Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Something Blue...

Everyone is familiar with the old adage, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” but few are aware of the history behind this charming wedding phrase.  The saying stems from an Old English Rhyme where the four objects are meant to bring the bride luck on her wedding day.  Each item represents a different blessing offered to the bride from an important person(s) in her life.  And here we bring you a little wedding history...

Something Old 
Symbolizing continuity within and support of the marriage from the bride’s family. 
This item traditionally is given to the bride by a female relative, but today, something from your dad, brother, or favorite uncle also works!  Could be anything small and easily worn on the wedding day.  A beautiful brooch on the bouquet from auntie, a bit of lace from mom's dress, or grandma's pearls are always a special way to go!  

Something New 
Gives the bride an optimistic outlook on her future as she begins her marriage. 
For many brides, this is her dress or ring, or another special gift given to her by her soon-to-be in-laws.  Something that representing her happy future within her role as a wife.  Again, should be easily carried or worn.  

Something Borrowed 
Embodies the happiness a loved one has for the bride.  
There is intimacy in borrowing a special item which your maid of honor, bridesmaid or special person carried on her wedding day with the blessing and support from that special friend of many happy years of marriage.  

Something Blue 
Represents the bride’s love and fidelity for her soon to be husband. 
Unlike many of the other objects, this is one the bride may choose for herself.  So, on that note, here are some of our favorite ideas!  

There are SO many chic ways to incorporate blue into your wedding day attire.  

SHOES (J'Adore!) 
Hey Lady Shoes Photo by: Amanda Julca Photography

Bridal Bouquet - you only need a few (or even 1) blue flower to make your statement!
Lora Ayers Photography

 We ADORE a Blue Accessory!  Hair, Earrings, Bracelets, ANYTHING!  
Haute Bride available at La Jeune Mariee
And while we love a blue accessory, we absolutely SWOON for a blue veil!

Gigi Burris Millinery

Want something a little more subtle?
Use blue thread to monogram or stitch a special thought into your dress. 
Beau-Coup Weddings 

The world is your blue-point oyster, ladies!  Go forth and conquer!  

xx, AE  

Written by Sarah Thomas

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ask Ady: Many guests have yet to RSVP!

Image & Design Courtesy of our Talented Friends at Ink and Ivory Design Studio 

Dear Ady,

My RSVP date for my wedding has recently come and gone.  Of 275 guests invited, only 175 have RSVP'd.  I don't understand what's holding the RSVP's up and I need to know final numbers.  I am getting quite frustrated with this rudeness and I don't know what to do?

Please help,

Losing It In Louisiana

Dear LIIL, 

Oh!  You poor are experiencing one of the most unnecessary frustrations of wedding planning, but take heart, your guests are not the only 'less than prompt' responders.  This is an extremely common (although, AHEM GUESTS, unacceptable) phenomenon.   

Here's what to do...
Since your RSVP date has now come and gone, it's time to start personally contacting guests to ask for their RSVP.  Do not do this alone!  Recruit your family and fiance to reach out, as well.  Divide the list and assign your helpers their contacts and a date you would like them to have the answer by.  

Now, here is the hard part, try your very best to put on your gracious host hat and stay calm and lovely when making your calls/sending your emails.  These folks are your dearly beloved and even though they have not followed proper RSVP etiquette, it is not your job to remind them of this.  A simple, sweet email/phone call is all you need to get your answer and move on to the next.  

Word to Guests - please take RSVP's seriously.  For weddings or any events.  Knowing whether or not you will attend is very important to these final, stressful, stages of planning.  Take heart and do your part - don't make that poor bride call you!