- Parent Category: Wedding Planning 101 04 June 2013
- Published on 06 June 2013
- Deborah Clark
Like most "reality" TV shows, wedding shows like "Bridezillas" and "Say Yes to the Dress" can give budding brides and grooms a slightly unrealistic idea of what a wedding is really like. Whether you're a couch potato or a casual channel-flipper, you're probably well aware of the explosion of wedding reality shows. The ratings prove that America just can't get enough, which is why similarly-themed shows are surfacing all the time. But how exactly does this rise in popularity translate to the real-world wedding industry?
flickr image by Katsu Nouri
Fantasy Wedding Misconceptions
Reality shows aren't always a reflection of real life. So before you demand an exact replica of Kim Kardashian's dress for your wedding, you might want to dispel a few wedding myths.
- It ain't cheap: Most television viewers probably assume these lavish televised weddings come with a high price tag, but does anyone really know how high? Wedding and event planner Samantha Dockery (Bliss By Sam) claims she's worked with several clients who wanted a reality TV-style wedding for under $10,000. "They get sticker shock over and over again," says Dockery.
- Last minute changes aren't practical: It seems like every wedding reality show has to have some kind of dramatic last-minute disaster that comes up right before the commercial break. Though the problem is typically cleared up by the time the show comes back on, last-minute changes aren't typically easy, or cheap.
- You don't always get your way: Being a "Bridezilla" doesn't help you get your way in the real world. Wedding organizers like Dockery have even had to specifically prohibit rude behavior in their customer contracts to prevent Bridezilla (and Groomzilla) outbursts.
America's Obsession With Weddings
Attracting more viewers than the Super Bowl, the royal wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William revealed just how seriously we take weddings in America. These days, it has become the norm for celebrity weddings to be broadcast on cable TV all over the country and then plastered on the cover of every gossip magazine for the next month or so. Let's face it: we love weddings in America.
The Competition Gets Fierce for Wedding Photographers
What's the point of having a beautiful, extravagant wedding if you can't document it with equally gorgeous photographs? In keeping with the nature of wedding reality shows, it's not enough to just have the wedding of your dreams. You also have to share it with the world. This increases the demand for wedding photographers, but the growth of technology has also increased the supply. With the availability of high-tech digital cameras at affordable prices, more and more novices are taking to photography as a new professional endeavor.
Wedding photographers aren't just facing more competition, but are also losing out on profit with the rise of technology. Caren Chesler from The New York Times points out that photo albums used to be one of the biggest payoffs for photographers. "Now, brides just want the photo disc," she remarks.
We're often influenced by the trends we see in the media, and nothing boosts popularity quite like TV shows. Whether you watch them purely for entertainment or are sitting taking notes during every commercial break, wedding reality shows are undoubtedly changing the way we say "I do."
A photographer, retail store manager and writer, Deborah enjoys living an eclectic life in North Carolina.
- Parent Category: Wedding Planning 101 04 June 2013
- Published on 04 June 2013
- Shubh Das
Everyone dreams of having a grand wedding at the perfect venue wearing the best dress, serving the best food and arranging for the best entertainment for the invitees. A wedding venue has a great importance in setting the mood for the party and reflecting the style and vision of the couple.
Whether you are dreaming of a highly extravagant black-tie event or planning to arrange for an intimate wedding with a few guests, selecting the right venue plays an important role. However, not everyone has the time to manage the stressful task of arranging a wedding all alone. Thus, it is best to get help from a professional wedding planner who would take all the hassles of organizing a wedding ceremony making it a big success.
This article will provide some guidelines you can use to turn a plain and simple wedding venue into a gorgeous location.
Here are a few tips that can help you convert a simple location into a sophisticated wedding venue:
• Choose the Theme of Wedding.
Determine the theme of decorations. Prepare the list of all the things that you require to embellish your wedding venue to make your chosen theme come alive. If you are unable to buy and arrange for all the things to give form to your wedding theme, call up a reputable wedding planner who would use his expertise and resources to turn the dream theme into a reality.
• Choose the Colors For Your Theme.
It is important to choose the colors that will dominate the wedding theme. Red is the color of love, while green is emblematic of peace. So, you can choose red and green to be the prime colors of your wedding decoration so that it becomes symbolic of a peaceful marriage full of love.
• Floral Design
You can talk to a florist or ask your event planner for ideas about what type of floral designs suit your chosen theme. You can also entrust the entire responsibility to your wedding planner or decorator for peace of mind.
• Lighting Patterns
Make use of uplights to embellish the walls. These lights can remain as a single color or alternate color at intervals.
Installing LED lights is useful since they give you greater control over the lighting. You can alter the intensity of the LED lights as you wish. Moreover, LED lights use a lesser amount of power.
Choosing a professional wedding management company would help you arrange your grand wedding in a hassle-free way and on a reasonable budget.
Shubh Das is an expert event planner and a part-time blogger with years of experience in the event management industry. He is proud to be a part of SubhMuhurat.co.in, the Kolkata, India based wedding event planner that has arranged many grand wedding parties with great success.
- Parent Category: Wedding Planning 101 31 May 2013
- Published on 31 May 2013
- Monica Fortini
When it comes to planning a wedding, all the details can really leave your head swimming.
While your shoes aren’t the most important detail of your wedding—if you are like me they would be pretty high up there—they still play a significant role in the ceremony. I mean come on, they are the shoes you are standing in while you say “I do” at the altar! I’d say that’s important.
So you can’t just pick any ol’ shoe. You want a shoe that is not only trendy, but sexy, and the designers this year have really out done themselves.
Weddings this year are all about elegance, sophistication and class. With peplum dresses and sleeves galore, what better way than to dress up your gown with something equally as elegant?
Photo Courtesy of Endless.com
These Badgley Mishcka 'Randall' shoes are to die for.
Although I wouldn’t suggest them for those of you who walk like Bambi on ice, these delicately feminine shoes are fun and flirty with their flower embellishment and color choices including white, silver and black.
Photo Courtesy of Pricegrabber.com
Does anything scream elegant like these Manolo Blahnik ‘Carolyne’
I don’t think so. With a heel only 2.75” high and elastic straps, you won’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable in these shoes.
Photo Courtesy of Myglassslipper.com
Monique Lhuillier may be my new favorite designer.
While these heels are a bit on the skinny side, the peep toe and the sheer material is absolutely gorgeous and fits right in with the dresses following the same style. Who said you couldn’t be covered and sexy at the same time?
While these lace high necklines and mesh cut outs are popular in wedding dresses this year, so are sparkly dresses covered with glitz and glam and there are plenty of designers who followed up with jazzy shoes. They are the perfect way to shine on your big day.
Photo Courtesy of KateSpade.Com
Why bother wearing a glimmering dress when you can go bold with these gorgeous gold Kate Spade heels?
I don’t even know where to start. Not only do they really shine, they are gold, and have a peep-toe, they have an extra bow really makes these shoes outstanding.
Photo Courtesy of ArunaSeth.com
How adorable are these Aruna Seth shoes?
I can’t even handle it! They are the perfect mix of glam and girlie with their pink hue and baby doll ruffles. And did I mention the added silver sparkle right in the middle of the ankle strap? They aren’t too high, but high enough to feel sexy while being completely comfortable.
Monica is the fashion purchaser for CC’s Boutique, the premier Tampa Bridal Salon.