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How to have a Winter Wedding (Part 4)

This article brought to you by Aleana’s Bridal shop, Ridgewood, NJ.

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 first

Dazzling Diamonds: Wear diamonds as your jewelry, or incorporate them into accessories and even the décor around the venue.  Diamonds conjure up magical visions of ice crystals…perfect for your winter wedding “personality”. 

Coats?…Check!:  Make sure your venue has a coat check, as nobody wants to lug around a bulky coat or even a wet one, from any wintery weather mix of snow, sleet, or icy rain.  Also, have a fancy coat and layering clothing pieces for over your wedding gown when shooting photos outside.

WINTER WHIMSY

Hot Kisses: How about renting a photo booth for the night dressed up in mistletoe?  Let the guests take pictures inside the booth with mistletoe backdrops on top of their heads as the custom set portrait to be taken in the booth…they will have no choice but to pose properly with sharing a kiss.

 

Dashing through the Snow: If you wished for snow on your wedding day and you got lucky with a full blanket of it (or a full on blizzard!), then your beautiful backdrop is set.  But if the snow just won’t come to you, rent a snow machine and create your own winter wonderland.  Let the décor of your reception speak the language of winter…maybe carved-out-of-ice designs and a martini luge can help in setting the wintery mood.

 Welcome to wonderland

If you’re a couple who are thinking of tying the knot as the snow starts to fall.. Create a scene of what winter means to you, and take those elements and draw from the inspiration to use for creating your own memorable, winter wonderland wedding.

Hot cocoa…a blazing fireplace that roars with warmth…cozy candelight nights & crisp air days… all add a touch of enchantment that peak wedding season just doesn’t offer.  Whether you have striking memories connected with the winter season, and want to associate your big day with it… or you just love the sparkle of the season…there’s a certain charm to a winter wedding that just can’t be denied, nor can be achieved in the spring or summer.

 

 Marrying on a snowy night in December (or any freezing night of winter!) proposes an esthetic landscape that will absorb you & your jolly guests into it, leading you well on your way to a sparkling, whimsical, wintery wedding of wonderful…This magic of the season simply lends to a different kind of wedding magic

When we say goodbye December

Merry bells no longer chime

We’ll remember once upon a wintertime”…. And your guests will leave wonderstruck from exiting the pages of your fairytale storybook of your winter wedding to be remembered forever.

 

No matter how chilly it is outside, your wedding will be glowing and gleaming warm with love….

Why? Because…

LOVE THAWS”- Disney’s Frozen.

“Only an act of true love

Can thaw a frozen heart.”

DISNEY’S FROZEN

And your wedding will be full of acts of true love.

How to choose your wedding menu (Part 1)

By Jaclyn Ianetti

How do you choose the right meal menu for your guests to enjoy at your wedding?  Some of your guests may not be picky at all, while others may be vegetarians; your cousin is a vegan, your friend a diabetic, and so on.  It would be completely overwhelming trying to please everybody 100%, but you can get creative and choose a sensible menu made for all to avoid any complaints amongst guests.

 

This table guide from HubPages can prove to be very helpful, as it’s an excellent starting point for brainstorming possible considerations:

 

“Considerations for Planning a Wedding Reception”

  1. Buffet or sit-down dinner
  2. Finger foods or hearty fare
  3. Catered or cooked by relatives or friends
  4. Indoors or outdoors
  5. Any appropriate themes for cuisine, i.e. Polynesian, Southern BBQ, Coastal seafood, etc.
  6. Dietary restrictions (OR ANY FOOD ALLERGIES OF GUESTS)
  7. Mobility of your guests (elderly people may have a harder time at a buffet)
  8. Cultural traditions
  9. Cost
  10. Number of guests
  11. Time of day
  12. Decor (flowers, candles, ice sculptures, or whatever you fancy)
  13. Logistics of serving and/or buffet lines
  14. Beverage options
  15. Wedding cake and/or other dessert

(Found on: http://hubpages.com/hub/Wedding-Food)

 

A Memorable Mix-up

Between you and your beloved groom, you’ll want to incorporate your favorite dishes that hold a special significance, yet ones that also cater to the diverse appetites of your treasured guests.

Select comfort foods from your own “streams of consciousness” that take you on a stroll down memory lane: tastes that remind you of your most cherished, past dining experiences together.  Think of your favorite vacation spot restaurant, your favorite all-time restaurant in general, or a home-cooked meal that you two make together or one that symbolizes your grandmother’s traditional touches, etc.  Use these as a sentimental nod to some of your top-of-the-list foods.

Personal touches such as keeping these things in mind may go unnoticed by your guests, but at least you two will know where the inspiration came from…and their taste buds alone will celebrate along with you, since this is an opportunity to share something intimate with all of your guests.  Combine your culinary heritage, such as having an Indian-Irish buffet, or a full blown Italian wedding.

Read Part 2,  Part 3, and Part 4

Photo credits to Steve2.0 on Flickr.

How to plan your wedding day hair (Part 1)

This article brought to you by Aleana’s Bridal store in Ridgewood, Northern New Jersey.

You’ve finally found your bridal gown. What a relief! Now it is time to complete a few more steps so that you can have an idea of what you will look like on your special day. A hair and makeup trial is strongly recommended. The last thing you want is to end up with a super hard, messy 90’s prom looking hair-do the day of your wedding. Unless you have a hair dresser you usually go to, scope out the salons in your area. Ask to see a portfolio of makeup and hair they’ve done in the past. This will help you decide where to have your trial.

Once you select a salon, schedule your trial. This should not be any longer than three months before the wedding. Too much time between your trial and your wedding might result in your changing your mind which would defeat the purpose of the trial. After your trial, you want to leave with the style you love to have for the big day. This is your day. By now you’ve probably browsed hundreds of magazines, websites, blogs and pictures for wedding inspiration. Hopefully you’ve been able to figure out what type of hair style you plan to go for. If you have an image, or even if it isn’t exactly what you want, bring the picture along so that your stylist can get the idea.

On the day of your trial, make sure that you have enough time to enjoy the experience; your actual hairdo could take hours. Some salons also offer make up trials at the same time. If you choose a salon that offers this, and you will be getting your make up done, perfect! If not, be sure to put on makeup and look your best. It is strongly recommended to plan a night out after your trial. Your wedding is going to be full of dancing, running around and will be quite long. The last thing you want is to end up with a hair style that taps out after the ceremony. Plan a night out with the girls and let loose. See if your hair can keep up.

 

Read Part 2 next

 

Best Couple Activities (Part 3)

This article brought to you by Aleana’s Bridal Shop, Bergen County NJ.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 first.

COMEDY CLUB Laughter is the best medicine

 

If you don’t have a whole weekend to spare, you can surprise your partner with tickets to a comedy club.  There is nothing better than a night of laughs at a comedy show for couples.  Be spontaneous on a week-night to break up the mundane feel of the work-week when your lover least expects it and go see some standup.

This is a great way for couples to share time watching a more interactive type of entertainment than a movie or the theater.  Make sure to get seats in the front row for the interaction to unfold, because the comedians are sure to include you in at least some part of their act.  This creates fun memories to laugh about for years.

MASSAGE

Treat yourselves & go to spa & get a couples massage.  Or, if you’re short on funds, you can be still massage each other in the comfort of your own home for free.  Rather than watching the same old show on television after the same routine at work, mix it up with your partner and show him your romantic side by offering an oil rubdown.

This sensual gesture will not only put your partner in a state of relaxation, it’s also a great way to express your love.  You do not have to go out and buy any overpriced oils and lotions.  A wonderful, and much healthier, alternative is grape seed oil, or coconut oil, which is also a great moisturizer for the skin. 

To add a little spice to the massage, throw some rose petals on the bed before your partner is home and have the room lit with only candles.  A surprise massage can heighten many levels of your relationship and doesn’t have to cost you a penny.  A massage is a creative, sensual, and sure way of maintaining closeness, that can result in not only relaxation, but a keener sense of intimacy.

Take turns giving each other a face massage, as well… with each person receiving by lying down on the bed or floor.

 

 CRAYOLA, CRAYONS, PAINT-PARTY…

Draw up your dreams. 

Color & draw together your dream mansion, book cover, music album cover, etc.

Trace Together…Get some large paper and crayons…take turns drawing around each others hands and feet on the paper.

Close “no clothes” Coloring…Buy body paint and take your clothes off to paint each other’s bodies.  Or just face paint.   

 Continue with Part 4

Photo taken from Flickr.

Aleana’s bridal shop located in Ridgewood, NJ. Please schedule your first appointment at Aleana’s Bridal Shop or call at 201-444-1500.

BRIDAL SHOP near OAKLAND BERGEN COUNTY NJ

Aleana’s Bridal is your Bridal Shop near Oakland, Bergen County, NJ.

We invite our Oakland customers to come see our great collection of bridal dresses and sets that are only offered in our Ridgewood store in Bergen County. Every garment can be modified to enhance a beauty of any body type.

We’ve recently expanded our help our Mothers in the area find the perfect gown for their daughter/son’s wedding. We understand that finding the right gown for this special event can difficult. You are a very important part of this event and you want to look your best. Chances are you’ve found plenty of gowns that had parts that you liked, but not the whole package. You may have a color in mind, but can’t find anything that looks right on you in that shade.

With all of the different styles and silhouettes it seems as though you’ll never find the exact dress you want. Don’t fret. Rather than spending what seems like centuries browsing racks and trying on yet typical Mother of the Bride dress, consider custom made. The beauty of custom made gowns is simple; it’s made just for you. It is a one of a kind. As the second most important woman at the wedding, our 100% silk fabrications and one of a kind designs will make you feel like royalty.

We also exhibit a wide selection of European lingerie and lounge wear that can only be found at our boutique as well as custom gowns.

Aleana’s Bridal offers a more than convenient production time frame, which is often unheard of in the fashion industry: You can pick up your dress in 3 months, without paying any “rush” order fees!

Book your appointment today and we will guide you to create a dress that is the essence of you.

Please call us at 201-444-1500 or book your appointment on line at www.aleanasbridal.com.

BRIDAL SHOP near NEW CITY NEW YORK

Aleana’s Bridal is your Bridal Shop near New City, Bergen County, NJ.

Our gowns are created for the New City woman who is not afraid to cross boundaries and who enjoys experiencing the triumph of individual style.

You can choose from our wide bridal collection, modify the gown you liked or create “one of a kind” using our expert’s advise.

Chances are you’ve found plenty of gowns that had parts that you liked, but not the whole package. You may have a color in mind, but can’t find anything that looks right on you in that shade. With all of the different styles and silhouettes it seems as though you’ll never find the exact dress you want. Aleana’s Bridal can help you.

We invite the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom to visit our store. Rather than spending what seems like centuries browsing racks and trying on yet typical Mother of the Bride dress, consider custom made. The beauty of custom made gowns is simple; it’s made just for you. It is a one of a kind. Remember that you are the second most important woman at the wedding and we want you to look that way.

With a wide library of high quality fabrics and colors to choose from, the possibilities for our bridal, mother of the bride and special occasion gowns are endless. All you need to bring your imagination.

Aleana’s Bridal offers a more than convenient production time frame, which is often unheard of in the fashion industry: You can pick up your dress in 3 months, without paying any “rush” order fees!

Book your appointment today and we will guide you to create a dress that is the essence of you. Each appointment will be scheduled for a full hour and half to ensure that you get the attention you need.

Please call us at 201-444-1500 or book your appointment on line at www.aleanasbridal.com.

BRIDAL SHOP near LEONIA BERGEN COUNTY NJ

Aleana’s Bridal is your Bridal Shop near Leonia, Bergen County, NJ.

The sounds of wedding bells are just around the corner and you feel a bit of pressure to look your best on the day of the wedding. Finding the right gown instantly eliminates this pressure.

That is what we pride ourselves on here at Aleana’s Bridal. We offer a great personal service to guide its’ clients step by step to select from a wide collection or to create the most wonderful custom gown for that special day.

Choosing the perfect gown is almost as important as choosing the right partner. Our gowns are created for the woman who is not afraid to cross boundaries and who enjoys experiencing the triumph of individual style.

The bridal gown’s fabric affects both its beauty and price. You always should ask, “What is the content of this fabric?” If the answer is “Silk”, you know you are buying the queen of textiles, the most luxurious fiber in the world. At Aleana’s Bridal, we offer our Leonia clients just that.

We invite you to create a custom gown or choose a dress at our exclusive shop located in the heart of Ridgewood where majority of our gowns are made from silk fabrics at a very affordable price.

We have recently expanded our Mother of the Bride collection and proudly extend our custom made services to create the perfect gown for all shapes and sizes. With a library of fabrics and colors to choose from, the possibilities for our mother of the bride and special occasion gowns are endless.

We can perfectly match the bridal party color scheme if you prefer or we can create something completely unique and different. As the second most important woman at the wedding, our one of a kind designs will make you feel like royalty.

Book your appointment today and we will guide you to create a dress that is the essence of you. Each appointment will be scheduled for a full hour and half to ensure that you get the attention you need.

Please call us at 201-444-1500 or book your appointment on line at www.aleanasbridal.com.

BRIDAL SHOP near FORT LEE BERGEN COUNTY NJ

Aleana’s Bridal is your Bridal Shop near Fort Lee, Bergen County, NJ.

The sounds of wedding bells are just around the corner and you feel a bit of pressure to look your best on the day of the wedding. Finding the right gown instantly eliminates this pressure.

That is what we pride ourselves on here at Aleana’s Bridal. We offer a great personal service to our Fort Lee customers to guide you step by step to select from a wide collection or to create the most wonderful custom gown for that special day.

Choosing the perfect gown is almost as important as choosing the right partner.

Are you tired of going into store after store and falling in love with parts of a dress, but always finding that it isn’t exactly what you want? Do you find yourself obsessing over the color, but hating the silhouette, or loving the top, but hating the skirt?

We invite Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom to experience a couture gown making as well. If your moms are tired of shopping around and still could not find a dress that fits, we can help. We make sure that every woman leaves the store satisfied.

With a library of fabrics and colors to choose from, the possibilities for our mother of the bride and special occasion gowns are endless. We can perfectly match the bridal party color scheme if you prefer or we can create something completely unique and different.

As the second most important woman at the wedding, our one of a kind designs will make you feel like royalty.

Book your appointment today and we will guide you to create a dress that is the essence of you. Each appointment will be scheduled for a full hour and half to ensure that you get the attention you need.

Please call us at 201-444-1500 or book your appointment on line at www.aleanasbridal.com.

BRIDAL SHOP near DUMONT BERGEN COUNTY NJ

Aleana’s Bridal is your Bridal Shop near DUMONT, Bergen County, NJ.

Are you tired of going into store after store and falling in love with parts of a dress, but always finding that it isn’t exactly what you want? Do you find yourself obsessing over the color, but hating the silhouette, or loving the top, but hating the skirt? If so, custom made is exactly what you need.

Having a custom made gown made will eliminate your stress because you will finally be able to put all of those ideas and things you liked about other dresses together to complete a one of a kind gown. Here at Aleana’s Bridal, we specialize in custom made gowns tailored to perfection. If you are not sure about custom made option, we have a great bridal dress collection to choose from.

We offer a great personal service to our Dumont clients to guide you step by step to select from a wide collection or to create the most wonderful custom gown for that special day. Our gowns are created for the woman who is not afraid to cross boundaries and who enjoys experiencing the triumph of individual style.

We invite Mother of the Bride or Mother of the Groom  to experience of custom made gown as well. With a library of fabrics and colors to choose from, the possibilities for our mother of the bride and special occasion gowns are endless. As the second most important woman at the wedding, our 100% silk fabrications and one of a kind designs will make you feel like royalty.

Aleana’s Bridal offers a more than convenient production time frame, which is often unheard of in the fashion industry: You can pick up your dress in 3 months, without paying any “rush” order fees!

Each appointment will be scheduled for a full hour and half to ensure that you get the attention you need.

Please call us at 201-444-1500 or book your appointment on line at www.aleanasbridal.com.

BRIDAL SHOP near MAHWAH BERGEN COUNTY NJ

Aleana’s Bridal is your Bridal Shop near Mahwah, Bergen County, NJ.

The sounds of wedding bells are just around the corner and while you feel a bit of pressure to look your best on the day of the wedding, every woman lives to experience that special bridal moment once in her life time.

Choosing the perfect gown is almost as important as choosing the right partner. Aleana’s Bridal understands that and invites you to select a wedding gown or create a custom bridal dress at our exclusive bridal shop located in the heart of Ridgewood.

We are proud to offer our Mahwah clients a beautiful bridal gown selection as well as our exclusive “Made in America” line. In our store you can find a variety of our novelty silk fabrics, French laces, unique embellishments, exclusive hand embroideries and handmade silk flowers. Every garment in our great collection of bridal dresses and set can be modified to enhance a beauty of any body type. We also, offer custom embellished shoes and accessories.

We keep our clients up to date on the latest launches and trends. Aleana’s Bridal offers a more than convenient production time frame, which is often unheard of in the fashion industry: You can pick up your dress in 3 months, without paying any “rush” order fees!

Personal customer service is readily available and even possible during the wedding day. Each appointment will be scheduled for a full hour and half to ensure that you get the attention you need.

We also exhibit a wide selection of European lingerie and lounge wear that can only be found at our boutique. Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom are invited to select a perfect dress or make custom “one of the kind” dress.

Book your appointment today and we will guide you to create a dress that is the essence of you.

Please call at 201-444-1500 or book your appointment on line at www.aleanasbridal.com.