need a gown or show-stopping cocktail dress ?

I am not a fashionista. I used to be. Seriously, I have spent more money on clothes, shoes and handbags that I care to admit. But over time, my priorities became clearly different – choosing quality over quantity and stream lining my closet.

However, in my industry, there are times where I need to have a gown or an awesome cocktail dress. I go shopping and can’t find a thing!

Do you feel the same? Do you have a fantastic non-profit ball to attend and want to feel glamorous without spending all that money?

Brides … do you have a lot of parties to attend in your honor and want to look fabulous?

Bridesmaids – is it a small wedding and you can choose your own dress?

Hello … Rent the Runway

Now I know this isn’t ground breaking news, but just in case that you don’t know about it. This awesome site that works with you and lets you have the designer gowns for rent, at an affordable price.

Don’t forget accessories, proms, work clothes and more!

And for you sweet teens, you can try: Charlottes Closet

photo credit: jesse and gena photography

plan on!

unique bachelorette party …

Last summer I had the opportunity to participate in one of the coolest Bachelorette parties I’ve ever attended and I had nothing to do with the planning. In fact, I didn’t even know the bride. But when you have friends on the Ohio River … everyone is invited for a little fun.

bachelorette party on the river

The bride: Tami Klueh (now Beach) knew that she wanted to have a fun, river, bachelorette party with her girlfriends. But she was surprised when they picked her up at the dock with a real wedding dress for her to wear! And all of the girls who attended, wore a bridesmaid dress over their swimsuits in honor of Tami’s upcoming wedding. I even got to wear one!

Parked on of the islands off of French Island Marina, you can imagine how all the girls dressed in formals stood out amongst the boaters and swimsuits. And it was so great for Tami, strangers and friends congratulating her. Jello shots, drinking games, dancing, trashing the dress, swag bags, rope swing, grilling, an awesome house boat and lots of laughter … it was a great day!


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Great job at the planning: Nancy Daniels, Audrey Taber, Angie Glassford, Beth Farrand, Jessica Biggs, Brianna Beard, Buffy Crowley, Melissa Roe (and her Roe Boat) …. and anyone else I missed (like I said, I was just a guest).

feature photo credit: pfe iPhone

So have you had a different kind of bachelorette party with a theme?

party on!


when life hands you lemons …

… squeeze ’em, add some vodka and voila! Wait. that’s not right.

You’ve heard the saying …


When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.


Check out these two wedding, real-life stories of people in adversity rose above and helped out others or family members.

lemonade case study number one:

When the Fowler family’s daughter’s wedding was called off 40 days before the big day, they were faced with an decision. Lose all the money, deposits they have made towards the catering and venue, or make some lemonade.

They contacted a local charity, Hosea Feed the Hungry and had a catered party for anyone who could attend. The focus was off the daughter and she was able to do something constructive in her sadness. Now they are trying to plan a second and even larger event next year. Kinda cool, huh?


lemonade case study number two:

A mother with three daughters, who are all engaged, and is dying of lung cancer. The three daughters collaborate together to move up their dates and have a triple wedding so their mother can see them. Very generous to share your day and spotlight with your sisters for your mom. Update: Mom died 12 hours after the wedding. Sad, but I bet she was so happy.

featured photo credit: jordan barclay

Do you have any cool stories to share?

plan on! 


diy and pinterest brides … caution!

Listen up you lovely DIY Pinterest loving brides! Please listen to this. Not everything you see on Pinterest is good (although we do enjoy that website, you can follow me here).

For instance, the Gold Glitter Mason Jar.

If you have ever worked with glitter, you know it is not the most friendly type of crafting. In fact, it’s quite unforgivable. Once you open that glitter jar, you are pretty much committed to having specks of glitter in your house, on your body, on your face, on the floor … for a very long time.


photo credit: somewhere on etsy, the page went down

I love me some DIY, really I do. We do a lot of it (check out our feature photo of custom banner we made for one of our brides). However, we just want you to proceed with caution when you are thinking about making your own decor for your wedding. In other words, learn from our experience and mistakes.

For instance, we had a wedding that was a Winter Wonderland. It was gorgeous. We used over 700 votive candles. You read that correctly. Eight people and 15 minutes we had them lit for the reception, but I digress.

We purchased faux snow flakes to put on the tables. A mound of snow flakes, votives on top and then branches (the bride and groom raided their acreage for real branches … hey this was back in 2005). White on white with lots of luminous candle light.


photo credit: todd pellowe photography

The problem was those beautiful snowflakes became pesky intruders on the guest tables. They grew legs and morphed their way into people’s plates, on the floor, on your fancy dress, men’s slacks, etc. You would think this wouldn’t happen, but it did. You can barely see the snow, you have to look really closely.

moral of the story?

While everything can look easy to create and beautiful, it can be hard to replicate and end up being a colossal mess at your event. So think twice. Try it out way in advance (not in bulk) so you can edit. Because not EVERYTHING on Pinterest should be replicated.

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

plan on!


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