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

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.

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.

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 


 

5 Big Mistakes Wedding Professionals Make on Facebook

How to use Facebook for your wedding business


When I asked the wedding professionals on our email list for their biggest questions about using social media for their wedding businesses, the response was overwhelming! And most of the questions that came in had to do with Facebook.
My Confession
I’m on Facebook. I use it personally and professionally. But I have to confess…
I haven’t done everything on Facebook for our wedding business that I know I should be doing.
So this was a wake up call for me, too. I may not know everything there is to know about Facebook, but I’m really, really good at figuring stuff out.
Before we can get into exactly what to put on your Page and how to get brides on it, we’ve got to make sure we’re avoiding the most common…and sometimes disastrous…Facebook mistakes.
5 Facebook Business Mistakes
Mistake #1 – Using a Personal Profile For Your Wedding Business.
If you set up a new Facebook profile using your business name, you are in direct violation of Facebook’s terms of service.
Facebook only allows ONE profile for each individual. You are not permitted to use it, “for your own commercial gain.” If you want to promote your business, you need to create a Facebook Page.
If Facebook finds a profile used for a business, that account will be deleted and will lose all its friends and account information.
I know, it sucks. One of my wedding professional Facebook friends set up a profile using the name of their business and had over 1,500 friends. When Facebook found out, her account was deleted and she lost all those connections.
Yes, you will find people out there who are violating this rule, but it simply isn’t worth the risk. Use a Facebook Page for your business and save your profile for the “real” you.
Mistake #2 – Not Using Keywords in the Page Title and Description.
The cool thing about Facebook pages is that they get indexed in the search engines. If you set it up right, this means that your Facebook page could end up on Page 1 of Google.
However, this will only happen if you set up the page properly.
Use your targeted keywords (“san francisco wedding planner,” “dallas wedding photographer”) in your Page’s title and description. This will give you more visibility and get more brides to your Page and your website.
Mistake #3 – Not Including a Link to Your Website.
This seems like a no-brainer, but so many wedding professionals FORGET to put an easy to find link to their website on their business Page.
All your efforts are wasted if you don’t make it easy for brides to contact you and learn more about your business.
Make sure you add a link in the About section under your image as well as on your information tab. Use the full url…that means http://www.YourWebsite Dot com…

Then click it to make sure it works when you’re done!
Mistake #4 – Promoting, Promoting and Only Promoting.
If you want brides to “like” your page, pay attention to your status updates, and come back for more, you’ve got to make your updates interesting and valuable to them.
Many wedding vendors promote their own services, products and sales with every update. It’s like a never-ending sales pitch and it drives brides away! If all you do is tell them how great you are, they’ll hit that little “ignore” button and you’ll disappear from their Facebook world forever.
Make sure your updates are fun, interesting and helpful for brides. Then you can sparingly sprinkle in a promotion now and then.
Mistake #5 – Spamming the Walls of Friends With Ads.
Plastering your advertisement on every one of your friend’s Walls WILL NOT get you business. It will earn you a reputation as a “spammer,” your friends will un-friend you or make you invisible, and brides will be completely turned off.
People hang out on Facebook to connect with other people. That doesn’t mean you can’t use it to make money for your business…you sure can!…but you do it by building a relationship first.
If you want to advertise, buy a Facebook ad. Don’t use your friends’ profiles. 


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WEDDING VENUE QUESTIONS TO ASK


Not all wedding Venues are the same, so when comparing Venues; don’t just look at price. Compare Apples to Apple and not Oranges to Apples when looking for a Venue.  

Selecting a wedding venue is one of the earliest, and most important tasks on your to-do list. If you’ve never planned a wedding before, how can you be sure of the questions you’ll need to ask to find the perfect venue?

There are specific questions to ask when looking for a venue.

*What is not included in my rental of the venue, what extra charges or deposits are needed for their wedding package?

Ask if Chairs, tables, linen will be included in your rental package.  It’s not always provided.  Ask if any other items will be require to rent to have a wedding ceremony and reception.  Ask what details are extras perks sort of their package.


*What if something happens?

All weddings need a plan B and what if plan.  Outdoor wedding venues know that it could rain and they will tell you want they do or you should do.  Do you need insurance?  What if the Electricity goes out?  No one ever thinks to ask this.  If you have insurance what is covered to protect you if that would if happens. If the venue has plan Bs in place, and they have the answers for the would if; then you are in good hands.


*Should I tip anyone or this also a hidden cost?

The norm is to tip servers and come prepared to tip them. Bartenders usually have a tip jar but they also hire extra servers to help if the event is large. It’s best to ask your vendors if the tips are included in their cost. You need to know these things in advance.


*Ask for Exclusive price?

If your Venue only gives a price for Tables and Chairs, ask if they will give you an exclusive price on everything from cake, photos, Flowers, DJ and Catering. Sometime they can get the price better.


*Ask if there is a separate cost for a Cake?

In my experience, no one has a plan for who is responsible in cutting the cake. If you want the venue to be responsible to cutting the cake, serving it, providing cake plates and forks; their might be an extra fee. If not, then make sure you prepare in advance if Aunt June is cutting the cake and if she knows how correctly. Then make sure you have cake plates and extra forks. Don’t forget the Cake Cutter Knife and Cake Server.

*Ask how long you can Dance?

If you have hopes of drinking and dancing from dawn til dusk at your wedding you might want to ask if you can do that. Some venues only allow on an average four hours of Reception time. Some let you go over for an extra fee. Vendors and Venues basis their fees on four hours of Reception time and that is what they pay their staff for. So if you go over that basis set time frame, you might get sent an extra bill. Some will let you stay without the bar and music. Find out for your records. Even the Photographer is only expecting a certain time frame to be there and they might extra for the longer party.


*Ask about rules on decorating?

If you have big plans of having a hundred candles, fireworks, balloon, lanterns, hanging chandeliers and hanging material from the ceiling, they might get tarnished with a pop of a balloon. Many venues have strict policies against nails, tape, staplers, fire, and open flames. Find out in advance and if there is a fee to have them. A garden that has regular beauty may need no extra decorating to set the tone of your wedding. You can ask if there is a small fee to use any centerpieces and plants or arbors they have available for your event.


*Ask for the fee of the next day and if they schedule other events on the same day?

Large Venue may have several small weddings at the same venue to meet the demand. Find out if you can block off the night before to have your rehearsal and dinner at the same location. Sometimes they offer it for a small fee. It’s best not to have your wedding at the same time to not get parties confused to where to attend. Ask if you can schedule cocktail hour and what is the extra fee in between your ceremony and reception. 


*Ask if there is bathrooms and parking for your guests.

Many sites have a fee for parking and many times you can arrange for valet parking for an additional expense. This does help things run smoother than if people have to struggle to park and walk to the event. You could have a party bus pick up your out of town guest and shuttle them to the event in one pickup.


There are many factors and fees to consider when booking a venue, contact us at info@BindersGardens.com to get started with a tour.
 

WEDDING COORDINATOR/PLANNER .. VS .. VENUE COORDINATOR

All Coordinators are not equal and you should know the difference before thinking you don’t need a wedding Coordinator.  


We’ve heard it SO many times- “Oh the venue coordinator will handle everything, I don’t need a wedding planner/coordinator.”


We might need to clarify what they will do and what is not expected from them.

What most brides don’t quite understand is that the venue coordinator is just there for the Venue standpoint and manage help where needed. 


Nothing against venue coordinators, but they are there to facilitate who and what comes in and out.  If they tell you they can handle things on the day of your wedding, it’s true- they can, but it’s only within a certain scope.


A venue coordinator is looking out for the best interest of the venue. A wedding coordinator looks out for the best interest of YOU, the bride. The venue coordinator deals with everything having to do with the venue- food, setup, etc. A wedding coordinator will deal with aspects of the venue, such as setup, and will make sure everything is to your specifications. 


If your ceremony is at a location other than the venue, your wedding coordinator will be there with you. A venue coordinator will not be at that offsite ceremony. If the ceremony is at the venue, the venue coordinator will be there to help with the coordination of the ceremony.


 A wedding coordinator stays by your side throughout the day and night. They are there to tell you when things will be occurring throughout the night, such as the cake cutting, bouquet toss, toasts, etc. When I was planning, I stayed until the very end of the wedding, until all of the guests were gone. A venue coordinator stays until the meal is served, and the majority of the time, leaves after. Some may stay until the cake is cut and served. He or she will not be by your side throughout the day or night. Although the venue coordinator will do their best to keep you happy, he or she likely will not be involved if your bustle breaks, when it comes time to load up your gifts, or tracking down your lipgloss. 


 A wedding coordinator contacts your vendors before your wedding to make sure everyone is confirmed and knows what time they will be arriving. A venue coordinator may contact vendors that have to do with setup of the reception, but it’s not common. Other vendors, like your photographer or hair and makeup, would not be contacted by your venue coordinator.

 Venues are known to have a high turnover rate among the coordinator/sales positions. The person that you book your wedding with may or may not still be there when it comes time for your wedding a year, year and a half later. Your wedding coordinator is hired by YOU, hand selected by YOU, and won’t be going anywhere (unless, God forbid, something horrible happens!).  

These are just a few things to inspire some thinking when it comes to deciding whether or not you need a wedding coordinator. This is in no way meant to be bad towards venue coordinators… as I said before, I LOVE venue coordinators- it’s always awesome to work with them! I just want you all to be aware of the differences between the two so you can make the best decision!