Submit to Trendy Bridal Magazine 

SUBMITTrendy Bride Magazine and Blog is always on the lookout for real weddings, styled shoots and more that offer a captivating glance at a unique aspect of wedding day trends. For consideration, please submit your wedding information, photos or creative styled shoots to Michelle Butler (michelle@trendybride.net).

Submissions

We appreciate your interest in sharing your photos with Trendy Bride! There is alot of information on this page to help with the submission process. (We currently only accept exclusive submissions for print features.)

Trendy Bride Magazine Submission Guidelines:

We accept styled shoots,engagements,anniversaries & real weddings for our magazine.

Specs:

All submission must be high resolution. Images must be at least 300 dpi.

( Please do not submit low resolution images.)

How do I submit to Trendy Bride Magazine?

Please email your real wedding or styled shoot to michelle {at} trendybride.net. Please email the submissions via Dropbox, Pixieset or Pass. ( We love dropbox submissions!)

Please include the download password or pin for Pass/Pixieset submissions. We also accept submissions via Two Bright Lights.

How many photos should I send?

For real weddings please submit 50-120 photos including details, portraits, ceremony and reception. We love detail shots! ( such as: decor,flowers,cake,etc)

For styled shoots please submit 50-100 photos.

Response Time

Please allow 3-6 weeks for us to respond to your magazine submission.

Questions? Email – michelle {at} trendybride dot net

Thank you in advance for your submission!

Blog Submission Guidelines:

What Trendy Bride loves:
Lots of pretty details!

Couples in love

Unique Venues and Locations

Types of Submissions we choose:

Real Weddings

Engagement and Love Shoots

Styled and Inspiration Shoots

Anniversaries

How many photos should I send?

For real weddings please submit 40-100 photos including details, portraits, ceremony and reception. We love detail shots! ( such as: decor,flowers,cake,etc)

For styled or inspiration shoots please submit 40-100 photos.

For engagement + love sessions, please send 25-60 photos.

How do I submit to Trendy Bride Blog?

Please email your real wedding,engagement session, or inspiration shoot to michelle {at} trendybride.net. Please email the submissions via Dropbox or Two Bright Lights.

Specs:

We prefer low resolution submissions. Images must be at least 800 pixels wide. (Both vertical & horizontal images should be this width) Feel free to submit high resolution images if this is easier.

Response Time

Please allow 1-2 weeks for us to respond to your blog submission.

What information should be included?

Please send us the vendors,diy projects,inspiration from the day etc. The more details the better. (*You need permission from the photographer to submit any wedding to Trendy Bride.*)

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I DO – ONLINE WEDDING WEBSITE

I find more DIY (do it yourself) Brides than Brides that hire Wedding Planners are making their wedding website to send to family and friends and help them to keep up with so many details of their wedding day. These online wedding websites are offered free on some sites and those that know what they are doing buy the simple wedding templates and make them work them.


I did a little research to see what sites have them free with a small domain fee per year. Besides the big Wedding sites that are too complicated, you can find a few with free templates like Word Press, Wedding Web Site for You, Ipage, Wigli, Wix Wedding and Gator; search Best Wedding Web Sites on EZVID ADVISOR dot com. They are so cool with themes and add your color schemes and make your web domain name to send your family and friends.


They are designed to tell your story of how you met and add music, #wedding name, registry, photos, and videos. They are stated with a Count Down clock to the Big Day. They show the Weather, the location of Venue, the Vendors you are using, the link to RSVP and they also have the link to your Honeymoon account to help you get your amazing Honeymoon.


These online wedding sites are setup to show where you put your “save the date” photos, update dates on your “bridal showers” and location for hotels, venue, and eateries; along with plans to help out of town guests keep together with taxi and limo services.


If you really want simple, many are making private secret Facebook groups for your wedding to add your family and friends to watch as you add all these things for your amazing Wedding Day.


These tips are brought to you by the team at Binders Gardens Venue in the Houston Texas area. 


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Interview Blog of DarKer Side DJ’s

Here is an amazing Wedding Professionals DJ that works in the Houston Area …


DarKer Side DJ’s was founded in 2000 by David & Kathy Raciti (Dar & Ker). YEESSS!….. We always get asked the big question… “Why did we choose DarKer Side DJ’s as our company name?” Well, we were shooting for something a little more creative than the usual “DJDAVE” or “NewWave DJ” and Dar & Ker are our initials. That is why the “D” and the “K” are both capitalized inside our company name.


We also wanted to tie our name into the world of music. We both had plenty of old memories of playing those old “45” records when we were kids. With a little research we found that second side or backside always consisted of a song which was rarely played or seen and was referred to in the music industry as the “DARKER SIDE”! The name made sense to us and we went with it!!!


With customer service as a first priority, and incorporating 40 years of musical experience into the mix, we have grown leaps and bounds over our 17 years in business to become one of the leading DJ/KJ shows in Southeast Texas boasting a song list of over 45 million music tracks & more than 150,000 different karaoke titles As technology continues to change our industry, we have furthered our services with all new Photo Booths, BOSE speaker systems, over 35,000 HD music videos, big screen projectors, LED up-lighting and DJ style light shows, as well as customized Monograms to help us create a professional performance which is personalized and suited for each of our customers needs and requirements.


“Quality Entertainment for Any Occasion” is the motto we live by. We will set up indoors & outdoors for any occasion, including clubs, private parties, birthdays, anniversary’s, weddings, barn dances, beach parties, benefits and more…!!!


All questions, requests or inquiries concerning booking or company information can be directed to:

DarkerSideDJs@DarKerSideDJs.com

or by

Calling Dave or Kathy @ (281) 542-DJKJ

or by mail at:

DarKer Side DJ’s & Karaoke

                 Attn: Dave                

         506 S. Brooks St. 

Brazoria TX 77422 


 

VENDOR VS WEDDING PROFESSIONALS

Well to us Pros; we are Wedding Professionals and we find that our customers the public brides call us Wedding Vendors. Some don’t care but some that have been around a while do. Today the discussion is about us Wedding Pros.

Most of us Wedding Pros are each other’s Biggest Fans and not competitors. This is how we all should be. We are all so different we have too many different things to offer in this event business.


Every month many of us Wedding Pros meet during the week at monthly schedule breakfasts or luncheons at different Restaurants and Venues. This is the way we network like a family of Wedding Pros should. We meet new contacts monthly and help each other by word of mouth.


Net”Working” is work and those in most of our areas meet and WORK together great. We have Conferences that most attend and have State Meetings for different areas of our talents. Our Main goal is to give our Clients the Blissful Event that we all want.


The have Pages and Groups on Facebook where you can find them. They are all structured a little differently but the goal is the same. 
In the Houston Area, you can find them by searching the following….
· West Houston Wedding Professionals

· Central Houston Wedding Professionals

· Bay Area Wedding Professional

· Fort Bend Event Professionals
 
We at Binders Gardens Venue are hosting the following Groups.
March 14 for the Fort Bend Event Professionals at 9am, for more information we can direct your invite to the correct person at Info@BindersGardens.com – cost is $20.
April 4 for the West Houston Wedding Professionals at 11am, for more information we can direct your invite to the correct person at Info@BindersGardens.com – cost is $15.

Binders Gardens

16630 Hwy 36

Needville, TX 77461

(Outside of Katy, Rosenburg, Sugarland Area)

TIS THE SEASON FOR OPEN HOUSES

Texas Bridal Venues have been told to do four quarterly Open Houses during off season.  


So if Wedding Season is Spring and  Fall then you would think that Open Houses are only twice a year – Winter and Summer (really cold or really hot) but if you only come out when it cold and hot, you can’t see the place in its Prime Season, so I guess that’s why they have it during the beginning of Spring and Beginning of Fall.


We had our First Open House at Binders Gardens Venue in SW Houston on the windyest day of the year.  We clocked in some 35 mile per hour winds and we packed em in that day.  


We had an amazing humbling Open House with 24 Vendors and Houston’s Perfect Wedding Guide Magazine came out to work our registration table.  They took 27 Brides and 69 Guests information. 

The food was amazing, the decor was point on and cake was melting in everyone’s mouth.  We want to personal thank the vendors that attended and helped.  They are listed below.

All photos provided by Classically Unique


OPEN HOUSE VENDORS:

Rhythm Inc. Dance Studio


https://www.facebook.com/rhythmincdancestudio/
Floral Designs by Jamie

Www.fb.me/floraldesignbyjamie

Amanda Haley Hair Co

https://www.facebook.com/amandahaleyhair/

Marcia Weddings and Events

https://www.facebook.com/Marcia-Weddings-and-Events-570082116487028/

Southern Spirits Events

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

Light House Caterer


https://www.facebook.com/Lighthouse-Catering-1486013228076277/
A Finer Event 

https://www.facebook.com/afinerevent/
LBL Event Rentals

https://www.facebook.com/lbleventrentals/
Candle Light Ambiance of Texas

https://www.facebook.com/texascandledecor/
True Creations Videography

https://www.facebook.com/TrueCreationsVideography/

Cypress Photo Camper

https://www.facebook.com/Cypressphotocamper/

Happiness is Life Photography 

https://www.facebook.com/HappinessIsLifePhotography/

Sugar Dancer Confections

https://www.facebook.com/sugardancerconfections/

Houston Perfect Wedding Guide

https://www.facebook.com/HoustonPerfectWeddingGuide/

Darker Side DJs and Karaoke PhotoBooth

https://www.facebook.com/DarKerSideDJsKaraokePhotobooth/

Nava Photography
 

https://www.facebook.com/navasphotography/

DJ Dave Productions

https://www.facebook.com/DJDaveProductions/

Proforma Printmotion

All things Bridal


https://www.facebook.com/printmotions/

Celebrating Vacations


https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateVacay/

Homewood Suites Hilton Katy


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homewood-Suites-by-Hilton-HoustonKaty-Mills-Mall/497638417096097

Jan Leonard 


https://www.facebook.com/Wedding-Minister-182313795189782/

Bavarian Cakery


https://www.facebook.com/bavariancakery/

Mark Matthews Photography


https://markmatthewsphotography.smugmug.com/

Congratulation to the lucky couple Luis Chavez and Meredith Schiro from Needville TX – they Won the Grand Prize Wedding Venue for their Wedding.


Binders Gardens Venue


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ITS MY WEDDING AND I WILL CRY IF I WANT TO; but don’t want to.

Has any bride cried as they walked down the aisle?? May get emotional easily & so scared that They are going to be crying walking down the aisle (from happiness of course) & all their photos will look awful because of their ugly crying face! lol Any advice on how NOT to cry?
Lol this sounds bad.. but they had a plan on focusing on their husband as I walked down but then they saw him tearing up, so they will instantly started to look around at the guests as their dad walks them down the isle with ugly face tears of happiness.


May brides replied….

 I feel like I’m going to be a mess! I read somewhere that if you mouth “watermelon” it’ll keep you from crying. I have no idea if it’s true but it’s just something I read.  

I also heard that if you put your tongue in the top of your mouth you will stop crying.

Listen to the song you’re walking down the aisle to over and over again. This is my second marriage. The first one I was a hot mess. This one I’m still crying during the song. I’ve got 6 months. 

I think you should let it happen as it does…that is what will make it memorable and real. You won’t start crying immediately and if you don’t see your future husband immediately that gives the photographer time to capture some of you walking without crying……..

I’m not married yet but someone did say that if you do cry just go with it because if you try to stop it or hide it that’s when they really get the not so pretty cry face.

This is my fear too! and I’ll be wearing false eyelashes for the first time and I’m afraid I’ll lose one and it’ll fall on my cheek or something in the midst of crying ahaha BUT I have heard if you listen to the song a lot.. like over and over, it helps. My wedding is in March and I should probably start doing it too.

I cry easily too! I suggest waterproof eye makeup.

You will prob smile for a little bit of the walk and then tears will fall .. it’s all a part of the day and will be great memories captured for your special day.

I’m scared of this so I’m doing a first look so we can cry alone, together in private.

I was fine the entire day. Then when I did the reveal with my dad i just busted out crying. Then again walking down the aisle and I thought I had quietly said “crap” like crap I’m crying again, but apparently I wasn’t all that quiet and my guests started laughing so it made for some comic relief and I had stopped crying. By the time I got to my now husband I was so happy to see him I couldn’t stop smiling.

I had a panic attack. sounded like I was gasping for air. taking short fast breaths. my anxiety was the worst. my hubby told me I oozed beautiful. I’m lk stop im gunna cry & ruin my makeup. we laughed & he grabbed my hand & it all went away.

Just make sure you use all water proof makeup, and have your maid of honor hold some tissues for you.

I’m a very emotional person and I was so scared this was going to happen. I had big tears in my eyes but I never cried, but I was shaking uncontrollably lol. I literally dragged my dad down the aisle. He kept telling me I needed to slow it down but I do not like being the center of attention lol. I held it together but you could tell I was on the verge of crying.

Yep I did! I tried to remember to smile when I first started but I just couldn’t hold it in. Don’t think we have one pic of my smiling. But at least I am coming back down the isle!

Have your Dad crack a joke with you just before you walk down the aisle so you start laughing and it releases your nerves. My husband did that with our daughter.

Trust me, I thought the same thing. I wasn’t emotional until I got to the altar. I was in so much shock that I didn’t have time to cry. 

I actually ended up saying the F word when I got to the altar because I was so overwhelmed. Not my proudest moment. Luckily only my husband heard me! 

My daughter started tearing up and her Dad realized it and told her something REALLY funny to turn things around. It was totally impromptu but awesome. The photographer caught that special moment and it is one of my favorite pics of the wedding. So have whoever is walking you down the aisle prepared with something to make you laugh 🙂

I didn’t cry but I was exhausted from not being able to sleep at all the night before! I did have my last dance with just me and my husband and that was emotional. it was a moment just for us to celebrate us. we were happy everyone was their to help us celebrate but that was a moment for him and me to truly connect for a dance without having to put on a show but to just enjoy each other. I highly recommend doing something like that.


Sooooo. Weather you cry or laugh; it’s your wedding and you can cry if you want to.  it’s your day!

9 TIPS TO SURVIVE A BRIDAL SHOW

HELP TIPS FOR BRIDES1. Dress cute n comfy – if going with a team; match the wardrobe or colors. Wear your cute club veil so we all know your the Bride. You know you have one. LoL 

2. Eat before and maybe if you know you will turn into Monique bring crackers and water.

3. BYOB – Bring your own Bag – thou you get one, it will break with all the papers. One for keepers and one for no’s.

4. BYC – Bring your checkbook. They will have some amazing deals you can only get there.

5. Do your homework, see who’s going and know their prices in advance to getting those deals. Just because they have a booth doesn’t mean they have a good rep. Anyone can buy a booth.

6. Plan the day. Plan where to park, what time it starts and map out the booths you want to see first and then see the rest.

7. Print out stickers of your name, email, dates of wedding, address and phone. You just saved yourself lots of time and don’t have to fill out any prize raffles.

8. Find and Collect the Open House flyers. These are what all the venues will give you so you can map out your next month of tours.

9. If you already have a venue; know what is not exclusive so you don’t book a vendor that you really can’t use.  
HAVE FUN!
One Bride suggested creating a separate email just for Bridal Emails.

NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Happy 2017 New Year!  With the new year brings new Engagements.


If you’re one of the lucky couples that just got engaged congratulations!  

Your first step is to decide on a date.  Dates can be anniversaries of when you met, they can also be around holidays when family can travel, or they can be seasonal the best time to have a wedding.

Your second step is to decide on who you’re going to invite, so you’ll have an estimate of guests count. 

Once you have a budget, you will have that you’re third step is to find a venue that has your date.  

Most Brides ask Venues for packages and dates from venues in advance of touring.  Once you find a few you like then it’s the time for touring and making your decision.
We hope that when looking you keep our hidden gem in mind at BindersGardens.com.


Things to remember when picking your venue.

1. Think of how you felt walking around.  This is how your guest will feel attending your weddings.

2. Ask 3 questions; Who will be at my wedding to help me on issues? What are your restrictions?  What is the maximum number allowed at the venue?

3. Request to view a sample invoice so you can see hidden costs.

4. Observe wheather the person touring with is truely listening to your questions.

5. Ask if there are options in prices.

6. Ask questions that will determine if they can handle conflicts the day of your wedding with your family.

7. Communicate to see if they are flexible about your priorities like decor or dealing with handicap family.

Once you get that comfort zone establiblish then this will help you decide if the venue is your perfect fit.  

The Dress: After The Wedding Options.


What to Do With the Dress After Your Wedding?
Many women struggle with what to do with their wedding gowns.

The average dress costs more than $1,300 in the U.S., a significant amount of money to spend on something you’ll only wear once.


Chances are, your wedding dress was something that you fell madly in love with the minute you tried it on for the first time. It was probably something you had to dig deep into your savings account to afford and will forever be the most expensive thing hanging in your closet. It’s definitely one of the top things you will remember when you look back at your wedding memories. But as hard as it is, selling your white dress for some cold hard cash may be the right option for you. 


How Much Money You Can List it For?

You may have paid a couple thousand dollars for your wedding dress, and while you won’t make all of that money back selling it used, you can make up to 50 percent back if you sell it within two and a half years. Depending on the style, fabric, designer name, and condition, you could make quite a lot of your money back selling it second hand.

Before putting the dress up for sale, make sure you are ready to say goodbye to it. Some people hold on to their wedding dress for sentimental reasons or because they have hopes of one day giving the dress to a relative. Just make sure you are ready to trade it in for money before selling it.

How Quick It Sells Can Be Based on What You Do.

Keep the dress in good shape after your wedding by getting it professionally cleaned. If it’s in good shape you’ll have a better chance of selling it. Try to sell it within a couple of years, so that the style is still popular and well sought after.


If you don’t know what to do with yours, consider these options:

Preserve It:

While preserving the dress wasn’t for me, many brides opt for this traditional approach.

Depending on the dress and your chosen method of preservation, the cost can range anywhere from $200 to $800.

Some brides open the box on a milestone date, such as their 10th, 15th or 25th anniversary.  


Pass It Down:

If you intend to have children — or have siblings with children — you can hold onto the dress and pass it on when the kids are ready to get married.

While your daughter or niece may not want to wear the dress as-is, she can alter it or use a piece of it to make her veil. It can be a nice way to add the “something old” to the wedding.

Frame It:

Some brides remove the bodice of the dress and frame it in a shadow box with other mementos from the wedding, like your invitation or place cards.

You can have it done professionally, but it’s also an easy DIY project. When I looked up the materials needed to follow this tutorial, the total cost was less than $100.


Sell It:

Where You Should Go to Sell It ?
There are plenty of online stores that specialize in re-selling wedding dresses like preownedweddingdresses.com, as well as eBay, tradesy, and for those more daring, Craigslist. If you’d feel better selling it to a brick and mortar shop, you can find local consignment shops to sell it at. Or get only 50 percent of the sale at Merry Go Round.

Dresses on eBay usually sell for lower prices, but Tradesy specializes in higher-end items, so you’ll get more money. It’s free to list, but they do take a 9% commission.

You can also look for bridal consignment shops in your area. They’ll handle selling the dress and you’ll get a portion of the purchase price.

Depending on the make of the dress, you can sell it for anywhere from 30-70% of its original cost. At the same time, you’ll be helping another bride get her dream dress.


Donate It:

Many charities accept wedding dresses, and they’re tax-deductible donations.

Here are four great options to consider supporting:

Adorned in Grace: Sells dresses to raise money to support victims of human trafficking

Make a Wish: Provides gowns to terminally ill brides who want to get married

Everyone’s Dream Come True: Gives dresses to brides in need so they can have a beautiful gown for their wedding

Angel Gowns: Creates bereavement gowns for babies that don’t get to come home from the hospital


Trash It:

If the idea of wearing it just once makes you sad, you could consider a “trash the dress” photo shoot.

Many brides wear their dresses to have pictures taken at the beach or in the countryside. The dress will likely be ruined, but you’ll have beautiful and special photos to remember it by.

There’s no right or wrong way to handle your dress after the big day. It’s an intensely personal decision.

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Brides who have already had their wedding were asked; What are some things you regret doing / not doing in your big day?

    Texas Brides were asked what would did they regret not doing or doing on their big day in a FaceBook group for Brides to Brides.

    Smiled more!!! I was sooo happy and we had our perfect wedding but for some reason I look so serious in my photos, so put your smile one no matter what happens!!

      I regret not having a better photographer!

      Have a quick snack between ‘I Do’ and pics. It was almost a BRIDE DOWN situation. Thankfully granny saved me with some ritz crackers in her purse.

      Oh and I didn’t eat all day I didn’t even eat at the reception Because by the time we had the reception I was sick to my stomach and couldn’t eat at all nearly passed out..

        Not smiling , and the drizzle of rain had something to do with it . My photographer had to keep reminding me to smile ….So if you can Smile . Lol

          Have fun and let everyone do thier jobs assigned to them
          :).

            Not having a day of coordinator!

              Not eating, some how the entire night went by and I don’t think I ever sat down.

               I regret not having video! The day of you are so caught up in the emotions and excitement that everything becomes a blur. Not to mention it goes by soooooo quickly. I wish we had a videographer to capture the day so we could look back on it years to come!!!! 

              I’m so glad we had was a photo booth though that had video capability so we can see everyone’s “wedding wishes” 💗

                Have a plan for your bouquet – preserving somehow?
                We DIY DJ’d…big mistake.
                Wish we’d have rented linens and a dance floor to pretty it up to its potential.

                  Less people- I had 140. And felt like I didn’t get to spend quality time w everyone there. Sure I made sure to stop by every table and say hello (which took forever). But I wanted more time w maybe 1/2 the people that were there.

                    Oh, and more cake!! Def get more portions than the # of people you invite. My cake was amazing (shout out to Bavarian Cakery) and I wanted more! Too bad for me- it was gone.

                      Take alone time with just your husband before you go to the reception. Not drinking enough. A day of coordinator. Let go of any worries and stress just enjoy it. And have everything packed before hand we got back to our apartment and still had to pack for our cruise before we left the next day.

                      Drinking scotch before the wedding lol

                      Ok, so with our RSVPs trickling in, I want to help others avoid a mistake I made. I did address and stamp the envelopes for the RSVPs, but I did not put the return addresses on the envelopes for them. You know… the guests address… well neither did any of them. Now we’re hunting down who sent what. A friend suggested that we should have numbered the RSVP cards and kept a corresponding list. This way, return address or not, we know which card came from whom. Too late for our cluster $#@!, but maybe it’s not too late for some of you lol!

                      Thanks for reading.

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