Gina's What To Do Before 'I Do'

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…Are you a digital Bride?

…Are you a digital Bride?

There’s so many cell phones at a wedding and every one wanting to capture the picture perfect pose.

Wedding cell phone etiquette:

Turn your phone off during the wedding ceremony. Stay out of the way of the professional photographers and please no iPads. Most importantly do not post any pictures of the bride until after the ceremony. You do not want to be responsible for show the bride in her amazing wedding gown before her groom sees her.

Some of our brides will create their own hashtags. I think the safest thing to do is ASK the bride.

Are you a digital bride?

…This one is for the Boys

…This one is for the Boys

Now is the time to ask the big question. You want to create a moment to remember. Find out her favorite color, her favorite food, her favorite flower and a beautiful romantic place. This is your time to shine and let your bride know how much you love and adore her. Ask the assistance of your best man to help pull this off. Have fun with it and make it all about her. Your bride will love you for this wonderful beginning to your lives ever after.

Enjoy!

What date, what month…I have the year!

What date, what month…I have the year!

Looking at 2014 we have some exciting dates that all falling on Friday. Friday is a great way to start your weekend with friends and family all coming together to celebrate your love!

February Brides: did you know that Valentines Day is on Friday this year? It does not get much better than that!

April Brides: April showers make beautiful flowers for your colorful bouquets, and centerpieces. Friday April 4, 2014 (4-4-14)

July Brides: How exciting to have the sky light up in celebration of your love, on Friday July 4th!

October Brides: Fall colors oranges, yellows and reds are rich elegant colors for your fall wedding. (October 31st Halloween)

Happy Weddings and Happy Friday!

…The Guest List

…The Guest List

Just today I was on the phone with one of my brides. She mentioned to me that she was struggling with her wedding guest list. Not wanting to leave anyone out…you have your co-workers as does the groom and both sets of parents. Friends, Family and extended family and the list goes on….

My suggestion to her was, to have a HUGE engagement party. Invite everyone you know, from that friend since third grade to every co-worker. When you get engaged, everyone is happy for you and they want to share the joy. Having an engagement party, no friend or distant relative feels left out.

This will cut that wedding list down, allow people to feel a part of your celebration, and you can also save money in the long run. At the end of the day, you want to have a meaningful wedding with your intimate circle of friends and family.

Just Remember…

Just Remember…

Soon it will be your wedding day. Relax and enjoy the planning, this will be the shortest, longest day of your life. It takes you weeks, months and sometimes years of planning.

When the ring goes on your finger, butterflies go to your stomach and joy goes to your heart. Everyone wants to tell you what they did and what everyone they ever knew did when they got married.

Let’s keep it simple and remember the reasons why you are getting married.

When I meet with my brides I suggest you put down the books, magazines, notes and everyone else’s ideas. It is your wedding day and it is all about you, the one you love and your union together!

xoxo Gina

What to do with your ‘DO’

What to do with your ‘DO’

On your wedding day your hair is just another accessory. The style that you choose should complement your wedding gown. Will it be up or down, curly or straight? More and more brides are going for the half up and half down look. Whether you select a veil, bird-cage or a simple flower in your hair, these styles can fit every wedding gown.

Brides, just remember, your hair frames your face; and you will be a beautiful bride in the frame.

The Look of Love…

The Look of Love…

Love comes in many shapes and colors.

We here at Ashland Springs Hotel welcome marriage equality and the freedom to marry who you love! We embrace your love, your family and your friends. Ashland itself is a welcoming destination wedding location with many wedding professionals that feel the same way we do.

Come celebrate your union at Ashland Springs Hotel – where you can live proud and love out loud!

What not to do a week before you say I DO…

What not to do a week before you say I DO…

So, it’s the week you’ve been waiting for – it’s the week of your wedding day! Of course you want to be even more beautiful and more fabulous than ever.

STOP!!

NO tanning, NO hair extensions, NO dying your hair, NO crash diets, NO tattoos and NO cosmetic procedures. When you are within days of your wedding, these are things you absolutely DO NOT want to do.

My advice to all of you brides and grooms that have just gotten engaged – experiment now. If you feel you need to lose a few lbs before your special day, lose weight smartly through diet and exercise (and before you size your dress/tux!). If you want to see what you’d look like with longer hair, shorter hair or a different hair color, try on wigs before you break out the hair dye! Wigs are a great substitute and the best part is, you can take it off easily if you end up not liking it. As far as tattoos, they are forever, so be absolutely sure you don’t mind them peaking out over your strapless dress, and as always, keep in mind that after a few years they may not look the same. Besides, who wants a flaky, itchy, not-yet-healed tattoo on their wedding day? Ick! And lastly, cosmetic procedures, well…remember he or she fell in love with you for you!

Don’t over think it, just say I DO!

Go with your heart!

Go with your heart!

What are your dreams of your wedding day?

Will you have a formal wedding reception with tray passed hors d’oeuvres & champagne and a sit-down dinner? Or are you thinking of a more social wedding reception with a buffet, bar and free flowing music & dancing.

The vision is all yours and the possibilities are limitless. Your wedding gown, flowers, colors, bridesmaids, the number of bridesmaids, your hair style, make-up, linen, ceremony location, reception location, invitations, transportation, music DJ or band, food, and bar; all your decision to make!

My advice, once you have your location, you can build from there. Your location is your canvas on which you add your colors, style and your flavor. Having your ceremony out-of-doors allows Mother Nature to assist in your décor. Having your reception inside allows your guests the best of both worlds as you dance into the night.

Enjoy your planning – go with your heart!

It’s Your Day…

It’s Your Day…

Soon it will be your wedding day…Relax and enjoy the planning! This will be the shortest, longest day of your life. It takes you weeks, months and sometimes years of planning.

When the ring goes on your finger, butterflies go to your stomach and joy goes to your heart. Everyone wants to tell you what they did for their own weddings and what everyone they ever knew did when they got married.

Let’s keep it simple and remember the reasons why you are getting married!

When I meet with my brides, I suggest you put down the books, magazines, notes and everyone else’s ideas. It is your wedding day and it is all about you, the one you love and your union together!

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