Posts Tagged ‘Wedding’

An exotic destination wedding can add a touch of flair and passion to any wedding event. Rather than hosting the important occasion near their area of residence, many couples opt to hold their weddings in exotic location. These locations don’t just serve as beautiful backdrops for tying the knot; they also make the event magical and memorable.

destination wedding

Fiji’s Turtle Island

Fiji’s Turtle Isle offers couples a romantic ambiance within a serene beach setting. The 500-acre landmass can only allow 14 couples per time, which translates to an idealistic and peaceful background free from overcrowding. Weddings at this enchanting destination include customary Fijian attire, fresh flower bouquets for guests and a realistic Fijian choir if desired. The bride usually arrives on-scene with a hand sewn wedding raft, carried by a strong procession team who are also donned in traditional Fijian clothes.

Italy’s Romantic Cities

Whether you plan to host your wedding in Venice, Rome, Florence or Tuscany, the country offers love birds an exotic experience full of culture and natural beauty. Venice is a mysterious but vibrant town where one can catch a ride on ancient wedding gondolas. On the other hand, Tuscany is famous for its fine winery and pristine fresh grape vineyards. Tuscany is also home to ancient regal estates that couples can visit at their own convenient time; these include Villa Chianti and Mona Lisa Estate.

Germany’s Castles

Germany is a beautiful country with hundreds of antiquity castles dotting its landscape, from Heidelberg Castle to the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle and enigmatic Mespelbrunn. Though it may be expensive to rent space in one of the fortresses, you can do so at adjacent patios with nice backdrops of your favourite castle. After the event, you can explore Germany’s historical museums, ski slopes and the beautiful countryside scenery.

Switzerland’s Mountains

Whether the wedding occasion is held during winter or summer season, the magnificent Swiss Alps can offer a grandiose and spectacular backdrop to any outdoor or indoor wedding. During winter the hillside is usually snow-capped with endless opportunities for tobogganing and skiing. Summer weddings also feature majestic mountains that are usually covered in green lush forests and outdoor opportunities for sightseeing, hiking and swimming.

Jamaica beach weddings

This gorgeous Caribbean island serves as a scenic setting for those who want to enjoy cool beach breezes, white sandy surroundings and all-inclusive seashore resorts that can also serve as perfect honeymoon spots. The most romantic resort areas include Montego Bay, South Coas, Port Antonia and Ocho Rios.

Bali Island

Bali is a small tropical island found just off the coast of Indonesia, the place is characterized by lush tropical forests and miles of unspoiled beaches that newlyweds would find inspiring. Couples also have a choice of luxurious villas to choose from including the Balinese traditional villas found along Kerobokan road. This villa spreads down to the expansive rice fields offering guests a quiet and tranquil atmosphere.

Malaysia! Truly Asia

This sultry South Asian country is an enticing destination for many couples; one of its best places is Langkawi archipelago on the shores of Andaman Sea. It boasts 91 luxury villas and pavilions with indigenous architectural sets amidst remodeled beachfront gardens. Malaysia samples the best of Indian, Asian and Arabic cultures.


Of course the list cannot be over without mentioning Hawaii. This US Island is characterized by the fresh, floral air that energizes visitors including the warm tranquil waters that can revitalize any wedding event. When planning to visit Hawaii, remember to get a visa for USA from their official embassy in your country!


December 8, 2013 9:54 am

Keys to an Unforgettable Wedding

Ah, the magic of weddings! As one of the most memorable and romantic events in life, the wedding day offers the bride, groom, and all their guests opportunities for warm feelings, social interaction, and other pleasantries that fill and (oftentimes) overwhelm the senses. Because weddings are usually once-in-a-lifetime events, or at least very rare occasions, they should be planned, crafted, and finely detailed so that the entire process oozes experiences that create memories of the special day. Wedding planners are, therefore, key elements in making the magic of an unforgettable event unfold.

Wedding planning advice for an unforgettable wedding

Keys That Unlock Wedding Magic

Key #1 – Determine Style. The first key to having a magical wedding is to determine the unique style of the bride and groom. Although a large majority of engaged couples seek traditional weddings held in churches, parks, or historic venues, others may consider locations more exotic such as parks, zoos, or carnivals. Resorts are quite popular wedding settings today because they offer beautiful surroundings and usually come with luxurious amenities that accommodate large wedding parties.

Style might also entail a traditional setting, but with varying creative expressions such as styles reflecting Victorian, Oriental, Medieval, or Hawaiian themes. Such themes and their accompanying styles should run throughout the entire wedding format.

Key #2 – Emphasize Ceremony. The actual ceremony is the zenith of the entire wedding and is where the magic occurs. If the ceremony is not exceptionally special then it could affect the mood of the remainder of the event as well as taint all lasting memories. Therefore, regardless where the wedding is held, the background, surrounding scenery and every minute detail of the ceremony needs to look and flow beautifully and smoothly.

Key #3 – Rave Reception. The reception is the celebratory portion of the wedding event. The newlywed couple is the highlight and their guests can relax, party, and offer congratulations. The reception venue is important not only because it should provide an amazing atmosphere that continues the theme of the wedding, but also because it must supply ample room for the entire wedding party to freely move about and enjoy the food and drinks.

Learn to Create Wedding Magic

There are special people who hold the skills and passion necessary to create unforgettable weddings. For such people, becoming a wedding planner allows them to express their talents, make others eternally happy, and build a lucrative career doing what they enjoy.

Learning the ins and outs of a wedding planner career is easy via QC Career School.  Their innovative educational courses are offered online, so wedding planning skills and professional certification can be obtained from the convenience of home. If you are interested in becoming a wedding planner and helping others create wedding day magic, contact QC Career School today by visiting


Gracie Gardner talks weddingsWritten by Gracie Gardner

Gracie Gardner is a writer and photographer from Tucson, Arizona who is mildly obsessed with event and wedding planning. She also loves to cook and throw parties, and has a Beagle named Baxter.


December 3, 2013 10:07 am

How to Brief your Wedding Photographer

It is said that your wedding day can be the most exciting and also the most stressful day of your life. There’s so much to organise and think about, but also a great deal to look forward to. It can get overwhelming, but if you have a list and do one thing at a time, you’ll be fine!

wedding photographer

One of the things a lot of brides (and grooms!) get anxious about is the wedding photography. The results of what your wedding photographer does on the day will stay with you forever with no second chances. Once you’ve done your research and taken the time to choose your wedding photographer, then you need to make sure you get the most from them. Wedding Photographer Yakir Zur says, “Make sure that you meet with your wedding photographer in advance. Even if you have met them before, perhaps at a friend’s wedding, don’t assume that they know what you want. It’s good for you to get to know each other to build up the rapport that is so important for great photography.” A good photographer knows what they are doing and their expertise is invaluable, but they don’t know you as well as you do and any information you can give them to make their job easier will mean better results for you and your photographs.


You should include your photographer when planning your wedding schedule because they’ll need to know what’s happening and when, and they’ll be able to tell you how long they will need for their involvement. Your photographer needs to know what time you’d like them to start on the day and where, and whether you’d like them to continue their business at your evening party.

Tell them about key moments you’d like to capture – having the bride’s hair done, exchanging the rings, first dance, throwing the bouquet. Tell them in advance and they know where to be and when.


It’s good to discuss what sort of group shots you would like taking, and warn them of any family peculiarities! If you’d like a shot with an elderly or infirm relative, it’s good to let the photographer know so they can prioritize those shots to relieve the subject as soon as possible.

If you have a non-traditional family set-up, you should give the wedding photographer a list of who is who in each shot you have planned. One wedding I attended, the groom didn’t have a father and the photographer didn’t know – the bride’s father ended up in both family shots and everyone was too polite to correct the photographer!  In these sorts of situations, the photographer may have some ideas of how to make things more suited to the family circumstances.


If you have items or décor you are particularly proud of, like handmade centrepieces, tell the photographer and they can make sure they get shots of them. They’ll know to photograph your wedding cake but if there’s anything special that they might miss, you need to say so! If you don’t ask, you sometimes don’t get.


It’s good to get to know the photographer before your wedding so they can help bring out your personality. Wedding photos have the potential to look awkward if the photographer is asking you to do something you wouldn’t normally do. Briefing your wedding photographer in advance will help give them an idea of what you’d be happy doing, and what you wouldn’t.

Don’t fret – an experienced wedding photographer instinctively knows what to do for the best and to get the best results for you, but it doesn’t hurt to give them a heads-up on your expectations. Pre-empting potential problems and keeping the photographer well informed will mean your special day will be a lot less stressful and you will relax and enjoy it as much as you should.

Yakir is a professional photographer who likes to get to know his customers so he can offer guidance and inspiration to get the best out of their shots. He specializes in weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and corporate events. You can also find Yakir on Twitter and Facebook


September 19, 2013 8:00 am

The Importance of Wedding Photography

Bride and groom lay in grass for artistic wedding photograph

There are many ways to spend a wedding’s budget, and many wedding planners spend lots of time debating exactly how one should be spent. Our argument? Don’t forget the importance of wedding photography. Yes, high quality photography can be expensive – but there’s really no point in spending the bulk of the budget on decor or apparel if you’re not going to get high quality pictures of the decor or apparel in action. That’s why, aside from decor, wedding photography should be one of your focuses when breaking down a wedding’s budget, and that of any event really.

A professional, experienced wedding photographer will get all the right shots, capture you and your partner at your best, and knows what they’re doing. We never advise anyone to take wedding photography into their own hands – it’s just not something that should be a DIY. If budget is an issue, there are many other ways to save. Consider toning down the reception and having a buffet-style dinner instead of plated. Consider offering a certain number of drinks included, and then switching to a cash bar. Perhaps you could save on venue or do some of the decor yourself. If you’re able to save a few hundred on your dress or the guys’ tuxes, you could re-allocate that money to photography.

Having stand-out photos will make for beautiful wedding albums, framed photos, and will give you something to look at for years to come. Sure, anyone can hold a camera – but not everyone knows how to adjust the camera’s settings to get the perfect amount of light, stay in focus, grab a shot at the perfect moment, or edit your photos without overdoing it. Not only that, but you don’t want to feel awkward or have a hundred photos in the same pose. A professional will get you talking, make you feel comfortable, get you to loosen up, and will be able to coach you on different poses, snap you during candid moments, and capture photos in high quality HD – the best option for editing and printing.

Bride taking photo at wedding

While you might want to grab some of your own shots during the day, and that’s okay, what fun would it be to spend your wedding day with a camera in hand? You can’t exactly photograph yourself saying your vows, dancing your first dance, or cutting the cake. And, what’s stopping Uncle Andy from accidentally putting his finger over the lens, blinding you with a bright camera flash, or taking an out-of-focus photograph? You only have one first dance. You only cut the cake for the first time once. You only have one chance to grab the perfect post-ceremony kiss photograph. An experienced photographer does this regularly. Uncle Andy could be so excited and emotional that he completely forgets about the camera!

If you’re not sure who to hire to be your photographer, there are plenty of options – and help – out there. Try sites such as Project Wedding, The Knot, and Wedding Wire for vendor listings in your area. Scour the classified ads and visit wedding shows – photographers are in no short supply. Whoever you choose to work with, we wish you the very best on your big day. Remember to soak it all in, spend time enjoying the fact that it’s your day, and leave the rest of the details to the professionals.

For more helpful tips on event and wedding planning, or to learn how to become a wedding planner yourself – visit QC Event School today.


September 7, 2013 8:00 am

3 Things That Can Go Wrong at a Wedding

new weddingEvent and wedding planners spend a lot of time planning to ensure that everything goes right on the day-of. However, they’re not always prepared for what can go wrong. When you plan and plan for something to go smoothly and perfectly, you often spend all your time focusing on things going right and forget about the possibility of something going wrong. In this post, we talk about the 3 things that can go wrong at a wedding – and how to recover.

1. The Timeline Goes Out the Window
A timeline is crucial to nearly any event, especially a wedding. With so many people involved and so many vendors, start times, end times, and typically at least one location change – keeping on schedule is important. So what happens when the timeline goes out the window? Maybe the bride arrives at the ceremony location 30 minutes late because she was held up in traffic. Maybe the groom’s tux just wasn’t fitting and a last minute replacement needed to be found. No matter what the cause, it’s all too easy for the timeline to be thrown off. A delay as short as 30 minutes can throw off the entire day, particularly when cocktail hour starts at X hour and the dinner reception starts at Y hour. When something does go wrong, however, you’ve got to be prepared.

The moment you realize something is going to take longer than anticipated, you need to alert anyone who may be affected. This means contacting the caterer, the day-of coordinator, the entertainment, and anyone else. Unfortunately, this might mean your client has to spend some extra money keeping the staff there longer (if they’ve agreed to a certain hourly limit or hourly fee). Giving others notice that a delay is in progress, however, will allow for the emcee to announce the short delay and the time to be filled with something else – like a game, contest, dance, or otherwise.

2. A Vendor is MIA
There’s plenty you can do to ensure everyone arrives on time and prepared, but it’s always possible that someone may go off the grid and become unreachable. You’ll need to get in touch a week before, a night before, and the day-of with nearly every vendor – from the caterer and cake shop to the entertainment and decorator. However, sometimes they simply don’t answer their phones. That’s why it’s always best to have someone on-call. When you’re researching and locking down vendors, make sure to have a short list of potential back-ups. Send a friendly email letting them know you’re looking for a back-up, to get an idea for availability. If they’re not available, keep on moving. Often, companies will charge a surcharge for having to show up with very little notice. Be prepared for this, just in case. Your client will be impressed by your organizational skills and management abilities. As always, be sure to get everything down in writing and with both parties’ signatures prior to paying any sort of fee.

3. The Bride or Groom Gets Cold Feet
This problem is in nearly every wedding movie, and is almost always the subject of at least one joke or comment leading up to the big day. It’s a tough situation for anyone involved, and incredibly stressful for the wedding planner. Be sure to have someone nearby that is emotionally supportive, encouraging, and not overly biased to either side of the party – meaning you shouldn’t send the groom’s best friend to convince the bride or the bride’s older sister to convince the groom. Someone who can encourage without assigning blame or making the person feel guilty is who you want to involve in this sort of situation. That is, if you can’t handle it yourself. Sometimes, all the person needs is the planner to give them a gently nudge and to let them know “this is normal” and you “see it all the time”.

Sometimes, it’s a little more complicated and there’s history and back-story to the nervous feelings, and someone aside from you will be better handling it. Whichever the case, be sure to let the person know that how they are feeling isn’t necessarily about who they are about to marry, but the fact they’re about to get married. It’s a nerve-wracking process and often the first time they’ve had to be in front of a hundred or so people with all the focus on them, and they shouldn’t confuse their nerves or the pressure of the day with how they feel about their significant other.

Are there any other things you think could go wrong at a wedding? Leave them in a comment so we can do our best to provide you with some easy, quick solutions. To learn more about wedding planning, be sure to visit QC Event School and check out its Wedding Planning course today.



August 4, 2013 9:00 am

Event Decor Color Psychology

color pyschology

Our memories and mental associations can drastically alter how we feel about a particular color. Some hues have an intense power to recall sounds, smells, textures, and other sensations. These sensations can cause feelings of intimidation, comfort, happiness, nostalgia, and just about anything else. Often, these associations lead individuals to choose favorite and least favorite colors and/or combinations. Common color preferences and interpretations have led to the following affects of colors on people and their moods.


Red is the color of expression and stimulation. It’s exciting, dramatic, and emotional. Red has the power to warm and stimulate the body and mind, and creates a lot of energy. Red has been known to raise blood pressure, make breathing more rapid, and enhance brain activity. Red is widely considered to be the boldest color choice as it demands visual attention. Passion, fire and romance are all linked to red. It’s the color of the ego and life. Depending on its placement and the environment in which it is present, red can feel youthful, impulsive and intense or grounding and secure.

Rage, confrontation, blood, aggression and ferocity are also associated with red. Appetites are sparked by this color, so it can be a good choice for a dining space or reception. Red also affects motor skills and concentration levels, so it can be a good decor choice for a dance hall or an event at which you’d like to keep guests up, active, and mingling. Historically, red is a color associated with kings and other forms of royalty, and can be combined with certain other colors to create an elegant, formal, and opulent effect.


Orange represents warmth, nature, richness, and excitement. Orange is associated with decision-making, realism, and optimism. Orange is related to the circulatory and nervous system. It is a warm color that generates upbeat group gatherings and is one of the most fun and invigorating colors of all.

Orange has a tendency to make people feel hurried or rushed, so it may be a poor choice as the primary color for an event at which you’d like guests to feel at ease and stay for a while, such as a wedding reception. However, it can be used as an accent color in order to leverage its upbeat effect without causing feelings of restlessness.


Yellow is a happy, joyful color and is commonly associated with the positive feelings of a bright, sunny day. Yellow is associated with hope, energy, and positivity. Yellow has the power to dispel the gloom of winter weather or the dreary darkness of rainy days. Yellow slightly raises the pulse rate and blood pressure, but not nearly to same extent as red.

Yellow helps people feel more open, and encourages conversation and mingling. These traits make it a popular choice for parties and dinners so conversation lasts the whole event. Yellow can be one of the most fatiguing colors for the eye to see, especially brighter versions such as lemon yellow and neon. For this reason, it’s often used as an accent color rather than a primary color, or at events with a younger crowd so as to avoid as much eye strain as possible.


Green has strong associations with growth, spring, nature, and renewal. It fosters feelings of balance, nurturing, support, and is also associated with freshness, beginnings, and peace. Green is a fresh, vital, lively, youthful, and renewing color overall. It has also long been the color primarily associated with healing and health, hence its popular uses in hospitals. While green is often used when speaking of envy, it’s not actually associated with such a feeling within color psychology.

Green can cause or amplify inspiration, feelings of fulfillment, and happiness. It can be use within a space to calm personal anxieties, encourage openness, and promote active listening and great conversation. Green is the easiest colors for the eye to see, so it’s a good choice for an event at which guests will be for a long period of time – such as a conference, banquet, or other reception.


Blue represents wisdom, trust and loyalty. It encourages guests to recall the tranquility of water and intense depth of the ocean. Blue is often associated with spirituality and religion. People tend to feel that blue is clean, crisp, and airy – making it a good choice for a smaller space as it will make it feel larger. Blue is the color of relaxation and is widely known for its dreamy, soothing presence when used in an interior space. It lowers the heart rate, pulse rate, and breathing rate, so it can make people feel cooler. This is great for a hot, summer day but may feel too cold at a winter event.

Lighter blues can be soothing, calming, and airy whereas darker, more saturated blues can create feelings of intensity, depth, and strength. Depending on the event you’re decorating and the intended goal, you may wish to use a light, less saturated blue or a dark and full bodied blue.


Violet, often referred to as “purple”, is commonly associated with wealth, royalty, dignity, luxury, sophistication, magic, and imagination. Lighter shades of purple can easily create a feeling of whimsical mysticism, where as darker, moody purples can create a dramatic and warm environment. Violet tends to be a color favored mainly by artists and more creative types, but also caters to those looking to achieve a regal and luxurious setting. It has a place in nearly any event’s color scheme, from showers and birthday parties to weddings and product launches. Violet can become overwhelming in large doses, but rich and luxurious when used in moderation.


White can be viewed as crisp, clean and cool or as sterile, cold and distant. It can incite feelings of freshness and energy, but can also make people feel closed-off, less talkative, and even anxious. White’s most popular association is likely with snow, leading it to feeling cool – particularly when paired with blue, grey or purple. Pairing white with green, yellow, or orange will give a warmer, brighter effect. In many cultures, white is associated with goodness, faith and purity – hence its choice as the most common wedding dress color.


Black is most famously known as the color of death, mourning, oblivion, and mystery. It is also known to be a solid, grounding, and stabilizing color, and has become very popular in recent decades within events’ color schemes. In large amounts, black can feel heavy and oppressive. As an accent or in moderation, however, black can lend a feeling of formality, sophistication, and class. Black easily creates a sense of drama and interest, making it a popular choice for evening events, masquerades, and other romantic yet intriguing environments.


Your client’s wedding day is likely one of the most important days of her life thus far, and she probably wants it to go as smoothly as possible! Even the most amicable of family members can sometimes break under the pressure of a big (and sometimes expensive) day. As an event and wedding planner, it’s your job to ensure your client is happy. Once in a while, this may involve knowing how to handle guest conflict during the wedding.

Wedding 101: How to Handle Guest ConflictWhenever possible, it’s ideal that families sort out their differences, or at least agree to place them on hold, before the wedding festivities. However, sometimes you’ll have an out of town Uncle who’s been harboring hard feelings for some time and decides to bring up his issues after one too many glasses of wine at the reception. Knowing how to handle a situation like this will help set you apart from your competition and show that you’re ultra professional and can keep a cool head under any amount of pressure. Plus, it’s going to help your bride concentrate on enjoying her day, resulting in a very happy client.

Option A: Pass It Off

Passing the conflict handling off to someone else is an ideal situation when it’s an argument between youths, or the person in question regularly causes the same issue and at least one other family member knows how to handle it. Let’s say Uncle Andy is trying to start an argument with someone who has borrowed money from him in the past and he still hasn’t been paid back. Of course, you can sympathize that the man just wants to resolve the problem by getting his money back, but it’s really not the time nor place for that sort of discussion. Politely asking his brother, wife, or someone else close to him in the family to escort him away from the possible conflict area will work most of the time and will cause the least amount of embarrassment for everyone involved.

Option B: The Polite Ask

Sometimes, all it takes for someone to realize they’re acting inappropriate is to be taken out of the conflict environment and politely asked to stop. Let’s say a bridesmaid is upset because she wasn’t chosen for the Maid of Honor role and is making a fuss at the head table or audibly complaining to guests. Take her aside and let her know that you sympathize, but that complaining about it now won’t change anything and it would make everyone’s evening more enjoyable to just have fun and deal with her feelings at another time, one-on-one with the bride. If they are close friends, she may realize that handling it at a later date and in private is the best solution, as causing any more disruption to the evening could result in even more damage to the friendship.

Option C: Distraction Method

The distraction method is a great one for children who have simply had enough, are tired, and are starting to get upset. Maybe you can ask the DJ to put on one of their favorite songs and get them up and moving. Maybe you can set them up with a game. If you notice an adult who is being disruptive (maybe she’s a second cousin who is trying to go around and tell everyone about her own upcoming wedding or is belting out the lyrics to every song the DJ plays causing a lot of annoyed faces), try to assign a task. Sometimes, all the person wants to feel is included, so try to make that possible. Whether it’s ensuring there are enough favors for each table or having them check in on the children, try to give the individual a productive distraction so the event can continue as planned.

Option D: Removal

Sometimes, it does come down to someone having to be removed from the event. If someone becomes overly intoxicated, starts a physical altercation, or is causing damage to the property, it’s time for them to leave. In some cases, you may be able to have a family member or friend take them home from the event. In the situation of a physical altercation or property damage, however, you might have to rely on security to have them removed. Whatever you do, try to act as quickly and efficiently as possible. You want to shut the bad behavior down as soon as possible and remove them from the area. If two people are verbally arguing, they can continue it – just not inside the event. Send them outside, home, or suggest they finish their conversation anywhere else. When it comes to any sort of behavior that could result in bodily harm or property damage, the individual needs to go home. It’s very rare an ambulance or police car needs to be called to a wedding, but it’s not like it never happens. Have the appropriate phone numbers on hand just in case you should need them.


Are there any other conflict resolution methods you have used at an event or wedding?






May 30, 2013 10:00 am

Summer Rustic Wedding Ideas

Rustic is a beautiful summer wedding trend

Rustic weddings aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. They’re simple, use the beauty of nature to their advantage, and offer a whole host of DIY options. In this post, I’ll be sharing four of my favorite rustic wedding decor ideas and why I like each. I’d love for you to link me to any other pictures you know of in the comments section below so I can keep this post constantly updated!

If you’re a planner or bride with an upcoming rustic wedding, I hope this helps! If you don’t like rustic weddings… well, you probably won’t like the following five pictures all that much.

I love this picture because of its simplicity. The grass, trees, flowers, and white picket fence really let nature work its magic. The simple, natural folding chairs are really all this outdoor venue needs and keep the focus on the bride and groom. If I were to add anything at all, I’d probably do a small bunch of yellow and cream flowers at the end of each row – but nothing more. It’s gorgeous all on its own!

This gorgeous cake takes the rustic theme and adds a pop of color with the true blue pebbles. I love that the cake has been decorated with faux birch tree pieces, and that the base has been made to look like a bird’s nest. Plus, the feather applique is to die for! This particular display would work well for a rustic wedding or a shabby chic wedding.

In this photo, we’re given a glimpse at a sign from an outdoor wedding. Not only would this sign make for an adorable addition to the entryway for the reception, but it’s something that could be easily kept and displayed within the home or backyard for years to come.

Lastly, there’s this cute and theme-fitting sign giving directions. There may be one or two too many arrows, but you get the idea! This is a neat idea for anyone planning a ceremony and reception that have venues near one another. Plus, it would be an incredibly easy and cost efficient DIY!

So, what do you think? Have I forgotten any that I should add? How do you feel about rustic weddings? Let’s discuss in the comments!

April 21, 2013 10:00 am

Wedding Dress Silhouettes 101

Unlike most stores, bridal shops don’t carry dresses in every size. Often, they restrict their size selection to only a few. Some brands will only carry sample sizes in 2 or 4, while others prefer sample sizes in 8 and 10. It all depends on where you’re shopping and the brands that a particular shop carries. Given the limited size selection, you may find it difficult to fit into the dresses you’re most drawn to – or that they’re far too large on you.

While the bridal consultant will help as much as possible by clamping and pinning a dress that’s too large, it’s possible to make a bad purchasing decision because you simply can’t envision the dress after alterations, in its proper size. We’ve designed the follow Bridal Gown Crash course with you in mind, with the aim of making your dress shopping experience just a little bit smoother and more enjoyable. Enjoy!

Learn the basics of wedding dress silhouettes

The Ball Gown

The ball gown silhouette is a dress you’d envision a princess to wear. Generally, it’s fitted around the bodice and then darts out at the waist. This kind of dress is a great option if your client is uncomfortable with her tummy, hip, or thigh areas, since those regions are hidden beneath the dress’s full skirt. If your client is slightly overweight, however, the added material and fullness could make her look larger than she actually is – something you want to avoid.

Because of the princess look it creates, the ball gown’s silhouette is most often associated with formal events. If your client plans to have an outdoor wedding or is jetting off to Mexico for a destination wedding, you may want to work with a simpler silhouette. The additional material a ball gown needs for the full skirt could make a summer bride much too hot and she might feel too weighed down to properly enjoy her outdoor event.

Body Types It Works With: Hourglass, Pear, Rectangle
Style with Care: Apple, Strawberry


The a-line bridal gown is widely considered to be the most universally flattering silhouette. This silhouette typically features a fitted bodice and a skirt that begins to flare out and away at the hips. Looking at the dress straight on would allow the viewer to see an “A” shape – hence the name of the cut.
Less extreme than the ball gown, the a-line is a great choice for anyone looking to camouflage any areas they’re insecure about on the lower half without overdoing it, and without losing the fitted bodice. You’ll find many variations of the a-line silhouette, including the fit and flare, princess, slim a-line, and dropped waist.

Body Types It Works With: Apple, Hourglass, Pear, Rectangle, Strawberry


Sheath dresses are body-skimming dresses that typically do not flare out and are not overly fitted in the bodice. Jennifer Lopez has been a fan of sheath dresses time and time again for red carpet appearances and award shows, as they hug her curves and really show off her body.

The sheath dress is best reserved for someone who is slim with a well-balanced figure, or is very comfortable in her own skin. This is because the sheath silhouette leaves little to the imagination and can highlight flaws when made in certain fabrics such as clingy silk or satin. While you may find a sheath dress you absolutely love, make sure you try it on, walk around in it, and have someone snap a few photos from different angles before actually buying it. The photos will help you check it out from another perspective and to decide whether or not  you’ll truly be comfortable and confident in the dress. Some variations of the sheath dress include mermaid, trumpet, and tunic.

Body Types It Works With: Hourglass, Rectangle
Style with Care: Apple, Pear, Strawberry

Empire waist

An empire waist is when the natural waist of a dress sits high, like the dress pictured above, and is most fitted right underneath the bride’s chest. The waist gives a baby doll feel to the dress, and is typically best reserved for casual weddings, outdoor affairs, or destination ceremonies. Most commonly, dresses with an empire waist are made of light and flowing fabric. The empire waist is a common choice for a pregnant bride as it works with her belly shape, not against it, and is a more comfortable option than something very fitted in the bodice.

Body Types It Works With: Hourglass, Rectangle, Strawberry
Style with Care: Pear, Apple

Want to learn more about style? Click HERE to learn about our Personal Styling course from QC Style Academy. Launches May 1 2013.



March 9, 2013 10:00 am

Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

When you’re just starting out as a wedding planner, it can be difficult to find new clients. Some people don’t see the value in paying someone to do a job they could do themselves. That’s why you have to sell yourself! A great place to start is by advertising reasons why someone should hire a wedding planner. We’ve compiled a list of the top four reasons why a potential client needs to hire a wedding planner. Check them out, and tweet us your own.
four reasons why to hire a wedding planner
Save Time

With all the little details involved, planning a wedding is a huge time drain. It’s been said that it can take an average of 200 hours to plan a wedding; who has time for that! At this time in their lives, a young couple has a lot more things to do with their time, so why not let their planner take care of the details.

Save Money

A common misconception about hiring a wedding planner is that it costs a ton of money. Since weddings already cost a lot, this could deter a lot of potential customers. The truth is that hiring a wedding planner can save a lot of money in the long run, because planners have already built relationships with vendors. This means they’re often able to get great discounts that can end up saving the couple a lot of money.

Save the Day

You never know what surprises are going to spring up on the big day. Maybe the DJ got sick, or the best man got lost on his way to the ceremony. An anxious bride and groom do not want to be worrying about these little crises on their wedding day. A wedding planner is there to make sure the event goes as smoothly as possible.

Save Your Sanity

The wedding day is supposed to be one of the best days in a bride and groom’s life. They should get the chance to enjoy it! A wedding planner can do all the organizing and worrying for them, both before and after the event. That makes sure the couple gets to have fun at their own wedding.