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Not the Bride? Tips for Throwing a Successful Bridal Shower

Congratulations! Your best friend, sister, or someone close to you is getting married! An exciting time for the bride-to-be and you to plan one of the first parties celebrating her upcoming marriage.

Now, where to start…  What’s the design? Who should you invite? Co-ed or women only?Here are a few tips to help you plan an incredible bridal shower for that special bride in your life:

1- Planning

Once you take the reigns make yourself a to-do list and timeline for things that need to get done. Pick a date and send out invitations at least a month before the shower. Don’t forget to delegate! Ask for input and help from the entire bridal party, as well as the bride’s parents.


2- Theme

Let the bride know you want this to be a surprise but if she is not okay with that ask her for some direction.

For example, if you decide to base the shower off of a specific theme, let your guests know so they can dress and/or gift wrap accordingly.  


3- Menu

Use the theme to create a creative menu that will wow the bride and her closest friends and family. Whether you are serving breakfast, brunch, lunch or cocktails and dinner decide if you want the shower to have a formal or casual feel. Will your guests sit down to a plated meal or help themselves and mingle while they eat.

Choose the best food for that time of day – but make sure it fits in the theme!


4- Activities

Take into account the bride’s personality and make sure you choose things that she will enjoy! Activities such as having your guests write down their wishes for the Bride to be on cards and placing them on a wish tree or writing their tips for a successful marriage and reading them aloud at dessert, just to name a few!

*A helpful tip: Have pre-addressed envelopes ready for the bride-to-be so that she can send out thank you notes to all the guests that attended.

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Bridal Fashion Week | Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2017 Bridal Collection

Vogue on Carolina Herrera collection:

“For her latest bridal offering, Carolina Herrera wanted to return to the beauty, elegance, and grandeur of her very first dress, created 35 years ago. With just seven dresses presented for Fall (Spring ’17 brought twice as many), the highlight here was a dress taking its cue from Herrera’s denim dress that opened her spring runway collection, but this time in layers of silk faille, resulting in a frothy, cascading frock. A structured counterpoint to the ball skirt was this season’s corset motif, featuring exposed boning. A similar technique was employed in a less grand—but equally majestic—high-neck, long-sleeved alençon lace dress, whose bustier-like bodice was covered in artfully placed florals. Illusion dressing was another effect employed by Herrera, most notably in one of her more minimal moments: a strapless silk mikado trumpet stunner with cut-outs just below the bust and at the sides—hinting that the posh princess bride may have a party side after all.”

Our favorite gowns from Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2017 Bridal Collection:






Planning: What Vendors Do I Need? And How Far Ahead Should I Book Them?

A wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity filled with family and friends celebrating the love of the bride and groom. It is important to hire the right people who will be working behind the scenes to make your big day stunning and stress free.

After getting engaged be sure to put your budget together first so you know how much you can spend before selecting your vendors. Here are the list of the vendors you should think about first and how far out you should book them:


When you picture your wedding day what do you see? A whimsical, outdoor garden wedding filled with greenery? A ballroom reception full of beautiful centerpieces and candlelight? OR something in between? Whatever you see – make sure you choose a venue that matches your look. Go on as many site visits as you want & don’t settle – when you get that ‘feeling’, that’s the one! You will know it when you see it.

*You want to book your venue at least a year to 8 months in advance.


Whether you need help putting all of your ideas together or you are looking for someone to take your dream and make it a reality from day 1, a planner is there to let you enjoy the planning process and minimize your stress level! Meet with a planner and tell them what you want your big day to look and feel like. You will find a perfect match and a huge weight will be lifted off your shoulders.

*You want to book your planner once you have decided to begin the planning process.


You want to make sure you have the right person officiating your marriage ceremony. Choose someone that has the same religious and personal views as the two of you and someone you both feel connected with.

*You want to book your officiant once you have selected your wedding date.


Once you have selected your venue, determine whether you are required to use their in-house caterer. If not, you may be able to look for someone outside. Look at sample menus, research local chefs and go to tastings. Bring someone with you so you have some opinions – the food is SO important to many couples!

*You want to book your caterer at least 8-10 months in advance.


Floral and design elements play a big role in making your dream wedding come to life. Remember when you closed your eyes and pictured your special day, what was on the tables? What were you carrying? Whether your florals were all white or bold and colorful, there is a floral designer perfect for your look and your budget. Meet with different companies to find the perfect fit!

*You want to book your florist at least 8 months in advance.


Wedding Dress
Some of the best dress fittings with my Brides have been when they have brought some of their dearest friends with them. Some had signs that had YES on one side and NO on the other.

The Bride entered the room several times in different gowns and allowed everyone to take a minute and then, before you know it, one by one her friends pulled out their signs. It made the whole experience incredible and not at all stressful.

*You want to purchase your dress at least 6-8 months in advance but it doesn’t hurt to start looking at styles you love beforehand.



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Sharon’s Favorite Wedding Ring Designers

Diamonds are a girls best friend! There are so many incredible jewelry designers in the industry and we love to see the beauty that pops up on all of our beautiful brides’ left hands.

Here are some of Sharon’s favorite designers that we just can’t get enough of:

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Summer Wedding Flowers | Some of our Favorite Blooms

Summer is in coming to an end and we can’t help but think of the beautiful ways we watched summer wedding flowers transform all of the gorgeous seasonal weddings.

Whether you are looking for inspiration for your bridal bouquet, ceremony arch or reception centerpieces for next summer, here are a few of our favorite summer wedding flowers to consider:


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