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Is a Reverse Schedule Right for Your Wedding?

Have you heard about reverse schedule weddings? They’re a big trend right now and can be a fun alternative to a traditional schedule.

The basic concept behind a reverse schedule is that you have the reception first and the ceremony at the end. This creates a different feel to your wedding and can create a sense of anticipation as you approach the ceremony.

The reverse schedule wedding is particularly good for morning weddings. Your guests are welcomed with a delicious breakfast, followed by toasts and speeches by friends and family. They spend the afternoon dancing and celebrating before you exchange your vows. The wedding can conclude with you leaving for your honeymoon, or carry on with some evening dancing.

For this style of wedding, you shouldn’t be too set on tradition. Your groom will see you plenty before the ceremony. You might want to limit the amount of alcohol you serve, as you will want guests to be in the right frame of mind for your ceremony.

Reverse-style weddings can be a fun twist to the usual order of the day, and one that will really make your Connecticut wedding stand out from the crowd. To find the perfect wedding vendors for your big day, whatever type of schedule you choose, come to one of our upcoming Connecticut wedding shows to meet some of the area’s best!

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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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Wedding Vendor Spotlight

Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Fox Hill Inn

Do you want something different than a hotel for your big day? Brookfield’s Fox Hill Inn could be just the place for you. The mansion-style home is easy to get to yet still feels secluded. It’s a venue that is perfect for you and your guests to escape to for a bit of Victorian charm and elegance.

The Fox Hill Inn is perfect for weddings, and has a capacity of up to 250 guests. Their wedding package includes everything you’ll need for the ceremony and reception of your dreams, from a delicious meal to a fabulous custom-made cake.

Whatever the season, the Fox Hill Inn can offer everything you need. It’s also the location for our next bridal show. When you come to the Fox Hill Inn on October 15th, you can check out the fantastic venue while also meeting many of Connecticut’s top wedding vendors.

Buy your tickets and find out more about it today!

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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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Wedding Vendor Spotlight: All Season Party Rentals

Even the best wedding venue can be improved with the right decor. Turning a blank slate into the wedding you’ve been dreaming about can take a lot of extras. An outdoor venue can be given a dance floor, a table can be transformed by beautiful linens, and guests can be given a red carpet entrance.

Transforming your venue can be expensive if you try to buy everything yourself. After your wedding day, you probably won’t have much use for a cupcake tower stand, 150 Chiavari chairs, or an 1,800 square foot frame tent. This is why finding an excellent wedding rental company can be so important to your wedding planning.

Whether you’ve got an indoor or outdoor venue, wedding rentals can be crucial to creating your vision. Both formal and casual weddings can also benefit from the right type of wedding rentals.

If you’re looking for wedding rentals for your Connecticut wedding, All Season Party Rentals in Danbury offer everything you’ll need for your perfect day. To find out more about them, get in touch through our vendor directory or meet them at one of our upcoming shows!

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Bridal Show Tips

Are You Ready for Our Next Show?

We’re only nine days away from our next Connecticut bridal show, and it’s going to be an exciting one! On August 20, we’ll be at the fantastic Candlewood Inn, where you’ll get the chance to meet the casting producers of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. Of course, there’s so much more on offer!

When you come to our Candlewood Inn show, you’ll get a complimentary copy of Wedding Steps Magazine, a great resource for planning your Connecticut wedding. If you’re one of the first 50 brides to attend, you’ll also get the chance to win $25,000 for your wedding with our legendary dice game. There are also plenty of door prizes and a grand prize honeymoon.

Of course, the real draw for any bridal show is what it can offer for your wedding planning. Our shows give you the chance to meet some of Connecticut’s top wedding vendors. You can see what they do and talk to them about your big day. Just think about how much time you’ll save meeting everyone in one place, rather than calling vendor after vendor!

There is still time to get tickets for the Candlewood Inn show, and you can also find out about our other upcoming shows on our website!

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3 Things to Remember In Your Wedding Planning

As you get into your wedding planning, your mind will be pulled all over the place. You’ll consider the details of things you never thought you’d be interested in. But throughout the planning process, it can be a huge help to keep three key things in mind.

  1. Your budget. Your wedding budget needs to be kept in mind for every other decision. Before you choose a vendor, or even start meeting with vendors, know your budget and have an idea of what it will realistically get you.
  2. Your style. This will also help you find the right vendors for you, and keep you focused on the type of wedding you want to have. Whether it’s DIY, vintage, modern, or traditional, knowing the style you want can help you plan and decide on everything else.
  3. Your priorities. Is the ceremony more important than the reception, or vice versa? Is having a fabulous photo album at the end more important than serving a fancy meal, or vice versa? Knowing your priorities will help you know what not to worry about.

Whatever your budget, style, and priorities, you’ll need to work with excellent Connecticut wedding vendors to pull it all together. To meet great vendors and have a fun day, come to our next Wedding Steps Bridal Show!