30 October 2009

The Bride Wore WHAT????????

This is one of those years when Halloween happens to fall on a Saturday - the traditional day for weddings. This had me thinking about what brides may do differently when exchanging her vows on Halloween. So, I did a little research and found some rather lovely gowns done in black. If you choose to wear a black or dark wedding gown, please keep a few tips/ideas in mind:
  • Have your groom wear an all-white tuxedo
  • Have your wedding veil dyed black to match your dress
  • Have your bridesmaids wear white and add black sashes or black wraps
  • Add a pop of color - such as florals
  • Makeup - skip the red lip /cat eye combo. Your Makeup artist can work with you to find the best combo for your skin tone.

Top Photo Credit: Jessica Claire

Ask the Planner Sunday..........it's back!

I've decided to bring back the Sunday series - Ask the Planner after being asked for it several times. I have TONS of questions from brides, grooms and others but I want to know what you want to ASK THE PLANNER. So, email your questions to me at
erika@e-ventswedding.com and I will answer it. Be sure to check back weekly to see your question answered. Of course, if there is a burning question for which you need an answer RIGHT NOW, feel free to contact me directly. Can not wait to hear your questions.

19 October 2009

Complimentary Vendor Show tickets for Bridal Boutique

If you want to learn from area and regional wedding experts in a more intimate setting, then look no further than the BRIDAL BOUTIQUE WEDDING WORKSHOP! This is truly a unique wedding show experience - the place to be on Sunday, October 25th, 2009. at The Hilton Garden Inn - 6930 Intech Boulevard Indianapolis, Indiana 46278.
The vendor show from 2pm - 5pm will offer area brides a chance to meet one on one with wedding professionals such as:

Amanda Wilcher Photography
JC Disc Jockey Service
Roger Muller Videography
A Brides Choice Florist
Cc Elaine Bride Chic Bridal Gowns
A Classic Party Rental
Bello Romance Photography
Cater It Simple wedding cakes
Sara and Mallory Photography
Amy Lee Martin - Fitness Professional
Beauty by Crystal
Imagine Three
Flowers by Melissa
All About Honeymoons
Ten:Thirteen Design
Electric Avenue Mobile DJ
and many more.

**The first 50 registered brides will each receive fabulous TOTE BAGS from GetMarried.com and Brides.com !

This vendor show is free to each bride and groom and two guests. You must register at www.bridalboutique.eventbrite.com.

09 October 2009

I can not begin to tell you how excited I am to have Amanda Wilcher Photographers as our featured photographer at our Bridal Boutique Luncheon on October 25th, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. I fell in love with her photography the moment I saw the first picture. It is so easy to see why the Indiana area is abuzz with talk of Amanda Wilcher Photographers. Here is a bit of information from the website:

"We are a wife and husband team that loves our dog, weddings, fashion, music, and each other...not necessarily in that order. We use the things we love for inspiration and to create our signature style of photography.
Don't let the Midwest thing fool you. We are available for travel where you or your wedding is. As stateside and destination wedding photographers, we go there! Yes, we even travel for portrait commissions. Just ask.
Enough about us. Let's hear about you! Yes, we actually like to hear details on your wedding, and the juicy family drama. Okay, maybe not the last part-but we love to build relationships with our clients. We only accept a limited number of wedding per year so that we can give each wedding the attention and talent it needs.
Amanda will be your last bridesmaid, and Kyle...Kyle will just steal your beer."

Can't you just tell how fun and cool they are? Brides will have a chance to hear great and straight forward hints and tips for wedding photography at the Bridal Boutique Luncheon. You will not want to miss this presentation - TRUST ME.

Be sure to come and meet Amanda and Kyle Wilcher at:


Sunday, October 25th, 2009

10am - 2pm (workshop/lunch)

2pm- 5pm (vendor booths)

Cost: $25 VIP $20 - General Bride $17- Guest Vendor Booth only - $5

Enter code: GET MARRIED for $10 off VIP and General Bride Tickets.

Register here.

02 October 2009

Another great post from the wonderful folks at GetMarried.com!

Getting Gifts 101

You'll be receiving shower gifts and wedding gifts for days. Here's how to respond with grace and style.

Gifts brought to an engagement party

Whenever you’re the guest of honor at a party where gifts are not expected and a few guests bring gifts in any case, accept them graciously. Then set them aside to open later. This avoids making empty-handed guests feel uncomfortable. Follow up afterward with a written thank-you note to each giver.

Shower gifts

When everyone will be bringing a gift, you’ve got the opportunity to thank each guest in person. Traditional etiquette states that you don’t have to send a thank-you note to a person you’ve already thanked in person but a note sent nonetheless is always appreciated. If a gift arrives at the shower from someone who couldn’t attend, then you should send a note.

When a large gift is given from a group—such as office colleagues—thank all the givers in a speech. Later send a note to the one person who organized the gift, thanking all the givers, or send individual notes to each giver.

Wedding gifts

If gifts are delivered to your home before the wedding, it’s OK to open them as soon as you’ve received them. Some couples like to wait and open them all at once after the honeymoon. If you wait, consider making it an occasion, inviting close family and friends over. Whatever your timing, each gift must be acknowledged with a thank you note.

Exchanging gifts

Even when you carefully register your wedding gift choices and let everyone know where you’re registered, couples can still receive a gift that’s just not their style. If you’re close to the giver, be upfront about it and let them know that you’d like to exchange it. If you exchange it without them knowing about it, they may wonder whatever happened to it each time they come over for a visit.

The exception to this rule comes when the gift comes from someone you’re not close to such as a business colleague of your father’s. Send a thank-you note but don’t mention that you’re planning to exchange it.

Gifts that arrive damaged

Be sure to return the gift to the store bringing all the wrapping. Any reputable retailer will replace the goods. If the store is out of town or an online service, call to find out what their procedure entails. Again, if the store or service is good, there shouldn’t be any problem. In both cases, there’s no need to bother the giver with these details; just thank them.

If a damaged gift arrives from a guest by mail, check to see whether the package was insured. If it was, notify the sender immediately so that she can collect the insurance.

If an uninsured gift arrives damaged from a close friend or relative, tell them. They’ll want to know. If the giver is not close to you, letting him know only obliges him to buy you another present.
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