your wedding veil…

Since we were little girls fastening pillow cases as faux veils to our heads, a wedding veil tends to “complete” the entire bridal ensemble. For many women, it makes the whole wedding day “real”.

Here’s a couple of things to remember when choosing your veil:


You want the veil to match the style of the overall theme of your wedding and of course, your dress. Sometimes it’s fun to mix a more modern sleek wedding dress with a more traditional type of veil….as long as they blend well together. Don’t feel boxed in when making these decisions.

photo: a brewer photography

Face/Body Type:

Don’t forget to take into account YOU. The wider the veil the more fabric you’ll have around your face, and if you are small….you’ll look like a walking marshmallow. You also want to be sure to complement your body type by making sure the veil isn’t accentuating your less than desirable features.


How you want to wear your hair will be critical in the type of veil you choose. Always take your veil to your hair stylist when getting your trial runs completed.

photo: rj photographic


Closely inspect your veil on the trim and/or beading work. You’ll want to be sure this is quality workmanship because the last thing you need is your tiny pearls dropping to the floor right before you walk down the aisle. Ask me how I know this can happen…..


If you are a traditional type of person consider buying a veil that is more of a classic style so that you may pass that veil on to your future daughter or daughter-in-law. Let’s face it, almost none of us want to wear our mother’s wedding dress….but some may consider incorporating or wearing a veil!

photo: third generation photography

NO Veil:

If you don’t like a veil, don’t sweat it. There are plenty of alternatives with beautiful hair pins and or white flowers that you can put in your hair. Bottom line: do what feels good for you!

photo: matt vickers photography

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wedding dress emergencies

You spend months finding your perfect dress to wear and on your wedding day catastrophe happens. Red wine is spilled down the front of your dress..

Here are some tips to keep a level head to “fix” your dress.

MOST IMPORANT: Know your fabric of your dress. Do not guess. Talk to the bridal shop and understand the best ways to care for it and what can or cannot be put on it. For instance, silk CANNOT take any water, liquid of any kind.

  1. RIPS AND TEARS: In advance find thread that matches your wedding dress color perfectly. Go ahead and thread a needle with lots of thread in advance and put that in  your emergency kit. Why thread in advance? Because you may not have much time and when people are nervous, threading a needle is difficult. Don’t forget thread to match your veil as well. Those little beads can come undone.
  2. STAINS: Some household items can work well. Tide pen, Shout wipes, chalk, baby powder, even Oxy in a spray bottle (thanks April Foster for that one, never thought of it). You may want to try it FIRST on an inside seam to see how the cleanser will act. Also, never wipe… always blot.
  3. BUSTLE FAILURE: This is so frustrating for a planner, as it almost never fails that a bustle gets stepped on during the reception and rips the dress or the bustle mechanisms. Before the wedding be sure to bring both your ceremony and reception shoes so your tailor will know the best finished length. The best quick fixes for fallen bustles are baby diaper pins. Large enough to do the job and can hold weight.

The best thing you can do for any of your wedding dress failures or mishaps is to keep on going and have a good time. Thank goodness photographers can remove any type of blemishes with photoshop! So dance the night away and enjoy your wedding day.

PS Catch the fun live version of this post on Fox 7 Wedding Planner.


…bringing sexy back

When brides go shopping for their wedding dress they will definitely look at ALL angles of their wedding dress, but usually a lot of attention to detail is focused on the front of their wedding dress.

What if though, the back of your dress was the THE focal point? We’ve had a couple of brides that pulled that look off beautifully!

kristin gross duke wedding dress

photo: Straub Photography

Above is our bride,  Kristin Gross Duke, she married Zach Duke who’s a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. She is a vivacious little thing with a terrific figure! The back of her dress, while gorgeous from the front, was definitely the show-stopper. If you wish to read about her wedding, we blogged the last few days.

kerry sturm brames wedding dressThen there is our most recent bride, Kerry Strum Brames (we’ll be featuring her wedding shortly). Kerry is a very articulate and intelligent person who is not shy, but certainly holds herself with decorum and modest character.

Who better to pull off this incredibly, sexy dress? My jaw dropped when I saw it. So gorgeous and uber fabulous. The front was pretty…. but the back was INCREDIBLE.

(And you can see why I’m not a photographer, I stopped her in the hall of the church to take a photo really quick and didn’t notice the crock pot behind her. *sigh*)

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

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how to wear your mother’s wedding dress

It’s the dreaded question that you don’t want to hear from your mother before your wedding. Especially when you are the only girl in the family. “Will you wear my wedding dress”? asks your mom.


You know you want to make her happy and certainly don’t want to hurt her feelings, but come ‘on….every girl wants to pick out their own dress!

My bride this weekend, came up with a solution. It is a freakin’ brilliant idea and I don’t know why I (after 5 years of planning weddings) haven’t thought of it sooner.

wear your mother’s dress to your REHEARSAL!

Jessica Mills’ mother, Vicki, wanted to see her wedding dress on her daughter and watch “it” walk down the aisle at least one time! So Jessica wore it to the rehearsal (of course she changed later before the rehearsal dinner). It was so much fun to see an old fashioned (sorry Vicki) dress on a beautiful young lady. And Jessica’s wedding party  thought it was so much fun!

Jessica in her Mom's wedding dress

Jessica in her Mom’s wedding dress

Jessica is sweet and sassy in Vicki's dress!

Jessica is sweet and sassy in Vicki’s dress!

And here is another crazy idea….

take a formal photo shoot..

Call your photographer for a formal wedding shoot. Or when you are taking your engagement photos, slip on your Mom’s wedding dress and have a few professional shots taken. Give it to your Mom as a wedding present.

I love fun ideas that can make everyone happy.

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gown bustling

tip on bustling your wedding gown…

Make sure you bring someone with you to the store when you learn how to bustle your gown. Ideally this will be your maid of honor or at least someone who will be available at the reception. Have this person take a really close look at the hooks and threads to ensure that they are sturdy, if they aren’t, ask the store to replace them. You may want to practice yourself when the dress is hanging. You want to be sure this isn’t left to chance….or it can be very frustrating on your wedding day!

feature photo credit: andrew roberson photography

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