There use to be a television show in the 90′s called Home Improvement. The TV sitcom was a family whose father, Tim Allen, starred in a home repair show. There was line they always said in the TV show within the TV show, It’s Tool Time! When I started participating in bridal shows to promote Premier Bride, I would decorate with a lot of tulle. Everytime I pulled the tulle out of my crate, I would say, “it’s tulle time!” Some people got the joke; a lot didn’t. I still thought it was funny.
Today we are going to talk about tulle, all about Tulle. Like it or not, tulle is here to stay!
Tulle is the most iconic fabric used in ball gowns across the country, lending itself to the likes of Vera Wang, and other famous fashion designers. Tulle is a delicate fabric, that is very lightweight. When layered, tulle can become a picturesque ball gown that dreams are made of! The fabric is very strong, and can be found in almost every bridal shop.
Pronounced, “tool,” the fabric is used in almost every gown, whether it is seen or unseen. If you have any type of “poof” in your gown, you can expect to have some tulle in your gown. It can be a supporting fabric, being used on a crinoline, which is a skirt that is used under your gown. The other role that tulle can play is the starring lead, by acting as the skirt itself on the gown.
Tulle fabric resembles a fabric that has tiny holes in it, and is very sheer. The fabric is also used in veils, but it has much smaller holes, and also a lot lighter than regular tulle. Veils are made out of the most common type of tulle, called bridal illusion. Bridal illusion tulle is simply made out of nylon, instead of the tulle used on wedding gowns. You might notice that there are different types of veil fabrics as well; including English netting and silk tulle. Both English netting and silk tulle are very hard to find, and are also quite costly.
Tulle is great for the fashion industry because of its versatility. The fabric is also very flexible, and can withstand changing shapes, and being cut so that it hangs differently. With that said, be on the lookout for a tulle gown when on the hunt for your wedding gown. It may surprise you what designers can really do with this beautiful material!
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Know Your Jeweler/Know Your Diamonds
You’ve dreamed about it all your life. Your engagement ring symbolizes love and commitment, so you want a ring you’ll treasure for years. That’s why it’s important to know your jeweler. When choosing a ring, find a jeweler you can trust by his reputation; one that has longevity in the jewelry business and can guide you in making that beautiful purchase. Next, know your diamonds. Not all diamonds are alike. Familiarize yourself with the 4C’s…cut, clarity, color and carat weight before you start shopping. Get your jeweler to show you the diamond under magnification and explain why it is the clarity, grade and color. When you leave the store know your diamond and be able to recognize it. A respected jeweler will help you make the right choice.
Chuck Cooper – Van Atkins Jewelers – New Albany, MS – www.vanatkins.com
Step One: Finding Your Bridal Style
Brides often start picking vendors as soon as they become engaged. The first step should be to find your wedding style. Clip magazine photos, look online and decide the overall wedding look you want. Once you establish your style, everything else comes easily! If you are a formal and elaborate bride…a ballroom, ornate gown, and candelabra centerpieces fit the theme. If you are a traditional outdoor casual bride…a garden setting and a glass vase with hydrangeas is the answer. Making decisions along the way that support your style will ensure the overall event reflects a cohesive look. If you have trouble deciding a style or trouble making decisions to support your style…get a professional. A wedding planner can ensure a cohesive wedding without the stress!
Deborah Simmons – Event Coordinator for Signature Occasions – Ridgeland, MS – www.signatureoccasions.com
Home Away from Home – Your Guests Accomodations
Among the countless wedding checklists that exist, too often an important consideration is missing, making hotel reservations for out-of-town guests. Part of the success of any wedding is the atmosphere in which your guests gather. Arranging for hotel accommodations should be on your wedding checklist four to six months prior to your wedding date. When choosing a hotel consider location, price range, number of guestrooms needed, special facilities and requirements: pool, suites or a hospitality suite, handicap accessible rooms, plus other amenities special to that property. Proper planning in arranging accommodations for your guests will save you unnecessary worries and allow you be a relaxed and happy bride and groom.
Lindsay Hamm – MMI Hotel Group – Mississippi – www.mmihospitality.com
Do Your Research & Get the Right Thing
Girls, here’s a tip to give to your guys: Most guys want to surprise you with a ring and do it romantically. They want to give you the right ring, the ring of your dreams. They don’t want to spend money on the wrong ring or a ring you won’t be happy with and enjoy. Here’s the suggestion: go to the jeweler with your intended and show him what you like. There might be several stones and settings that you like. Your engagement ring is your most important piece of jewelry! After all, you will have this ring for a lifetime and it is something you will wear every day. Let your jeweler find the ring and the setting. And let your intended figure out how to propose and present your gorgeous ring. He can come back later and do the final selection and you will still be surprised when he pops the question with the ring of your dreams.
Jay Lake – Carter Jewelers – Jackson & Vicksburg, MS – www.CarterDiamonds.com
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Give your guests a night they’ll never forget! Creative details really help to make a wedding celebration magical and memorable for your family and friends. We’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends for wedding day wow-factor:
For the little ones…
If children are invited to the wedding and reception, consider hiring a babysitter for part of the evening. The babysitter could be stationed in a room off of the main reception hall that’s fully equipped with kid-friendly movies, games, and food. This is a recipe for happy kids — and happy parents!
For kids of all ages…
By embracing whimsy and off-the-wall fun, you’re sure to enchant guests young and old. Set up lawn games like croquet, cornhole (bean bag toss), or horseshoes. Hire magicians, living statues, walking food tables, face-painters, or caricature artists.
For the foodies…
Dinner doesn’t just have to be “your choice of chicken or beef.” Play with your food! Try the build-your-own trend with a gourmet burger or baked potato bar topped off with all the trimmings. Serve a Bride’s Menu and Groom’s Menu featuring each of your favorite foods, or offer ethnic cuisine to celebrate each family’s nationality. Serving a late night snack? You can’t go wrong with pizza.
For those with a sweet tooth…
Be it donuts, cupcakes, or s’mores, there’s really nothing stopping you from turning your favorite sweet into your wedding day dessert. Love candy? Imagine an entire table chockfull of pixie sticks, gummies, and rock candy — all in colors coordinated to match the décor. Have an ice cream obsession? Try make-your-own sundaes with toppings galore, or scoops of artisan Gelato for a more continental vibe. If you’re throwing an entirely elegant affair, a chocolate fountain is always a classic way to wow.
For the thirsty ones…
Infuse some personality into the beverages. Start with a bride and groom signature cocktail or His and Her drinks. Another trend is martini ice sculptures where guests pick their preferred martini flavor and watch as it glides through the sculpture, chilling along the way. In the spirit of “help yourself” dinner and dessert bars, try a whiskey table for the fellas, jugs of flavored lemonades, or kegs of root beer for the kids. For a late-night treat, offer a coffee or hot cacao bar complete with all the fixings.
For the dramatic…
Are you a couple of movie-lovers? Show your favorite movies during the reception — and don’t forget the popcorn, candy, fountain sodas, and red carpet photo un-booth! Are you and the groom known for throwing themed parties? Give your wedding a theme, and ask guests to dress in costume. Some ideas might be: dressing all in black and white, from a certain era, or from fictional world. Don’t be afraid to play to your personalities and have fun with it — your guests will have a blast, too!
For the more traditional…
Set a table with photos of your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents on their respective wedding days. Be sure to include all of the must-have songs and activities during the dancing portion of the evening — everything from the Electric Slide to the garter and bouquet toss. A photo booth never hurt either!
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I love beautiful things! Especially beautiful dinnerware and accessories and realizing I have spent 30 years designing those items…that is a very good thing!
Often, when meeting with Brides to discuss their tableware choices I ask them to tell me about their cooking and entertaining thoughts for their future “life to come”. Among my many observations are two particular categories…1) The Bride who dreams of pretty/beautiful table settings and fancy dinners that will make her friends jealous..she and her new hubby are going to “play house” with all their pretty new things..2) A very practical Bride and Groom ,who are conservative and afraid to dream “too big” for this most special time in their lives…There is always a common ground where these two categories can meet….Yes, you can have it all!
Start with the basics. Think about flexibility and function. Think about leaving the door open for future additions as your tasted changes….Think about the foods you enjoy and the changing of seasons..And think about QUALITY! Basics…A good solid colored dinner plate dinner plate or salad plate..maybe not just a French Cream..think about adding another color like an Apple green or Whisper Blue…or maybe a Rich Red..You might consider at 2 or 3 solid colors as a base.
Color and design …pick something with a design that makes “your heart sing”….and don’t stop with one….Consider what adding a hand painted design would add to certain table settings..Use something festive and bright for the spring or Mexican food, desserts, birthdays…I would suggest my patterns such as Tango, Chinatown or Endless for accent and punctuation to your table settings…AND…Don’t forget about Christmas…Add Salad or dinner plates in a Christmas pattern that you can add to as the years go by…I have designed two for that purpose, Noel and Christmas Brights….
Flexibility of design and color are essential, and flexibility of function is too. I try to design serving pieces and accessories that can preform more than one purpose…A utensil holder that can function as a vase, wine cooler, or candle holder, a spoon rest that can serve as a dipping dish or baking oysters…rectangle platters that can serve not only for serving grilled meats or layered dip but when used with a stand can serve as an organizing element or Sushi platter! I could go on and on…but they have only given me a limited space..which by the way is WHY you should think about flexibility!
The QUALITY of the pieces you choose should be exceptional…Our dinnerware is restaurant grade…highly chip resistant…perfect for everyday use. Thirty years ago that was not the case for my product and for most others . I have traveled a VERY long journey to bring the Gail Pittman product to a level of strength and quality few have today! Pick quality for everyday..to use and enjoy when entertaining the most important people in you life…your family!
Consider the possibility of a ”growing ” collection of dinnerware and decorative accessories as your life together begins to grow. You both may become Master Chiefs, or hold wine tastings, or have triplets!…Who knows what the future may have for you..but keeping an open collection that can be added to will add to the excitement !
Basics, Flexibility, Additions, and Quality……a perfect recipe for a beautiful table and home…..and when you think about it…a great recipe for a marriage….Many blessings to you both for a Beautiful Life.
Gail Pittman – Gail Pittman Designs -www.gailpittman.com
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The next Sunday was The Premier Bridal Show in Tupelo at the BancorpSouth Conference Center. More great exhibitors and fabulous
The last Sunday, January 26, was The Premier Bridal Show in Biloxi at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. We concluded with wonderful everything; brides, exhibitors, fashion show and more!!
Save the Date for the Jackson and Coast Summer Shows:
Jackson, MS – Sunday, August 10 -1-4pm – Hilton Jackson – 1001 County Line Road – Jackson, MS
Biloxi, MS – Sunday, August 24 – 1-4pm – Biloxi Civic Center – 578 Howard Avenue – Biloxi, MS
Save the Date for the 2015 Winter Shows:
Jackson, MS – Sunday, January 11, 2015 – 1-5pm – Jackson Convention Complex – 105 E. Pascagoula St. – Jackson, MS
Tupelo, MS – Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 1-4pm – BancorpSouth Conference Center – 387 E. Main – Tupelo, MS
Biloxi, MS – Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 1-4:30pm – Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center – 2350 Beach Blvd. – Biloxi, MS
For more information on all these shows and to pre-register and save, visit www.thepremierbridalshow.com
8 tips for child attendants
Children can be a wonderful part of a wedding ceremony, full of joy and spirit. It does take a little extra thought, planning, and accommodation, however, to include them successfully. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips and things to consider to make your wedding celebration a kid-friendly event!
#1 – Consider their ages. Young children are adorable, to be sure, but their behavior is unpredictable (to be sure), so if you do include them, be prepared for the unexpected. Imagine a three-year-old tugging on your dress during the heart of your wedding ceremony and asking in a loud, clear voice, “Are we done yet?” Does this fill you with dread or make you warm and fuzzy? Do what feels most comfortable to you, taking into consideration your personalities, your families, and your wedding style.
#2 – Ask in person. For older children, ask them in person to be a part of your wedding (after running it by their parents first.) This makes them feel involved, important, and honored.
#3 – Spend time with them. Try to include them in pre-wedding events and activities, and just generally spend time with them before the wedding, so they feel connected and involved. Again, this is more important for older children and is certainly dependent on their age, interests, and hometown (whether they live near you or not.) The point here is simply to make sure they don’t just like a ‘prop’ in the wedding, but instead, a valued and important participant in this honored event.
#4 – Rehearse! Be sure to include them in the rehearsal, so they feel more comfortable with what is going to happen, how and when. Even young kids will benefit, by making everything feel more comfortable and familiar.
#5 – A special gift. Consider making or purchasing a special gift for them, to honor their participation. This will also help them remember this special event and their involvement. Gifts will vary widely by age.
#6 – Keep parents close. For younger children, keep parents seated up front. It’s ideal if young children can walk down the aisle with someone (a parent, bridesmaid, or groomsman), and then sit down immediately with their parents in front. It’s way too much to expect a young child to stand quietly up front during the whole ceremony!
#7 – Oh goody, goody bags. Goody bags at the reception (or even during the ceremony, if they’re filled with non-messy, quiet items) for kids are a great way to keep them entertained for awhile. Babysitters, special kids’ meals, art supplies on a table in the corner, and videos playing in a corner or adjoining room – these are all good ideas if children will be participating in your Big Day.
#8 – Need a nap? For young children, be sure to take their nap and bed times into consideration! Tired children are impossible, ask any parent . . . if your rehearsal or wedding will take place after their bedtime, or during their nap time, you may want to reconsider the extent of their involvement. Perhaps, instead of walking down the aisle as a flower girl, your niece could dress up in a special outfit and be carried by Mom or Dad, with a trusted babysitter nearby ready to take her home when necessary.
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My entrance into this world February 21, 19??? in Houston, Texas has many stories. One of my favorite stories is when the doctor handed my mother her first born, ME, he stated, “Look lady I can’t explain them; I just deliver them.” Maybe this was because I had coal black hair that stuck straight up. My hair made me look like a porcupine. My Dad’s first look at this beet red baby with black straight hair was met with, “that’s not my baby; that’s some Mexican’s baby.” But, I was the first born.
Although Dad had bets all over the great South and Southwest that I would be a boy, he was delighted to have his little girl. Dad had researched the family trees and discovered almost every first born, almost every only born was a boy. I was suppose to be his son, Junior! But I wasn’t; I was his little Princess! Granted he called me Porucpine at first, but his father quickly quelched that. Thank you Papa Morris!
It’s been a great adventure the past ?? years. I wouldn’t trade anything. My experiences both good and bad have shaped me and made me who I am today. I am blessed to have been born into a loving family that gave me great values. I am blessed to have married a man that truly adores me. And I am blessed to have wonderful friends and a loving family. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the hand of God. There are no coincidences in life. There are a lot of “God-incidences” though.
Now as I look at our adult children and grandchildren I treasure each day and each year. So, today is my birthday (do I hear the Beatles?), but everyday is a gift! Every day I am filled with joy and love from the little miracles I see. Look around and enjoy the present, your gifts from God. And may you, too, enjoy great blessings and have a Happy Birthday too! But, today, is my day and I’m ready to celebrate, celebrate, dance with the music!!!
Thank you to all and God Bless!!
Local wedding professionals give their advice on choosing your wedding venue from starting early to fun and worry free to questions to ask when looking at the many choices available.
Once you and your groom have chosen a date, it’s best to reserve your reception site immediately, even if it’s one to two years in advance. With this done, you will have alleviated a lot of stress for yourself. The particular details of your reception can be done later, but getting the place and date you want is now accomplished! Realize that many venues require a small deposit to hold the date. Check with your venue events coordinator about this when you call.
Nancy Perkins – Diamondhead Country Club – Diamondhead, MS – www.diamondheadms.org
What Type of Wedding You Want Makes a Difference
Deciding on what type of wedding you want is a very important choice to make. Have you always dreamed of an elaborate formal reception, or a more relaxed atmosphere with a beach as your background? Making this decision first helps everything in your planning process fall into place. Once you have decided on the type of wedding reception you want, the next step is booking a venue. Be sure to select a location that will set the tone for your special day. Do not wait too long though, because great venues tend to book fast!
Special Occasions Should be Fun and Worry Free
When planning your wedding, the most important part of the process is finding someone who understands how important this day is to the Bride, Groom and their families. Choose a venue with years of experience in planning events, weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons. Special occasions should be fun and worry free. Also look at the venue’s surroundings and its ambiance. Is it atop a building with a view? Is it part of a resort? Is it historical? All this helps make your wedding unique and special.
Jeff Hall – Great Southern Club – Gulfport, MS – www.greatsouthernclub.com
Wedding Specialist Will Make Your Life Easy
Weddings, although one of life’s most happy occasions can sometimes be very stressful. A wedding specialist will handle all the details to make certain that your day is one to remember for all the right reasons. Helpful hints for the bride to be include: be realistic about your priorities, budget and time. Have an idea of the number of guests, the location of engagement parties, ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner and showers.
Let you wedding specialist know the feel of your event whether it be casual or formal, sit-down dinner or buffet, alcohol or alcohol free. Have some ideas for the menu, their expertise will help to guide you. Think about special services that you may want: audio visual and sound services, dance floor, lighting, special draping, and custom linens. Finally, when making plans with your wedding specialist, discuss accommodations for your out of town guests and your wedding night as part of your overall plan.
Martha Bennett – Hilton- Jackson – Jackson, MS – www.hiltonjackson.com
Questions to Ask when Choosing a Venue
Your wedding venue is a reflection of your personality and charm! When choosing a venue, it is important to ask the following questions at potential venues: Will there be an event planner who will guide me through my dreams of the perfect wedding and reception flow? How many people will the ceremony venue hold? How many people will the reception venue hold? May I have a rehearsal dinner at the venue as well? Are the tables, chairs and linens included in the reception or rehearsal dinner price? Am I responsible for set-up, break-down & clean-up? Do you have an in-house caterer or may I bring in a caterer? How long does my rental last? Do you have overnight accommodations for my guests?
A venue that offers a wedding ceremony site as well as reception site could ensure that your guests will attend both. Also, an in-house caterer takes the logistics headache away. Wedding venues that offer overnight accommodations are key when you have numerous out of town guests. Most importantly, there should be a natural “fit” with your perfect dream wedding and the setting in which it will be held.
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Guests….Please be Seated or Not!
Assigned vs. Unassigned seating at the wedding reception – opinions vary among today’s brides. Open seating allows guests to choose their seat, which works well with informal type and cocktail party type receptions. With assigned seating, guests can be assigned a seat or just a table, where they choose their seat at that table. A few guidelines will help the process of assigned seating.
This is something most couples and planners have to wait until the last minute to tackle…the dreaded seating chart. Begin working on the table layout and seating chart a few weeks prior to the wedding to allow for changes. Include those you believe will attend but have not yet responded.
Determine if you need just a seating chart or if you also need place cards at each seat. Some brides are finding creative ways to combine the two, say a table with glass Coke bottles that have a tag hung around the neck stating the guest’s name and table number; guests pick up their bottle as they enter the reception and place at their seat. Place cards can help guests to remember each other’s names.
Traditionally, close family and friends sit nearest to the bride and groom. Those generally seated together are: families, work friends, people of the same age (teenagers or the elderly), and groups of friends. For interest, mix the bride’s and groom’s friends at one table. Do not sit together divorced couples and/or feuding families.
Planning a seating chart should not be a stressful part of wedding planning. Ask for help from the mothers of the bride and groom and begin early to make the process simple and hassle free.
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THE PHOTO BOOTH: One of the most popular trends in bridal in the past couple of years has been the photo booth. They are fun, portable, and create a playful atmosphere at the reception. With the use of props and lighting, the photo booth can allow you and your guests to let loose at the reception. Most of the time, the photo booth creates two sets of the pictures; if your guests choose to leave one set at your wedding, use it in your guest book and laugh for years to come! Many photo booths offer a wedding book of you and your guests having fun in the booth. Photo booths are very customizable, with different backdrops, color or black and white prints, and props. The sky is the limit when it comes to props, so make sure to have plenty of random objects. You just never know what combination you will find in the photos! Some of the best props used in photo booths are feather boas, sunglasses, hats, and mustaches. Chalkboards or dry erase boards would also be a great addition to your photo booth props, so that you will have a personalized message for your pictures. Have some large frames for the booth, even your new initials, and make sure as the bride and groom that you make an appearance at the photo booth. Photo booths are extremely fun and not very expensive; take advantage of this growing trend, it is sure to please everybody!
THE BRIDAL PORTRAIT: This type of photography had died out for quite some time but is quickly making a comeback. These are portraits taken of the bride a few weeks prior to the wedding; the shoot can be done at the ceremony site (if the site’s calendar allows) or at a location that is special to you. The bridal portrait is done for two main reasons: to save time on the wedding day, and, of course, to have just another excuse to wear your wedding gown! Bridal portraits are synonymous with the “South” but are making their way around the world. When bridal portraits were first started, they were hand painted, so that years down the road they would create a wonderful feeling of nostalgia between the bride and her family. Bridal portraits are also a great trial run, for not only you, but also your photographer, hair stylist, and make-up artist; this is the time to make final tweaks to your bridal look before the big day. This is also a great time to see what your florist has planned for your bouquet. The bridal portraits are meant to be fun, while providing you with some memorable shots.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER: When you get engaged, it is one of the happiest times in your life. You want to choose a great photographer to capture each and every moment of your big day. When planning your wedding, choosing a photographer should be at the top of the list, along with the dress, date, and venue. Start searching for a photographer immediately. Look around the area where you are getting married, and read each photographer’s reviews. Most photographers now have a website in which they display their portfolio. Some even have blogs to follow. A good photographer will display their best work, and will get in touch with you as soon as possible. Make sure that you meet with potential photographers as soon as you can, so that you can discuss: photo opportunities, see their particular photo style, what services they offer, and the type of equipment they will be using (especially if you have certain expectations with a photographer). Know exactly what price point you are looking for in a photographer, as well as pricing for your pictures after the wedding. Include any post-wedding charges in your budget so you don’t have to worry about this later. How many photographers will be shooting your wedding and reception? Sometimes, it is best to have more than one photographer, so that every moment is captured and up to your expectations as a couple, which is essential to creating that feeling of being in the moment. Ultimately, do your homework, read the reviews, and talk to other brides or friends to determine who is worthy of capturing your special day.
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