Sunday, December 1, 2013

Which Boutonnières Do You Like, Honey?

When it comes to florals, our Sweetgrass Social brides typically have a design scheme in mind that include some of their favorite flowers... but at what point do the doting gentlemen have a say? Well, according to us, they have a say in anything and everything. However, one thing we always like to include our guys on is the kind of boutonnières they'll don on their special day. Here are a some very handsome boutonnières from our past Sweetgrass Social weddings.













10 Things You Must Do Before Your Honeymoon

Thanks to SheFinds, here's a list of ten VERY important things that you and your future hubby must take care of before you leave for the honeymoon! This article is directed at one of the gals at Sweetgrass Social; her wedding is less than two weeks away! While some of the things on the list seem trivial, they really are not. It is essential to complete each of these them ahead of time so that there is no last minute stress for you and your loved ones. Now read up, take notes and get moving!

Get your name straight . Whether or not you’re planning to take your spouse’s last name, it’s best to book your airline tickets under your maiden name. The name on your tickets must match the name on your passport, and since changing the name on your passport requires a marriage certificate and a wait of about three weeks, you probably won’t have a chance to make the update before you leave for your honeymoon.

Say thank you. Writing out thank-you notes by hand can wait until you’re back from the honeymoon, but not much longer so make a note to yourself to get on it right when you’re back. In the meantime, post a mass thank you to your wedding guests on your Facebook page. Guests will appreciate a sort of ‘wrap-up’ to your wedding. (Your bridal party, on the other hand, do need a real thanks before you leave. Make sure to tell each one of them how much their participation meant to you.)

Deal with your dress. Assuming you plan to keep your wedding dress in some way or another, it’s important to get it cleaned by a wedding dress specialists as soon as possible. If you don’t have time to drop it off before you leave, ask a friend or family member to do so. You don’t want to risk having stains settle into your dress.

Move your cake.. If you plan to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake, make sure to move it from the fridge (where it should go directly after being cut) to the freezer before you leave.


Return tuxedos.. If you wait (or forget) to return rented suits or tuxedos until you return from your honeymoon, you’re likely to rack up some extra fees. Again, if you don’t have time for this errand yourself, ask one of the groomsmen to take care of it for you.


Collect presents. Don’t leave any presents (or just as important, cards) at your wedding venue or anywhere else guests could have dropped them off. Do your very best to keep cards and gifts together – you really don’t want to come home to a “who gave us the blender?” nightmare. If you’re not going home after the wedding, ask your parents if they’ll take them until you get back from your honeymoon.

Settle your bills.. Pay all your vendors in full before you leave town, if you haven’t settled the bills already. It’s just not considerate to make them wait the few weeks of your honeymoon–and it also gets a task out of the way for you, so your entire focus can go to enjoying your vacation.


Refresh your nails. This may seem a little trite compared to the other items on the list, but your hands are going to be getting a lot of play in honeymoon photos. Plus, in warm weather destinations, you’ll be spending lots of time barefoot or in sandals. Your wedding mani/pedi will probably get a little worn on the big day, so a refresh can’t hurt. For your honeymoon, pick a light natural or clear color that will grow out well and match everything.

Pack right (and early). Don’t wait until after your wedding to pack–you’ll be way too tired/excited/emotional/any other possible feeling. Do your research well in advance and make sure you know what you’ll need at your destination. And don’t forget to check out what amenities your hotel offers–if things like soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided, don’t waste the space and headache of packing them yourself.

Stay Healthy.You do not want to get sick on your honeymoon and staying healthy on vacation starts with healthy habits at home. Eat right and stay fit in the days, weeks and months leading up to your honeymoon.

One-of-a-Kind Registry Gifts

Whether you're doing the buying or you're the "giftee", these one-of-a-kind registry gifts are bound to be a home run! Registries are typically full of the practical things, the things we predict we need for our new life together. However, the girls at Sweetgrass Social think registries can also be personal and fun! Listed below are some truly unique ideas from Martha Stewart.

A Stylish Coffee Table Book
We often top our coffee tables with vases and bowls, but why not cover it with a book on your favorite subject?!


A Classy Keg Holder
This is a gift for both her and him - bring the best part of the pub home and have fun playing bartender! Draught beers from a five-liter keg housed in Krups BeerTender B100.


A Tech-Savvy Kitchen Essential
For those of you with an iPad or E-reader, why not expand its use and pretend it's part of your recipe book collection? This Twelve South "BookArc" Stand keeps the recipes on your tablet in full view as your cooking.


A Wine Collection
If you and your spouse-to-be are wine connoisseurs, do as the Europeans do and get yourself a collection!  Use bottlenotes.com to ask guests to stock your cellar.


Warmth on the Go
This miniature, glass and cast iron Fuego fireplace by Stelton creates the warmth of a fire almost anywhere. It's perfect for cool summer nights on the beach, as well as for use as a small space heater.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Save the Date! Charleston Fashion Week - Bridal Show

Good afternoon! It's non-stop raining here in Charleston but that won't stop us wedding planners from working!

We wanted to make sure y'all save the date for Charleston Fashion Week this upcoming spring. While Fashion Week is great fun for us girls, the Spring Bridal Show is really our favorite part! The show is put on by Charleston Weddings Magazine as a part of Charleston Fashion Week, which is put on by Charleston Magazine as a whole.  

The Bridal Show is scheduled for March 23rd and lasts all day long. Tickets to attend the Bridal show range from only $45-55 and are already on sale. Secure your tickets today to see amazing designers like Anne Barge, Callie Tein, Jodi Moylan, Liz White, Rachel Gordon and Brooke Ray. Don't wait and join the gals of Sweetgrass Social at the show!

Monday, November 25, 2013

White Friday at Maddison Row!!

Y'all this is big! Calling all newly engaged Charleston brides...Maddison Row, a Charleston wedding gown boutique is having a White Friday sale. We know about Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, but White Friday caters to all things wedding! Maddison Row is located at 171 Spring Street, Charleston SC. Up to 75% off of big name designers such as Monique, Vera, and Carolina Herrera! No appointment necessary! Put this one on your calendars, y'all. Have fun! 



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Date Night at Home: Breakfast in Bed

After a delicious, hearty breakfast on this crisp morning, the girls of Sweetgrass Social decided the best way to Date Night at Home this week would be in bed... with brunch! How great does a lazy morning sound, snuggled in the warmth of your bed with a delicious breakfast and your future hubby by your side?! Everything about that just sounds perfect. We've got savory, healthy and of course sweet!

Hearty Breakfast Biscuit Stacks
Ingredients
1 recipe Flaky, Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
12 slices bacon
1 1/2 Fried eggs
Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying
1 cup all-purpose flour
1tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
6 chicken breast tenderloins

Directions
Prepare Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy.
Cover gravy and set aside until read to use.
Cook bacon until crisp and prepare fried eggs; keep warm.
In a deep-fat frier or large deep saucepan, heat about 1 inch of oil to 365 degrees F.
In a shallow dish, stir together flour, garlic salt and pepper. Pour buttermilk into another shallow dish.
Dip chicken into flour mixture, turning to coat. Dip into the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off.
Dip again into flour mixture, turning to coat.
Fry chicken, half at a time, in hot oil about 5 minutes or until coating is golden brown and chicken is no longer pink.
Remove chicken and drain on paper towels.
To assemble, ladle 1/4 cup of the gravy onto a serving plate.
Split a biscuit and place the bottom half on the gravy. Top with a fried chicken piece, two slices of bacon and another 1/4 cup gravy.
Add a fried egg to the stack; top with the biscuit top.
Repeat with the remaining biscuits, gravy, chicken pieces, bacon and fried eggs.
Serve and enjoy!

Kale Goat-Cheese Frittata
Ingredients
2 cups coarsely, torn fresh kale
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 tsp olive oil
6 eggs
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup drained oil-packed dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

Directions
Preheat broiler.
In 10-inch ovenproof non-stick skillet, cook and stir kale and onion in oil over medium heat for 10 minutes until onion is tender.
Meanwhile, in medium bowl whisk together eggs, egg whites, salt and pepper.
Pour over kale mixture in skillet.
Cook over medium-low heat.
As egg mixture sets, run a spatula around the edge of the skillet, lifting egg mixture so th euncooked portion flows underneath.
Continue cooking and lifting edge until egg mixture is almost set but still glossy and moist.
Sprinkle egg mixture with dried tomatoes and goat cheese.
Broil 4-5 inches from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until eggs are set.
Cut into wedges to serve and enjoy!

Vanilla French Toast
Ingredients
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup half-and-half or light cream
2 tbsp sugar
tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmet
8 slices dry white/whole what bread
2 tbsp butter or vegetable oil
Maple-syrup (optional)
Sliced bananas (optional)

Directions
In a shallow bowl, beat together eggs, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Dip bread slices into egg mixture, coating both sides.
In a very large skillet or on a griddle, melt 1 tbsp of the butter over medium heat.
Add half of the bread slices and cook for 4-6 minutes or until golden, turning once.
Repeat with remaining bread slices and butter.
Serve with syrup and bananas!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wedding Day Planning as told by Maressa Brown


Today's blog post comes from The Huffington Post's Maressa Brown and is titled "Wedding Day Planning: The 7 Things You Need to Know". Thanks Maressa for these great tips!


You can read every article in every bridal magazine, every Q&A or checklist on wedding websites, and pick your married friends' brains for months and still be unprepared for some of the "OMG" (both wonderful and cringe-worthy) moments you're bound to encounter while wedding planning and finally walking down the aisle. That's why just about anyone who has ever been a bride has coulda/shoulda/woulda thoughts well after they're someone's Mrs.
While it's not healthy to dwell on those thoughts, it doesn't hurt to dish on what you only wish you had known! Hey, it could be the heads-up that saves another bride's day. Here, seven things brides often wish they'd been warned about before their Big Day.
  1. Fights: With potential for emotions to run high, money matters to set people off and family drama galore, you could very well end up having the biggest fight of your entire relationship with your fiance in the lead-up to the wedding. Hell, maybe even on your wedding day! Wedding stress can make even they most even-tempered person act occasionally crazy and out of character. I wish more of us would admit this is perfectly normal and does not mean you need to tear off like a runaway bride. As long as you're able to cool off and talk it over at some point, it's all good.
  2. Budget: For various reasons -- season, location, timing, procrastination, etc. -- certain vendors/services/other wedding details can end up costing a lot more than you expected. And while you can do your best to negotiate and trim the fat or DIY as much as possible, sometimes you have no choice but to grin and bear shelling out a few hundred more for that chuppah or extra hour of open bar or summer Saturday night.
  3. Emotional Moments: You might get super-emotional about something you didn't expect to ... like the dance with your dad or a speech that comes out of the blue. Just consider it a reason to ask the Maid of Honor to tote some tissues and touch-up mascara in her clutch!
  4. RSVP Drama: Guests you thought were shoo-ins find out they have to work or are going to be eight months pregnant or have some other reason they can't attend. Guests you thought in a million years wouldn't show say they're coming and bringing all of their +1s. And worst of all, you may get an RSVP for people who decide not to show at the last minute -- which is why it's always best to tell your venue that you have fewer people, because it's always cheaper to add than subtract at the eleventh hour!
  5. Promises: What everyone keeps telling you is supposed to be the happiest time of your life can quickly go south if promises regarding finances aren't kept. Many brides wish they had been warned to get everything in writing when discussing with their parents and their partner who would pay for what.
  6. It’s Not Over Til It’s Over: Last-minute requests for things you never even thought about -- a toiletry basket in the restrooms or a Kosher/vegan/nut-free dinner or dessert or cocktail hour option, particular shots taken by photographers, etc. -- can have a way of popping up no matter how much you prepare ahead of time. And be prepared for this to continue even well after your wedding day, whether people expect thank you cards by a particular deadline they deem appropriate or they're hounding you for photos/video, etc.
  7. Wardrobe Malfunctions: Whether it's uncomfortable shoes or too-tight Spanx or earrings that aren't hypoallergenic, any sort of wardrobe malfunction that can happen will. Or at least can. Good to have a plan B -- like flip flops waiting in the wings to replace those 4-inch heels wreaking havoc on your tootsies!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Our Brides and Their Bridesmaids


Happy Tuesday, y'all! Today we were looking through some of our past wedding photographs, and compiled some of our most recent and favorite bridal fashion! How beautiful do our brides and their bridesmaids look? We love to see how our brides choose the styles and colorings of their bridesmaids dresses and how they compliment the design of the entire wedding. We've seen some really beautiful gowns this past year and wanted to share them with y'all!









Thursday, November 14, 2013

Date Night Thursday: Greek Marinated Chicken

Yum! I love anything that has to do with Greek food and this chicken is right up my alley. This recipe is very easy to make on a week night and is so delicious. You may even want to save some leftovers. It makes 8 servings so you can absolutely cut down the recipe to half. You and your man will have fun making this one!


Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain yogurt 
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 medium lemon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • freshly cracked pepper 
  • ¼ bunch fresh parsley 
  • 3½ to 4 lbs chicken pieces
Instructions
  1. To make the marinade, combine the yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper in a bowl. Use a fine holed cheese grater or a zester to scrape the thin layer of yellow zest from the lemon skin into the bowl. Also add the juice from half of the lemon (about 1-2 Tbsp). Stir until the ingredients are well combined. Roughly chop a big handful, or about ¼ bunch, of parsley and stir it into the marinade.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and marinade to a gallon sized zip top bag. Remove as much air as possible, close the bag tightly, and massage the bag to mix the contents and make sure the chicken is well coated. Refrigerate the bag for 30 minutes.
  3. After marinating for 30 minutes, either cook the chicken on a grill OR preheat the oven to 375 degrees in preparation to bake the chicken.
  4. To bake the chicken, place the chicken pieces in a large casserole dish (9×13). Bake the chicken in the preheated 375 degree oven for 45-60 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Notes
This recipe is extra garlicky. If you’re not into heavy garlic, try starting with two cloves instead of four.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Cake Plate Clings!


Today we got a newsletter from The Party Dress and it had these amazing little gift ideas in it. Of course being wedding planners, Sweetgrass Social is always on the look out for new ideas to share with our brides on how to personalize their wedding. When looking through the newsletter we stumbled upon these cute little cake plate clings that are perfect for your wedding cake stand! Below is just an image of the first page but if you click on the link above it takes you to the entire newsletter. You can see that they offer many different sizes as well as shapes, so whether you want a square or round cake you have a lot of options. They are reusable and have such cute patterns and colors that you can work with to match your color palette and...You can even monogram it, halleluja! 



Thursday, November 7, 2013

How to Break in Those Wedding Shoes

The beautiful wedding shoes you buy for you special day may not be the most comfortable shoes you've ever worn, so here's some tips on breaking them in. You'll be wearing them from the time you slip your dress on until you dance the night away, so following these tips could be very helpful for both you and your freshly pedicured toes!

First off, the most common misconception is that a few hours of wearing them around the house will do the trick but that's not true! An extended break-in is the best method to use. Starting about three to four weeks beforehand, start wearing your pretty shoes around the house; this will help gradually break them in. Once you get somewhat comfortable with them, start wearing the shoes for about an hour at a time while doing light chores around the house. This will accustom not only your shoes to your feet, but your feet (and easily blistered areas) to your shoes.

Once you've been wearing them for an hour at a time, extend your wear period. Wear them until they hurt! Gradually increase this wear time over a month until you can wear the shoes for several hours without rubbing your feet the wrong way (pun intended).

After wearing your shoes so much, you'll be able to tell your sore spots. Add extra cushioning or moleskin to these areas to prevent additional blisters. Insoles, gel pads, a shoe stretcher work for different purposes as well. Come wedding day, you'll be so comfortable in your shoes you'll forget you're wearing them!

Stuck on what shoes to wear for your special day? Below are photos of some beautiful wedding day shoes that we love. Click on the photos to see the websites!

http://www.katespade.com/bridal-shoes/ks-bridal-shoes,en_US,sc.htmlhttp://www.toms.com/womens/collections/wedding-styles/c?view=all
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/stuart-weitzman-chantelle-pump/3032588?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Gold&resultback=4527&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_12_D
http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Satin-Caged-Strappy-Platform-Sandal-VW370125_Accessories-Shoes-All-Shoes

day’s Shoes Week post is to help keep your feet comfortable through out the day and night.
We have all had the misfortune of buying a new pair of shoes, then, forgetting to break them in before the event for which they were purchased. Don’t make that mistake with your wedding shoes. Blisters on your wedding day are not fun.
A few hours’ wear around the house will certainly help, but most experts recommend a longer break-in period, especially if you are not accustomed to wearing the type of bridal shoe you’ve chosen. Techniques that have helped others include these how-to tips:
  • Wear your shoes off and on around the house for three or four weeks. This will help break them in gradually.
  • For an even better breaking in, start with wearing your wedding shoes an hour at a time while you complete light chores inside. (Avoid the outdoors; you don’t want to soil the shoes.)
  • When the shoes are comfortable after an hour’s wear, begin keeping them on until they hurt.
  • Gradually increase the time over a month until you can wear your bridal shoes for several hours with no blisters.
As you break in the shoes, you may find certain areas are a bit more uncomfortable. In this case, you can add extra support or cushioning. You can find several different brands of each:
  • If your heel slips, add back of heel cushions inside the shoe.
  • For more comfort at the balls of your feet or soles, buy cushioned insoles.
  • Use bunion pads or gel dots to relieve chafing in specific areas.
  • If the shoe is too tight around, consider using a shoe stretcher on it.
By following the steps above, your shoes will feel like old friends by your wedding day!
- See more at: http://www.myonlineweddinghelp.com/bridal-news/wedding-products/find-accessories/how-to-break-in-shoes#sthash.vcgd0SwG.dpuf
day’s Shoes Week post is to help keep your feet comfortable through out the day and night.
We have all had the misfortune of buying a new pair of shoes, then, forgetting to break them in before the event for which they were purchased. Don’t make that mistake with your wedding shoes. Blisters on your wedding day are not fun.
A few hours’ wear around the house will certainly help, but most experts recommend a longer break-in period, especially if you are not accustomed to wearing the type of bridal shoe you’ve chosen. Techniques that have helped others include these how-to tips:
  • Wear your shoes off and on around the house for three or four weeks. This will help break them in gradually.
  • For an even better breaking in, start with wearing your wedding shoes an hour at a time while you complete light chores inside. (Avoid the outdoors; you don’t want to soil the shoes.)
  • When the shoes are comfortable after an hour’s wear, begin keeping them on until they hurt.
  • Gradually increase the time over a month until you can wear your bridal shoes for several hours with no blisters.
As you break in the shoes, you may find certain areas are a bit more uncomfortable. In this case, you can add extra support or cushioning. You can find several different brands of each:
  • If your heel slips, add back of heel cushions inside the shoe.
  • For more comfort at the balls of your feet or soles, buy cushioned insoles.
  • Use bunion pads or gel dots to relieve chafing in specific areas.
  • If the shoe is too tight around, consider using a shoe stretcher on it.
By following the steps above, your shoes will feel like old friends by your wedding day!
- See more at: http://www.myonlineweddinghelp.com/bridal-news/wedding-products/find-accessories/how-to-break-in-shoes#sthash.vcgd0SwG.dpuf
day’s Shoes Week post is to help keep your feet comfortable through out the day and night.
We have all had the misfortune of buying a new pair of shoes, then, forgetting to break them in before the event for which they were purchased. Don’t make that mistake with your wedding shoes. Blisters on your wedding day are not fun.
A few hours’ wear around the house will certainly help, but most experts recommend a longer break-in period, especially if you are not accustomed to wearing the type of bridal shoe you’ve chosen. Techniques that have helped others include these how-to tips:
  • Wear your shoes off and on around the house for three or four weeks. This will help break them in gradually.
  • For an even better breaking in, start with wearing your wedding shoes an hour at a time while you complete light chores inside. (Avoid the outdoors; you don’t want to soil the shoes.)
  • When the shoes are comfortable after an hour’s wear, begin keeping them on until they hurt.
  • Gradually increase the time over a month until you can wear your bridal shoes for several hours with no blisters.
As you break in the shoes, you may find certain areas are a bit more uncomfortable. In this case, you can add extra support or cushioning. You can find several different brands of each:
  • If your heel slips, add back of heel cushions inside the shoe.
  • For more comfort at the balls of your feet or soles, buy cushioned insoles.
  • Use bunion pads or gel dots to relieve chafing in specific areas.
  • If the shoe is too tight around, consider using a shoe stretcher on it.
By following the steps above, your shoes will feel like old friends by your wedding day!
- See more at: http://www.myonlineweddinghelp.com/bridal-news/wedding-products/find-accessories/how-to-break-in-shoes#sthash.vcgd0SwG.dpuf

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Modern Trousseau's 2014 Collection

For all you newly engaged women out there, be sure to check out Modern Trousseau on King Street in downtown Charleston. They have just come out with their new 2014 collection and are so excited to share it with all the newly engaged women. They have absolutely gorgeous styles to choose from so you are sure to find the dress of your dreams! Go make an appointment today and start shopping ladies! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Write charming wedding Thank You Notes- by letting your style shine through!

We have another great guest blog post today that follows up with our previous one about wedding thank you note no-no's. Here are some great tips on how to write great ones while still keeping your own style courtesy of thank you note expert, Emily Easton! Enjoy y'all! 

Byline: Emily Easton

That beautiful stack of shower and wedding presents is growing and growing – and so is your obligation to write thank you notes.

Relax! Find your own style of writing and the wonderful, natural “you” will shine through.

First rule of a good thank you note: never start with the words “Thank you.” It’s true. The note receiver will know they are in for a ho-hum read if a note starts “Thank you so much for the beautiful set of sheets.”  By making yourself begin with anything but “Thank you,” you’ll be on your way to letting your own style take over.  Try one of these openings that matches the real you:

  • “Tyler and I were so excited to receive the handsome set of steak knives!”
  • “What a wonderful surprise your gift was!”
  • “The set of dishes you sent to Brad and me is so appreciated and we thank you for your kindness.”

Of course, some where in your note you should say “Thank you” but force yourself to start the note with anything but that phrase. Your note will stand out from others.

Even a formal note, usually written to people you don’t know, can reflect the real you if you show enthusiasm and gratitude:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Allen,
         With so many items a newlywed couple has to buy to set up a household, your generous check is very much appreciated. Stacy and I send heartfelt thanks for a wedding gift that will be put to good use. How kind of you to do this for us!
         We look forward to seeing you at the wedding, and are glad you can be there to share our day.
                                                      Sincerely,
                                                      Luke Dempsey

If you know the gift-giver well, just put on paper what you would say to the person. Avoid a stiff, too-formal style in your notes by trying to write as naturally as you talk. If you feel like saying “I absolutely love the coffee maker you gave to Graham and me!” then write that in your note. Your delight will guarantee that the note is well-received.

For notes to close friends, your own enthusiasm and even a sense of humor can enter into the note. Go ahead and be informal and you’ll make your friends smile.

Dear Peg,
         “Get outta here!” That’s what I shouted when I opened the box of the Ohio State table linens and place mats that you sent. We love, love, love them!
Now that I have to be a grownup and actually set a table, your gift will come in so handy. But please come over soon and show me how to operate that thing called a stove.
         You’re the best Buckeye cousin ever, Peg. Leave it to you and Matt to come up with an exceptional gift. Jason and I send big thanks to both of you for a fun addition to our kitchen.
         We can’t wait to see you at the wedding. Look for me – I’ll be the one wearing white.
Love,
Olivia

Keep a handy list of adjectives to use in your notes, to describe your gifts: lovely, treasured, much-appreciated, wonderfully practical, romantic, fun, elegant, handsome, good-looking, imaginative, generous, classic, pretty, thoughtful.

Just as you use another person’s name when you talk, mentioning the person’s name again in the body of the note is a way to add extra warmth and sincerity. Example: “You’ve always had such good taste, Pam, and this beautiful gift is another example.”

The best way of ensuring that your notes will be well-written? Keep up with your notes, by writing soon after a gift arrives. When there’s not an overwhelming amount of notes to write at any time, you’ll find your style will be relaxed and gracious.
 

Emily Easton is a note-writing expert. Her website on Wedding Thank You Notes can be found at www.emilyeaston.com

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sweetgrass Socials favorite bridal gowns from 2014 Market!

Today we have a fun blog post for y'all! The gals at Sweetgrass Social decided to compile our favorite bridal gowns from the designers new 2014 collections. There are so many to choose from but we finally narrowed it down to our top choices. We hope you love them just as much as we do!

Our Co-Owner and full service wedding planner Jacqueline Volz picked these dresses below!


1- Rivini - The Avina Gown. This gown is so elegant and sleek, and the back is absolutely stunning. 




2. Rubin Singer Couture- This gown is so royal! The detail on top and the movement of the skirt really makes this fit for a queen!


3. Badgley Mischka - I love the 1920's nod this dress gives! The 20's is my favorite time era and I love how much this dress honors that time. Also love the blush color so different for that bride looking to be bold and out of the box!


Our Co-Owner and full service wedding planner (and bride to be!) Meredith Severs picked these lovely gowns below! 

1. Oscar De La Renta Gown- I'm loving the details on the shoulders. This would be such a fun gown for a bride that isn't afraid to wear it!



2. Monique Lhuillier Gown - Beautiful and classic to me. I love the boldness of the skirt and love Monique. It reminds me of my dress!


3. Marchesa Gown- I love this look. I love the embellishment at the top that glams it up!


Our day of coordinator Brooke Coleman picked a whole collection, she just couldn't choose. She absolutely loves the Pronovias Bridal Collection


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