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Monika Manter is a certified wedding gown specialist at Balfurd Cleaners, offering expert cleaning, restoration, and preservation of wedding gowns and other fine textiles.  Balfurd is a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, an organization recommended by over 70...

April 3, 2018

Weddings and pearls. Timeless and traditional, they seem to have gone together forever, but the single strand around the neck has lost some of it's pizzaz over the years. Many brides moved away from traditional looks for more contemporary styles. However, the pearl is making a comeback. This season pearls are expected to start appearing more and more, but not just in jewelry. Backlaces instead of necklaces, decor, flowers,...

March 20, 2018

Happy first day of spring! While we wait for our latest snowstorm that is supposed to be starting any minute, let's look at some ideas and inspiration for spring wedding decor. 

Flowers dominate spring weddings which bring color and life following our cold, drab winter. Greenery is also a huge trend this year, being used in everything from decor to accessories. One easy way to integrate the bright colors of spring is to use...

December 7, 2017

Many weddings are influenced by Pantone's color of the year, and for 2018 they have selected PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet.

The Pantone company has stated "We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater...

November 3, 2017

We've all seen the scene where the new couples cuts their wedding cake and proceeds to smash the cake in each other's face. Some people believe you have to smash the cake because it's a tradition, but here are a few reasons why you might want to consider breaking this tradition.

1. It ruins your makeup

You just spent an insane amount of time and money having your makeup done. Now your face is covered with icing - is your mak...

September 22, 2017

Wedding trends are advertised and highlighted everywhere. From Pinterest, to wedding magazines, to wedding blogs, to your friends' wedding pictures, then add to that pressure from family and friends who have been to other weddings, and "Oh, she did this at her wedding ... you HAVE to do it for your wedding!"

Trends are great and entertaining - be it a trending YouTube video or the decor trend that is popping up on every sing...

September 15, 2017

When I was dancing professionally, and something that I pass on to my students, is this piece of advice: When doing a big step or trick such as a triple pirouette out of fouetté turns or complicated leap or lift; if you land or end the step sloppy, off balance, or falling out of it, it doesn’t matter how great the trick was: People will always remember the end because it is the last thing they see, and that's what they will...

September 12, 2017

Wedding Jewelry Trends: Chokers are making a return in the jewelry fashion world, and weddings are no exception.

Chokers can be made of any material, can be dressed up or down, can be large and noticeable or subtle and classy. This lets them be a favorable choice to accompany your wedding fashion because it can be as customizable as you want depending on your style, theme, or the look of your dress. 

Consult your trusted jewe...

September 5, 2017

Marble Wedding Cakes are a new trend for brides who want to get away from a traditional white wedding cake. The marbled look is the perfect mix of elegant, earthy/natural, and custom. They can be made with just about any colors, creating a subtle yet elegant look without overpowering the design. No two cakes will probably ever look the same. You can still add embellishments like flowers or a cake topper to truly complete th...

June 2, 2017

A fun new trend in reception seating is to go away from the traditional table numbers and instead give your tables names. Some ideas for table names could be countries you have visited or want to visit, favorite restaurants, local bars or clubs you have frequented, favorite books or novels, super heroes, sports teams, names of cocktails, or pretty much anything you can imagine. You can also let the idea spill over into the...

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