Wedding Dresses: New Age vs. Classic

Over the decades we watch Bride by Bride stun their guests on their big days, all in unique gowns that they have been dreaming about since they were a little girl. As with anything, there are hundreds of choices to make when selecting your dream gown, it’s so eventful that we have shows centered around the topic. Watching women try on dress after dress, having the closest people in their lives to chime in. But how do you know which dress is for you? Maybe you want something sexy and fitted but your family wants something conservative.

How do you find your dream dress while pleasing everyone else?

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Photo Credit: http://www.nzbzd.com/Wedding-Gowns-On-Racksthvbuwek

The answer may not be clear as glass but, find the gown that makes you feel like a Princess or Queen. Whether its an old school ball gown or sheer, glammed out mermaid cut, stay true to you!

We’ve handpicked 5 styles of dresses that take a look at both classic and new age takes on some of the most popular wedding dress styles!

 

Ball Gown

The ball gown is another classic dress that our princess brides all over the world dream about. The ball gown is an amazing choice because it truly fits any size of woman and hugs you where you want to be hugged.

The first dress is another new age, sexy and blinged out take on the classic ball gown that is shown on the right. Whether you go sheer and long sleeved or strapless, both styles cater to sweetheart necklines that are set to make you feel like a princess however the new age design is blinged out where the one on the left is simple, classic and sleek.

Tea Length Classic

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Photo Credit: https://www.theknot.com/fashion/tea-length-wedding-dresses

Tea length wedding dresses have always had a high degree of class and sophistication to them. Both conservative and trendy, this style has stayed true to its unique image throughout the years of brides. Whether you are looking for a sweetheart, v-neck, halter or off-the-shoulder line, this dress will forever be noted as a classic.

Conservative and Modest 

Conservative and Modest dresses will never go out of style simply for the two words used to describe them. Traditions are that for a reason and sometimes the most stunning look is clean cut, modest and simple. But just because a style is conservative does not by any means make this look dull or boring. With a variety of necklines and shapes, these types of dresses are stunning in their own way and can be worn in truly any wedding setting.

Stay tuned for our next post that showcases the top 2018 wedding dress trends that are sexy, glammed out and not for the faint of heart!

Have a conservative or new age style that we didn’t mention and think should be posted in our next spotlight? Connect with us on our about us page or comment below!

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The Big Three: Choosing your Venue, Entertainment, and Photographer

Your special day is quickly approaching! In order to make your celebration the most enjoyable and memorable it can be, careful selection of your venue, entertainment, and photographer is essential. We at Kari Lywood Events have put together some key tips to consider when considering the selection of these major vendors.

 

Venue Selection

 

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Photo Credit: The Bell Tower on 34th

Keeping in mind your budget, consider venues that speak to your personalities as a couple and those that can accommodate your desires for decor and styling. Are you hosting both your ceremony and reception at the same venue? Are you considering an outdoor wedding?  Will your guest count limit your options? Consider these thoughts while conducting your research.

A good idea when sourcing potential venues is to record all information you are able to obtain in a spreadsheet or powerpoint with photos. This way, when you have looked at multiple venues, you can cross-compare all of the information and eliminate those right away that cannot accommodate your wishes. Be sure to note not only the name and location of the venue, but also its capacity, availability, parking details, catering, facility extras (such as tables, chairs, linens, and A/V equipment), and most importantly, their rates. If possible, save some photos of each so that you are able to better visualize your day. While not all of this information may be available on the venue’s website, reach out via email or phone and gather as much information as possible so that making your decision can be that much easier. It is important to research these key ideas when sourcing out venues so you can begin to consider whether or not the venue can fit into your budget. If the venue has higher rates for the time of year you are considering having your celebration, has an exclusive caterer, or does not provide some of these facility extras, your tab may skyrocket.

Once you have been able to narrow your list down to your favourites and those that best fit your dream, visit them! Explore the grounds and take a tour so you can better visualize your celebration. This is also a great time to gain more insight into specifics for your event by discussing with staff members. Most importantly, go prepared with questions, a camera, and a notebook! Take down all of the information you learn that day so that you can revisit your notes with your fiancée in a few days and make a decision.

 

DJ and Entertainment Selection

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Photo Credit: BeatMixology

Everyone loves a good celebration! Therefore, the selection of the right DJ or entertainment is crucial. Just like your venue sourcing, spend time doing research and reading testimonials. Reach out to those that interest you and communicate your desires – what type of music you and your fiancée wish to have played during your celebration. Sometimes, particular DJs or bands are more comfortable or better suited to particular genres, so be sure to discuss this before booking. You’ll also want to consider the duration of their set – will they be playing solely during the entrance and dance time? During your meal? During your ceremony as well? These are all things you will want to discuss with your prospects. Many times, the DJ or entertainment service will offer MC services as well. Inquire about this if you do not want to delegate the task to a family member or friend during your celebration.

 

Photographer Selection

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Photo Credit: Seth Partridge

Finally, one of the most important elements of your special day is the selection and hiring of a photographer and/or videographer. In depth research and careful consideration is essential. Not only will they be responsible for capturing the most special moments of your day, you will want to ensure that their creative eye is in line with your desires. Every photographer is different and specializes in particular areas (detail shots, portraits, etc.). You, as a couple, will want to determine a photography style, set up interviews, and view multiple pieces of work from your prospects. If you desire more candid shots, you’ll want to source a photographer who specializes in documentary versus portraiture, which would entail much more styled shots instead of candid. Meet with those who interest you and request to see their work, asking any questions and addressing any reservations you may have. Most importantly, you’ll want to be sure your personalities mesh! Nothing can bring more tension and stress to your celebration than working with a vendor (especially one who is so critical to the day) who you do not get along with.

 


In considering all of these elements for your special day, it is also worth thinking about hiring a day-of coordinator. At Kari Lywood Events, we offer day-of coordination packages that are designed to alleviate all stress from you as a couple, your friends, and family members on your special day. After all, this IS a celebration! Our coordinators will review your current to-do list, create a detailed itinerary for your wedding day, and communicate with your vendors to share your itinerary and any special instructions you may have! From 14-days prior to your wedding day, our coordinators will be the main point of contact and attend your rehearsal, assisting with on-site coordination. Hiring a day-of coordinator allows you to be confident that each of your guests are having the best time possible, responsibility free, and that you as a couple can celebrate your special day to its fullest extent.

For more information on our packages, visit our website at www.karilywoodevents.com or fill out the form below!

 

 

Written by Stephanie La Civita, Event Coordinator at Kari Lywood Events

 

Holiday songs

We’re going to keep up the playlist trend for our blog because (unless you’re not human) everyone loves music! This time it’s going to be a holiday playlist – obviously. Whether you like to admit it or not, holiday music can make you happy, brighten your spirits and really create that special vibe for your holiday event. So today at #KariLywoodEvents we are going to offer you some of our favourite tunes for the season. Enjoy!

 

Post by: Melissa Esposito