Friday, March 29, 2013

Who Says You Have to Wear White


During an episode of Say Yes to the Dress, a new bride was dead set on getting a black wedding
dress, despite desperate pleas from her mother to stay with the traditional white. While she did
end up going with an ivory dress, the black wedding gown she tried on actually looked beautiful.

White or ivory is not the only color to choose from and Jessica Biel is a perfect example of this
with the light pink dress she wore to her wedding to Justin Timberlake last October.

According to a Yahoo news report, there are over 2 million weddings in the US each year so why
not stand out and show some individuality. The report showed that this isn’t a new trend. Stars
have been doing this for years now.

Sarah Jessica Parker wore black to her 1997 wedding and Elizabeth Taylor wore yellow in 1964
and then green for another wedding in 1975. There all different kinds of wedding dresses such as
camouflage, sparkles and even an experimental dress that connects to the bride’s body so when
her heart rate increases the dress begins to light up.

At the end of the day it’s your wedding so do what makes you happy. Even if that means walking
down the aisle in purple.

~Alexis




Friday, March 8, 2013

Not Your Average Apps


With the use of smart phones there are many applications that can help making the planning
processing easier. By far, the best application so far is The Knot.

This app calls itself the “ultimate wedding planner” and once downloaded it asks for basic
information such as your address and the details surrounding your wedding. This enables the app
to give you tips on venues either in your area or ones in a destination you depict that you want to
have the wedding.

The app thinks of everything that goes into planning a winner including the mother of the bride
dress. There is a checklist section to help you organize things and even brings up topics you
might not have not even though about. One of these things would be figuring out if family
members will be contributing to the wedding and getting insurance on your engagement ring.
There are notifications in each section so an alarm can go off to let you know when events are
up. This is super helpful when you start to lose track of all the details.

It also gives examples of dresses, flowers, venues and offers many pictures to help set the scene
for your big day!

Another app worth looking at is TheKnotLB, which is a look book of wedding dresses. This
app starts off with asking for your body type, bra size, height, personality, wedding style, best
features and problem areas. Once your information is entered it opens a whole world of wedding
dresses to view.

Clicking on a dress opens it into a larger view where you can see the designer and style number.
On this screen you can click on a link that takes you to the website the dress is on, post the
picture on Facebook or Twitter, get information on the style and fabric and locate the exact store
that carries the dress within your current location. All of this hard work comes at the touch of a
few buttons.

This is definitely a whole new way to search for wedding dresses rather than flipping through
those bridal magazines. Since the app is looking for dresses with your body type in mind, it can
cut down some disappointment at the bridal shop when you find out that perfect dress you fell in
love with in a magazine just doesn’t work for your body.

These are two great applications that can be useful in planning and cut down on some of the
stress, which is always a plus!

~ Alexis

 



 



 




Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Name Debate


With more and more woman making a name for themselves professionally, and just dropping the
normal traditions associated with getting married, taking on their fiancés last name is not always
a given.

For those that watched the E! wedding special of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, saw that
there was a lot of talk about Kim taking Kris’ last name. Much of her reasoning went into her
name being a house hold brand, and did not want to confuse people with the change. Viewers
also were able to witness the emotions Kris felt as his new wife signed their marriage license
with her maiden name.

This has become a more common decision for many women today. Jaime Curto- McInerney, 32,
and her husband were faced with this dilemma.

“I actually didn’t want to take his name at all,” said Curto- McInerney. “He was upset, saying
he was a traditional guy. I then said I was going to hyphenate it. He still didn’t like it, but I was
determined.”

Why the strong need to keep the maiden name?

“I guess I really don’t get why we are supposed to. I was a Curto for 29 years, why change it just
because I got married?” Explained Curto- McInerney.

Christa Barsness Smith, who recently got married, believes it depends on each individual
woman.

“Honestly I don’t find anything wrong with keeping your maiden name,” explained Barsness
Smith, “especially in a time where woman are in professional careers, which may have started
before they got married.”

It seems some men feel the same way.

“Depending on her last name and if she had made a name for herself with it, then no I wouldn’t
have a problem,” said Alex Depew, 22. “But if she had no merit using it, I would be a bit
offended.”

~ Alexis


For another Daily Dose of Wedding view on this topic - check out my article from 2011: The Name Game

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fighting the Stress


Planning a wedding requires a plethora of details. After all the excitement of finally getting
engaged to the man of your dreams the realization of actually planning the wedding sets in.

Now, for most women, this planning has started long before the boyfriend gets down on one
knee and proposes. Women like to discuss the wedding details with their friends and describe
what they want. With sites such as Pinterest, Instagram and all the other apps on our phones, it
becomes easy to screen shot and “pin” things you want in your wedding.

Although it is easy to create this virtual vision of your wedding, it is a whole other story to sit
down and plan out all the details. Some of these are broad such as the date, dress and location,
but there are also the more intimate details such as the colors, themes, guest list and financial
budget.

Jessica Feon was only 18 when she got engaged and planned her wedding start to finish in six
months.

“The whole thing was stressful but the most stressful (part) was probable just organizing
everything,” said Feon. “There were so many phone calls to make and so many people to touch
base with. I made like three wedding related phone calls a day for four months straight.”

Feon suggests keeping a detailed notebook with checklists to keep things organized. Make a list
of what needs to be done and who needs to be called. After you have done something simply
check it.

“When I checked them all off I was done for the day,” said Feon.

Another common stress is the financial one brought on from planning a wedding.

Tracy Henn found the finical burden of a wedding to be the most stressful. Henn already had a
home with her fiancé and had a young child with him so she cut out some of the costly parts of a
wedding.

“I went with silk flowers instead of real ones and I made my own invitations to save some
money,” said Henn. “We also decided to have a private beach ceremony to spare the cost and
then had a get together when we came home with close friends and family.”

There are ways to organize your planning to keep from stressing and smart cost effective
decisions that can be made so you can still have the things you want without going overboard.



~ Alexis 

Friday, February 8, 2013

...and we're back!

After a long and I might add enjoyable break, I am back with writing this lovely wedding blog.  So many questions to answer so I figure, we'll get everything out on the table.

But first - a picture of me with a huge beer glass.



Why did you take a break?
First and foremost - I do not get paid for writing this blog or helping any of my lovely brides. So my job that direct deposits every two weeks will take precedence when it times of high stress; however, I do love this blog and it was not my intention to let it just chill out for so long. Life just happened.

What can we your readers expect this year?
Well I have a huge of list of things to do. The first - is checked off - get me a steady second writer. Alexis. Super stoked. Secondly I will re-do my web site if it kills me. Lucky enough I have a great designer picked out. Plenty of exciting stuff there with the re-do.

Will you still help me? I'm crazy and getting married!
Yes of course! New email address: sara@dailydosewedd.com - anytime you need me! I still helped a number of brides over this last year - it just didn't make the blog.

How often will you be posting?
Between myself & Alexis I am hoping to get at least two posts a week. But plan to kick the Twitter bug back up in full gear.



Here's a little taste of what's to come:
- this December marks my 25th wedding (attendance/been in) in 4 1/2 years
- aside from the two weddings I am currently in, I only plan to be in one more. I am done.
- I realize I can't plan weddings full-time, I want to help but I also realize I love what I currently do as well. So I am determined to find a balance
- oh...and I am going to totally start planning my vowel renewal 
- and I am much more opinionated that I thought, Crazy huh?









Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Under Construction

Hi loves! I hope you are surviving this heat and staying cool. I wanted to take a moment and explain why this lovely wedding blog hasn't been updated as of late.

Well...I am working on rebranding and redesigning the blog. It's going to be a process so I anticipate being back up by the end of the summer.

There are some very exciting things coming to Daily Dose of Wedding and I cannot wait to share them all with you but until then - you can continue to check me out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest as I will continue to be updating those when I can.

Hopefully I will be updating soon and let you all know about the launch party! I am very excited.

Lots of love.

- Sara






Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New iPhone Past Time: Appy Couple


I feel like it's been a week of wonderful discovery of technology + weddings. It's sort of funny, that my mom still has the camera she used at my sisters wedding in 1995 that takes film and here we are with apps that let you upload photos you take at someones wedding almost instantly.

Crazy how far we've come?

Anyway - in the latest, most awesome app - Appy Couple is here to be your BFF for your wedding photos, planning and ease of use.



Couples are looking for a way to share their wedding with family, friends and  guests. Until Appy Couple, their only option has been to patch together a  disjointed solution from a fragmented marketplace of: DIY Websites • Mobile and Web Albums • Social Networks • Email Invitations.

Appy Couple for iPad® iPhone® Android ™ and Web is available now by invitation only at:www.appycouple.com.  
It’s free for couples until Fall 2012; the app will always be free for wedding guests.



Appy Couple is the only product that packages everything in one place and 
makes it easy, fun and beautiful to be mobile.

Having played with the app for a while, I must say - it's super easy to maneuver and fun to work with. Wanna check out the site I  made? Click here for it - web site

The days of constantly having to remind guests and even bridal party members of all things wedding are really behind us. Technology sometimes makes things more complicated - but this app seems to simplify it. 

Couples begin by creating their site and app - to make it easier, you can do it via the web. They can set a theme (and tone) for the wedding by selecting from the different backgrounds and themes the app has to offer. 

On the site, a couple can include the story of how they met, engagement photos and special songs. A free coordinating Web site included with each custom app displays the same content as the app, and can be used by guests who don’t have a smartphone, like Great, Great Aunt Joan.
Once the app has been created, the couple can enter their guest list manually or upload it from a spreadsheet, and invite family and friends to access the app for free, using a special code. Each guest will then have access to information, including wedding events, dates, locations, travel accommodations and last-minute changes. There is also a privacy function that allows the bride and bridegroom to select certain guests, like members of the bridal party, to receive private messages.


All of the content - including messages and photos - can be streamed live, for example, for those who cannot attend the wedding. Or for the bride/groom who may want to see how the guests are enjoying their wedding at that actual moment.

For couples...
•  Guest and RSVP management
• Real-time photo sharing
• Messaging
• Private circles
• Auto-invite guests
• Coordinating free web app and emails
• In-app dashboard

For guests...
• Share photos
• Shop the registry
• Get travel and hotel info
• Interactive event details
• RSVP
• Virtual champagne toasts
• Connect with guests
• Free app download
(from the Appy Couple press kit)






Appy Couple is still in private beta and has already been used by thousands of couples, both nationally and internationally. For now, it’s free, but invitation-only. Appy Couple expects to begin its pay model this fall. There will be a onetime charge for the app and free unlimited app downloads for wedding guests. The app will always be free for wedding guests.


And....here's the best part.

 A handful of readers can now get access to this awesome app. 

Interested?

Leave a comment (with email address) and let me know why you should gain access.

Hurry. This only will last for a week!

- Sara

Update: despite this post being called iPhone past time, this app is available for iPad, Web and Droid (R)