Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ordering Alcohol

How to Order the Correct Amount of Alcohol
Deciding on how much alcohol to order for your wedding doesn't have to be difficult.
The chart below will make checking this task off your wedding to-do list a bit easier!
Top Three Tips:
~Order a bit extra! Left over alcohol can be brought home to be stored for a future party, be given as gifts throughout the year, or even (in most cases) be returned if it hasn't be opened.
~Be sure to make note of a  alcohol supplier that is close to your venue just in case you do run out of any particular type of alcohol at some point in the evening. You can give this information to your bartender or caterer so they will know where to send someone if they get in a pinch.
~Cover yourself legally and hire a certified bartender to take care of pouring your guests drinks. 
This will keep both you and your guests safe!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Local Vendor Alert! Wedding Attire

Looking For Your Dream Wedding Dress?
Designing Memories has interviewed
to help our blog viewers lean more about how Gerri and her team
can help you find your dream wedding dress,
bridesmaid dresses, tuxes, flower girl dresses, and so much more!
How long has Special Moments been in business?
Gerri established Special Moments in 1987...she has been in the bridal business for 27 years!

What is offered at Special Moments Bridal Shop?
You can dress every member of your wedding party! Brides, grooms, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, mothers, grandmothers...etc. can all find their perfect wedding attire.

What is the price range of your collection?
A wide range of designer gowns are available. They have such a wide offering that they are able to help all types of brides with all budgets find their perfect dress!

Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes, an appointment is required so that the absolute best service can be delivered. One of their experienced consultants will provide you with one on one special treatment. They will discuss your vision, wedding style, and budget with you before beginning to pull dresses. You can make an appointment by filling out their online form or by calling directly.

Can I bring my family and friends with me to my appointment?
Yes! It is recommended that you bring less rather than more. Too many opinions can overwhelm anyone let alone a bride trying to choose her perfect wedding dress, so to make things a less stressful and more fun consider choosing just a couple special people to bring with you.

Do you offer plus sizes and are they available to try on at your shop?
Absolutely; sizes 16 thru 30 from top designers are available to try on.

Do you have gowns available for quick delivery or in stock already?
Most of the companies Special Moments deals with offer rush or quick deliveries at an extra fee. Also, most any of the samples may be purchased as is out of stock. Alterations can also be made in short notice for brides in an 'emergency' situation.

Can I also purchase my veil, shoes, and other accessories at your shop?
There are loads of stunning accessories to choose from and they have all sorts of veils and shoes to choose from as well! You will find everything you need to complete you wedding day look.

Can pictures of the dresses be taken?
Pictures may not be taken until after a dress is purchased due to designer copyrights.

Do you offer alterations?
You can schedule an appointment with one of their highly trained, experienced, and professional seamstresses to have your dress fitted to you beautifully.

Will I need to pick up my dress when it arrives?
No, you may leave your dress to be safely store at Special Moments until you are ready to pick it up.
Learn more about Special Moments, Bridal Shop Hours, and How to Find Them
By Visiting their Website!
 Also order your free Designing Memories Bridal Magazine to see their Feature Article!
Mini Catalog
The below pictures feature just a tiny selection of the dresses offered at Special Moments.
If you see a dress you like let the ladies at Special Moments know you saw it here,
on the Designing Memories Blog, and they will help you find it in their shop!


All Above Photos by Kelly Long Photography



 Above Photos By Fetterman Photography

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Finding Your Wedding Dress

What to Know
Before Visiting the Bridal Boutique
For some, not knowing where to begin makes finding that
perfect wedding dress feel like an impossible task to complete.
We can help you get started on the right foot!
Consider the style of your wedding and potential location.
Also, before visiting a bridal boutique, think about the
silhouette, neckline, and fabric you might like to have.
You don't have to commit to these decisions and thoughts, but
knowing these details will help direct the bridal boutique
 attendants to helping you find your perfect wedding dress!
The charts below will help you understand more about
how to choose the wedding dress that is just right for you.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Local Vendor Alert! Wedding Cake

Looking For A Quality Wedding Cake Baker?
Designing Memories has recently interviewed
Lisa Stoudt of Candy and Confections
to help our blog viewers learn more about Lisa and her desserts!

How many years have you been in business?
Lisa started making chocolate candies and baking when she was 18 but began to get serious about baking for a living in 2000. After many lessons and at home trial and error she began to perfect her wedding cake baking in 2003. She is licensed, insured, Servsafe certified, and works in her home kitchen that is regularly inspected.
Do you provide cake tastings for free or at a fee?
Cake tastings are free for all wedding cake clients at Lisa's beautifully decorated Victorian home. She will treat you and your fiancé (or a guest) to some of her different cake, filling, and icing favors so your wedding cake decisions will be made easy.
Do you offer gluten free and vegan options?
Yes! Sugar, egg, and dairy free are also available and quite tasty. Lisa is always training to take on new dietary challenges and is often sought out for her specialty on this.
What price do your cakes start at?
Pricing starts at $3.25 per person. Pricing of the décor is separately priced depending on it's intricacy.
If I do not want fresh flowers on my cake do you have an alternative option?
Yes, sugar and gum paste flowers ranging from the fantasy sort to the super realistic can be designed to decorate your wedding cake. They are completely edible, but many of her past clients have kept their flowers in a shadow box as a keepsake. Sugar wafer flowers, made with potato starch, are becoming popular for their light and delicate look. These can be airbrushed to any color. Lisa has an artistic flair so she can sculpt or create just about anything your mind can dream up.
Do you provide a cake stand?
All cakes are set up on a board with a food safe covering. Decorative stands can be rented or fee if returned in a reasonable amount of time.
Do you provide a box to store the top tier of the cake in?
No box is provided. Lisa wants to have fresh and tasty cake for your one year anniversary. It's simple, call her a couple months before your anniversary to place your order for your free anniversary cake, choose the flavors, and she will choose a fun design to surprise you with. This means you can serve the top tier of your cake, which serves 18 typically.
Is there a fee for delivery?
If your delivery location is within 15 miles you won't pay anything for delivery and set up. If your delivery location is outside that 15 miles she charges based on each job with a custom quote.

Read more about Lisa's advice in the
Designing Memories Bridal Magazine!
Click Here to view a digital version of our bridal magazine

You will fall in LOVE with Lisa Stoudt's Designs!




Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 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 2015 Winner Is...
Jena and Brian Lawrence
Venue:Stoudts Brewery
 Postcard Design: Designs By ME

We had such a hard time choosing this year, so we chose two!
Stacie and Matt Yocum
Venue: The Barn at Flying Hills
  Postcard Design: Designs By ME

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Tall Centerpiece Inspiration

Classy and Sassy
If you want to make your friends and family say wow,
tall centerpieces may just set the stage for your dream wedding!
They can create a rich and elegant look and have
 the power to enhance the romantic ambience of any venue.
You may spend more but they can be well worth the splurge!