Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wedding Trend: Ombré!

And what exactly is ombré?  Ombré is the graduation of color from light to dark.

It is also a stunning trend in weddings!

Gwen Stephanie was one of the first to incorporate this graduation of color when she wore a pink ombré wedding dress in 2002.  It is predicted that ombré elements will be a big trend in 2012 weddings.  Check out inspiration for ways to incorporate ombré into any aspect of a wedding.

I love this tablecloth!

Bridesmaids will be radiant in ombré dresses of any color.

If you or your 'maids wants to incorporate the ombré look in a more subtle way, consider your accessories: shoes, nails, and jewelry.

Set the tone for your wedding by sending ombré invitations to your guests.

Create a dramatic look for your reception by filling the space with ombré details, or choose just one element to apply this effect on.
Soft up-lighting can give the walls of your reception space the appearance of ombré.

Make a statement with bold ombré centerpieces.

Add drama to your look with an ombré bouquet.

Let guest view your stunning ombré wedding cake, then let them eat ombré cake on the inside too!

Love this idea, or have other ideas that you want help incorporating into your wedding?
Let Power Wedding Planning give you "Power to Personalize Your Wedding" and call Brittney today to set up your complimentary consultation!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Expenses You Forget to Include in Your Wedding Budget

Here are 7 “surprise” expenses that could pop up in your wedding budget (courtesy of Brides Magazine)
Plan ahead for these and you'll keep your budget right on track:

1) Tips  The limo driver, hairstylist, manicurist, delivery people, waiters, bartender, band or DJ and anyone else who provides services should receive tips.

2) Taxes  Most vendors will tell you the price of their products or services and say they are “plus tax.” Unfortunately, many brides don’t calculate how much that tax could actually be. Remember that sales tax applies on almost everything, both products and services, and should be included in your budget.

3) Additional postage fees  If you select an invitation that is bulky or has a square or over-sized envelope, you will need to pay more than the normal cost of first class postage to mail it.  Add to that the stamps for the RSVPs and postage could add up to be a hefty sum.

4) Alterations  Wedding dresses usually need alterations to fit perfectly. When you set your dress budget you should include enough for alterations, which can be expensive if you want or need a lot of changes made to your dress.
(Keep this in mind if you are considering a clearance dress.  Just because it is cheaper to start off with, does not mean that alteration fees won't shoot the price back up.  Plus, altering a dress too much can change the look of it!)

5) Corkage and cake-cutting fees  If you provide your own wine, the caterer will charge a corkage fee for pouring it.  If you use a baker who isn’t affiliated with the caterer, you will be charged a cutting fee for the service.

6) Cosmetic dentistry  You want your smile (and your grooms') to look its best for your wedding photos, so you may choose to invest in professional teeth whitening or additional work.  If this is something you are considering, add this to your wedding budget.

7) Change charges  If you have trouble making up your mind and makes changes to contracts with vendors, they may charge you to do it.  Don't make deposits or sign contracts until you are ready to make commitments.
(Sometimes this may mean waiting to sign contracts with a vendor even if they are offering a great deal at a bridal show.)

For assistance in planning your Green Bay wedding, contact Brittney at Power Wedding Planning.
She will give you "Power to Personalize Your Wedding"

The Color of the Year 2012 is...Tangerine Tango!

For all fashion forward brides:

It's official, Pantone has name Tangerine Tango as the color of 2012.  This color will be the IT color in fashion, home design, and yes, weddings.  According to Pantone, the choice of Tangerine Tango "provide(s) the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward."

For those unfamiliar with Pantone, a little background: Pantone LLC is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The wedding industry relies heavily on the Pantone color system for bridesmaid dresses, linens, and all other color items related to weddings.

Now to the good stuff!  What will Tangerine Tango look like in weddings?  Trendy brides may use Tangerine Tango as their main color, or could pair it with another color to add pizazz and pop.

One option would be to use Tangerine Tango as an accent color, while keeping all other decor white.  Additional colors can be used in this scheme, but should be kept to lighter hues to avoid competing with the red-orange color.

Bridesmaid dresses can really make a statement in Tangerine Tango, and you can find it in a variety of style to suit each of your girls.

Lounge furniture looks hot with a pop of Tangerine Tango!

Don't think that using Tangerine Tango means you can't have a traditional look for your wedding.  Roses in this color look romantic and traditional, while adding interest to classic white tables.

If you and your groom are fun, bright personalities, consider pairing Tangerine Tango with another color that creates drama and a stunning look to your wedding.  Tangerine Tango (or perhaps a lighter shade of orange) and Purple could create a fun, tropical sunset look.

For help creating the perfect look and finding the best vendors for your unique Green Bay wedding, contact Brittney at Power Wedding Planning. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Winter Wedding Cakes

If you are having a winter wedding, consider letting the season influence your big day.  Need ideas?  Check out this collection of winter wedding cakes to help inspire you!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Winter Wedding Dresses

If you are planning a winter wedding, you may be concerned about choosing the perfect wedding dress.  Don't worry!  With a careful eye, the right accessories will make your wedding dress stunning AND appropriate for winter.  Consider sleeves, boleros, fur shawls, capes, gloves, and sparkling jewelry to make your wedding dress the perfect ensemble for a winter princess!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How to Create Your Wedding Budget

When you first get engaged, you might be filled with such anticipation for the perfect wedding that you overlook the important detail of how you will PAY for your perfect wedding. Creating a wedding budget can help you from beginning your marriage in debt, and it can help keep you from spending too much on one thing, because you are better able to see the bigger picture.

First, decide on your total wedding budget amount.  The easiest way to do this is to follow this simple equation:

Once you have determined your total budget, break down your wedding budget into categories.
Each category should get a specific percentage of your budget.  This will give you a limit of spending for each category.  If you spend more than your estimated amount on a category, decrease the amount of another category accordingly.

Here is a basic breakdown of how much each category should consist of:

The third step of creating your wedding budget is to list all items within each category.  Be as specific as possible.  While making purchases for your wedding, you can refer to this list to keep you on check and to decide wether or not certain items or services are suitable for your budget.

Update your budget as you make purchases and you will always know where you are in terms of your wedding spending.

Happy Planning!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Duties of your Wedding Party

You're engaged!
You immediately call your best friend and ask her to be your maid of honor.
With all the excitement, she says yes.
But as your wedding day arrives, your maid of honor hasn't done a single thing.
What's going on?
Sometimes, the people you choose to be in your wedding don't even realize that they have duties in your wedding!

When you select your wedding party, make sure each person understands his or her role and duties in your wedding. If members of your wedding party are unclear of what their duties are, you may end up having more stress. For each person you choose to be in your wedding party, sit down and explain what is expected of them and make sure they up for the role you are bestowing upon them. If they seem uncomfortable about their duties, or don't seem to care, you may want to offer to choose someone else and ask that they still attend your wedding as a guest.

Help make your conversation with your wedding party easier by being prepared, and consider making a list for each person in your wedding party with his or her specific duties.

When your wedding party is aware of their duties, your wedding will go smoothly and you can enjoy your day.
Just remember that each person in your wedding has their own life, so don't overload them with helping you plan every detail of your wedding. And make sure each person knows how much you appreciate them!

Duties of the Maid of Honor:
~Visits wedding locations with the bride.
~Attends all bridal fairs with the bride as well as cake and catering tasting.
~Helps the bride choose her wedding invitations as well as possibly address the invitations.
~Assists in choosing and ordering decorations and favors.
~Goes with the bride when she is shopping for her wedding dress as well as the bridesmaid dresses. Also attends the multiple fittings and gives some feedback on how the dress looks and fits.
~Purchases her bridesmaid dress and shoes.
~Helps bride register for gifts and keeps others informed of where the couple is registered.
~Helps the bride to create the seating arrangement.
Tip: Many times it makes it easier to draw out the tables and move people around until you have a close to perfect fit.
~Hosts and plans the Bridal Shower and the Bachelorette Party. Keeps a list of who gives what gifts so thank you cards can be personalized.
~Helps keep order and organization with the other bridesmaids.
~Attends and helps out during the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
Wedding Day
~Makes sure the bride arrives to the ceremony and that she has everything she needs.
~Attends hair and makeup appointments and makes sure bridesmaids are all ready on time.
~Assists the bride in getting into her dress and makeup.
~Acts as the messenger if the bride wants to communicate messages to the family or groom.
~Helps make sure the bride has privacy if she needs some quiet time before the ceremony.
~Acts as a witness and signs the marriage certificate.
~Poses for photographs with the wedding party. Helps round up the wedding party and relatives for photos.
~Helps the bride with her veil and train (includes bustling the train).
~Helps to keep the bride calm.
~Walks down the aisle and takes her place beside the bride for the duration of the ceremony.
~Holds the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony.
~Holds the groom’s ring until it is needed during the ceremony.
~Stands in receiving line, or mingles and greets guests.
~Makes a toast and/or speech during the wedding reception.
~Helps to ensure the gifts and cards are put away at the ceremony. Helps transport gifts to newlywed’s home after the reception.
~With the help of the wedding party, decorates the getaway car.
~Helps clean up, if needed.

Duties of the Best Man
~Plans the bachelor party, with help from the groomsmen and close friends.
~Attends tux fittings with the groom and helps him select his attire.
~Rents or pays for his own tux, and makes sure the groomsmen have theirs sized and picked up on time.
~Keeps the groomsmen organized and informed in the months leading up to the wedding.
~Attends the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
~Spreads word to guests about where the couple has a gift registry.
Wedding Day
~Helps the groom get dressed.
~Pays the officiant before the ceremony. (Groom typically gives his best man a sealed envelope for this while they're getting ready)
~Ensures the groom and groomsmen arrive to the ceremony location on time, usually 45 minutes before the scheduled start time.
~Walks down the aisle and takes his place beside the groom for the duration of the ceremony.
~Holds the bride's wedding ring until the ring exchange takes place.
~Acts as a witness and signs the marriage license.
~Poses for photographs with the wedding party. Also helps round up wedding party and relatives.
~Stands in receiving line, or mingles and greets guests.
~Gives tips to the appropriate vendors, such as drivers, the caterer, the band, etc. The bride and groom typically provide envelopes for this purpose.
~Sometimes acts as the master of ceremonies for the reception, announcing events and introducing toasts.
~Toasts the bride and groom and gives a short speech (usually the first toast/speech).
~Helps get the dance floor going.
~Acts as a messenger for the groom, communicating information to the wedding party as needed. Also acts as a runner for any last-minute errands that pop up during the reception.
~Helps decorate the getaway car and may possible arrange transportation for the bride and groom at the end of the night.
~Collects the groomsmen's tuxes and returns them, or ensures that each groomsmen does so himself.
~Helps clean up, if needed.

Duties of Bridesmaids:
~Attend dress fittings and ensure their alterations are completed on time.
~Assist in planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party and attend both events.
~Spread the word about the shower, the bachelorette party, and where the couple is registered.
~Help address invitations for the wedding and the shower, if needed.
~Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
Wedding Day
~Run any last-minute errands the bride needs help with.
~Attend hair and makeup appointments and be ready on time.
~Walk down the aisle and take their places for the duration of the ceremony.
~Pose for photographs with the rest of the wedding party.
~Stand in the receiving line, or mingle with guests.
~Take photos during the reception with personal cameras to capture candid shots.
~Help get guests dancing and mingle.
~Help clean up, if needed.

Duties of Groomsmen:
~Attend tux fittings and have all alterations done on time. Pick up tuxes on time.
~Help the best man plan the bachelor party.
~Attend the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner.
Wedding Day
~Help run any last minute errands and lend a hand to the best man, if needed.
~Get dressed on time and arrive to the ceremony location 45 minutes before the wedding starts.
~Escort guests to their seats (as ushers) unless extra people have been delegated for this task.
~Walk down the aisle and take their places for the duration of the ceremony.
~Pose for photographs with the rest of the wedding party.
~Stand in receiving line, or mingle with guests.
~Take photos during the reception with a personal camera to capture candid shots.
~Help get guest dancing.
~Help clean up, if needed.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wedding Trend: Wedding Music Videos!

Couples who hire a videographer are looking to have their wedding memories captured in a unique way that they can enjoy for years to come.  An emerging trend has been for couples to have their videographer create a music video of their wedding day.  Now, couples are begining to take this trend to a whole new level by having a music video created using footage of their wedding day AND footage of them lip singing the song during their wedding day!

This is an example of the present trend of having wedding footage set to a song to create a music video:

Here are two examples of the new trend in which couples (and even guests) are "singing" the song:

Bridal Guide Magazine has several tips they share on how to create a music video of your wedding day:

Learn the Lyrics: Make sure anyone you plan to include in the singing portion knows the words by heart; your video will look much more natural if you're not studying the sheet right before the shot!

Watch the Original Video: The videographer, Elysium Productions, gathered inspiration from Cobra Starship's video. This enabled them to pre-produce graphics and wording.

Make a Timeline: The couple's planner, Carolyn Chen of The Special Day, coordinated the schedule to ensure that Ella and Sam had time to film their video without taking away from their big day. This also meant coordinating with the other vendors, like lighting and photo booth, to make sure everything was in the right place when it was time to film.
(Power Wedding Planning may be the perfect coordinator for you if you are in the Green Bay area!)

Create a Shot List: The biggest challenge is making sure that you have every word covered! Elsyium Productions created a shot list to prevent any mishaps.

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Mad About Blue!

Blue is one of the most popular wedding colors of all time.  And it's easy to see why!  With a range of blues from navy to pale ice blue, having blue in your wedding palette means you have lots to choose from.  And what's great, you don't even need to pair another color with blue to make a beautiful statement at your wedding, you can simply pick more than one shade of blue!

So in honor of this popular and beautiful color, I scoured the internet to find several examples of stunning blue wedding inspiration!