Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Upcoming Bridal Show in Louisville - Something Blue Bridal Show

Hello Louisville Wedding Blog readers!


Just would like to remind you about the SOMETHING BLUE BRIDAL SHOW at the beautiful Kentucky Center for the Arts this coming SUNDAY, March 4, 2012. This is the first ever bridal show to be showcased in this venue, so it’s one that you shouldn’t miss and admission is FREE!

You can read more about this wedding show at my previous post!
 

Local Louisville Finds for your Rustic-Chic Wedding


Rustic wedding weddings are still considered one of the hottest wedding trends for the 2012 bridal season. Mix country and rustic together and you have yourself a country rustic wedding theme that can be in the woods, in a barn, or even in your backyard. FYI, a couple of posts ago, I had featured some of Kentucky Barn Wedding Venues

When you think of a rustic wedding, you may think earth elements, the forest, a farm, the countryside. Down home charm, warm colors, a friendly atmosphere. Today we’re bringing the farm and wood details together with some help from local Louisville vendors for Rustic Wedding Theme Ideas that everyone will love…

Small close pins can hold your escort cards, or little hay stacks can seat your guests at their tables. Vintage keys can serve as wedding favors…

Antiqued skeleton key charms or pendants
Item by Antiqued via Etsy
Wedding rings and guest notes can be placed in decorative wooden boxes
 

Kentucky Barnwood Box


Natural Flower and Moss box

Item by jojevi  via Etsy
Tables can be decorated with wooden elements. Centerpieces can be beautiful luminaries, vine baskets filled with wildflowers or small lanterns that guests can take home.

Reserved Sign
Item by EventDesignShop  via Etsy

Rustic Birdhouse


Mini Chalk Board Rustic Wedding Table Numbers Hang Tags

Item by EventDesignShop via Etsy

Rustic Book Page Garland Wedding Decoration
Item by EventDesignShop via Etsy
Damask Patterned Upcycled Candle Lanterns
Item by hbuechel via Etsy

Think cinnamon sticks, wheat stalks, lavender springs, twigs and vines, berries, mason jars, burlap or muslin bags and small jars of homemade jam or honey…
 
Mr and Mrs Mason Jars
Item by EngravingByT  via Etsy
Handstamped Muslin Favor Goody Bags - Love Birds Forever
Local Organic Raw Honey




{Daily Wedding Bits} Trendspotting - Unusual Escort Cards

Nowadays, an escort card isn’t just a way to direct your guests to their seats. More often they are doubling as hand-crafted gifts and favors for wedding guests, infusing even more personality to your wedding. To help you go with a new approach to the traditional escort card – the ideas below will be your inspiration for your own Lousiville wedding!

In Lieu of Numbers, Buttons and Tiles Escort Cards
Photo via Pinterest


 
Lavender Plant Escort Card Pot

Multi-Coloured Escort Cards

Escort Card Display Box
Alternative Escort Card: Plastic Key Card

Vintage Wooden Spools Escort Cards

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Coco Anais 2012 Bridal Collection

Coco Anaïs, formerly ANAïS COLLEZIONI, unveils their 2012 Bridal Collection at FABULOUS BRIDAL in Covington, Kentucky which started last Friday, February 24th to Sunday, February 26th and will again be on Friday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 4th.

 

Coco Anaïs is a modern whimsical take on bridal classics by renowned wedding dress designer Rani Totman of St. Pucchi with her two sons Montree and Kris. Brides to be will have a chance to work with the knowledgeable staff at Fabulous Bridal to find their dream gown from select styles specially flown in for the trunk show and receive a SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT. Coco Anaïs was previously worn by Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak’s daughters at her nuptials to Kroy Bierman.

 
 
 
 

For details, prices and availability, visit Coco Anaïs.

If you are residing in Kentucky, you can visit Fabulous Bridal. There will be an unveiling of the 2012 Coco Anaïs Bridal Collection from March 2-4, 2012.

601 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011
859-291-9222           


WHEN:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH and MARCH 2ND (12pm - 5pm)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH and MARCH 3RD (10am - 5pm)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH and MARCH 4TH (12pm - 4pm)

You can also check out our list of Louisville KY bridal shops for your wedding gowns, dresses and men's formal wear {here}.

(Photos via Coco Anaïs)

{Photo of the Day} Children and Weddings

Why I LOVE this photo: Children in weddings can be unpredictable, yet they also can be so adorable.

{Daily Wedding Bits} Trendspotting-Color Blocking Weddings

I’ve been reading a lot lately on upcoming wedding style trends for 2012. (Last year, I came to fall in love with the Ombre Trend.  It seemed like all these monochromatic details were just the thing needed to create a romantic and elegant look.) Nowadays, on this year of 2012, we might be seeing a lot more of color blocking. 

Colorful Streamer Backdrops
Photo by heartoflight via 100 Layer Cake
WHAT is Color Blocking? It is a combination of colors that support and compliment one other (BizChick Blog). This style technique may be intimidating for some but with a few good tips and dash of bravery you will be color bold in no time! It’s a playful trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. It became popular right before the close of 2011.

For ideal and modern color blocking pairings, here's a few color suggestions from The Budget Fashionista for you to play with:
  • Cobalt Blue, Yellow, Orange
  • Chocolate Brown, Pink, Peach
  • Purple, Bright Blue, Teal
  • Deep blue, bright pink, White
  • Coral, Grey, Ivory
Here’s a few color blocking wedding ideas…

Escort Cards


Color Block Centerpiece and Bouquet
Photo by Rachel Robertson via Pacific Weddings

Color Block Bridal Dresses
Photo via Pinterest

Sunday, February 26, 2012

2012 Dream Wedding Photography Contest


Hello Louisville Engaged Lovebirds! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Just would like to remind you all that the 2012 Dream Wedding Photography Contest is still on and I encourage you all engaged couples to join. (Or if one of your friends are engaged, please do tell them about this AMAZING contest.) Easy steps to join and wonderful prizes await the winners. For more information on the contest prizes and rules, you can read it here.

Meet our Louisville engaged couples: (If you know them, you can cast your vote for them by clicking ‘Like’ on the 2012 Dream Wedding Photography Contest gallery on the Louisville Wedding Blog Facebook Fan Page

Couple 1: BRYAN & SUSAN

Couple 2: BENJI & LISA
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Kentucky Barn Wedding Venues

Barns are becoming increasingly popular among brides as a choice in wedding venues. Among these, Louisville (in and all around Kentucky) play host to a great deal of choices in rustic and historic barns. Here's a couple of great Kentucky Barn Wedding Venues.

Friday, February 24, 2012

{Daily Wedding Bits} Choosing the Date for Your Louisville Wedding

One of the important details in wedding planning is choosing the date of the wedding. There are many factors that determine your wedding date - time of year, other people's weddings, life events, and of course whether or not the venue of your dreams is available. While it's typical for weddings to fall on a Saturday, it's not unusual for brides and grooms to exchange vows on a Friday or a Sunday or even a weekday!

Popular Louisville Events

Louisville hosts some of the top annual events through the year that fall on or over a weekend. The increase in hotel room reservations could mean higher room rates and a limit on room blocks for your guests. To know about which dates might impact hotel rooms for your out-of-town guests, here are some of the popular dates that you may want to be aware of or avoid. During these events, it’s nearly impossible to get rooms downtown or even in the suburbs of Louisville. Your guests will pay a premium if they do get a room and they may be scattered across the city. Traffic downtown could also be a nightmare, meaning that parking will cost more too. All of these things could impact the cost and experience for them and you.

Louisville Skyline at Night

Another popular date for weddings is the weekend preceding a national holiday like Memorial Day in May or Labor Day in September. This long weekend gives guests flexibility with travel and they can stay longer. Fun and numerical dates might also be popular. More and more couples are choosing fun wedding dates, maybe to help their groom remember their anniversary for years to come – like Cinco de Mayo: 5/5/12, 5/12/12, 7/7/12, and 12/12/12.

You might be asking if venues are cheaper on alternate days (not Saturdays). While not every venue offers deals, here are a few that do!
  • Whitehall Mansion and Gardens has off season rates for Mansion & Grounds Rental charges. You can save as much as $1500 for your wedding.
  • If you decide to have your wedding at the Brennan House, you'll spend much less if you book the house between Monday and Thursday, when 6 hours costs only $500 as opposed to Saturdays, when the price jumps to $1000 for 6 hours. 
  • Locust Grove also offer great rates if you’d consider alternative days of the week. Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday rentals costs about $1400.00. Mondays to Thursdays rentals go for $600.00 while Fridays cost $1200.00.
So weigh the pros and cons and most definitely your priorities - do you have a special date that means a lot to both of you? There's a lot to think about but remember, regardless of whether you pick a Thursday or a Saturday, there's no wrong day for a wedding.

Happy Louisville wedding planning!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

{Daily Wedding Bits} What is a Vintage Wedding? Vintage-inspired items from Local Louisville Vendors

In a lot of wedding blogs, I always see the phrase ‘VINTAGE WEDDING.’ If you have just started your research for a wedding theme, you should at least have an idea of what a vintage wedding is.

Vintage weddings are hugely popular and vintage inspired brides will create their wedding style and theme around a period in time – often the 1950s or a particular fashion style. A lot of brides nowadays are reinventing the vintage theme in so many beautiful ways, it’s an inspiring and incredibly exciting trend which is very well seen in the wedding magazines and blogs we know and love.

Vintage-inspired finds made by local Louisville vendors:

Silver, Gold and Bronze Buttons and Cabochons via omgliastash ¦ Jewelry Box Gold Toned Cast Metal with Floral Design via tootsystreasures ¦ Off-white 70s Boho Wedding Dress via factoryhandbook ¦ Wedding Wish Tree/Favor Tags via ItwasMadewithLuv ¦ Printers Drawer Display Escort Card Holder via bluebirdheaven ¦ Apothecary bottles with tiny bunches of flowers via joblake



*Vintage wedding characteristics
  • Pastel colors
  • Dresses are white or ivory with lace and pearls
  • Shoes are sassy – a dash of red adds vintage charm!
  • Jewelry is striking in diamonds and crystals or soft with pearls and delicate silver strands
  • Flowers are pink, luscious and soft - or in soft tones, muted colors and often are combined pinks with pale brown, cream and pearl detailing.
  • Decorations are eclectic, often with vintage china
  • Signs incorporate vintage fonts: swirling copperplate lettering or stamps
  • Use of aged papers with soft edges and faded print
  • Stationery is pretty, girly and with lots of lace

HELP Wanted: We need your help, ideas and suggestions!

Hello LWB readers! Since I'm relatively new to blogging industry and this blog is less than a year old, I need your suggestions and help!


WHAT do you want to start seeing on the Louisville Wedding Blog?
Wedding planning tips?
MORE wedding details, ideas and inspirations ?
REAL Weddings in and around Louisville KY?
Wedding vendor spotlights? Unique wedding venues?
Stories from newlyweds?

Feel free and comment on this post with what you want to see here on the Louisville Wedding Blog! or you can send an email to the louisvilleweddingblog{at}gmail{dot}com

Thank you all in advance! =)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

{Photo of the Day} Its a Hayride


Why I LOVE this photo? This is a unique wedding transportation idea: a hayride around the farm with all of your friends as the sun was setting. Have a friend play the banjo and have a sing-a-long with everyone as you all proceed together to the wedding reception area.

Photo by Jagger Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Louisville Vendor Spotlight: Randi Underwood Photography

We'd like to welcome Randi Underwood Photography 
to the Louisville Wedding Photographers page.

 "We are committed to capturing every important moment, down to the minor details so that you can continuously recall your special day! Blending a candid photo journalistic approach with a modern & creative twist, we capture images that create the unique, beautiful and fun story of your extraordinary day. Our work is consistent but never cookie cutter. Your story is unique, so why shouldn't your photographs be as well?" 


Randi Underwood is a great Louisville Wedding Photographer!

Be sure to check out her website at http://www.underwoodphotostudio.com/.

{Daily Wedding Bits} Just Engaged? Here’s 12 Things to Do After You Get Engaged!

  1. Call your relatives.  Share the happy news with a personal call to each of your relatives. It’s usually a serious no-no to mass text or post right after your engagement. Instead have your family help get the word out then share it to the world via text or social network.
  2. Have your Ring Resized. Make this appointment ASAP so you can show off your engagement ring without the wait and worry of losing a loosely fitting ring. The last thing you want is to lose the ring an hour after you get it.
  3. Insure your Ring.  It's usually the most inexpensive to add it to an existing homeowners, renters or vehicle policy but if you don't have this, simply ask your jeweler what options are available.  It's a good idea to call your insurance provider to see if an appraisal or any specific paperwork is necessary.  
  4. Set a Date.  Even if it's not THE date, having a general idea will give friends & family something to mark on their mental calendars - like "We're thinking Spring of 2012" or "We like the idea of next Fall."
  5. Create a Wedding Website or Blog.  This is a great way to keep family & friends "in-the-know" and updated with the wedding plans.  You can post the link to your wedding venue, directions, maps, hotel information for out-of-town guests, your photos, the story of how you met & how he proposed.  
  6. Daydream! Dream a lot.  Start by buying wedding magazines, attend bridal showsm watching wedding movies and subscribing to lots of wedding blogs.  Learn what you do & don't want for your wedding.  Here's a quick list of a few of my favorite blogs to get your wedding-wheels turning:   OnceWed, Ruffled, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, Postcards & Pretties, Snippet & Ink and of course the Louisville Wedding Blog.  Clip or print anything that inspires you and save them for your inspiration board.
  7. Plan a Personal Celebration.  Plan a date with your fiancé.  Relax and enjoy you’re your moments of being engaged.  Keep it fun and avoid wedding planning topics.
  8. Get a Planner.  Not the wedding planner person, (well not just yet).  Just a datebook or calendar  or  iphone app to keep yourself organized.  Buy a binder or notebook too for all the clippings of inspiration you'll be finding in wedding magazines & blogs.  
  9. Decide to Use a Coordinator or go it Alone. Consider all the wedding professionals you will be negotiating & communicating with and decide if it's in the budget to hire a professional to keep you on course and help alleviate extra stress. If you're a super-busy couple, hire a full-time wedding consultant to help you prepare your entire event, from the announcement to the honeymoon. You can also hire a part-time consultant to devise a wedding blueprint -- including budget, schedule, and lists of good vendor and site choices -- before you launch solo into the preparations. Another option is a day-of coordinator (which we definitely recommend), who will make sure everything goes as planned on your wedding day.
  10. Start a Wedding Savings Account.  All weddings no matter how simple are costly. In the end, dollars, not dreams, are a main determining factor for the size and style of your wedding.  Open a basic checking or higher interest acct. and set aside a certain amount each paycheck. 
  11. Ask your Parent for Their Guest Lists.  It's extremely helpful to ask if they would prioritize their lists in tiers in case they go over your maximum.
  12. Chill Out & Have Fun.  Don't forget to relax and enjoy this one time season in life.

    Adapted from ‘You’re Engaged! Now What? The 12 Things You Need to Do Right After You Get the Ring’ via Glamour.com

     

    Photo by ~ I P O X s t u d i o s ~ via Flickr

    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

    WIN the Wedding Photography experience of your dreams! Valued at $2500!


    Happy LOVE Month to everyone! Spread the word! For the first time, to celebrate this wonderful month, Yes… Randi Underwood Photography and the Louisville Wedding Blog are giving ONE lucky couple a chance to win a FREE wedding photography coverage and incredible discounts to the two runner-ups. Please read the prize descriptions, rules and terms below carefully:

    PRIZES:
    First Place: Wedding Photography Package (Total $2500.00 Value!)
    • 6 Hours of wedding photography coverage
    • 1 Hour Engagement Session
    • DVD of 200 images with printing rights
    Second Place: (40% off the Wedding Photography Package-$1000.00 savings!)
    • 6 Hours of wedding photography coverage
    • 1 Hour Engagement Session
    • DVD of 200 images with printing rights
    Third Place: $500 off any package of their choice!



    CONTEST ENTRY:
    Step 1: Go to Facebook and ‘like’ the Louisville Wedding Blog page.
    Step 2: Go and ‘like’ the Randi Underwood Photography page as well.
    Step 3: Make this your status on either Facebook: “The Louisville Wedding Blog and Randi Underwood Photography are giving away a wedding photography package. Go check out www.the-louisville-wedding-blog.com and enter to win!”
    OR
    Make this your status on Twitter: @louisvilleweds and @RUnderwoodPhoto are giving away a wedding photography package. Visit www.the-louisville-wedding-blog.com!

    Step 4: Email us at (contest@the-louisville-wedding-blog.com) a fun and creative photo of you and your fiancé - Something that represents who you are as a couple. Along with the photograph, include your complete names, wedding date and location, your proposal story, what your wedding photography means to you or why you think you should win this contest.

    HOW TO WIN:
    Each entrants photograph, first names, proposal story and reason photography statement will be posted in the 2012 Dream Wedding Photography Contest gallery on the Louisville Wedding Blog Facebook Fan Page. Fans will then vote for their favorite by clicking ‘Like’. At the end of the voting deadline, the couple with the most votes will win the Wedding Photography Package and the next two highest vote couples will receive the runner-up prizes.
    *Please note if your wedding date has already been booked prior to you submitting your entry, you will be notified that your date is not available.

    DEADLINES:
    Entries for the contest may be submitted between February 15, 2012 until March 30, 2012 April 11, 2012. Voting begins February 20, 2012 and ends Midnight (EST) March 31, 2012 April 14, 2012, Winners will be officially announced on or before April 1, 2012 April 15, 2012.

    RULES:
    • Entries should be TRUE. Couples may enter themselves or be nominated by another party. However in order to qualify, the nominated couple must be aware of the entry.
    • Couples may solicit votes using any method they desire except for creating multiple Facebook accounts to vote for themselves or soliciting others to create multiple Facebook accounts to vote for them.
    • Submitting your entry to this competition is deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions and that you agree that any materials you submit may be used in this contest and for marketing purposes.

    TERMS:
    • Couples wedding must take place on or before March 31, 2013.
    • If the couple’s wedding location is outside of the Louisville KY area, travel expenses and fees apply. (If outside of the Louisville, KY area, you can email us to discuss travel costs to other locations).
    • If Randi Underwood Photography is already booked for on the winning couples’ wedding date, and they are not able to change it, then the winning couple must forfeit the prize and the next eligible couple will receive the prize.
    • Prizes have a redeemable cash value of $0.00.
    • Prints, enlargements, or an album are available for purchase.
    • Upgrades for more hours of coverage, images on disc, albums or any other products and services are available at the studio’s current price list. Prints and albums with images from the pre-wedding photo session are available for purchase at the studio’s current price list.
    • The finalists must not have already contracted with a wedding photographer for their event (thus current clients are not eligible). Second photographers are available through Randi Underwood Photography at an extra charge.
    • Packages may not be transferred to another couple.
    • Randi Underwood Photography will make reasonable efforts to contact the winner. The winning couples must sign and return a photography contract within 7 days to claim prize and reserve wedding date. Failure to respond, complete Contract of Service, and/or provide an address for delivery may result in forfeiture of the prize to the next eligible finalist. If winner cannot be contacted, or is unable to comply with these terms and conditions, we reserve the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant.
    Good luck to all who enter! PS: don't forget to share this post with all your engaged friends.

    Questions and inquiries can be made to contest@the-louisville-wedding-blog.com. You can view Randi Underwood’s wedding photography portfolio at www.underwoodphotostudio.com.
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