World Record Bridal Train is 2 Miles Long

Just when you thought you’d seen it all when it comes to wedding dresses, a new dress with a 2-mile bridal train by The Andree Salon hires 10 seamstresses for 100 days to crank out this Guinness World Record-breaking dress.

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No official word on exactly how much this dress and record breaking bridal train took to make, but the imported French lace and Italian taffeta alone cost upwards of $7,300. Add to that, the intense labor and other raw materials, you’re talking about a wedding dress made for royalty.

Good luck to whoever tries to actually wear that thing. Pulling two miles of fabric is gonna be heavy, but hey, at least you’ll stand out!

 

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Pros and Cons of All-Inclusive Wedding Packages

All-inclusive wedding packages can be a fantastic way to ensure that you have all the steps covered for your big day, but they can also be tricky and limiting. Here we’ll take a peek at a few of the pros and cons of using all-inclusive packages for your Maryland wedding.

Pros of All-Inclusive Wedding Packages

Everything’s included! Duh. All-inclusive means everything is there and ready for you. These  package deals take care of everything down to the little details so you don’t have to do so. This will leave more time for you to work on invitations and other pre-wedding day tasks.

Other people do much of the work for you. You still get to have input on things (the cake, colors, decorations, food, etc.), but the company then does the leg work. Boom. Weddings made simple.

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An all-inclusive package lets the professionals work their magic. Getting a package deal that has it all allows wedding vendors to do what they do best (you’re included in this, especially if what you do best has nothing to do with actually setting up a wedding).  Most times, it’s best to leave the cakes to the bakers and the flowers to the florists and so forth, so go for that package deal that let’s everyone showoff their skills.

Cons of All-Inclusive Wedding Packages

All-inclusive packages can be costly. As things are included and much of the work is done by other people, these packages can get expensive. Most couples have wedding budgets (a very smart and essential idea really) and all-inclusive packages might be tough to work into that budget of smaller proportions.

You are entrusting your wedding to a bunch of strangers. Yikes! This may be one of the biggest reasons some couples choose to forgo the idea of all-inclusive package deals. If your wedding is one of the most important days of your life to you, it might be difficult to feel comfortable having others do everything. Also, it might be difficult for those of you with strong, in-charge personalities to give up the control over every detail.

Contracts can be tricky business. Be vigilant of the details of your contract especially when it comes to special orders or needs. First and foremost though, make sure you and your company sign a contract! Things need to be in writing so that everyone clearly knows what is expected. While all-inclusive packages generally include everything, they may not include special items. For example, if you get married at a plantation in the South in the spring, many places will give you a list of what flowers are in bloom from which you can choose. However, if you want a specific type of flower that is not available, you may have to pay the company extra to provide them or go outside of the company and provide the flowers on your own. Know your contract and what exactly is included, so you know who has to do what for your big day.

There’s a lot of information to weigh in terms of all-inclusive packages, but it’s essential to measure these pros and cons (as well as any others you think up) to determine whether or not a package deal is right for you. Tip:  Write down a list of what looks good and what doesn’t so that you can actually see if a package deal is the best way to go for your big day.

This is a guest post from Sarai Garnett who believes that each day brings promise for great experiences and is the perfect excuse to do something creative. Holding a B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, Sarai loves sharing tales, tips and tricks, and good laughs. Sarai is also a contributing writer for Suite101, as well  as the Harrisburg Culinary Travel Examiner for the Examiner.

5 Winter Wedding Color Schemes You Will Love

With winter in full force, it may be time to break out the winter coats, but that does not mean it is time to hibernate. Get inspired by these gorgeous winter color schemes, certain to heat up any cold weather wedding!

Icy Blue & Silver

I just love this crisp color palette for a chic winter wonderland wedding!

Cupcake – http://weddingcake.name/winter-wedding-cakes/
Centerpiece – http://www.cheapweddingcenterpieces.net/winter-wedding-centerpieces/
Candle- http://www.weddings-invitations.org/2011/07/17/winter-wedding-centerpieces/
Cupcakes – http://myweddingplace.blogspot.com/2009/09/winter-wedding-cupcakes.html

Deep Purple & Black

This deep purple and black color palette is a modern color scheme, perfect for a winter wedding in a city.

1- http://theknottybride.com/27834
2- http://www.stylemepretty.com/illinois-weddings/2011/12/02/chicago-cultural-center-wedding-by-modern-image-studios/
3- http://theknottybride.com/27834
4- http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/purple-black-wedding
5- http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/sm-pics-of-reception-with-purple-and-black

Silver & Gold

Silver and gold reminds me of New Year’s Eve. What a fantastic way to ring in the new year this classy wedding would be!

1- http://aperfectcelebration.com/2011/08/page/6/
2- http://www.stylemepretty.com/new-york-weddings/2011/11/30/nyc-engagement-session-by-shira-weinberger/
3 – http://weddings-place.com/the-luxuriously-designed-gold-wedding-invitations/
4- http://aperfectcelebration.com/2011/08/page/6/
5- http://aperfectcelebration.com/2011/08/page/6/
6- http://www.weddinginvitations21.com/wedding-invitation-design/snow-kissed-winter-wedding-invitations/
7 – http://coolweddingideas.info/gold-wedding-reception-pictures/gold-wedding-reception-table-pictures/

Red & Gold

This bold color scheme is just perfect for a December wedding!

1- http://thebridesheart.com/winter-wedding-centerpieces/
2- http://www.bride.net/2007/winter-wedding-wonderland/
3- http://www.weddinginvitations123.net/product/161139672576715691
4- http://www.bellabeachweddings.com/winter-wedding-ideas.html
5- http://www.parisi-images-proofing.com/blog/2010/12/winter-wedding-wonder-inspiration-from-arrowhead-golf-club/

Crisp White & Black

A black and white wedding is a classic choice for any time of year, but I find the combination particularly winter-inspired.

1 – http://flowerdesignstannes.blogspot.com/2010/01/black-white-winter-wedding-of-sara-john.html
2 – http://photographersofweddings.blogspot.com/2011/02/winter-wedding-theme-in-black-and-white.html
3 – http://wedding-splendor.com/black-and-white-wedding-cakes/
4 – http://furniture.trendzona.com

This is a guest post by Keri who is a writer and bride-to-be from New Jersey. She is planning her garden chic inspired wedding for this July. She writes on her personal blog, Blue-Eyed Runner and every Sunday at Engaged and Inspired

How to Write Your Own Wedding Vows

The key to writing your own wedding vows is simple: Ideas, ideas, ideas. You probably have had a ton of ideas going through your head as you thought about writing them, but then you forgot what they were when the moment presented itself. Writer’s block is something we all suffer from, but there are quite a few surefire ways to override it.

One of the main methods to overcoming writer’s block takes place before the writing actually happens. The key here is preparation – whenever you have an idea, write it down. Not only will you be able to refer to this later, but this will also embed the idea in your head even more. So next time you randomly think of an awesome tear-jerker make sure you write that idea down! Or heck, most mobile devices and smart phones have some sort of recording app on them, feel free to use one of those as well.

Another step to help you with your preparation is brain storming. You probably aren’t going to randomly come up with an organization for your vows while you’re writing them, so it’s best to throw your ideas on paper and organize them before you start writing the real deal. If you already have a list of ideas you came up with at random points during the day, this should make things way easier on you.

Consulting your fiance is never a bad idea depending on the situation. Some couples prefer not to disclose anything about their wedding vows until the big day, but others may be more open about it. If you can discuss your vows with your partner, then making sure that you two are on the same page can actually go a long way in helping both of you.

The most important thing is to be truthful. That may seem extremely cheesy at first but it fits perfectly. Some people try way too hard to make it sound either cute or “inspirational.” If your vow does not sound like it was written by you, then you may as well be reading off of what someone else wrote. Your vow is your work, and you should treat it as such. What makes writing your own vows so unique is the fact that you’re writing them, so make it sound as honest and raw as you possibly can – Speak from the heart.

Using these tips you should have no problem writing wedding vows. I cannot stress enough how important it is to write as realistically as possible and making sure it actually sounds like you. Need inspiration? Read through dozens of marriage quotes from people who have been there before.

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