Friday, January 29, 2010

less is more

…when it comes to centerpieces anyway.

I am a floral designer who is guest blogging for the perennial bridesmaid today to talk centerpieces with you. As it relates to the wedding flowers, only bouquets should play a larger role in the décor AND budget than centerpieces.

Did you know that etiquette says you should be spending the same amount on each centerpiece that you are spending per plate for your guest?

So if you are feeding each guest $125 Filet Mignon, then your pedestal centerpieces should cost you roughly $125 each! I’ve been helping brides plan their wedding flowers for almost 6 years now and trust me; almost no one follows this rule. The truth is, by the time the bride and her family have gotten to the flowers, they’ve maxed out on almost every other area and are already thinking, “I can cut back on the flowers to make up for it.” And that’s ok. There are lots of ways to do it! Let me tell you how…

One of the most popular centerpiece ideas I have been hearing about lately is the “composite” centerpiece. This is where you have several vases on each table, usually a different flower type in each vase, all in the same color scheme. While this style looks beautiful, simple and covers a lot of table space it is NOT budget friendly.

The vases that are used in these schemes are usually cylinders or cubes which are premium glassware. The flowers that are used in these vases, except for hydrangea, require a lot more stems than you would imagine to fill the opening of the vase. The labor to put them all together is multiplied by the number of vases. So if you’d like 3 vases on your table; one with white hydrangea, one with white roses and one with white orchids, you have 3 times the glassware, 3 times the flowers and 3 times the labor. And that all equals, you guessed it: expensive!!

If you’re into this look, do yourself a favor and supply the vases to your florist. Head to your local Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, your favorite second hand store, yard sales or better yet, IKEA and find yourself a collection of vases that sorta look the same. They don’t have to be exactly the same because who’s gonna notice? Plus, the different vases will add charm. This will cut back substantially on your bottom line.

Choose large headed flowers: hydrangea, alstromeria, ‘Moon Series’ carnations, gerbers, etc. to fill up the vase faster.

If you’re not totally attached to the composite idea, go ahead and embrace the less expensive “one vase” option. Lay it on a bed of moss for the organic look instead of the overdone mirror. Surround it with seashells for a beach theme. Scatter cork tops from wine bottles around it for the wine connoisseur couple.

Think outside the vase, I mean, box!

-Renee Tucci, floral designer

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

no, thank you

Ah, writing the dreaded wedding thank you notes. This task can seem endless and overwhelming. Only 200 thank you cards to go... Why not just send out a canned thank you? Select your favorite wedding photo and print ‘thank you. xo’ on it.

Wait! How about reconsidering and just writing the personal thank you cards?  (Feel free to still include the photo.)

I have noticed an increasing trend in these canned wedding thank yous. Have you seen them? They tend to look like the holiday photo cards that everyone is sending with a snapshot of their family and a 2 line message. That is fine for Christmas since it is just meant to be a greeting but in the case of acknowledging your wedding gifts, it seems a bit impersonal. I am speaking from the perspective of guest/gift giver. I am sure that many newlyweds would argue with me that it is a tedious task to write a personal message for 200 guests.  Bring it on.

I consider myself to be a modern gal. I love technology and the ability it has to make life simple and easy at times. Unfortunately, I do not feel that this is one of those times. I am old school when it comes to etiquette and I believe that a personal thank you is much better received, no matter how brief it may be. It is important for me, the gift giver, to know that you actually received and acknowledged my specific gift. I am pretty sure that I am not the only one that feels this way but if you don’t, please tell me if I am being completely old fashioned with this expectation.

I should wrap up my rant by remembering that a canned thank you is better than no thank you.

-The perennial bridesmaid/ Emily Post fan club president

j rollin

One of my favorite celebrities got married over the weekend!

You have to see the pictures of Phillies' Jimmy Rollins' wedding for yourself.  Him & his wife, Johari, look stunning at their Cayman Islands wedding.  Love the color scheme.  Don't miss the 6 foot cake!

-The perennial bridesmaid

Monday, January 25, 2010

you know who you are

Someone close to me just started planning her daughter’s wedding and she asked, “What is a save the date?”. You can call me mean. I suppose I am because I literally laughed out loud at the question. Of all the silly wedding terminologies and acronyms, I think “save the date” is the most explicitly defined. That’s just me.

But for those of you that don’t know, this post is for you…

A save the date is a postcard, magnet or card that is mailed out to your guest list well in advance of your wedding; typically 6 to 18 months prior to mailing out the actual invitations. I specifically did not refer to the save the date as an invitation because the recipient does not need to RSVP. It is more like marketing collateral that lets your guests know the date of the event so they will, ahem, save it. It always includes the bride & groom’s names or recognizable photos. If there is a wedding website with additional info for the couple, this can be on there too. Often the term “Formal Invitation to Follow” is included but that can be implied if the term “Save the Date” is mentioned. Overall, minimal information other than the date to save is required.

They can be as informal and fun as you want. I’ve received lots of monograms, logos & caricatures of couples. If you have engagement photos taken, it is popular to incorporate a good shot into your save the date cards as well. Magnets are a great option because they end up on your guests’ fridge so your wedding date becomes ingrained in their brain.

Save the dates (also known as STDs – yes really!) are optional. They are practical if your guest list includes many out of towners who may need to book airfare in advance. One piece of etiquette to mention is that once you send out a save the date to someone, you can not by any means cut them from your guest list. They must receive an invitation. So if your guest list is a work in progress, STDs may not be for you.

Save the dates were not around when my parents or their parents got married. It seems to be a newer tradition that’s here to stay. Might as well embrace it and draw up a silly cartoon of you & your fiancé to send to 200 of your closest friends and family.

-The perennial bridesmaid

Friday, January 22, 2010

do not play list

You want to create the right atmosphere at your reception.  Music always sets the mood.  Of course you will select your first dance song, father/daughter dance, mother/son, cake & so on but you may want to make a list of what NOT to play.  Be sure to pass a do not play list along to your DJ or band.

This is a work in progress but a few bad/inappropriate songs come to mind that you probably do not want to hear at your reception!

  • Who Let the Dogs Out by Baha Men – not only overplayed but referencing “dogs” is not flattering
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady by Aerosmith – self explanatory
  • My Humps by Black Eyed Peas - keep your humps under raps until the honeymoon
  • I Write Sins Not Tragedies (what a beautiful wedding) by Panic at the Disco – this is about infidelity at a wedding, yikes
  • Holler Back Girl by Gwen Stefani – if you don’t know what a “holler back girl” is, your wedding day is not the time to learn
  • My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion – umm, this song is for her boyfriend who died in the titanic
  • Low (Apple Bottom Jeans) by T-Pain/Flo Rida – no need to get low at the reception
  • Anything Flo Rida for that matter
  • The Macarena by Los del Rio Boys – sooo overplayed
  • White Wedding by Billy Idol – pretty sure this a drug reference
  • Every Breath You Take by the Police - stalker!
What did I miss?

-The perennial bridesmaid

Thursday, January 21, 2010

guest who

It’s official. I’ve got the first 2011 wedding on the books for March 12. OMG. Let the planning begin!

Which reminds me…planning. Whenever one of my friends gets engaged she is obviously ecstatic. Sparkling, if you will. Then that sparkle fades to an overwhelming state of panic…or is it fear? Her eyes say it all! She suddenly blurts out, “I don’t even know where to begin!”

Ladies, you’ve got to make your guest list first and foremost! Consider it step one in wedding planning. I’m always surprised by how many girls don’t know this. Don’t start picking colors, venues, flowers or hair before you know who is invited to this event. Don’t forget to sit down with both sets of parents and get their input as well. Once you determine who is invited and how many guests you anticipate coming then it is on to venue shopping. The first question the sales consultant is going to ask you is how many guests you expect to have. Hands down, first question. Unless you actually write out a list you won’t know a specific number. Don’t make it a guessing game!

Planning recap: step 1 - guest list.
Everything else.

-The perennial bridesmaid

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

the perfect fit

My first bridesmaid dress for 2010 has arrived! I waited until I got home to put it on because in my experience it usually falls off the top, slides down the back or adds three sizes to the hips on the first try. No one needs to see any of that. To my surprise, this dress fit perfectly! Everything is covered that should be and the length is almost perfect. The right heels will fix that. Up until now, I thought that the bridesmaid dress designers were in cahoots with the tailors & seamstresses in my neighborhood.

They see me coming with a plastic garment bag in tow and start laughing with dollar signs in their eyes.

A few years ago I took a green number to a dry cleaner/seamstress to have the strapless top taken in just a pinch. It fit like it should but the work seemed a little shotty and I was shocked to find out the going rate to sew a few inches of fabric. Not to mention this lady was flaky and kept postponing my pick up date. That obviously made me panic and have nightmares that consisted of me in my underwear at the wedding. Finally, after 3 weeks, $60 and 2 inches I was on my way with the altered dress.

Fast forward a year and I had a spaghetti strap dress with triangle tops that flopped right over when I put it on and exposed everything! This was a tailor emergency and I needed to step it up a notch. I went to a divo tailor in my neighborhood that everyone raved over. He hemmed all of the girl’s designer jeans in town and personally tailored Phillies’ Shane Victorino’s threads as well. He had to be good with that rep. I was happily surprised to see that his only employee was a grandma with very broken English stitching away in the back. Perhaps it was his grandma. Either way, I liked it. Something about this scene seemed very authentic to me. This team could handle all of my bridesmaid alterations moving forward...hopefully. This had to be the answer that I was searching for!

Two weeks later I went back for the spaghetti strap dress. I put it on and jumped up on the pedestal in front of the mirror. Hmm, it fit better in the hips than before but something was wrong…I was more exposed than before I started! Was it possible that they took too much fabric off? I begrudgingly handed over $75 to grandma’s boss anyway. The divo told me that he would be happy to alter an old bridesmaid dress into “couture”. He went on to show me his photo of him and Shane posing amongst rows of garment bags in his tailor shop.

I haven’t gone back.

I threw in the towel and self consciously wore the over altered spaghetti strap number. What was a girl to do? Drink her insecurities away at the reception? Seemed like the right answer to me. So I over served my over exposed self.

-The perennial bridesmaid

Monday, January 18, 2010

invitation appreciation

I am totally entrenched in invitations at the moment…weddings, showers, rehearsal dinners. You name it and we’re hand making invitations for it! I love paper crafting so I am happy to help out in this area. Multiple questions have come up around standard envelope sizes and postage. I’ve been learning so much and have decided to answer all of these questions at once with an easy reference guide detailing standard invitation envelope sizes & current USPS rates. I hope you find this helpful!

• Minimum envelope size you can mail is 3 1/2 x 5 1/2
• Square envelopes cost more to mail than rectangular
• If you address your envelope vertically instead of the normal horizontal way, you will be charged more
• If you're making your own invitations, you should always cut your cardstock about an 1/8” less than the envelope size
• If you choose postcards for the save the dates or response cards, they may take longer to get to the recipient than if put in an envelope. Postcards are considered 2nd class mail
• For standard envelopes, the maximum thickness that the envelope can be is 1/4" & weigh up to 1 oz. $.17 for each additional oz

Invitation        Postage       Response card      Postage      
envelope size                      envelope size
3 7/8 x 8 7/8      $.44             3 5/8 x 5 1/8            $.44        
4 1/8 x 9 1/2        .44             4 1/4 x 5 1/2              .44         
5 1/4 x 7 1/4        .44             4 3/4 x 6 1/2              .44                     
5 1/2 x 8 1/8        .44
6 x 9 1/2              .44
6x6                      .64
7x7                      .64

Postcard       Postage
3 1/2 x 5        $.28
4 1/4 x 6          .28

-The perennial bridesmaid

Friday, January 15, 2010

if you don't know me by now...

…you’ll never never never know me.

One of my friends is getting married this summer (actually several are). The bride comes from a very large family that is close with one another. I’m talking Sunday dinner with the extended fam close. Her fiancée has a bit of the opposite family. His parents split when he was young and both remarried as so many do. He doesn’t see his mother on a weekly basis and he’s not very close with her husband. It is no surprise that he doesn’t have much of a relationship with his stepfather’s mother or her siblings. He has actually never met these step-great-aunts or not-so-great step-aunts, if you will. It came as a shocker when the mother of the groom insisted that these distant relatives be invited to the wedding.

The couple sent out save the dates to their guest list a few weeks ago for their summer wedding. They featured their full names, wedding date and photos of the couple. Anyone who received these would obviously recognize the couple and happily slap the magnet on their fridge wait for the “formal invitation to follow”. Not the case with 82 year old step-great-aunt Hilda. She took one look at the photo magnet and sent it back! Yes, returned to sender with a note stating, “I think you sent this to the wrong people.” Awkward!

The groom’s mother requested that the couple resend the save the date with a note detailing who they were! I suppose now is a good time to update the family tree. Hilda hasn’t sent it back again...yet.

Where do you draw the line with your guest list? Are you expected to invite your mother’s husband’s mother’s sister even if you’ve NEVER met and she doesn’t even know your name?

-The perennial bridesmaid

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Bridal showers come with many themes. Traditionally they are for women close to the bride to come celebrate and, well, shower her with gifts. Untraditionally, they are cocktail parties, brunches, pseudo-bachelorette parties, picnics, dinner parties with other couples and so on. I have just heard of the most untraditional shower to date…the unspoken fundraiser! This could become tradition near you…

The bride and groom were not only expecting their wedding to come soon but they were also expecting their first born. Why not just make it a baby/bridal shower? Heck, it saved my friend, a guest, another Sunday afternoon travelling out to east bumble by having the combo shower. Guests came with two gifts - one for baby and one for parents-to-be, er, bride and groom. The heavy lifting was done and now it was time for the guests to set their multiple gifts down and enjoy a tea sandwich.

While enjoying their lunch, guests were bombarded with 50/50 raffle tickets. I think they were 3 for $5 or something obnoxious like that. Anyway, bridesmaids/aunts-to-be wouldn’t let up. “Support the couple in starting their new life together!” After the third attempt, my friend purchased a few tickets. It didn’t take long for her to realize that this shower was merely a fundraiser for the couple.

Hanging from a ceiling was an upside down umbrella. It was a shower after all! Next up on the itinerary, the money toss! I kid you not. The umbrella was used to capture any loose change guests could toss up into it.

Loose change? Raffles? Weren’t the two gifts enough of an offering to the couple, their baby & their future? My friend won a “prize” at the raffle. You guessed it, ch-ch-ch-chia!

BTW, the couple raised $318.47 toward their future.

-The perennial bridesmaid

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

wedding vs. marriage

It appears that some brides these days fall in love with the wedding, not the groom.  Yes, it’s a big party and a blast to plan.  The spotlight is on you for an average of a year during the engagement.  The wedding industry is enticing and it is easy to get swept off of your feet by it.  Leading up to the big day, people are constantly asking about colors, themes, dresses, food, registries, music, hair, the list goes on…but it’s only one day.

Marriage is a lifelong commitment not just that one day.

A friend of a friend of a friend (you don’t know them) recently had a lavish wedding complete with all of the bells and whistles.  It was a stunning celebration.  The couple was so in it seemed.  Just 3 months after the nuptials took place, she left him.  Why?  Apparently she wasn’t in love with him.  Perhaps she was in love with the wedding.  Maybe marriage wasn’t as enticing as the wedding.  The party was over.

Once the party is over, it is on to the marriage.  The planning doesn’t stop.  What you’re planning just changes.

Remember when you were dating and people only asked about HIM?  Now they ask, “How is the WEDDING planning going?”  Don’t let the wedding take the place of your relationship.

Ask yourself.  Why are you getting married?

-The perennial bridesmaid

Monday, January 11, 2010

baseball isn't just for bachelors

The bachelorette party is the last right of the bride while she’s single.  It is a girls night out (or day out or weekend out) honoring the bride-to-be just weeks before she walks down the aisle.  It is up to her friends to show her a fabulous time.  There are a variety of ways to do that. You can do the mellow party of dinner and drinks with all of the bride’s besties. That’s always a good time but maybe not as memorable as the party where the cop turned stripper arrives at the door. Yes, memorable but also slightly raunchy.  And my favorite is the destination bachelorette party.  But if not everyone can jet off to Vegas for the weekend you can always stay home and do a spa bachelorette party. Who doesn’t like to be pampered?

What’s most important when planning the bachelorette party is the bride, of course.  It had better be a party that honors her personality and interests.  That is why we’re planning a baseballette party honoring one special bride-to-be this summer.  Because she loves the Phillies, we’ll tailgate and attend a game against one of their biggest rivals in August. Since there will be about 20 of her closest friends along for the bash, we need to start planning now so we can get great seats and enough for everyone!

I am sure the MLB bachelor party has been done but it is still an evolving tradition for bachelorettes.  One difference is that we won’t get kicked out of the stadium for being too rowdy like the boys.  We’ve derived the title “bachelorette” from the bachelors so why not take a lead from them on party themes as well?

-The perennial bridesmaid

Thursday, January 7, 2010

to program or not to program?

Ceremony programs. Are they really necessary? 

In my purse is a beautiful, ornate program from a wedding I attended last month. Why? Because I haven’t had the heart to toss it knowing how much work someone put into it. I am probably the rarity though. Every time I leave a ceremony with programs, I see the bulk of them strewn amongst the chairs & pews or worse, trampled on the floor! On occasion they get a brief second life as a fan or a megaphone.

Let’s talk about the content of the wedding ceremony program versus the necessity. They typically list the bride and groom. I hope by the time you’ve made it to the ceremony, you know who is getting married. The date and time. Who cares. You made it, right? No need to review the details of the invitation at this point. The bridal party and parents. Isn’t this why the DJ or MC typically introduces these people into the reception by name and title? The officiate. They typically introduce themselves anyway.  The thank you statement. From time to time, the program lists some mushy thank you to all of the guests. It’s nice; it is but is it really necessary? Save that for your thank you cards. The bulk of the content in these programs tends to be the order of the ceremony. When the ceremony is simply a traditional exchange of vows, there obviously isn’t much to list in a program.

On the other hand, if you are having a long church ceremony or untraditional nuptials, there tends to be multiple parts and you may want to inform your guests. The program is helpful for those who are not familiar with what happens next in your church’s service. How long can I expect this to be and when can I expect the actual exchange of vows? (Read: when is it time to pay attention?)  You may also find it important to reference the readings and such. If all of this is the case, then rock out with your programs.

If you don’t want to make programs but some of the ceremony content is important for you to tell your guests then I suggest finding a simpler alternative to incorporate it into your event. You will save hours of printing, folding, punching, stamping & ribbon tying and not to mention some of that oh-so coveted wedding budget. For example, if you really want that heartfelt thank you to everyone in your lives for sharing in on your special day blah blah blah, why not print it out just once and frame it?  Leave it on the gift table so as everyone drops off their card, they can read your gratitude. If listing your readings is important, maybe you can quote the ol’ “Love is Patient, Love is Kind” scripture verse as part of the décor of your seating card table. Again, you only have to print it once. Save yourselves the hours of labor that go underappreciated!

In summary, I have never heard anyone say, “That was a beautiful ceremony. I had a great time But, man, there were no programs. I wasn’t sure who was who or what happened next.”

-The perennial bridesmaid

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

bravo, bravo!

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about what to do with all of those old bridesmaid dresses. Well, I guess I have been the one doing all of the chattering. I’ve thought about donating them to a prom drive but I seem to miss it every spring and I have thought about reselling them. I’ve reviewed a few websites that seem to have less traffic than the boardwalk in the wintertime. And then I heard about Bravo Bride. The site is attractive and looks professional. The idea is that you can buy and sell all things wedding. Not only does it allow a perennial bridesmaid the opportunity to post my old cast offs for sale but it is also a great place for the budget conscious or just plain frugal bride. You can find discounted accessories, favors, dresses, shoes, I can go on. It is like an online consignment shop for all things weddings! Might as well go green and grab some of these recycled wedding goods, right girls?

I’ve posted one dress. Maybe I will add another. There are almost a 1000 bridesmaid dresses for sale on this site so I’m sure my odds are not that high of a sale anytime soon but the postings remain active for 18 months. Best of all, it is FREE! Seriously. You can choose to spend money by upgrading your listing but it is still guilt-free because a portion of that fee goes to American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Foundation. I like that.

Bravo Bride offers the opportunity to buy used wedding gowns and rings. I am not sure how I feel about buying a previously owned wedding gown or ring. Actually I AM sure about how I feel. It seems that there could be some bad karma associated with a stranger’s ring. I can only assume that something went wrong and wouldn’t want to introduce that into my life. Nonetheless, it is an option for those who don’t care about bad karma. Not everything has been previously worn or used. Some of the items appear to be a surplus from another’s wedding such as favors, silk flowers and even the card box. If you’re looking for a deal, definitely check this site out. If you have experience buying or selling here, lemme know.

-The perennial bridesmaid

Monday, January 4, 2010

what happens in vegas…

Should stay there.

A friend of mine recently received a save the date outlining an acquaintance’s wedding plans.  The nuptials are due to take place in Las Vegas.  Side note, it is the first wedding for both.  All are welcome to join them at whatever little white seedy wedding chapel they chose.  If you can’t make the trek cross country, you can fortunately relive their experience when they return at their VFW style celebration complete with poker and faux slot machines.

The save the date was complete with Vegas-esque photos of the couple.  Naturally.  Here’s where it actually gets ugly…the tag line reads “sure to be a gamble”! I’m not sure that stating that your marriage is a gamble is the best form of advertising your relationship in an era when the divorce rate exceeds 50%.

Was it meant to be cute?  Maybe shocking.  Hey, I’m talking about it afterall.  If the Vegas theme is your thing and you don’t want to do the whole big white wedding then go for it, but please find a better pun on Las Vegas than “sure to be a gamble”.

-The perennial bridesmaid

Sunday, January 3, 2010

diy invitations

DIY invitations…love it.  This is the first impression that a wedding guest will have of your occassion.  Why not handcraft it? 

I will be doing several runs of handmade wedding invitations this year. The first batch went off without a hitch…so we thought.

I met with the bride and groom (my brother and future sis-in-law) to consult as early as last Labor Day to select colors, designs and layouts. Several weeks and several modifications later, the bride and I began cutting all of the cardstock to size. Stacks of luscious navy, saffron & ivory cardstock were building high by October. Our plan was being followed out on point. We had closely mapped out a schedule to complete assembly of the invitations by December so they could be mailed the second week of January with no stress over the holidays.

The plan included an assembly day in November with a half dozen of us to complete specified tasks in order to construct the invitations. The invitations are a modern gatefold with a pocket at the bottom for the response card & envelope plus hotel accommodation information. We had enough pieces pre-cut to make 100 invitations although the final count to mail would be 88. We calculated a 10% error rate. We quickly learned that a 20% error rate would have been more realistic. Note to self. Luckily we ended up with 88 acceptable invitations but not one to spare.

Fast forward six weeks ahead to this weekend. Here’s where the hitch comes in. There are exactly 88 completed invitations, as needed. Bride and groom go to stuff the envelopes in preparation for the big mailing. Oh no, 75% of the pockets were no longer adhered! The response card had popped it open. The disaster was quickly solved by the bride and groom who used double side tape which proved to hold better.

Lessons learned: 20% error rate on DIY invitations AND heavy duty adhesive for adhering pockets.

What we did right: Starting 3-4 months in advance of when invitations need to be mailed. This means starting the DIY invitations 6 months prior to the wedding! I will be starting invitations in the next week or so for the vintage June wedding…

-The perennial bridesmaid

Saturday, January 2, 2010

vintage dresses

Ah, vintage! A topic that is near and dear to my heart. Combine vintage and weddings and I am a happy girl! You can imagine my glee when I learned last week that my June 2010 bridesmaid dress would no longer be a strapless, tea length gown but a vintage dress of my choice! No, not a vintage bridesmaid dress; no hoop skirts, no poofy sleeves and no pastels. We’re talking a feminine mid-century dress that is personal to each bridesmaid. The wedding is taking place at an historic riverfront estate, Glen Foerd, in Northeast Philadelphia. The bride has decided that she’d like to continue the antique feel of the estate by incorporating vintage styled bridesmaids. We can select a white dress of our choice and we’ll be accessorized in blue accents. Although the estate evokes an Edwardian charm, we plan to wear a more modern vintage. I have images of the perfect dress in mind - A-line halter style or a belted shirt waist type with a ruffle. A bonus would be to find a dress that I love enough to wear to the rockabilly themed wedding I am attending just two weeks later... The quest for the perfect dress(es) begins! Suggestions welcome.

-The perennial bridesmaid

Friday, January 1, 2010

happy engagement season!

It's official. 2010 has arrived...the year of the weddings among other things. 10,000 weddings look out!
We are in the midst of engagement season as we know it. Running from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day, engagement season is that time of year when the question is popped most frequently. I can attest to this fact as I've already witnessed 4 proposals in this time frame. Yes, in the last 6 weeks I've seen four couples close to me get engaged...a brother, 2 cousins & a college friend.

Guess what! We're only half way through engagement season. Can you believe it? There are officially 6 weeks remaining. I have my eye on one more potential couple who may join the majority this season. No, I'm not saying who. Let's wait and see. I am usually right about these things. Let the planning begin!

Happy New Year!

-The perennial bridesmaid