Take The Cake
Tired of the “money dance”? Very popular in many cultures, money dance is the age-old way to get a little spending money for a couple’s honeymoon. A new clever way to add a little money to the honeymoon coffers is this. Take and place a sign next to the cake along with two jars. Whoever gets the most cash in their jar gets cake in the face. You know it most likely will happen anyway so why not make it fun and exciting to see who the family and guests want that sugary icing decorating their face? The real cool thing is the person that loses cannot have their face “decorated” after the cake cutting.
Southern Idaho Bride App
We have been keeping this under wraps for a while now, but we will soon have the ultimate in wedding apps for your iphone, android or tablet. You will not only be able to access cool current ideas from our website, you will also have our vendor directory right at your fingertips. Also all our advertisers will be sending some great deals your way right to your phone. These will be deals that will only be available via our app and most will be very limited time offers to couples in Twin Falls, Sun Valley and all over Southern Idaho. Be watching because the Southern Idaho Bride App is on the way.
The trend of having a wedding cake and a grooms cake have finally come together. Check out this very cool yet trendy idea. As you can see one side is a beautifully decorated wedding cake that gives way to the grooms comic book hero fantasies around the back. When placed on a turntable you can sping the cake the way you want to.
Yes to the dress?
A touch of color and flowers sets this off. Fitted bodice, flared bottom with chiffon. What so you think? romonakeveza.com
5 Things Your Guests Won’t Tell You
I remember hearing Colin Cowie speak to a group of Wedding Planners in NYC. He said that he tells his couples (who are spending millions on their weddings) that it’s not really their wedding. It’s their first chance, as a married couple, to host a party for their friends and family. That surprised me as we always think of weddings as being for and about the couple. The ceremony is definitely for and about the couple. The party that follows is a celebration of that marriage, with your closest family and friends. If you accept that perspective, what would you do differently? If you’ve been a guest at one, or more weddings, what would you have liked to have told the newly married couple, but you couldn’t (or you and other guests just told each other, quietly at the table or afterwards)? Here are 5 things that your guests won’t tell you (unless they’re brutally honest or blunt). Your guests won’t thank you for making your Mom, sister, best friend or maid of honor work on your wedding day. They’re not wedding planners, they’re your closest family and friends. Let them mingle, dance and enjoy the day. Your guests won’t […]
A Letter To Brides & Grooms
By Stephanie Padovani This is a letter written to brides and grooms in response to repeated negatively biased news programs and “expose’s” about wedding industry scams and ripoffs. We spend WAY more than 4 hours on your wedding. Couples are often shocked at the price tag attached to their wedding services. “But I’m only hiring you for four hours!” is a common reaction. What you don’t know is that we spend many hours outside your wedding day timeline on planning, communication, rehearsals, meetings, travel and all the logistics necessary to make that “four hours” look easy. This doesn’t even take into account the necessary time investment in training and education to keep our skills sharp. Let’s take photographers as an example. According to this recent survey, the average photographer spends 65 hours invested in each wedding; when all the hours invested in a wedding are factored in, a typical wedding photographer makes an hourly wage only $37 per hour before expenses! DJs, florists, officiants, planners and other pros are in a similar situation. Most wedding professionals are not living large on “wedding ripoffs,” a charge often lodged by the media. While the average wedding in the US costs around $25,000, […]
Knock Off Disaster
The urge to go cheap has been fueled by technology over the years to the point brides are tempted in dozens of ways by websites and ads all claiming to be “exactly like” or the “same as” when it comes to dresses, gowns and even entertainment and decor. To the chagrin of brides and grooms planning their special day, few realize their mistake until a few days prior and sometimes on the day of their wedding. “But it’s so easy to order online and it’s cheaper.” Is “cheap” really what you are looking for when it comes to one of the most important days in your life? Is “cheap” the word you want your guests and family to use when describing your gown, the bridesmaids dresses, the music or the decorations? Is “cheap” at the top of the list for wedding memories you want to share with your grandkids one day? Let’s take a look at some real disasters when brides cut corners. First, when it comes to ordering their gowns on the internet from unknown sources including China. Gown Disasters The photo on the left is what was on the website, on the right is what arrived three days […]
Get That Brides Maid Dress Color Right
When your brides maids live in different parts of the country and you have a certain color in mind when it comes to their dresses it can be a major issue unless all the dresses come from the same manufacturer and are all the same style. Face it ladies the same style doesn’t work unless your BMs are models or NFL cheerleaders. Face it none of us can be so lucky. Enter the trend of allowing the BMs to have different styles, but all with the same color of fabric. The color gives a thread of continuity to you special day. Back to the problem at hand. How can you get the same color dress say in New York City as you do in Twin Falls Idaho? Enter Lowes or Home Depot. Wait a minute are they not guy stores? How can they help? Pick one or the other, grab your fabric swatch and head to the paint department. Narrow down the closest color to what you want the brides maid dresses to be and snag a color tile (or 3). Hand them out locally and email the number code from the tile and where you picked it up to […]
Pantone 2015 Colors
Just in case you are wanting to match your wedding to the latest color trends in 2015, here are the Pantone hand picked colors for the new year.
It can be seen everywhere. The celebration of color. Instead of going earthy and muted why not go bold and bright. Your wedding is a celebration and celebrations deserve to have color!
Next Year Overbooked for Weddings
by brides who refused to get married in ‘unlucky’ 2013 Superstitious: A surprising number of couples chose to postpone their nuptials this year in fear of the unlucky number 13, according to wedding industry experts By Sadie Whitelocks A surprising number of couples chose to postpone their nuptials this year in fear of the unlucky number 13, according to wedding industry experts. Retailer Men’s Warehouse, told Forbes that its sales are down ten per cent on 2012 due to the dwindling number of tuxedo rentals – something they attribute to peoples’ superstitions. ‘Historically, we’ve seen numeric anomalies in the calendar effect when brides choose their wedding date, and we believe that the number 13 in 2013 is causing a small but meaningful number of brides to avoid getting married,’ CEO, Doug Ewert said. Indeed, bride-to-be Ashlea LeCompte, from Ottawa, Canada, previously told CBC News that she didn’t want her big day associated with a ‘bad number’. And another wrote on Weddingbee.com: ‘I’m not superstitious about anything, except when it comes to my relationship. ‘My [fiance] thinks I’m crazy, but I specifically didn’t want to get married in 2013. Maybe many other couples feel the same way which is why everything […]
Real brides’ biggest wedding regrets
This article originally appeared in Wedding Ideas magazine Your wedding day was perfect and you wouldn’t change a thing, right? Wrong! These real brides reveal what they would have done differently if they could have their time again… “I should have hired a wedding planner. We had a marquee wedding at home and had to organize every little detail ourselves — not good!” – Rebecca “I wouldn’t worry so much about my dress getting dirty. We got some pictures taken underneath a blossom tree. They are our favourite photos from the day!” – Helen “I wouldn’t be so hung up on color schemes. I thought about colors for so long but was worried I would put something hideous together! So in the end I just chose colors I liked and went for bright and bold!” – Shelley “In terms of budgeting I should have tried not to get so carried away in the couple of weeks before the wedding — it’s so easy to! You’ve done so well so don’t spoil it with last minute expensive impulse buys!” – Lintilla “I would have listened when the dress designer told me how to attach the train to my dress. We […]
Let Them Eat Puffs
The French call it a Croquembouche. We call it yummy. It’s a sweet alternative to a regular wedding cake. This deletable wedding cake replacement is composed of profiteroles or cream puffs piled in a conical shape and held together with caramelized sugar. Using tongs guests pull free a couple of “puffs” and place them on their plates, then cover them with chocolate sauce or caramel sauce. Don’t let the word French turn you of of this wonderfully different dessert for your wedding. It is a diamond in the rough and becoming more popular in higher-class Idaho weddings. The croquembouche has a long history. It appears to have been invented by French pastry chef Antoine Careme (1783-1833) in the late 1700s, when it became very popular as a wedding cake. Many of the individual components such as the cream puffs date to the 1500s, illustrating the long history of fine pastries in France.
Top 5 Indoor Twin Falls Wedding Venues
In the Twin Falls Idaho area, there are a limited amount of indoor venues where you can hold your wedding reception. Here is the list of the top 5 from our 2013 Best of Southern Idaho Weddings. Canyon Crest Right on the edge of the Snake River Canyon, this venue offers Brides a stunning backdrop for their ceremony and a comfortable climate controlled room for the reception celebration. Their in house award winning executive chef, Pandora can prepare food ranging from a rustic buffet to an elegant sit-down dinner. Your contact person is Connie. 208-733-9392 The Historic Ballroom Located in historic downtown Twin Falls, this venue is a favorite for nostalgic Brides looking for a beautiful hardwood floor ballroom setting. Recently remodeled, The Historic Ballroom offers decorating to your colors and taste and has an in-house catering menu. Your contact person is Sarah. 208-733-5313 The Turf Club In the heart of Twin Falls, close to the action. The Turf Club is one of the oldest venues in Twin Falls with a huge history. Big Bands like Tommy Dorsey and others have performed on the stage here when it used to be a dinner club. The velvet wallpaper is gone and […]
Ask What Other Events Are Going On At Your Venue
Fetish turtle wedding photo bombs are awesome… or are they? Photo by York Street Creative. Did you hear about the Bride that found out the day of her wedding that there was a fetish party going on at the same venue where her elegant dream wedding had been planned? Then there was the bride that signed the papers for her venue only to find out a secret “anonymous” meeting was being held in the room next door and on wedding day hordes of some quite interesting characters every 10 minutes would be chain smoking just our side the door to her room. Every time the door opened the AC would suck the smoke in. We have one more for you. The wedding that had to compete with the Mexican band that was in the same building. It may scare you to think that you might unknowingly subject your guests to guys dressed as little Bo Peep and ladies dressed in leather carrying whips and chains, but this is what can happen when you book in a venue that has the ability to cater to multiple clients at one time. Having worked in the hotel business for some time, I found […]
Seven Reasons To Hire a Professional Photographer
Seven Technical Reasons why a professional photographer is critical The ability to quickly adjust camera settings based on different lighting scenes. The experience and foresight to be prepared for each situation and nuance of a wedding that only comes with shooting a lot of weddings. Professional wedding photographers will always scope out the wedding venue to be fully prepared for any surprises and to plan out their shooting scenarios. Experience shooting fleeting moments that you only have one chance to capture. A first kiss typically only lasts 1-2 seconds, and you don’t necessarily know exactly when it is going to happen. The wedding photographer must be staring through his lens, ready and prepared for this moment to happen. The energy to work non-stop for 12-18 hours without breaks. This is a wedding photographer’s job, they don’t rest or take breaks. Experience in guiding and directing large group formals. This is where the wedding photographer’s personality and tact are so important Experience in taking extra shots of crucial pictures such as during the must have photos in case of blinking, awkward expressions, etc.
Best Of Southern Idaho Bride 2013
This is the first round of presentations. As chosen by brides via Pinnion, an independent polling company, here are the 2013 Southern Idaho Bride, Best of Weddings List part one. These businesses are the best in their class as picked by brides and customers from around the area. Best Dress Shop Christa’s Dress Shoppe – 208-735-5177 Best Formalwear Shop Tuxedos Now – 208-734-4055 Best Party Rental The Party Center – 208-733-9337 Best Caterer Carinos Italian – 208-734-4833 Best indoor Venue Canyon Crest Event Center – 208-733-9392 Best Lighting Decor MME Event Group (Music Magic) – 208-736-7268 Best Photographer Spin Design Photographics – 208-948-9611 Best Photographer Studio K Photo Gallery – 208-431-7689 Best DJ Company MME Event Group (Music Magic) – 208-736-7268 Best Photobooth One Fun Photobooth – 208-736-7268 Best Florist Canyon Floral – 208-733-9292
U.S. marriage rates are at historic lows but may soon rebound a bit, demographers predict.
USA TODAY REPORTS U.S. marriage rates are at historic lows but may soon rebound a bit, demographers predict. The marriage rate is at its lowest point in more than a century, and the number of marriages across the USA fell more than 5% during the recession. But a new analysis projects that pent-up demand and the large population of marriage-eligible Millennials, ages 18-34, means more will be headed to the altar over the next two years. Cultural changes about whether and when to marry, the fact that two-thirds of first marriages are preceded by cohabitation and the recession’s financial fallout — including unemployment and underemployment — fueled the wedding decline. Projections from the private company Demographic Intelligence of Charlottesville, Va., says the signs are right for a temporary boost in weddings. The company projects a 4% increase in the number of weddings since 2009, reaching 2.168 million this year; 2.189 million in 2014. Depending on the economic recovery, the report projects a continuing increase to 2.208 million in 2015. Although it finds marriage numbers are stagnant or declining among those with a high school education or less, younger Americans, and the less affluent, numbers are rising among women ages 25-34, […]
The Truth about Ipod Weddings
Featured in National Entertainer Magazine Over the past year, there has been a new trend in magazines and online suggesting an inexpensive alternative to a DJ or band, your iPod. Pounding the positives of having complete control over your music play list and being able to add a personal touch, many brides are investigating this new trend. Since no two weddings are the same, let’s look at an average wedding with 150 guests or so held in a local country club. In some articles it has been suggested that it is easy to just plug your iPod into the venue’s overhead sound system. This is not a good idea. These systems are installed for conferences and are tuned for speeches, not music. To repair a system like this after it was damaged by loud music is extremely costly. If you are thinking a home stereo would work, think again. Home stereos are made for exactly that, your home. They are not equiped to play at a volume suitable for a medium to large audience and do not have the capability of a microphone. You will need a professional PA system; you will find most music stores rent them. Look for […]
Bakery Creates Glazed Donut Wedding Cake
By Lauren Torrisi The possibilities are endless when it comes to wedding cakes. The Swiss Pastry Shop in the Bahamas created this wedding cake made out of donuts for the annual wedding show. A Dunkin’ Donuts manager asked the bakery to create the cake for the wedding show. They later posted the final cake on their Facebook page. “We researched it beforehand…so we just kind of incorporated a combination of different designs,” said Manfred Ginter, son of the bakery owner. It took three people and half a day to create the cake made from 100 glazed donuts. Little flowers made of modeling chocolate decorated the donuts. A small section of cake was placed at the top. “It’s a new idea when most people think of wedding cakes they don’t think of donuts,” Ginter said, “I think it’s a great. It’s very unique. A lot of people love donuts. The designs that you can come up with are pretty awesome.” If you’re craving one for your own wedding, this cake would cost roughly $150 and feed about 100 people.
Decorate the Aisle
Decorate the Aisle: With or without a white aisle runner you can still add a touch of glamor by adding a pop of color. Here, using a pre-made cardboard stencil rose petals are made into swirls that match the swirls on the invite, awaiting the bride’s arrival. To keep the petals in place until the ceremony begins, use a ribbon to block off the aisle and maybe even the insides of the aisle with swags of sheer fabric and ribbons and have ushers lead the guests to their seats from the outside of each row.
Is Off The Shoulder So Immodest?
For all of you that think an off the shoulder gown is slightly immodest here is a new gown that will be hitting the stores soon (maybe not in our area).
New 2013 Edition
Once a year the magazine all the southern Idaho brides are waiting for is debuted at the Twin Falls Bridal & Party Expo, or The Bridal Expo as they like to be called. Every bride that attends will get a free copy of our magazine given to them at the door. The Bridal & Party Expo is the largest bridal confab of it’s type in southern Idaho with over 70 booths and vendors that are there for one reason only. That is to help brides plan their special day and their future.Brides from Twin Falls, Sun Valley, Burley, Elko and beyond all know this is the place to be to plan their perfect day. Check out their website http://www.twinfallsbridalexpo.com
Emerald Green With Envy?
Pantone finally released their choice for color of the year 2013 and it should have all the Irish dancing in the clover because it’s Emerald Green. Setting aside the Irish for a moment and their love for the color, did Pantone get it right this time? Okay they picked the color, let’s see what we can do with it. Emerald Green is an easy color to add to an existing color scheme, but using it as the primary color in your wedding could have you feeling a little green around the gills. Back in the 20’s (the last time it was popular) it had a huge following. Women loved to dress in Emerald Green, but in today’s color lineup, it comes across as such a rich color it does not seem to work well by itself. Being a natural color, when coupled with other shades of greens and most any other color, it can give you a color pallet that pops. Teamed up with the other Pantone color choices for 2013, Emerald Green can add the accent you are looking for and it can be found in everything from your flowers to that mountain field you have been dreaming of […]
Colorful Manicures on Your Wedding Day
By Candace Polk Who said you can’t add a little color or bling! to your manicure on your wedding day? Your dress is not the only highlight of the day. Everyone will want to see your wedding ring and what better way to show off your beautiful ring than with a gorgeous colorful manicure to compliment it. Tips and Ideas for Gorgeous Wedding Day Nails: For the perfect nails on your wedding day, it is essential keep your hands hydrated by moisturizing them often, drink plenty of water, push back cuticles and keeping nails in shape by filing them.. The French manicure is the classic and traditional way; however, adding a splash of pink, red or even black will surely bring some sparkle and attention to your nails. Neutral colors keep the overall modest bridal appearance, but adding a twist to the traditional colors will definitely compliment the alternative look. For a wedding day manicure that will last until you’re back from honeymoon, I would suggest investing in a no chip manicure (approximately $35). With these tips and ideas you will surely have fabulous nails on your wedding day. About Candace Polk: Candace is the Director of Events, Publicist […]
Groom’s Virtual Girlfriend Gets Smashed By Bride At Wedding
Many Japanese otaku (“geeks”) are known for their love of dating simulation video games, and even become emotionally attached to their virtual girlfriends. Even when one such Japanese man managed to land a real woman for a bride, he went so far as to invite his digital partner to their wedding, going so far as placing his Nintendo DS handheld system with the game inside at a reserved table seat for the reception. The new bride was surprisingly understanding of the virtual girl, Nene Anegasaki of the dating sim Love Plus, attending their reception on November 24th. She probably knew what she was getting into when accepting the proposal of a man who works for Comic Market, the largest comic book convention in Japan. Unfortunately for the groom, his new wife had a surprise in store for him that brought an end to his relationship with the game. In the spirit of cutting the wedding cake, the bride placed the game cartridge on a table and then produced a heavy wooden mallet. While she was originally going to destroy the virtual girlfriend on her own, the groom decided to take part as well. However, according to eyewitnesses, he still did […]
Name Meshing… What?
The latest trend in the UK is for couples to blend their names when they marry. Called meshing, it gives an professional women that do not wish to lose their last name an alternative to hyphenating. Meshing can have some hidden dangers. The example always given is of Michael Pugh and Rebecca Griffin, who changed their name to become Mr and Mrs Puffin. A perfectly good name too. But what would have happened if Mr Pugh had fallen in love with Miss Tomkin? Would they have been happy as the Pumkins? Or if Mr Murdoch had met Miss Griffin, and they became the Muffins? Perhaps Samantha Cameron might not have minded trading in her maiden name of Sheffield for Camfield, but it wouldn’t have been much good to be Shameron. Miriam González drew the short straw anyway, name-wise, by becoming Mrs Clegg, and she’d hardly be consoled by having become Clonzáles. Blending reveals hidden dangers at every level, all the way from Bosh and Pecks to the Widdletons. Will this new trend find its way over the pond to the US? If it does will it strike a killer blow to genealogists?
Pink dresses aside Halloween Brides happen to be one of the more enthusiastic groups when it comes to thinking outside the box. Underneath all the blood and gore is there really true love? Mickey a drama major says there is. She has been looking forward for All Hallows Eve since she started planning her wedding.”We love drama and the thrill of the stage as much as we love each other. So why not mix the two?” You wont see flowered centerpieces, but you may see caldrons and dead rats. As Halloween grows into the second largest holiday next to Christmas, more and more brides are opting for the different, the more unusual wedding that will make Aunt Hilda when she flies in on her broom quite at home. “Everyone is already doing the costume thing”, Mickey says, “Most of them are drama geeks like me so it will be great.” Yes even on Halloween every bride will look boo-tiful.
Local Dress Shops Will Have So Many Fantastic Wedding Dresses Next Spring!
Christa from Christa’s Dress Shoppe and Diane from Formalicity both are giddy at the looks and styles that will be coming out in the spring. Inspired by new designers just entering the industry be looking for a splash of something old and something new to be incorporated into the new gowns. Christa’s brings to our area a design selection that usually can only be found in the larger metro area including Alfred Angelo and Maggie Sottero. Maggie Sottero is one of the most recognized and sought after bridal gown manufacturers in the world. A 2010 DEBI HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, Maggie Sottero has been honored to receive numerous additional bridal industry awards and has some great new designs for 2013. Formalicity in Burley on the other hand has the Mary and Forever Yours lines of dresses, plus they do consignments on used gowns. Forever Yours International has made its mark as one of the leading bridal fashion manufacturers in the world, outfitting the most beautiful brides in over 70 countries.
Pretty In Pink? We Don’t Think So.
Are the days of the white wedding gown gone? Will the tradition fall by the wayside like yesterday’s news? The media is saying, “Jessica Biel, who married Justin Timberlake in a private ceremony, wore a pink gown instead of the traditional white costume.” Really a “white costume”? Is that the direction the media would like to take weddings? It makes it sound like brides are dressing as rabbits and in other “white costumes”, when in reality they are keeping an age old tradition of wearing a beautiful white wedding gown. Don’t get us wrong, Jessica is stunning in this pink gown, but she is also a celebrity bride and it is accepted by her fans and friends alike. Some advice from our in house planners. There is nothing wrong with having the wedding of your dreams. After all it is YOUR wedding but try not to over think things and move too far outside the box and risk alienating your friends and loved ones. When you go to a wedding and see the white gown you know it’s the bride. Start giving it different colors and the confusion will set in as to who’s wedding it really is. Even Cinderella […]
Boldly Marrying Where No One Has Married Before
Two people in love, Klingon style. On Saturday, approximately 17,000 “trekkies” attended the Destination Star Trek London convention — and two attendees definitely stood out from the crowd. Reuters reports that Swedish couple Jossie Sockertopp, 23, and Sonnie Gustavsson, 29, tied the knot in a Klingon ceremony, complete with traditional Starfleet garb and Klingon phrases. According to ABC news, the groom was inspired by a wedding that takes place in an episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” The bride and groom wore full Klingon makeup to their ceremony, which they conducted one day after their legal wedding ceremony in London. Check out the video above to see more from this Star Trek wedding.
Spectacular Wedding Cakes
Eye candy for your special day Just when you thought you had an idea for your wedding cake, Rachael Teufel cake designer and owner of Colorado-based Intricate Icing Designs, has come up with some ideas that will blow your mind. Has you can see in her photos Rachael has come up with some pretty awesome cake designs. The Chandelier Cake No need for a cake table with this cake. It “hangs” from a custom made stand much like the chandelier. The Suspended Cake If you want to wow the guests you can have them scratching their heads with a cake that has layers that appear to defygravity and float in mid air. For more great ideas visit Rachael’s website http://www.intricateicings.com
2013 Wedding Colors Are Here
Pantone was gracious to release the 2013 wedding color trends. Some of them are not that surprising. The forecast calls for Monaco Blue, Grayed Jade, Emerald, Dusk Blue, Tender Shoots, African Violet, Lemon Zest, Linen, Nectarine, and Poppy Red. These new colors give you lots to work when planning wedding in Southern Idaho.