Friday, April 30, 2010

It's My Party, and I'll Cry if I Want To!

Music is always a big dilemma. What to have or what not to have always depends on the special couple. When you book your DJ, always make sure you provide them with your must-play list and your MUST-NOT PLAY list.
The songs that I've listed below, are the usual selections that make it onto the do-not play list. However, some of these songs can be great crowd pleaser's, that many of your guests will enjoy and dance to. Again, it all comes down to the preference of the couple.

Disaster Dance #1: I'm Too Sexy - this song usually accompanies the traditional dance where all the ladies spend the song undressing to groom.

Disaster Dance #2: I Knew the Bride When she Used to Rock and Roll - another "traditional" dance, where the gentlemen folk all take turns dancing with the bride.

Disaster Dance #3: - Bird Dance - a crowd pleaser, or not so much. Self explanatory.

Disaster Dance #4: - YMCA - another supposed crowd pleaser.

Disaster Dance #5: - The Butterfly - although this is popular amongst the older crowd at your wedding, you will not see many people of earlier generations that actually dance this number, let alone know what it is.

Now these are only some of the songs that are on my personal ban list, however I am open to suggestions. If anyone knows other songs that I have forgotten to mention, I would be happy to add them. Let's help brides together, one less butchered song at a time.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Flowers for sale!

From time to time, I do sell a few of the floral bouquets that I have made. These are usually bouquets that I have made for demonstrations at bridal fairs or trade shows.
At the moment I have a round bridal bouquet for sale, with two smaller matching round bridesmaid bouquets. These floral arrangements are simple and elegant, for a timeless and simple bride. These bouquets feature a few small lilies amongst a grouping of larger pale yellow flowers. These bouquets would be great for a small outdoor garden wedding! The stems of these floral arrangements, feature tightly wrapped white ribbon, pinned at the nape with a silver heart. These flowers will be sold on an as is basis, and I am willing to ship them if need be. These three floral arrangements are available for $40.00. This price is a steal in comparison to a floral shop.

With the extremely busy upcoming wedding season, Imagine is taking many orders for custom silk floral design. Book early to avoid disappointment as Imagine Wedding and Event Planning, will need up to two weeks, to design and put together your silk floral order. Contact me if you are interested in the floral bouquet that is presently available.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bridal Attire 101 - For the Groom.....

Men never have the same options and choices that women do regarding their wedding attire. However they do have some options based on the formality. Depending on if their wedding is in summer or winter, or the time of the wedding, such as early morning or evening, there are a few options to consider! You always should choose a outfit that will compliment your bride and suit the style of your wedding.

The two options a man has for his attire is the tuxedo and a suit. The more formal option of the two, is of course the tuxedo.
Tuxedo - usually in black or sometimes white, this outfit is single breasted, and can have one button or more commonly three. The pants that come with the tuxedo are usually pleated or flat front, and sometimes have a satin trim. Tuxedo have lots of accessory options, such as cummerbunds, and vests, and are usually worn with a matching necktie or bow tie. To finish the look off, having a matching hanker chief, will make the groom look polished!
Suit - also known as a cutaway jacket, the suit jacket can have as little a one button, and as many a four. Suits can be dressed up or down depending on formality. Suit jackets usually come in black or grey, but now coming back into style is the brown suit. A groom can dress up his suit in a variety of ways, with a top hat, cane, and by adding gloves if he so desired. Suits can be worn with a variety of ties, shirts, and vests.

When you are looking at suits, they are a few different options that change the look of the suit dramatically, such as lapels, collars, and the style of neckties. For example the groom could choose an ascot which is a wide tie, that is held in place under the chin with a tack. Other great necktie options are the bow tie, a euro which is a knotted and square bottomed, or what they call a four-in-hand, the most common tie, which is long knotted with the V cut bottom.
Granted, the groom doesn't have as many choices as the beautiful bride does. However with the right outfit, and a few great accessories, the groom has the chance to shine as well.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bridal Attire 101: A Bride's Best Friend - What's underneath that dress!

A lot of ladies don't realize, that what's under the dress, is just as important as the dress itself! There are many things to consider when purchasing undergarments for your bridal gown. The most common undergarment always to consider if of course, the bra. Most gown's usually call for a strapless bra, due to varying styles. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of a strapless bra, there are other options available. Many bra's will convert into different styles, such as a halter bra, that attaches around the neck. And bra's can now be purchased with clear straps. This style of strap may not be visible to the naked eye, however this type of strap usually will show up in pictures. If you have a dress that is backless, you can often have a bra sewn into the gown, or there are other alternatives such as cups, daisies or body tape. If you are someone who has a larger bust, I would highly recommend the strapless bra.

Panties are another big choice as far as dress style goes. When you choose panties, I always recommend going with someone flesh tone, because even white panties can show through a sheath dress. With a tight silhouette it is always advised to choose panties that will leave no visible lines in the dress. Styles that are great for this are the thong, Brazilian, and a boy short.

The next thing to consider is body shaping undergarments. Most body-shaping garments are designed specifically for one or two specific area's. So evaluate what you think needs the most "shaping" and purchase the shaping garments accordingly. Shaping garments can allow a bride to be extra confident knowing that she has a very flattering silhouette on her special day!

Two great places in the city that do custom bra fittings, and have a great selection, are Elizabeth's, and Thee Lingerie Shoppe. Both of these lingerie stores have great service, and can help you find exactly what you need for your special day! Elizabeth's in located in the Golden Mile Centre, in the south end of Regina, and Thee Lingerie Shoppe is downtown on the 1800 block of Hamilton! Happy Shopping!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Trade Show

Come and see Imagine Wedding and Event Planning at the upcoming

Craven Trade Show
May 8, 2010
9am - 3pm
Craven Rink

Come and see numerous different vendors and enjoy great food and beverages with

Imagine Wedding and Event Planning,

at the up and coming

Craven Trade Show.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bridal Attire 101 - Necklines & Veils

The neckline of your wedding dress is very important to the overall look of your wedding outfit. A neckline can change the look of your wedding dress drastically, because it draws attention to the face, and also acts as a frame. The following are some different styles of common necklines, and which is most flattering for your figure.

Halter - this type of neckline fastens in the back around the neck, and leaves the back and shoulders bare. This type of neckline works well with brides who are tall, or someone who has broad shoulders, however it does not usually suit someone with a larger bust.

Bateau - this style sits across the collarbone, and has a slight curve to it. The bateau is a much better choice for a bride with a larger bust.

Jewel - this is a high round neckline that sits close to the base of the neck. This style of neckline is a great choice for a bride who is modest o someone with a small bust.

Strapless - This style has no high neckline, and starts around the top of the bust. There is no collar, and the shoulders and back are bare.

Sweetheart - This neckline is the same as the strapless style, except it dips in at the center of the bust. This style can also have straps, and it great for someone who wants to maximize the size of their bust.

Off the Shoulder - This neckline sits on the shoulder, and is curved that sits below the collarbone. This style has small sleeves that cover the lower part of the shoulder.

V-Neck - This neckline is in the shape of a V and plunges low into the bust line. This style is best suited for full figured and curvy brides.

Square - This neckline is in the shape of rectangle across the chest. It is not plunging, nor very revealing. This suits brides with a large bust.

Queen Anne - This style is high in the back and touches the base of the neck, whereas the front is slightly lower across the top of the bust. This neckline looks great on everyone, and is a great modest choice as well.

The key to choosing a great neckline is finding something that is flattering your your own unique figure. Always experiment with different styles of dresses and necklines to see what looks best on you.
Once you have chosen your gown, the next big decision is trying to decide if you want a headpiece, and what type of headpiece you should choose. When you choose a veil or headpiece you should always take into consideration the formality of the dress. If you do decide to go with a veil, they can vary a lot in length and style. To create the perfect look, here are a few different types of veils to help you make the decision process easier.

Cathedral - This is one of the longest veils. This type of veil usually is worn with a long train.

Cascade - This veil usually has many layers, and looks nice with simple styled gowns. This style allows you to remove the layers as you wish.

Blusher - The blusher is made to cover the brides face during the ceremony. It is usually lifted over the brides head when it comes time to "kiss the bride."

Waltz - This is a full veil that varies in length from the knees down to the ankles.

Birdcage - This is a stiff mesh veil, and it covers the eyes and nose of a brides face. It is usually pinned into the back of the brides hair.

Pouf - This style is most commonly worn with an informal gown. It is short and gathered and attaches to a small headpiece on the crown of the head.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bridal Attire 101 - The Dress

Ever since you were a little girl, you've been dreaming about the perfect dress. The dress that you would wear for the most special day of your life. Regardless of the type of ensemble you decide to wear from a traditional gown, a fun flirty dress, or a chic pant suit, you deserve to look stunningly beautiful. Imagine Wedding and Event Planning is here to guide you, on what will look best on you, for your special day.
When you go to find that one of a kind outfit, always keep in mind the theme of your wedding. A beach wedding typically calls for something soft, flowing and light. Where the more traditional church wedding requires something a little more formal. Also keep in mind some religions call for modesty. No low necklines, or a short hem, to even no bare arms, depending for formality. Always check with the church before purchasing a dress, to make sure you follow guidelines.

The different styles of dresses, what's most flattering for you?
Ball Gown - this is a formal style, and always is a classic look. It has a fitted bodice which resembles a corset, and at the waist begins a large full skirt. The skirt usually has many layers of crinoline underneath, creating a fuller effect. This style suits most brides, (pear shaped and full figure included).
A-Line - this style has a fitted bust, and then begins to float away from the body in an "A" shape, and leaves no real waist. This style of gown is good on many different shapes as well, but really works well on women with broad shoulders, or those who need to camouflage a tummy and large hips.
Mermaid - this style of gown is very tight and fitted. It tends to hug all the curves of a lady. This style is fitted until the knee, and then flares out quite dramatically, creating a "mermaid" effect. This type of style should be worn by confident brides, or those looking to create "extra" curves.
Sheath - The sheath silhouette is very straight and dramatic. Usually made of light fabric, this style drapes itself over the brides figure. This style is usually worn by slim and petite people.
Empire - this style is like the a-line, however is fitted right under the bust, creating a fake waistline. From the cinching at the bust line it flows out from there. This style is particularly flattering for petite ladies as well as pear-shaped ladies, because it camouflages any wideness around the hips.

Why a white wedding dress? The wedding gown itself has been a tradition for ages. It has always varied in color and style, however the idea and the symbol the wedding gown has not changed. Brides that were from rich and wealthy families usually wore bold colors and rich fabrics, such as furs, velvet and silk. At one time blue was the standard color for wedding gowns, until the 1840's when Queen Victoria was married. She chose to wear a white gown, and due to the photo's being widely published, many brides also chose to copy her and choose white gowns. White became the standard color for the wedding dress.
Wedding dresses are usually based on the popular styles of that era. In the 1920s, wedding dresses were short in the front with a longer train in the back and they also included a cloche style veil. In the late 1940's it became fashionable to have long, full skirted, Victorian style dresses. When white became the fashionable color, most assumed it was to symbolize a bride's virginity, but actually it was originally the color blue that was linked with a bride's purity.