WHAT SHAPE WEDDING DRESS ARE YOU?

Wedding Gowns 101: Learn the Silhouettes

Wedding gown shopping — oh, where to begin! For starters, as a bride, you should aim to look like the absolute best version of yourself on your wedding day. And aside from your beaming smile and bridal glow, your dress will be front and center. We all have different body types, which is why it’s so important to begin the wedding dress shopping process by understanding the different gown silhouettes; and for which body types they work best. Here’s a quick and easy guide to breakdown the various wedding gown silhouettes!

Ballgown: The “fairy tale” dress, with a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist with a full skirt. Ideal for most body types but looks great on pears, since it hides the lower body. Not good for petites; the skirt can be overwhelming on a small frame.

A-Line: Fitted bodice through the waist and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase “A.” Ideal for all body types.

Modified A-Line: Fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares to the hem, forming an “A” shape. The skirt of a modified A-line dress fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line. Ideal for all body types.

Empire: Fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut is between a modified a-line and a mermaid cut. Ideal for frames with small waists, such as the hourglass, banana, and petites. Not good for pears and apples, as it accentuates stomach and hip area.

Mermaid: Fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee. Ideal for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for apples and plus size body types.

Column/Sheath: Narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Ideal for lean frames, such as petites and bananas. Also good on hourglasses who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for pears; sheaths will accentuate extra inches and can be unflattering.

Tea-Length: Skirt falls in between the ankle and the knee. Ideal for all sizes.

Mini: Skirt falls above the knee. Ideal for bananas. Not good for plus sizes.

Then add Sleeves and Neck-line after you find your type dress.

Find a store that has all your types and then find the shop that has your price once you find your type, sleeve and neck-line.

Come see us at BindersGardens.com to host any event.

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WEDDING BUFFET TIPS

Aside from the romance, the tear-jerker stories and toasts, and a great time on the dance floor, there’s one thing that all wedding guests look forward to, whether they admit it or not: the food. However, we’ve all been to a wedding where we’ve had the painful experience of waiting for what feels like an eternity before you get a chance to get your turn at the buffet.

Whether you’re feeding fifty people or three hundred and fifty people at your wedding reception, getting food on every guests place is a logistic challenge. Luckily, after forty years of catering weddings all over Tennessee, we’ve learned a few tricks to make sure your wedding food is served to your guests as quickly as possible. It’s our pleasure to share some of those ideas with you today!

It’s the little things…

First of all, there are a few little tricks that will help buffet lines move a little faster that are often overlooked. For example, one thing that keeps wedding guests at the buffet longer than necessary is stopping to butter their dinner roll or season their meal. This time can easily be eliminated by placing butter, salt and pepper on each table. Depending on the meal, you can even consider having other items like gravy or salad dressing on each table as well.

 

Another small trick that makes a big difference is to work with an experienced caterer whose staff is watchful and ready to replace a near-empty dish before it needs it, rather than letting it get empty and holding up the line while wedding guests notify staff, then wait for more food to arrive.

 

Double up!

Who says you only need one buffet line? The time it takes your guests to get their share of the wedding food can be majorly reduced by having a line on either side of the buffet table. For larger weddings, you may even consider having two buffet tables, with a line on either side of each table, creating a total of four lines of service for your guests.

There are also a few creative options for spreading out your buffet service. Your meal can be split into different service stations, such as a salad bar in one area of the room, a pasta station in another area, and a chef-carved prime rib table.

Keep them entertained…

A great way to take some of the focus off waiting for their chance to enjoy the buffet is to give wedding guests some entertainment at their seats while waiting. Musical performances or funny tidbits can be a great way to keep people focused on something other than their growling stomachs.

To take it a step further, ask your DJ or emcee for help determining the order in which to release tables to the buffet by organizing a simple game or competition. For example, have tables compete in a game of ‘Name That Tune’ for their chance to head to the buffet. The DJ will play a few seconds of a popular song (from whatever genre is most appropriate for your wedding guests), and then guests must raise their hand or stand up when they think they know the correct artist and song. If they have guessed correctly, that table can head to the buffet. This is a great option because it gets wedding guests excited for the good times on the dance floor later in the night, and it provides a bit of an entertaining distraction during the wait for the buffet. Nothing fires up a little healthy competition like the smell of a delicious meal! A similar option is to ask trivia questions about the bride and groom or their relationship to determine what order tables head to the buffet. Just be sure to ‘rig’ the game so VIP guests such as the parents or grandparents of the couple get released to the buffet first!

We hope that these tips and suggestions will help you plan for your wedding reception food service effectively! As always, if there is anything we can help you with, don’t hesitate to contact us – we simply love helping Houston Couples here at Binders Gardens Venue

PICKING WEDDING EXITS

PICKING A WEDDING EXIT IS FUN

Picking an exit for your wedding is a tradition to wish couples an abundant, bountiful, happy and great marriage. Now couples have many options to use for your newlywed couples exit from their wedding.  This is one tradition that isn’t going away and many have a fake exit for photos only.  They want all their guests in the photo instead of waiting til the end when their guests are not sober and only a handful left.

It should be something that matches your personality and theme of your wedding.

RICE:

Years past many ears have lost their hearing from “Rice” being thrown at you during your wedding exit and it’s been around the longest.  Rice symbolizes Fertility from Roman times and is environmentally safe.  Now medicine is advance no one loses their hearing.  Don’t want to hard effect, try oatmeal tossing for an eco-friendly exit.

WHEAT:

France throws it to symbolize bounty.  Herbs: If you’ve got a cooking couple on your hands, throwing herbs is a perfect way to tie it in. Not only do they smell deliciously fresh, but they’re also environmentally friendly.

NOLA (NEW ORLEANS STYLE):

The couple has decorative umbrellas and guest waive white napkins as the guests stomp and cheer to the Saints music.

CANDY:

Italians throw rain candy and sugared nuts over couples for sweetness in marriage.  Rainbow sprinkles are always a good idea.

NON-TRADITIONAL EXITS BELOW:

PAPER PLANES:

These bring out the “kid” in everyone.  It also gives

guests something to do at their reception tables between dances.  Guests fold

their own paper airplanes & get ready for the exit.  Use colorful paper to match

your wedding colors.  It’s inexpensive & an easy exit item.

REAL FLOWER PETALS:

Lavender, Baby’s Breath, & Floral Petals – A romantic option for a pretty exit.

Lavender smells so good, doesn’t hurt when thrown at you, is

friendly to the environment & if you can time it just right with

your photographer, makes for great pictures.  Often, brides put these in small

sachets or paper cups for guests. Do ask your manager where

floral petals can be thrown- some have dyes

BIODEGRADABLE CONFETTI:  Easier to clean up.

STREAMERS (RIBBONS ON DOWELS): Colorful  -these often have swirls of

ribbons & noisemakers attached to them. They’re inexpensive & no clean up.  Guests can take them home with them.You can personalize with your themed colors or add lace, & notes.

BLOW BUBBLES:

These stay in the air for a long time, so the photographs are AWESOME!  They’re inexpensive & available all over the internet for ordering. They’re whimsical & always a crowd favorite.

LEAF CONFETTI:

If you’re planning to wed in autumn months, make use of your natural surroundings. Plus, falling leaves create a great backdrop for photos.  Hole punch leaves of all colors and make this an all Green wedding.

GOLF CLUB SALUTE:

Golf Clubs or Toy Guns looks very military or can match your hobby to your personality.

TOY GUNS:

Cap guns can bring the wild, wild west back in the ceremony or a nerdy way is with Nerf guns.

LED OR PLAIN BALLOONS:

This can be done in a variety of ways.  Some do a “release” while others have guests

take them home with them.  Use your wedding colors or introduce a new element (school colors,

red / white/ blue for something patriotic, red / gold / green if it’s in December, etc).  Some

fill the balloons with LED lights or glow sticks- beautiful for pictures!

GLOW STICKS:

These are a real crowd-pleaser because they’re introduced

to the party during the reception when guests are still

dancing.  They make for great photos for the night shots

and can go home with guests.  No risk of anything dying or staining

your clothes & nothing is being thrown at you!

SMOKE BOMBS:

Best if you have a more affordable reception dress, or traveling clothes that you’re changing into, because you’re pretty sure to have a dry cleaning bill. But holy moly, the pictures.

BELLS AND NOISE MAKERS:

SPARKLERS: dangerous and flammable and most Venues insurance won’t cover this.

THE DECORATED CAR:

Perfect if you and your partner are driving off to your honeymoon (or your hotel) in your own vehicle. So consider “letting” your friends or family decorate your car before hand, then see you off in all your tinseled/ painted/ ballooned glory. Tip: if one of your friends is a mechanic… don’t let them near the car.

AND REMEMBER…

If you have no plans to leave your wedding in grand style, you can do variations of many of these exits as you head back up the aisle, or on the church steps (should you have them). I’m pretty sure that’s what church steps are for.

BRIDES ARE YOU ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?

What’s your price?

It’s not always fair to ask what’s your price, instead ask what do I get and what different options do you have. Try to match apples to apples to all your vendors.

What do I get?

You should have a general idea of what you need and be flexible to talk about option to get what you want, so you can find something that fits your vision or dream.

Should I get a Wedding Planner before finding a Venue?

This is so old school and many reverse this and find their venue first and then the wedding planner. But if your not an detailed oriented bride, the. We recommend you getting a planner first.

What’s your estimate of guests? Many don’t know that you shouldn’t count 3 year olds and under. You should consult with other family members to help estimate you list.

What’s your budget?

Knowing an estimate of what you need it all to cost does help vendors; if a vendor knows your budget they can help you stay in your cost budget. Sometimes you have to give up a little to make what you need over what you want.

TRENDING BRIDAL STYLE SHOOTS

Styled Bridal Photo Shoots aren’t new and it’s a great way to collaborate and use photos marketing for all vendors.

At Binders Gardens we host not only Photography Workshops we host small Bridal Style Shoots. They are trending now everywhere. Many do them for publication and use for marketing material.

Style Shoots only take a few days to plan and once it’s set, the timing is everything. Once makeup and hair is done and the setup location is complete, the shoot is done in minutes with focusing on exactly what you want to capture. These are collaborated and done with ease.

We are sharing a few from the last month we hosted with the following Vendors.

Southern Spirits Events

https://www.facebook.com/Southernspiritsevents/

A Finer Event

https://www.facebook.com/

LBL Event Rentals

https://www.facebook.com/lbleventrentals/

Yaul Rustic Rentals

https://www.facebook.com/yallsrusticrentals/

Classically Unique Photography

https://www.facebook.com/Classically-Unique-212726452103405/

Morgan Linzee Photography

https://www.facebook.com/mlinzeephotography/

LinSpiredFloral

https://www.facebook.com/linspiredfloral/

https://www.facebook.com/Samanthasmakeup/

https://www.facebook.com/dollfacestudiotx/

THING YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT WEDDING CAKE

Wedding cake is just there to feed your guests right? Wrong! There are lots of weird and wonderful big day traditions surrounding wedding cake – here are eight favorites…

1. Cutting the cake represents the first task a couple will do together

This is why everyone stands around and watches you holding a knife together – even though it only takes two seconds!

2. The traditional tiered shape is inspired by a church

Apparently a man called Thomas Rich started that traditional in 1703. He was a baker’s apprentice and wanted to make an extravagant cake for his bride, so he drew inspiration from St Bride’s Church in London.

3. Wedding cakes were originally made of wheat

Wheat is a traditional a symbol of fertility and the wheat was plucked from the cake and thrown over the bride (erm, we’ll take confetti thanks).

4. Wedding cakes used to be broken over the bride’s head

This was to symbolise breaking the bride’s virginity (lovely) – we can definitely see why this traditional faded out – not only does it have a pretty outdated sentiment, but think of the hair crumbs!

5. White cakes were a status symbol

White sugar used to be an expensive luxury; so having an all-white wedding cake was proof of the couples’ wealth and importance.

6. Keeping the top tier of your wedding cake tradition has been around for a while!

Couples traditionally save it for their first anniversary or their baby’s christening. It became more commonplace once freezers were readily available, but a slice of Queen Victoria’s wedding cake went up for auction this year (we wouldn’t advise eating it though)!

7. Your groom should have his own cake

Groom’s cakes originated in Victorian times and were served as a second option to the main cake and often featured heavier flavours, such as alcohol or chocolate, as these were thought to be more suited to the “stronger sex” – errr a chocolate cake just for him? Whatever.

8. A slice of wedding cake can predict the future

It is said that if a wedding guests sleeps with their slice of wedding cake under their pillow they will dream of their future partner (it’ll be a nightmare to clean the sheets mind).

VENUE ADDITIONS

Binders Gardens has so many photography opportunities for Brides they have to make sure they set shooting time at least an hour to walk around and get all the favorite spots; has now added new additions.


Last year at this time we finished the Open Barn Roof, since then we added a frontage wall to block parking lot view.  Then we put up the wall to block the Grooms Studio.  


Instead of adding the Barn Doors, we replaced the French drains around the open Barn and added a Dry Rock River Bed that travels like a snake all the way past the Lake Side Wedding Location to the Lake.


We will put in a small Rustic Bridge to go over the Dry Rock RiverBed to get to other locations behind the Grooms Studio.

Also we will add one more Garden to our collections.

We did wait til we had a few weekend that didn’t have Wedding to do this construction and of course wanted to make sure it was 90 degrees everyday.  LoL 

Ya’ll come see us now.

SUBMIT TO SOUTHERN WEDDINGS MAG

Submit a Wedding Thank you so much for considering Southern Weddings as the place to share your work or your wedding! We are grateful!
When choosing weddings for our site, we look for gorgeous (natural, light-filled, minimally processed) photography, meaningful SOUTHERN details, and a sincere love story.
To be considered for an online real wedding feature, the wedding must have taken place in the Southeastern United States OR have a Southern component or appeal to Southern brides in some way. To be considered for a print real wedding feature, the wedding must have taken place in the Southeastern United States.
Photographers: Please email 20-25 good web-quality .jpg attachments (do not embed in email or send slideshows; do NOT send individual images over 1 MB each) to Emily (emily at southernweddings dot com) along with the following information: couple’s name, wedding date, wedding location, and main vendors. We are also happy to review PASS/Pixieset galleries of 20-25 photos or links to Dropbox folders with 20-25 photos. Please do NOT send Dropbox links to download or invite us to join your Dropbox folder.
Brides: We are TRULY honored that you would think of us as a home for your wedding. While we wish we could publish every devoted reader’s celebration, we get 75-100 submissions a week and publish just 4-5 a week, and so don’t have room for every submission. Please don’t think your celebration is any less special if we don’t have a spot for it! If you would like to submit, please ask your photographer to do the above. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Due to the high volume of submissions, we unfortunately cannot respond to all inquiries. If the wedding is chosen, we will email you to request an interview from the couple and additional details. If you have not heard back from us within three weeks, we welcome you to submit your work to another publication.
All submissions are considered simultaneously for both the blog and for print unless you specify otherwise. Please note we do have a strict exclusivity policy and cannot share work that has been featured on another blog or in another publication. If you think your submission is perfect for print, we recommend you do not even share it on your own blog before sending it to us. Submissions for V9 are closed. We are currently accepting submissions for V10, which will debut in fall 2017.
We do also consider styled shoots for blog and print features, though we publish them far less frequently than real weddings. We also publish engagement series on our Facebook page in a series called “Facebook Friday.” Please submit these types of features using the same guidelines as above. We generally do not publish “trash the dress” sessions or bridal sessions.
For styled shoot submissions, keep in mind that our most important criteria is that the shoot have an authentic Southern heartbeat and that it tell a story.
We are also happy to review submissions through Two Bright Lights. Please note that TBL submissions can take us up to a month to review.
Thank you so much for thinking of Southern Weddings as a showcase for your work! We look forward to collaborating with you!

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REAL WEDDINGS & CELEBRATIONS
We currently publish real weddings and celebrations two to three times a week on MarthaStewartWeddings.com, and usually include five to 11 in each issue of the magazine, and are constantly looking for great events to feature. Please note that we require exclusivity and therefore ask that you do not submit a wedding that has already been published in other magazines or blogs, including the blog of the photographer or other vendors involved. We also do not accept styled shoots at this time. To submit your wedding, rehearsal dinner, welcome party, bridal shower, vow renewal, or other wedding-related event for consideration, send the following information about your wedding to realweddings@marthastewart.com:

Your name

Phone number

Wedding location(s), including city and state

Event date

Your wedding photographer’s name, website, and email address

A brief paragraph about what makes your wedding special, highlighting the details and ideas you think were most important

5-7 images that you think represent your wedding best. Ideally these are sent as a link using a file sharing program like Dropbox, or as an attachment. Please do not embed your photos in the body of the email or send large attachments.

If you have a website with all of your professional photos, please include access to that (be sure to include any necessary passwords). Please do not send Facebook links.

 

If your wedding has not taken place yet but you would like us to consider it, please send us the first six items listed above, as well the key vendors you are working with and any visuals or additional information that will help us get a better idea of what you have in mind for your big day.

We will contact you if we are interested in getting more information from you. 

 HONEYMOONS

We are also looking for couples who are planning amazing postwedding getaways to be featured in our column, “Honeymoon Diaries,” that runs in the travel section of every issue. The page features photos and details from a real couple’s recent vacation. 

To be considered, send 10 of your best shots (or pass along the link to your online photo gallery), and a few sentences explaining when you traveled, where you went, and why you loved it, to realhoneymoons@marthastewart.com.