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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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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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Great Ideas for a Fantastic Spring Wedding Menu

Spring may be the most popular season for weddings, but it’s also a foodie’s dream season. If you’re a foodie getting married, it makes sense to choose spring for all the fabulous catering options the season offers.

The first step to having the perfect spring wedding menu is to find an experienced Connecticut wedding caterer. Event Caterers in Danbury are an excellent choice. Chef Joseph Yorio has more than 20 years of culinary expertise and experience. He and his team bring their love of food to every event, making sure the menu is perfect for you and your guests.

For a spring wedding menu, Event Caterers have many great choices. For your cocktail hour, consider these passed hors d’oeuvres:

  • Seared lamb loin capanata & olive toast
  • Orange glazed shrimp with avocado papaya salad on endive
  • Strawberry stuffed with herb Boursin cheese & candied walnut
  • Cornmeal Crusted Jalepeno Pepper, Stuffed with roasted eggplant & Manchego cheese, Red Pepper Drizzle

They also offer delicious seasonal display options, including fruit, vegetables, cheeses, and Italian antipasto.

For your main course, their top spring selections include:

  • Roasted Sea Bass, beluga lentils, lobster, carrot & coriander nage
  • Herb roasted Frenched chicken breast, truffle mashed potatoes & broccolini
  • Farfalle with black olives, wild mushrooms & creamy leek sauce

If you prefer a buffet, they can work with you to create the selection of your dreams. They also offer a popular station service. This allows you to bring one of the hottest wedding catering trends to your Connecticut wedding.

To find out more about Event Caterers, or to get in touch with many other excellent Connecticut wedding vendors, check out our show directory or come to one of our upcoming Connecticut 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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Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Testa’s Banquet Facility

If you’re looking for a family-run venue that has all you could want for your wedding day — a great location, fabulous food — look no further than Testa’s Banquet Facility in Southington. Along with being an excellent wedding venue, it’s also the venue for our next bridal expo.

Testa’s offers a variety of packages for your wedding, meaning you can have the day you want at the price you can afford. Their experienced planners will help you arrange everything from the meal to the entertainment.

Their banquet rooms can accommodate an intimate wedding or a bigger wedding. Whether you have 30 guests or 250 guests, though, you’ll get the same excellent service from the staff at Testa’s. You and your guests will be taken care of, meaning you won’t need to worry about the logistics on your big day.#

Of course, another reason to choose Testa’s is their food. Their menus are full of Italian family favorites, including cheeses, meatballs, and their famous sauce!

If you want to find out more about Testa’s Banquet Facility, the best way is to visit, and there’s no better time to visit than at our upcoming bridal expo there. Join us there on November 17!

 

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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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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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Celebrity Weddings: Are You Inspired?

The wedding season can mean plenty of celebrity couples walking down the aisle. Their over the top wedding days can be great inspiration for your Connecticut wedding. Here are a few of the 2013 celebrity season’s highlights.

  • French retreats: This year, France has been a popular wedding destination for celebrities. Halle Berry, Avril Lavigne, and Keira Knightley are just a few of the celebrities who have gone Gallic for their weddings. You don’t need to travel, though. Follow Aaron Paul’s lead and bring France into your wedding’s theme.
  • Creative couture: Celebrity brides haven’t been afraid to say no to white for their gowns. Shenae Grimes and Melissa Gilbert’s bold dress choices were stand out examples. However, there’s also been a resurgence of traditional styles, like that worn by Kristin Cavallari.

  • Big themes: Celebrities are bringing a “go big or go home” attitude to their themes, as seen in Sean Parker’s Lord of the Rings inspired wedding day. Committing to a theme and going all out can be great fun, even on a smaller scale.

Creating your perfect wedding, whether celebrity inspired or not, starts with choosing great wedding vendors. To meet many of Connecticut’s best wedding vendors, come to one of our upcoming shows!