Inspiration Board provided by Stephanie Prenatt of FH Weddings & Events
Prepare To Wed Provides Online Planning Tools, Resources and Inspiration
Prepare to Wed Offers a One-stop Destination to Connect with Wedding Vendors, Manage Details, Find Inspiration and Store It All in One Central location
Portland, Maine (PRWEB) January 23, 2012
Prepare To Wed, an online wedding planning site started by nationally recognized wedding planner Kate Parker in 2010, re-launches today, serving as a free, comprehensive, easy-to- navigate tool for brides and grooms to organize the massive details surrounding their special day. Guided by the couple’s unique style preferences and budget, choices in venue, catering, photography and other vendors are tailored to the bride and groom, making Prepare to Wed a first-of-its-kind offering. With the re-launch of the site, a new team is in place developing new tools to consistently improve the planning process for brides and grooms. A free Prepare to Wed iPhone and iPad app providing couples with on-the-go access to all their wedding details will be available in early-February.
Easy to navigate, the Prepare To Wed profile replaces bulky wedding planning binders and scraps of scribbled notes. With tabs such as profile, budget, to do list, vendors, expert advice, and inspiration, every facet of wedding planning is just a click away. Prepare To Wed enables brides to filter vendors by budget, eliminating some of the back-and-forth communication and allowing couples to focus on the vendors within their price range. Inspiration, tools and a chat blog serve as a support network to the engaged couple.
More than 250 local wedding vendors have signed on, centralized in New England, DC Metro, Chicago, Atlanta, Texas, California and New York. The vendor list is extensive; from accommodations to florists to cigar rollers to name changing services. By highlighting vendors that are appropriate and personalized for each individual couple, the heartbreak of falling in love with an out of reach venue or budget-breaking caterer is avoided.
“Prepare to Wed is designed for the modern bride who is unwilling to sacrifice on quality, but also places a premium on her time and budget,” said J Sandifer, CEO of Prepare to Wed. “Utilizing our database of top vendors and tools for inspiration, couples will find ease and relief in their planning. Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful and expensive experiences for a couple to endure. Our new team is devoted to making Prepare To Wed an always dependable wedding planner to help couples not only efficiently, but enjoyably, create the day of their dreams.”
Newly engaged couples who are interested in getting started can visit http://www.preparetowed.com to sign up for a free account and delve into wedding planning bliss.
Prepare To Wed iPhone App
About Prepare To Wed
Prepare to Wed is an online resource for all wedding planning needs. Created to educate engaged couples, Prepare to Wed shares tips and articles, walks couples through to-do lists and assists with budgeting. Better yet, Prepare to Wed is full of beautiful wedding inspiration boards, real weddings, and thousands of images that can be filtered by wedding colors, season, and style. The first wedding resource to be developed with the couples’ preferences in mind, Prepare to Wed guides couples through the process, keeps them on task and budget, and inspires them to plan a unique and personalized wedding. For more information, please visit http://www.preparetowed.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
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We talked with Jennifer of Perennial Studio for a closer look into her inspiration behind the design:
The focus for this design is based on natural and pure elements- locally harvested flowers, custom linen napkins and tablecloths, fine metal/glass containers, and native apples picked at the peak of the New England autumnal season. The bridal bouquet features 2 types of perennial anemone: the blush pink “Robustissima” and cream “Honorlie Jobert” as well as the fragrant victorian stock in shades of white and cream – all gathered from the garden that very morning. The groom’s boutonniere is composed of a wild fall orchid and a plum scabiosa. In the copper centerpiece containers we repeat the use of anemone, while adding a burst of color with darker jewel tones, as well as adding bright and textural lady’s mantel as a background filler to help focus the eye on the more interesting blooms.
Inspired by the “Outstanding in the Field” concept used frequently throughout the Napa and Sonoma Valley, the orchard was the perfect place to replicate an authentic, natural design.
The long table reflects the desire for a casual, intimate, yet elegant setting – with a focus on “al fresco” dining – perfect for passing dishes and cultivating conversation. The palette of the linens, flowers, and accessories complement the surrounding setting – instead of competing with it. The calligraphy place card on each apple is a nice addition and gives a personal touch. The table is aesthetically pleasing – full of color and texture but not overdone.
A budget for this type of design will vary, depending on the quality of materials that you choose. If a cloth or napkin is 100% linen instead of a blend, you definitely will be paying a premium, but the overall look and feel is worth the price. Your guests will notice! READ MORE...
Selecting a wedding gown is often one of the first steps that a bride takes as she embarks on the journey of her engagement. Finding the perfect gown is an exciting, but often daunting task. Following are 10 tips that will help to make the experience memorable, enjoyable and lead to the gown of your dreams.
1. Secure your wedding date and venue
Before beginning to shop for your gown, you should have your wedding date and venue secured. Your decision will be much easier to make if you can envision yourself wearing your gown in the setting of your wedding.
2. Set a budget
In creating your wedding budget, be sure to include a realistic budget for your wedding attire. Your budget should include an allocation for not only the gown, but accessories (bra, veil, jewelry and shoes), alterations and gown cleaning and preservation after the wedding.
It is very important to articulate your budget to the sales associate when shopping for your gown. You do not want to fall in love with something that does not fit your budget.
3. Do your research
Prior to beginning to shop, research salons that carry designers that meet your taste level and budget. Evaluate the types of stores that you like to shop in for your everyday clothes and be sure that you select the correct shopping environment for you. If you are a department store shopper, a larger bridal salon with a large selection of gowns may be the right fit for you. If you prefer to shop in small boutiques, then a smaller, more intimate bridal store would most likely be best for you.
Visit the salon’s website before calling to set an appointment to ensure that the selection and price range meets your needs. It is also helpful to read the bridal blogs to find out what other brides to be have to say about the stores that you plan to visit.
4. Plan ahead
Call to schedule an appointment a minimum of one week in advance. By scheduling an appointment, it allows the salon to provide you with their undivided attention and have a sales associate dedicated specifically to you.
Keep in mind that it takes approximately 4-6 months to produce a wedding gown. You should begin shopping for your gown a minimum of 8 months in advance of the wedding to allow enough time for alterations once the gown arrives.
5. Limit opinions
This is a momentous and joyous time in your life, so naturally you want to share it with your family and friends. Be careful however of bringing a large group with you to shop for your gown. Too many opinions can be detrimental to making a decision. If you have bridesmaids or family members who insist on being part of the process, a suggestion might be to shop with 1-2 very close family members or friends who understand and respect your personal style. Once you have finalized your decision, then you can bring back other people to show them the gown that you have decided on. The key is to remember to take opinions into consideration, but ultimately you know yourself best. Your opinion is truly the only one that matters- It is your day and you are the one wearing the gown.
Bring photographs of styles that interest you and articulate your vision and budget to the sales associate that you are working with. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t like something. Who knows- perhaps there is something that can be done to the gown to make it perfect for you!
Before making the final decision on your gown, be sure that you understand the policies of the salon at which you are purchasing it. Ask about their policies for gown deposit, alterations and whether or not you will receive a discount on bridesmaid dresses if you purchase a gown there.
7. Reflect your personal style
Don’t use your wedding day as the day to make a fashion statement! Your gown should flatter your best physical assets, reflect the formality and overall aesthetic of your venue and most importantly reflect your own personal style.
8. Don’t be alarmed by the size
Bridal sizing is different from ready to wear sizing. In many cases, a bridal gown is 2 sizes larger than what you would wear in your every day clothes. Once you have selected your gown, the bridal salon will take your measurements. Those measurements will be compared to the designer’s size chart and the appropriate size will be selected for you. Keep in mind that a gown can be altered up to two sizes. Even if you are planning on losing weight, it best to go with the size that you are measuring at the time of purchase and alter the gown once it arrives. Never order a size based on the size that you ‘plan to be’!
9. A beautiful gown starts with the perfect foundation
Undergarments are called foundations for a reason! The proper undergarments truly make all of the difference in the fit of the gown. After your gown is purchased, take time to select the perfect undergarments. It is best to shop in a location that specializes in foundations so that you are sized correctly. While selecting your undergarments it is important to take into consideration several factors:
- Select a bra or bustier that has a lower back than that of the gown so that the bra cannot be seen.
- Ensure that if your bra has lace, texture or boning, that they are not visible through the gown.
- If your gown is a column silhouette or made of a light weight fabric ensure that your undergarments provide you with enough support and that there are no noticeable seams or panty lines.
10. Understand the alterations process
Alterations are truly a process. It will take time to sculpt the gown to fit your body perfectly. When purchasing your gown you should factor in a minimum of 2 months for alterations. If the store where you are purchasing your gown does not offer alterations, ask if they can recommend a reputable seamstress. There a generally a minimum of 3 alterations involved in perfecting the fit of the gown. When purchasing your gown, you should inquire about the salon’s policies on alterations and their fee structure.
It is imperative that you have your shoes and undergarments selected when the alterations process begins. It is impossible to ensure a proper fit without those elements.
If you are planning on losing weight, you should not begin the alterations process until your weight is stable.
Enjoy the experience. The most important tip is to HAVE FUN!! How often in life will you be able to try on beautiful gowns and be treated like a princess? Enjoy every minute of it!
The key is to make sure that you are working with a salon that maximizes your bridal shopping experience and allows you to feel comfortable in your buying decision.
Beth Chapman is founder and owner of The White Dress by the shore, a couture bridal boutique located in an antique home in historic Clinton Connecticut. The boutique features couture bridal gowns, accessories and chic attire for mothers and maids. For more information visit www.thewhitedressbytheshore.com.
Expert Advice from Beth Chapman of The White Dress By The Shore
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This fun and colorful wedding was in the romantic setting of St. Clement’s Castle in Portland, Connecticut. The bride said she wanted it to be the last fun party of the season for her guests. With a very relaxed and fun atmosphere with a buffet style noon reception.
Centerpieces featuring hot lady and milva roses along with lime green hydrangea and raspberry dahlias were a beautiful touch to the reception venue. We incorporated a little bit of fall with fresh wheat on the gentlemen’s boutonnieres and millet in the bridesmaids bouquets.
Inspiration from Jessica’s Country Flowers