriately, socially, plan online: Don’t Broadcast It To Everyone When it comes to announcing plans online, “you have to be careful,” says Nina Callaway, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based wedding expert. Once upon a time, people who we…

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Wedding Introductions

Article by Mysterious DJ X | posted on April 04, 2014 at 5:00am

Mysterious DJ X is back for a third column, this time on the how to be introduced on your wedding day. Introductions are arguably the most nerve wracking part of the night for a wedding DJ. We have to stand up in front of hundreds of people we don’t know, yelling names we can barely pronounce into a microphone and switch back and forth between songs. No pressure, right? Here’s a list of a few…

Ceremony & Reception

Selecting Your Wedding Officiant

Article by Jill Jaracz, CTW | posted on April 02, 2014 at 5:00am

Weddings have so many details. The dress! The venue! The food! It can be easy to forget that the most important step in getting to “I do,” is getting someone to ask you whether you will. To get married, you need a wedding officiant. “Each couple has their vision of how their wedding ceremony should go,” says Alan Katz of Great Officiants in Long Beach, Calif., adding that choosing the w…

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