Finding a Wedding Calligrapher (A Primer)

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Greetings Sassy couples! I thought I’d put together a blog on finding a calligrapher since it might not be as intuitive as finding other vendors for your big day. There are different kinds of calligrapher’s with different skill levels and specialties, so there are some things you should keep in mind as you begin your hunt!

I’ve got my envelopes ready… 
You will need to be able to provide your envelopes “vitals” to whatever calligrapher you interview… Some things a calligrapher will care to know:
* Are your envelopes square?
* Do they feature an envelope liner?
* Are your envelopes white or a different color?
* Do you have overs (10-15% is ideal)?
* Are you looking for metallic or colored ink? If so, is a critical color match needed?

So many fonts… Which one?
Start thinking about what kind of font will relate not only to your invitations, but also to your event overall. Is it elegant? Whimsical? Casual? An experienced calligrapher should be able to make the proper recommendation on what style will work best with your big day. Sometimes, they will even be willing to match a font that they don’t advertise. Be sure to ask.

I want my addresses to look different…
Looking for a unique layout? Ask your potential calligrapher if they have samples they can show of slanted layouts, layouts with flourish elements and/or vertical or horizontal lines. Some will be comfortable with this, some will not. Just be sure to ask up front if your wedding has a unique point of view.

Setting up interviews
Calligraphers are busy. Especially during the summer months. An in-person meeting may not be possible, but you can still evaluate them with a little online research:  • Yelp is your friend… What are past clients saying?  
* Physical samples should be readily available. Online images are nice, but physical representations are better.
* How long has this calligrapher been in business? You’d like someone established, with positive reviews.
* Note that if it seems like you are finding pretty popular calligraphers, find out how far in advance you need to book them so that you won’t be disappointed.

Beyond the envelope
Don’t forget to mention other elements that you might need hand lettering on. Bulk deals may be available depending on the time of year. Place cards, table numbers, seating charts are other elements that you may consider having done by hand. This should get you going in the right direction.  Now go out there and find that calligrapher!

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About CTDesigns

I am a published, full-time Chicago-based calligrapher/stationer and instructor featuring resources that help demystify the "ink on paper" portion of the big day. Think: Hand lettering, invitations, D.I.Y. tips, and "day of" stationery!

Couple of the Week ((Morin + Geoff))

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"Best Friends in Love"

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We were introduced to ((Morin + Geoff)) through Kristin La Voie Photography through Two Bright Lights when we fell in love with their smiles after seeing photos from their beautiful engagement session at Cantigny Parks and Gardens.

((Morin + Geoff)) met through mutual friends in May of 2009.  "I had just returned from my freshman year of college and Geoff had recently moved back from Canada after playing hockey there for three years," Morin said. Both were told through friends that they would "absolutely adore" one another and that the pair would be "perfect together." Not long after, ((Morin + Geoff)) realized their friends were right and the pair officially started dating on July 4.

"The first summer, we were inseparable, which made it even more difficult when we had to leave for school late August," Morin added.  Jeff attended school in New Hampshire while Morin was in Illinois.

"Over the past five years, we have spent a lot of time apart, but we have always found ways to make it work and see each other as much as possible. It hasn't been easy, but it has always been worth it." 

Many of the couple's favorite memories together have been at airports due to their years of long-distance dating. Though their ideal date night is being able to cuddle up with Redbox, deep dish pizza and a bottle of wine.

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{Their Proposal Story}

Geoff proposed at the end of the pier at Morin's parents lake house in Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin.

"It was a weekend getaway with my brother, Logan, and his girlfriend, (now fiancée!) Kate. My parents were in Ireland at the time, celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. On that Sunday morning, we woke up and went to breakfast at a family favorite restaurant. After breakfast, we went back to the cabin and decided to spend some time on the lake. Logan and Kate were going to canoe, while Geoff and I kayaked. As we walked outside, Geoff suggested we go on the pier and look at how high the water level was. I thought, sure, why not? Logan and Kate stayed up by the shore line to "get the canoe and kayaks down," which turned out to be them setting up a camera to capture the big moment!" ~ from Morin.

"I remember Geoff looking extremely nervous, and the next thing I knew, he was down on one knee, asking me to marry him. We were both shaking, so he insisted on walking to shore before putting the ring on my finger!"

A sweet fact ~ Morin's dad proposed to her mom at the end of the pier in Wisconsin. 

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Best wishes to ((Morin + Geoff)) as they plan their June 20, 2015 wedding! 

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{Meet the Pro} Megan from Lemon Twist Images

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Choosing the right wedding photographer can be a daunting task. Sorting through blogs and portfolios of professional (and not so professional) photographers can be overwhelming. We're here to help you with your planning along the way, and bring you some of the professionals you need to know. 

Meet Megan from Lemon Twist Images. Megan has been capturing "I dos" for about 9 years. With 350 weddings under her belt, she started in the wedding industry young and paved the way. "I have stayed passionate and true to myself honing my craft over these past years" ~ Megan said. After graduating with her photography degree and venturing out to photograph commercially, Megan returned to capturing weddings full time + has loved every minute of the celebration since.

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What motivates you to keep going every day?

Every day is an adventure.  I adore the clients I get to work with. A lot of times, we become friends after their wedding day and over the course of their married lives, I get the chance to capture their growing families through my lens. Being in contact with people and getting to share their milestones in life is such a blessing and I wouldn't trade it for the world. There is no better feeling than getting an email from a bride raving about her images saying "Hiring you was the best decision of my life, besides marrying my husband!" It's the reason I keep up with what I'm doing!     

How do you prepare to capture a wedding or engagement session? 

I prepare for a session by charging my batteries all week! A few days before the wedding or session, I check for any sensor dust in my cameras, wipe down my lenses and make sure the time sync stamp is the same on both cameras.  The night before the session, I check my bags and make sure camera bodies, lenses, memory cards, batteries, remote triggers and speedlights are all in working order. Then I get a good night sleep! The next morning I make sure to eat a decent protein enriched breakfast and lots and lots of coffee (my favorite part of the morning!).  Then, it's time to check my GPS, check Google Maps and be on my way!

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What sets you apart from other photographers? 

Each photographer is unique in their own way and what sets us all apart is shooting style, editing style and personality! It's important for a couple to find a photographer on their wedding day they feel comfortable with. We will be with you covering your wedding all day being your personal paparazzi, and you need to get along swimmingly with your photographer! It's all about chemistry. I also believe I have a lighthearted, whimsical editing style. I like to keep my images mostly bright, airy and fun.  I love color and try to portray that in my images.  Sometimes an image needs to be edited a bit darker and dramatic, but it's rare for me. I always tell couples to try to aim for an engagement session with your photographer as well. For me, this is a chance for my couples and I to get to work together, and see how we mesh. They get to learn more about the way I pose and direct a shot while 'letting it all unfold.'  

What would you like couples to know about you? 

 I'm pretty much an open book, ask me anything and I'm willing to talk about my life and share what's important for me.  I love horses and used to ride somewhat competitively (but mostly recreational, for the love of it!).  I have a toddler son and a supportive husband that make up half of Lemon Twist Images.  I always have family on the other side of work, if I'm not working, I'm with my family!  I come from a family of small business owners who have paved the way and are always ready for to give advice, support and encouragement. I grew up with an adopted Greyhound and whole-heartily believe in adopting animals.  Our next dog will most definitely be a rescue.

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Do you have a favorite moment you've captured? 

First looks are the best!  I love the reactions from grooms seeing their brides for the first time. It's always such a sweet moment.  A lot of my favorite moments tend to be quirky happenings at weddings that are usually unplanned.  The one that got me laughing the most was when the air conditioning wasn't working in the venue and everyone was a sweaty mess while dancing.  I captured an image of the best man wiping his sweaty face on the bride's attached veil while she was distracted talking to someone. Talk about a bold move, but it had me cracking up!  I also enjoy the occasional random guest break dancing on the dance floor which always makes for a great time. 

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Sessions with Lemon Twist Images are fun + tailored to fit your families individuality + personality. Lemon Twist believes in a personalized experience and believes it is important to keep in contact with couples every step of the way. For more info on becoming apart of the Lemon Twist family and scheduling a session,  click here.

Last Minute Dream Wedding ((Jillian & Suleiman))

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((Jillian + Suleiman)) chose classic + timeless as their wedding theme. After a private ceremony in a courthouse to keep it simple, the couple pulled out all the stops with their glamorous + elegant reception party at DiNolfo's Banquets in Homer Glen.

"I love a clean look with an elegant feel. The wedding turned out even better than I could dream of. I chose not to do bridesmaid dresses, which everyone thought I was crazy for, but I did leave a guideline that the dresses had to be long. I wanted my team of girls to look gorgeous and feel confident, which would have been impossible if they all had to be in the same color/same dress. It worked out beautifully!" ~ Jillian said.

The wedding color, flowers, and stage did not come together until a week and a half before the wedding when Jillian picked purple + white as the theme colors, along with the table centerpieces. "Even though we had a year to plan and given my last minute deciding, I would advise couples to do the opposite and not wait until the last minute to do anything, which ended up taking more time than we had anticipated and we weren't able to spend time with our out of town guests." 

With a mesh of American, Filipino, and Arabic cultures coming together as one, 800 guests danced the night away under chandeliers and vibrant up lighting. "At the wedding, my mother-in-law wore a beautiful traditional Arabic dress called a "thobe," and we played Arabic music! It's so much fun to dance to, and very easy because of the beat! I love experiencing different customs from my husband's culture and it was great to be able to share that with my family too." 

Browse through photos of their gorgeous big day sent to us by Cathy & David Photographers

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 ~ Advice for Couples Currently Planning ~

"Plan ahead. If something goes wrong at the last minute, it will be hard to fix it without feeling rushed. My sister's bridesmaid dress ended up not coming in the day before the wedding and we had to find her a new one at 8 pm when stores close at 9 pm. It was pure chaos. Everything worked out, it just could have been a lot less stressful if we planned accordingly." 

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My favorite part of the day was walking into the reception. There was so much work + emotion leading up to that point, and not just in the wedding planning, but being in a relationship and finally getting to marry the person you love. The moment I walked into the reception, I could literally feel the weight of everything being lifted off my shoulders. Everything came together and to see all of our friends + family there to support you is such a blessing. I thought "this is it…" and it was beautiful." 

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"Our table headpiece and the flowers on our pillars were a total surprise that Flowers by Sprinkles did on their own. I loved them and was so impressed on how beautiful they were. For our stage, I wasn't a fan of any particular one so I "Frankensteined" one together, asking to take different backdrops, pieces, and pillars to form the stage we had at the reception." 

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"During dinner time, my mom and some dancers, preformed a traditional Filipino dance called "Tinikling." The dance is when two people tap and slide bamboo poles on the ground in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance. Everyone enjoyed the performance and I loved that we were able to incorporate different things to showcase our background." 

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Photographer: Cathy & David Photographers  Venue: DiNolfo's Banquets of Homer Glen  Florist: Flowers by Sprinkles  Bridal Shop: Bijou Bridal  Hair + Makeup: Tamara Hair & Makeup  Groom's Attire: Armani Collezioni Tux  Bakery: Cakefections  Video: Sami Studio

What to Do a Month Before Your Wedding

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Planning + preparation are the keys to a stressful wedding day. Knowing you look + feel your best is the other most important factor.

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When you are a month out to the day of your wedding, it's time to finalize last minute details + get organized!

Four to six weeks before your wedding 

1. Get a physical or checkup ~ remember, this is preventative! 

2. See your dentist for a check-up and cleaning. Consider whitening your teeth to perfect your smile.

3. Get a haircut + color without doing anything drastic. Practice your wedding day hair with your hairdresser. If you opt for color, make an appointment for a touchup a week before your wedding. You don't want your hair to look like it's just been highlighted or colored in your wedding photos.

5. Have a facial + indulge yourself a little. After all, you deserve it!

6. Make it legal ~ apply for your marriage license.

7. Check with your bridal party to make sure they've gotten their attire ready. Answer any last minute questions about your wedding day timeline + wedding party arrival times.

8. Meet with vendors + make sure all of your final details are covered. Download a complete collection of Wedding Guide Chicago's The Book.  The Book is filled with handy checklists and timetables in one easy download that will make your life (and wedding day) much more organized.

A few days before your wedding

1. Get a massage + do something to relax. Consider planning + having a spa day with your mom, mom-to-be, and attendants. This is a great way to talk about the excitement of the big day + relax.

2. Get a mani + pedi. This is another great way to spend time with your bridesmaids before your wedding day. (Grooms + groomsmen can get in on the fun too!)

3. Assign duties to your bridal party. Follow the Who's in Charge checklist from The Book.  Details can be easily forgotten, but writing them down ahead of time can make remembering much easier.

4. Go to bed early (or semi-early) the night before your wedding. This may be hard to do with all of the excitement, but you will be happy you did it. Happy wedding!

Couple of the Week ((Maggie + Theron))

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"Stupidly in Love"

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Jenna Marie Photography introduced us to this adorable couple ~ ((Maggie + Theron)). Two peas in a pod since the beginning, ((Maggie + Theron)) met through their animals. "It all started at a dog park, when his dog started chasing my dog around!" ~ Maggie replied. 

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{Their Proposal Story}

For one year, ((Maggie + Theron)) were in a long distance relationship. During that time, Maggie started making a memory box for Theron filled with little pieces of paper that included memories of their relationship.

Fast forward three years later, Maggie came home one night and Theron had the memory box Maggie made. "Theron told me he wanted to add new memories and we took the time to read each other's papers that were going to put in the box. Then, he handed me a slip of paper that read, "The time we were adding memories to our memory box and I asked you to marry me."  ~ Maggie said.

Taken aback, Maggie looked up to say, "What? I don't remember that." Meanwhile, Theron was holding an engagement ring. 

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Fun, quirky, and full of adventure, ((Maggie + Theron's)) favorite date night was when Maggie bought a bunch of Nerf Guns and the two spent the night chasing each other. "We laughed the entire time!" ~ Maggie said. 

((Maggie + Theron)) teamed up with Jenna Marie Photography on a cold spring day at North Avenue Beach to take their engagement photos.  Though the winds were chilly, their love warmed up Jenna Marie's camera.

((Maggie + Theron)) are looking forward to many more laughs together in the future.  They are currently planning a May 9, 2015 wedding! 

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((Tori + Vaughn’s)) Whimsical Wedding

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Think purple! One of the things we love about ((Tori + Vaughn's)) whimsical wedding is the touch of purple throughout their wedding decor. The lovebirds were able to find the perfect touch of contrast to add some pop especially since purple has always been Tori's favorite color. Tori told us, "I think that was the first thing I was certain of while planning. Well, besides the groom, of course." 

((Tori + Vaughn)) also wanted to tie the knot in a location that had meaning to them, choosing to say "I do" at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington surrounded by candelabras lining the aisle and soft, cozy lighting. "It was very meaningful for me because it is the church that I grew up in. My baptism, first communion and confirmation all took place at St. Michael's, so of course that is also where I always pictured my wedding" ~ Tori said. 

As the evening sun filtered through the trees, the party started at Bull Valley Golf Club. The couple found out about the venue when their friends had their wedding reception there two years prior. They knew Bull Valley Golf Club was perfect for them too.

Calm and relaxed throughout day, ((Tori + Vaughn)) appreciated spending time with their guests. Between getting ready in the morning with friends + family, greeting everyone at dinner, riding in the limo with their wedding party, listening to their best friends give speeches, and dancing the night away, "The whole day was wonderful" ~ Tori added. "But I mostly loved walking into my church and being instantly surrounded by all of the people I love, and ending up right next to the person that makes my life complete. The love in that room will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Celebrate the day with ((Tori + Vaughn)) by browsing photos of their big day from Lemon Twist Images ~ 

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"I have always loved anything with a vintage flair, so I suppose I stuck to that kind of style for the most part. I honestly just picked whatever I liked, and hoped that it would all come together"   ~ Tori 

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 ~ The Groom's Touch

"The pictures at our wedding reception were Vaughn's idea. We wanted a way to visually include our family members who have passed, especially since my Nana passed while we were engaged. We wanted a little visual reminder of their presence there that day. We also included their names listed in the program for the ceremony."

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"My something old was my mom's veil. When she wore it, it was attached to a little hat. She worked some magic, detached it from the hat, and sewed it onto a comb so it would be perfect for me." ~ Tori

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~ Advice for Couple's Planning ~

"Relax and don't rush it. We were engaged for almost a year and a half, and it was perfect for us. We were able to make one decision at a time without feeling overwhelmed, and we had time to enjoy our engagement as it's own milestone in our lives."

"Don't get caught up in the planning that you forget why you're doing it. We were also lucky that we picked such wonderful vendors. Every part of our wedding day went so smoothly because they took care of everything for us. Pick vendors that you get a good feeling from. Meet with them and make sure that you have good chemistry. You want to be able to trust your vendors to handle things for you since that's the reason you hire them."

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Venue: Bull Valley Golf Club • Photographer: Lemon Twist Images • Florist: Petals n' Bloom • Bridal Shop/Salon: Shelley's Bridal • Grooms/Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Tux • Hair: Sarah Rodriguez • Makeup: Aaron Gomez • Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery • Videography: Flydidee Films • DJ: Toast & Jam

What to Wear to a Wedding {A Guy’s Guide}

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Black tie, black tie optional, semi-casual, or casual can mean so many things. When it comes to wedding guest attire, guidelines are not necessarily black and white. It is important that you are comfortable in your outfit and ready to party the night away, but that you are not uncomfortable because you feel under or overdressed.

Standard dress for a guy at a wedding is a suit and tie or dress pants + tie + blazer. If you are expected to dress any fancier, the wedding invitation you received should say something like "black tie affair." Try to wear something that you already own, unless you need to buy something or want to buy something. Your shirt or pants of choice should be in good condition and washed or ironed. I have been to many weddings where it is obvious that a few gentlemen have pulled their brand new dress shirt out of a bag or back of the closet.

Think simple colors + limited patterns. Solid navy and gray are the safest colors to wear. If you don't have access to a suit, wear a nice blazer over a dress shirt or polo.

Dress shoes + a tie are most appropriate during this type of occasion. Once again, think simple colors and simple patterns such as pinstripes or dots. Avoid gaudy colors and out of this world patterns, such as dogs or tie-dye.

Weddings that occur during the day are often more informal than nighttime weddings. Daytime weddings can also lead to a more colorful wardrobe (think lighter colors / less informal / non black tie). Dressing for the season is a great guideline to follow. For example, pastels are big in the spring, bright colors are big in the summer, earth tones + browns for the fall, and deep colors of blue + green for the winter.

If you are utterly confused, ask someone close to the couple getting married. They can give you direction of what they think is appropriate or is not appropriate. Don't wear blue jeans and a t-shit, unless that's what the couple tying the knot wants you to wear. Please note: any attire related to clubbing, golfing, or funerals is not appropriate.

Either way, this is about feeling comfortable and dressing for the occasion. Not everyone will be focused on your outfit, but it is important that you are not tugging at your clothing or hiding in a corner all night long. We also don't want you to look back years from now and think, "Why in the world did I wear that?" Happy wedding!

Couple of the Week ((Darren + Mark))

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"I love you." 

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We were introduced to ((Darren + Mark)) through AE Stelzer Photography on Two Bright Lights.  As soon as we browsed through their adorable engagement photos, we knew there was something special about them. The love between ((Darren + Mark)) was evident from the first photo.  With bright smiles and genuine laughs, we knew we had to learn more about their story and find out the story behind their love.

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((Darren + Mark))'s love story started online, but to avoid the stigma that comes with online dating, the couple used to invent stories of how they met. "One of my favorites was always telling people that we met in a library. I pulled my book off the shelf and his beautiful blue eyes were on the other side," ~ Darren said. ((Darren + Mark)) also told people they met through a mutual friend; often telling people it was on a blind date.  "It was true, in essence," ~ Darren said.

After a month or so of emails, texts, and late night conversations, Mark picked Darren up a block away from his apartment.  "I only gave him the cross streets in case he turned out to be crazy/fictional/or if I got cold feet," ~ Darren said. Mark ended up parking a few blocks away, thwarting Darren's plan. Darren said, "I was a bit out of breath when I got to him. My eyes had been scanning everyone around, looking for Mark. I had to call his phone to find him. He turned and smiled at me. I had butterflies the moment our eyes met."

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If you ask ((Darren + Mark)) their favorite date night together, both will give you a different story ~ 

Mark: Can we say the first date? Or how about the second date, where I got food poisoning? Either one, really. The first date was all about sharing and falling in love. When I first saw Darren, I was completely arrested in the moment. We had tapas and sangria. On our second date, Darren cooked for me! He made quite an impressive spread. Sadly, he stuffed some mushrooms, and they made me ill a few hours after dinner. I was still in Darren's apartment when it happened. I was embarrassed, but he was kind.

Darren: It sounds corny, but it's so hard to pick a best date night. Whether it was the Chinese Lantern Festival, a Broadway Show, or frozen pizza and Corona night, He's good company. Every night is pretty special when you are in love.

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{Their Proposal Story} Mark proposed to Darren downtown on Grand + Michigan. After spending the day with a dear friend helping her find the perfect dress and shoes for her upcoming wedding, Mark walked with Darren as he listened to him talk about their busy day; everywhere they had been, who they saw, what she tried on, and how it looked. As Darren reached to hold Mark's hand, Mark pulled back from him. "He made me stop talking, for the first time ever," ~ Darren said.

"You should put this on first," ~ Mark replied, as he pulled out an iconic little blue box with a ring he and his neice had picked out from Tiffany & Co.

The couple said "I do" on May 3, 2014.  One hundred two days later ((Darren + Mark)) are enjoying this new chapter in their life together.  

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What to Wear to a Wedding {A Girl’s Guide}

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We all get stuck once in a while when deciding what to wear to a wedding. Is the traditional rule of not wearing white to a wedding still followed? Is a short dress or long dress more acceptable? Generally, there are several unwritten rules for wedding wear depending on the time of day the couple says "I do" as well as how formal or informal the wedding is going to be.

Usually, you'll want to wear a dress when attending a wedding as a guest. Unless you are attending a formal wedding, it doesn't need to be a full-length gown.  Looking at colors, you ask?  A white dress is always off limits.  Try to stay away from cream, too.  Afterall, you shouldn't be trying to compete with the bride. The rule may be super traditional, but there are plenty of other colors available. Don't worry about wearing the same colors as the bridesmaids or mothers either; besides white, there are so many colors. You won't match everyone in the wedding party.

If you have to second guess yourself and ask yourself if the outfit you want to wear is appropriate, it probably isn't. Anything in the same category as clubwear doesn't belong at a wedding. Trust us, the awkward feeling is not worth it. 

Dressing casual for a wedding, or even semi-casual can mean many things. Casual can mean wearing a pretty sundress, but does not mean wearing jeans or shorts is appropriate. A pastel suit or soft dress for the daytime, or a little black dress for evening (think after 6 p.m.) are two essential items and will take you almost anywhere.

Here are a few guidelines to follow ~

Informal Daytime: Short dress or suit (business attire is okay for morning weddings)

Informal Evening: Cocktail dress (or any dressier dress, for example, consider wearing a little black dress that is not full-length or a simple cocktail dress with a little something to dress it up.)

Semi-Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit

Semi-Formal Evening: Cocktail dress

Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit

Formal Evening or Black-Tie: Long or dressy short cocktail (think intricate beading, sparkly + glam accessories, and a wrap or shawl to keep warm for those cool nights)  

Ultra-formal or White Tie: Long gown with extra glitz + sparkle (think about wearing bold costume jewelry, faux diamonds and maybe a fur or fur shawl.)

When you open your closet + look at the colors in your wardrobe, it's important to think about colors! Think about the colors of the season, what you feel comfortable wearing and go from there. Happy wedding!

 
 

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