Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Thank You Notes

Writing Wedding Thank You Notes
Writing thank you notes can be a chore for some and entertaining for others. Regardless of your level of interest in the activity you'll want to follow a few easy rules. Keep your thank you notes simple, positive, and to the point. It is best to be have them in the mail within three months of the wedding date. Etiquette however indicates that you have a full year to mail your wedding thank you notes.


Four Thank You Note Templates

Dear Cynthia and Troy,
      We can't begin to express how grateful we are for your generous monetary gift. Our appreciation for your efforts to attend our wedding celebration and be such a big part of our special day is beyond words. We are looking forward to seeing you again this summer!
All Our Love,
Marissa and Timothy

Greetings Mrs. Smith,
     It is a shame you could not join us on our wedding day. You were well missed! The crystal vase and picture frame are lovely. Every time we look at them we will think of you and this very special occasion. Thank you for your kind gift and thoughts on our wedding day!
Thea and Michael

Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary,
     Thank you for contributing to our honeymoon registry. We absolutely loved the dolphin experience you gifted us. The wine in our room was such a sweet touch as well. We thoroughly enjoyed that treat. Thanks again for celebrating such an important day with us. Your presence meant so much to both of us!
Lots of Love,
Stacie and Jordan

Dear Tiffany,
     Thank you so very much for the cooking supplies. We can't wait to put them to good use and have you and Adam over for dinner sometime. Thank you for joining our wedding day celebration and for thinking of us!
With Much Love,
Amanda and Joshua

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Vendor Alert! Bridesmaid Gifts

Lauren Kaye of LillianViolet
dishes on her favorite bridesmaid gifts for this wedding season.
First let's find out what LillianViolet is all about:
I strive to offer a variety of high quality edgy skincare products for you and your family (including Fido).
Making my own skincare products is something I've been doing for quite a few years. Nearing the end of 2014 I started to crave more in life. I was working a job that didn't challenge or excite me so I started on my path to a more fulfilling life. After months of self teaching and plenty of research and discovery; my bath product business was born. 
Making products that contain quaility ingredients is important to me. While my products do contain colorants to make for a fun bath; you will never find food coloring or harsh chemicals in my products.  

I'm proud to have taken on the adventure of owning a small business. I've met many wonderful customers and plenty of strong entrepenuers in the process and look forward to meeting many more.
Three items Lauren recommends for bridesmaids' thank you gift bags:

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Wedding Shoes

Beauty, Comfort, and Style
 Three of the most common wedding shoe concerns resolved here!
Outside Wedding...
Purchase Heel Protectors
If you have chosen to wear stilettos or thin heels at your outside wedding you may now be concerned about sinking into the grassy areas. Don't worry! There is a product available to protect your heels and aid in you not sinking into the grass while you enjoy your outside wedding. They are typically clear and simply slip over your existing heels, so they are easy to use.
Click the links below to shop our favorite heel protectors.
Don't Want To Wear Heels All Day...
Choose Two Pairs Of Shoes
You may find a pair of flip flops, flats, or sneakers are suited for comfort but may not be the style you want for your ceremony and photos. Wear the shoes you adore, even if they are slightly uncomfortable, for your wedding ceremony and photos. Bring a second, more comfortable, pair of shoes for dancing later in the evening. This will give your feet a break on where they are being rubbed by the shoes you are wearing and allow you to have the best of both worlds.

Committed To Style...
Add Extra Cushion
If you are in love with your wedding shoes and want to wear them throughout your entire special day, but are concerned about ending up with sore and blistered feet add some extra cushion. There are many products available to protect just about any part of your foot from suffering damage and stress. You won't have to give up all comfort for style.
Click the links below to shop our favorite foot cushions.

Sunday, February 4, 2018


Creating A Monogram
If you are confused about what order to list letters
to create a perfect monogram for your wedding or even bachelorette party
check out the easy instructions and examples below.
Traditional Engaged and Married Couple Monogram
Her First Initial, Married Last Initial (larger), His First Initial
Example: Samantha and Brian Evans
Hyphenated Name Engaged and Married Couple Monogram
Her First Initial, Married Last Initial (larger), His First Initial
Example: Mary Williams and Frank Roberts
Traditional Single Individual Monogram
First Initial, Last Initial (larger), Middle Initial
Example: Alicia Marie Smith
Alternative Single Individual Monogram
First Initial, Middle Initial, Last Initial
Example: Linda Ann McAllister
Traditional Two-Letter Monogram
First Initial and Last Initial
Example: Tanya Lewis

Friday, January 26, 2018

Music Selection

Ceremony and Reception Music
Most couples have some music selections in mind, but are unsure
of just what parts of their special day call for specific music choices.
The list below will prepare you for the song selections
your DJ or band will request from you as a couple.

Prelude: played before the ceremony begins

Processional: played while parents (and sometimes grandparents) and wedding party walk down the aisle

Bride Entrance: played only for the bride

Interlude: played during a special part of the ceremony or between to mainly fill silences (ex. lighting of the unity candles, crown ceremony, sand ceremony…etc.)

Recessional: played during the exit of the parents, wedding party, and bride & groom

Postlude: played as guests exit the ceremony location


Introduction Music: played while the parents (and sometimes grandparents), wedding party, and bride & groom enter the reception (looping song or separately chosen song)

First Dance: played while bride & groom only dance

Mother & Son Dance: played while mother of the groom and the groom only dance

Father & Daughter Dance: played while father of the bride and bride only dance

Wedding Party: played while the bride & groom, wedding party, and any other selection of groups of people dance

Bridal/Money/Apron Dance: played while the bride & groom dance with individuals or groups of guests…guests in turn give money and receive a shot, cookie, or other token of appreciation

Bouquet Toss/Garter Toss: played while the garter is being taken off and being tossed to single men attendants along with when the bouquet is being tossed to single lady attendants (typically two different songs)

Cake Cutting: played while the bride & groom cut the cake

Last Dance: played as the last song of the wedding night

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Aisle Decor

Time For Some Ceremony Inspiration!
Set the tone for your wedding day with beautiful aisle décor.
Impress your guests by dressing your ceremony aisle in a way that
compliments your wedding theme, style, colors, and setting.








Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ceremony Processional

Rehearsal Made Easy 
If you are having a difficult time understanding how to line up
your wedding party for your wedding ceremony processional
you will find the chart below very helpful!
If you would prefer a professional to take care of your
 wedding ceremony Designing Memories offers ceremony coordination.
Check out our packages by clicking here!

Click the chart to search officiants.

Monday, January 1, 2018

The Ultimate Gift

To celebrate the season of giving, Designing Memories is
one of our brand new "Get it Together" packages!

 To win our Planning Assistance package,
which includes 2 consultations with a DM certified senior planner,
share with us a sweet photo of you and your fiance
along with why you could use some planning help at the link below!

 Enter today and share with engaged friends!
Package details available in our online shop: ...
A winner will be chosen January 7, 2018
Winner will be contacted via PM.
Each couple may enter only once.
Must be located in eastern Pennsylvania to enter and win.
When entering, make sure comment is posted to Designing Memories
page post and not a shared status. No purchase necessary.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 Postcard Winner

DM Annual Postcard Contest
Every year Designing Memories hosts a postcard picture contest.
We ask DM brides and their photographers to submit photos of their weddings.
One winner (sometimes two) is chosen every year in December.
The winner gets their photo on the front of our postcard for the entire year!
...And The 2017 Winner Is...
Lindsey and DJ Hetherington
Amy Pcolinsky Photography

Monday, December 18, 2017

Theme Parties

Five Basic Tips
To Host A Successful Theme Party
1.) Invitations should be designed to let your guests know what to expect. Include information that will inform your guests about the party and how they can participate in all the themed fun.
2.) Music selections can be an important element of any party. When throwing a theme party it is even more important to select music that reflects the mood you would like to set. If you aren't hiring a professional, pull together a playlist that suits your theme ahead of time so you can hit play and enjoy the fun with your guests.
3.) Choose colors and patterns that will match your theme. If your theme is based on a specific era, do a bit of research to find out what colors were popular at that time. Include the colors you choose in the details, such as décor, paper plates, plastic cups, utensils, napkins, and table coverings.
4.) Food can help set the scene as well. Don't feel overly pressured to make everything you are serving match your theme directly. Add in specialty drinks and a few themed dishes to impress your guests.
5.) Dress the part and ask your guests to do the same. Party supply stores, thrift shops, and grandma's attic are all good places to start searching for the perfect outfit. If you have no luck there, online sources will surely be your friend.