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Unique Wedding Entertainment Ideas

ferris-wheel-1283553_960_720When it comes to planning a wedding, you want your wedding to be unique and memorable. One way to do that is with picking unique CT entertainment for your big day. Instead of simply going with DJ’s or bands, here are a few unique wedding entertainment ideas for you to choose from.

Photo Booth

Make it fun and exciting to catch those candid memories with your friends and family with a photo booth. It can match the theme of your wedding or have fun props to make the pictures unique. This is a great favor to also give away as it is a permanent memory of your day.

Caricature Artist

How about offering your guests a caricature of themselves while they wait for you to arrive at the reception? This is a unique and fun item to give to the guests as a favor as well. They can have fun getting their picture drawn then have a way to remember your wedding forever afterwards.

Karaoke

Instead of having a professional DJ, why not consider letting your friends and family show of their own talents? Karaoke is a fun way to get everyone to loosen up and enjoy the evening as you celebrate your nuptials. Set up the karaoke and have a blast singing and listening to your friends and family sing the night away.

Carnival Games and Rides

Take your wedding reception to a whole new level with this unique idea. Consider a bounce house for adults as you feel like a kid again. Play cornhole in the yard or have rides set up from the carnival to enjoy. If your wedding is near a carnival or amusement park, you can make this a whole reception location while your guests make wonderful memories.

 

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What Should the Groom Do In Wedding Planning?

So much of wedding planning is focused on the bride. From choosing the perfect wedding dress to knowing what you want for the finer details of the decor, much of the work ends up with the bride. However, you shouldn’t rule your fiance out of wedding planning altogether.

While there are some parts that are obvious choices for him — the tuxedo he’ll wear, for instance — there are plenty of other aspects of the wedding that he may want input on. If your fiance wants to be involved in all parts of planning, you should let him. Working together on your wedding can be a good way to practice working together on other difficult things throughout the rest of your marriage!

However, if he really doesn’t want to get involved in the wedding planning, you shouldn’t force him. Whether this is because he doesn’t feel he has time for the work involved or just doesn’t find choosing flowers interesting, you shouldn’t take this as a bad sign. He wants to be married to you and have a great wedding, but he just doesn’t have the interest in event planning.

If you’re looking for ways to involve him, you can give him a task that he does like. This could be finding the entertainment or tasting menu options. You can also bring him to a wedding expo, where he might find that wedding planning is much more fun than he thought!

To find out more about our upcoming Connecticut wedding shows, click here.

 

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Get Inspired by Kimye

The big wedding news this week is the nuptials of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The couple finally tied the knot at a lavish ceremony in Italy. It followed an equally luxurious rehearsal dinner at Versaille.

While the over-the-top wedding might not be within your budget, there is plenty you can use for your Connecticut wedding. Here are a few things that can be used to inspire you:

Flowers: One of the stand-out elements of the ceremony was the 20-foot wall of flowers they had constructed as a backdrop. The combination of white roses and peonies is a classic wedding choice and perfect for your big day, too.

Dresses: Kim had a wardrobe change during the reception, offering her the chance to show off another designer dress. For your wedding, having a reception gown can allow you to change into something that is better for dancing the night away.

Maids: Kim’s bridesmaids, her sisters, were all dressed in white. This is a huge trend and one that gives a clean, elegant style to the wedding party. Look for a plain white dress style for your maids that offsets the glamor of your wedding gown.

To find out more about planning your perfect wedding, and to meet our area’s best vendors, come to one of our upcoming bridal shows.

 

Photo: Flickr/St.John’sFlowerGuild

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How to Plan a Low-Key Luxury Wedding

It’s shaping up to be another huge summer for celebrity weddings, with some of Hollywood’s biggest names likely to walk down the aisle. However, don’t expect to see huge, over the top productions as in previous years. The big celebrity wedding trend is to go low-key. This doesn’t mean they’re scrapping the luxury, though. Low-key luxury is a great theme for any couple, celebrity or not.

The basic idea is to keep the wedding small and intimate. By inviting a smaller guest list, you are able to spend more per guest. This means you can splurge on things like the meal, cake, and favors. You’re sharing the best of everything with the people you love the most.

For celebrities, it also means keeping photos out of the media. For your low-key wedding, you can follow the same concept by keeping things off social media. Instead of publishing your whole wedding album, choose one photo for a profile photo and leave it at that.

Low-key luxury weddings are all about having it all without making a lot of noise about it. The first step is finding the right vendors. The easiest way to meet and book all the great Connecticut wedding vendors you need is to attend one of our upcoming shows!

 

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Wedding Dress Inspiration from New York Bridal Week

It’s April and that means that all the biggest wedding dress designers have been showing their latest gowns in New York. With the runway shows now over, it’s the perfect time to have a look at the big trends for 2015

Light and Delicate

When Vera Wang described her spring 2015 collection as being inspired by the “lightnes of being, delicate and discipline, sensual and seductive,” she could have been speaking for a number of designers. Light and delicate styles were all over the runways, with billowy tulle layers, soft takes on mermaid silhouettes, and lace details being key elements to look for.

Soft Shades

Rather than going bold with color, designers such as Monique Lhuillier opted to include very pale pastels in their collections. This trend showed the slightest hint of color, giving the look of a shaded off-white rather than a fully noticeable color.

Boho Casual

For causal weddings, the 2015 trend is going to be boho. With the feel of 1970s flower power, these gowns are perfect for a music festival theme wedding. These flowing gowns, seen in the Oscar de la Renta show, look feminine and comfortable, and would be the ideal choice for a beach wedding.

Were you watching the runways? Are you inspired by this year’s bridal designs?

If you’re planning your Connecticut wedding, you can find out all about the latest trends and meet the area’s best wedding vendors at any of our upcoming bridal shows!

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Choosing a Wedding Gown as a Mature Bride

With the average age of brides holding steady at 29 for the second year in a row, there are plenty of brides above this age getting married each year. For the mature bride, finding the perfect wedding gown can prove an extra challenge. You want something that suits your age, but still conveys the specialness of the day. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a wedding gown as a mature bride.

Style

Whether you want to go with a traditional gown or something a bit different, there are plenty of age-appropriate choices available. For gowns, consider narrower skirts, such as evening gown styles that will give you an elegant look. If you want to stay away from a gown, a pale colored suit is an excellent choice.

Color

As a mature bride, this might not be your first wedding. A wedding dress for a second wedding should follow the same guidelines as a gown for a first wedding. The most important thing is that you are comfortable in your choice. Whether you choose to wear white or another color is a personal decision. There are lots of beautiful off-white colors that can offer the best of both worlds, too.

Event

Whatever your age, the key to finding the perfect wedding gown is making sure it suits the wedding you’re planning. Keeping your dress in line with the wedding’s style is very important. As a mature bride, you’ll want to be comfortable throughout your big day, too. Consider the venue, type of reception, and how active you’ll be during your wedding day.

Whether you’re a mature bride or not, planning a Connecticut wedding is a big job. From finding the perfect dress to choosing a venue, you’ll be able to find out everything you need to know and meet our area’s best vendors when you attend a Wedding Steps bridal show. Visit our site to find out more about upcoming shows and buy tickets.

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Would You Split the Cost of the Engagement Ring?

One of the week’s big online debates has been whether or not a bride should split the cost of her engagement ring.

The supporters of splitting the cost argue that you can get a bigger ring if you split the cost. It also sets up the financial relationship that will need to carry through the rest of your wedding planning. As fewer couples have their parents paying for their weddings, the bride and groom themselves have to work out how to budget the wedding costs themselves. In this case, the engagement ring becomes part of this budgeting.

Those who are against splitting the cost see it as a non-traditional move, and unromantic. The engagement ring is something that is meant to be a surprise to the bride. When she pays for half of it, or even helps with the shopping, it takes that away. As a result, it lacks the romance of having him get down on one knee and pop the question.

What is your opinion on splitting the cost of the ring? If you’re planning your Connecticut wedding, you’ll want to meet the best vendors. Coming to one of our upcoming bridal shows is an excellent way to do your planning and loads of fun.

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Planning a Second Wedding? Make It Special

Second weddings have come a long way from the days of conservative skirt suits and backyard receptions. No matter how many times you’ve been married in the past, you should treat your upcoming nuptials as though they’re your first.

The purpose of a wedding is to celebrate the union of you and your fiance. This is why it should always be a chance for you to express yourselves, and have the fabulous day you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.

Planning a Connecticut wedding can be a challenge, even if you’ve done it before. You’ll want to work with the best vendors to create a wedding that reflects what is so special about your relationship and the love you share.

One of the great ways to make planning your Connecticut wedding easier is to come to one of our wedding expos. You’ll get the chance to meet the best vendors and more!

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Choosing the Perfect Wedding Date

One of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding has to be choosing the date. It gives you and your fiance a goal, and allows you to begin booking vendors. If you’re at a loss for how to narrow it down, here are a few tips.

  • Select a season: A winter wedding is very different to a summer wedding, and both vary from autumn and spring weddings. Decide on the season that has the weather you want for your celebration.
  • Significant dates: Some couples choose a significant date for their wedding. This can be anything from the anniversary of your first date to a commemorative holiday like National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2, in case you were wondering).
  • Saturday or not: Saturday is the most popular day for weddings, but other days can offer their own advantages, including discounted rates with some vendors. Think about whether guests will need to take time off work and if this will make a difference to your celebration.
  • Saved dates: Pay attention to holidays, as guests might have other plans, even a year in advance. The same goes for weekends of major sporting events, like the Super Bowl and the Final Four.

There’s no right or wrong date for your wedding, and it really is a personal choice. Planning in advance can help you book the best Connecticut wedding vendors. If you want to meet and book wedding vendors for your Connecticut wedding, come to our next show!

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Fall Trends for Your Connecticut Wedding

If you’ve got a wedding coming up in the next few months, you’ll be thinking ahead to the great Fall trends. This year’s Fall weddings are set to be a bit unusual, but completely beautiful. Here are a few to keep in mind.

  • Dresses: The big trend for Fall wedding dresses is lace. This is especially popular in sleeves, which are staying on trend through the coming year.
  • Colors: This year’s Fall weddings are saying no to earth tones. Instead, look for colors that are bold, vibrant, and stand out against the sometimes drab seasonal background.
  • Food: Filling, rustic, and farm-fresh are the keywords for Fall wedding food. Hearty dishes are a great way to welcome the chill in the air, with fresh and local ingredients giving an ethical twist to your menu.
  • Themes: The autumnal style is going to be focused on romance. Themes are still being used, but Fall weddings will include extra feminine touches to give a romantic feel that’s in keeping with the weather.

To find out more about the great trends for Fall weddings, and to meet with many of Connecticut’s top wedding vendors, come to one of our upcoming shows! At this week’s show in Brookfield, you’ll also get the chance to meet the casting producers of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress!