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You’re Engaged! Now What?: The Top 4 Things-to-do After You Get Engaged!

#1 Announce it!

First things first! Announce it to everyone! Whether you announce it like Maria in the Sound of Music or send a mass email, make sure to share the joy of your impending nuptials with all your friends and family so they can join in the celebration!

#2 Bridal Party
Determine whom you’d like to stand by your side on your wedding day. Be very thoughtful about the selections you make. Keep in mind that, particularly, in this economy, you should consider your potential bridal party’s ability to afford what can be a very expensive role. Consider those who have to travel, pay for garments, etc. This is not to say don’t ask them. This is more to say, be prepared for the possibility that they may not be in a position to afford to support you in that way. We recommend asking early in the process as the longer people have to pay, the more it eases the cost. If you can afford this by paying for some of those costs, be prepared to have that conversation, as well.

#3 The Numbers: 1+1 is not just a Beyonce song

Consider now how much you want to spend on your wedding. Consider the absolute maximum you can afford. Everyone wants an amazing wedding day, but be realistic for your own good. You don’t want to be paying for your wedding day 10 years from now, so being realistic in the beginning and staying within budget are a must.

#4 Develop the Budget

It is imperative that you set a budget in the beginning. Before you do anything else, we recommend developing a detailed budget. From the fancy favors you want to give your guests to the venue to the boutonnières, each and every possible associated cost should be included in your budget. This considered, your budget should be more than a page. If you are working with a wedding planner they should have a really good template that you can customize for your own needs. To give you an idea, the budget template we provide our clients is five…count ‘em, (one, two, three, four) FIVE pages. Details are a must!

The Brooch Approach to your bridal bouquet

Yesterday we talked about a major focal point of your ceremony, that being the wedding cake. Another stand out aspect, which is oft forgotten as an opportunity to “wow” the guests while highlighting the aesthetic of the event, is the bouquet. The newest trend in creating a fantastic, dynamic bouquet is what I like to call the “Brooch Approach”.

The Brooch Approach is the act of actually styling your bouquet with brooches, jewels and a variety of other designer features. Many brides use this as an opportunity to integrate vintage family heirlooms and found pieces at boutiques. Another benefit of the Brooch Approach is it takes some of the pressure off finding the traditional jewelry for your wedding. There likely won’t be the same need for baubles around the neck when you’re sauntering down the aisle with one of these pieces.

Imagine appearing before your guests with one of these remarkably unique bouquets. Would you consider it?

Cake, Cake, for goodness sake!

The details, small and large, are really what make your wedding special and unique. One of the most prominent places to show off your unique and innovative aesthetic is the wedding cake. What you know is, in addition to the wedding dress, your guests are pretty eager to see what the cake looks like. In recent years, with the popularity of celebrity cake designer, Sylvia Weinstock and the surge in popularity of cake-related reality shows (Ace of Cakes, Cake Boss), cakes have become a highly detailed and designed aspect of the wedding. No more stark, white tiers, with a little piping.

If you’re feeling adventurous and are looking to move further toward a spin on the traditional, consider some options. Designing your cake with the added touch of your favorite candy adds an additional layer of sweetness and certainly some nostalgia. What a conversation piece “buttons” could make when added to a tiered confection!

More and more, cake pops and macarons are becoming a regular part of the dessert foodie conversation. The drama and depth of a tower of these sweets is virtually unmatched.

Our new favorite is the mini bundt cake, designed for each guests to take home. Want a fabulous send off? Let them eat cake!

New Couture Bridal Boutique Opening Soon!

The metropolitan D.C. region will soon welcome a new couture bridal boutique. On October 22, Soliloquy Bridal will host a grand opening affair from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The fun includes a tour of the boutique, a champagne toast for newly engaged brides and the possibility of winning prizes from local vendors. Looking forward to a new chic boutique!

Other exciting upcoming events include:

• Kevan Hall Trunk Show, November 12
• Therez Fleetwood Trunk Show, December 2-3

Head over to book your r.s.v.p. or book your appointment!