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.

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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).

ENCORE WEDDING ETIQUETTE FOR LOVE AND REMARRIAGE

Encore Wedding Etiquette for Love and Remarriage  
Recently at a Professional networking meeting, David Kallen – the Marketing Specialist at Perfect Wedding Guide here in Houston told me about “Encore Weddings”. As an outdoor wedding venue, this is the most type of bridal couples we get. The term is now my term of the week and I needed an idea to blog about. After looking more into it more, I found a few helpful guidelines to follow and share.

  
When planning an encore wedding there are many questions brides ask. Can you wear white or a veil? Should you keep it small? What about attendants? And registries? What etiquette should be followed when marrying for a second or even third time?

  

 1. Share Your News… But in the right order

· Tell Your Children First – ideally each parent should tell their children privately and in person (or if necessary, over the phone). Sometimes the news is welcome and happy, but sometimes it may cause concern. If your news is not immediately welcomed, be patient. Validate your children’s concerns, and reassure them that you will all work together to build your new family.

· Tell Your Ex Next – If you have children together, your former spouse should be the next to know, whether you have a good relationship or not, and especially if you share custody. You may even feel it’s best to inform your ex first so they are prepared to react appropriately with the children.

· Then Family – Now you can inform your family and close friends, starting with your parents and siblings. Additionally, before you “go public” this is a nice time to inform your previous in-laws, if you are still on good terms, or if you are a widow or widower.

· And Everyone Else – Now is the time to tell your other friends, coworkers, and share it on social media.

  
2. Wear Whatever You Want

For a bride the most important question is what is she going to wear? Years ago it was practically forbidden to wear white for a remarriage, but today anything goes. Literally. Of course, I would encourage being tasteful. Choose a dress or suit that compliments your personality, figure and venue.

  

  3. It’s Fine, Even Helpful, to Create A Gift Registry

While you may feel uncomfortable creating a wedding gift registry for your encore wedding, it may be considerate to do so. Even if you don’t expect gifts, many guests will want to give them. The wedding gift is a representation of love and support for the couple. As a wedding guest, sometimes it’s hard not to want to share in the joy by giving a gift. You may be helping your guests by providing some insight into what you prefer, want or need. It’s fine to create a traditional registry, but if you don’t want or need those types of things, create a registry around any special interests or hobbies you enjoy.

Don’t forget, it is still a major faux pas to include any mention of gifts on your wedding invitation, even to say, “no gifts.” The invitation is always about the event and should never mention gifts. Whether you create a registry or not, you should wait to be asked before discussing gifts, and then state your preference — “Thank you for thinking of us. We are so happy you’re coming and that is gift enough for us.” Or – “For convenience we have created a registry at… , but all we really care about is seeing you at the wedding.”

4. Don’t Ask Your Parents to Pay

If you are young (or relatively so) and your parents offer to contribute to or pay for your wedding, that’s wonderful. The point is that you should wait until they make the offer, don’t just expect them to foot the bill.

5. You May Have Attendants

It’s perfectly fine to have one or two people standing with you during the ceremony, even if they are the same women from your previous marriage. I recommend keeping the number small and their financial obligations low. You may want to cover the cost of their dress or ask them to wear something they already own.

  

 This time around you’re older, hopefully wiser and more confident. Stay true to yourself and use your best judgment. Every encore wedding is different and your decisions will be influenced by your age, family situation and budget.

  

 
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