Monday, December 14, 2015

2016 Designing Memories Bridal Magazine

 
Coming To A Bridal Expo Near You!
January 1st 2016
 

Visit www.dmweddings.com to view digital versions of our Bridal Magazines!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

2016 Bridal Magazine Vendors

Announcing
The Designing Memories Bridal Magazine
Vendors!

Berks County Weddings
Vendor and Wedding Resource Website
 
Wedding Cake, Candy, Favors, and Bakery Items

Designs by ME
Wedding Invitation and Business Marketing
 
Wedding Consulting
 
Wedding Gown preservation

Photography
Photography

Photography
 
Reception Venue
 
Handmade Jewelry
 
Bridal and Special Events Attire and Accessories
 
The Party Express DJs
 DJ and Entertainment
 

BRIDES: Contact Stephanie at dmw@dmweddings.com for your FREE copy!
Please title your email DM Bridal Magazine for a speedy confirmation response.
Include your full name and mailing address in the body of your email.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Honeymoon Ideas

Honeymoon of Your Dreams
Are you and your fiancé still trying to decide
where you are going on your honeymoon?
Three great vacation spots are listed below to help you on your search.
You may just fall in love with one of these beautiful honeymoon locations!
 
Location: Gatlinburg, TN
Weather: The weather in Gatlinburg, TN is much like our weather in Pennsylvania with less snow.  It's a temperate 4 season climate with an average high of 85 in August and average low of 25 in January.  
Beat the crowds: The peak seasons in the Smokies are mid-summer (June 15- August 15), during warm summer weather and family vacation time, and the month of October, when fall weather is at it's finest and the leaves are changing.  Avoid these times of the year if you prefer to avoid the crowds.
Places to Stay: Along with the multiple hotel options, the Gatlinburg area is full of cabins in the area for a more private stay!  Many of these come with hot tubs, grills, and extras like a game room or community pool with prices that are in line with the average hotel stay.  Cabins by Elk Springs Resort are a Designing Memories favorite!
Places to Eat: From chain restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market to individual eateries like The Park Grill the Gatlinburg area is full of delicious southern dining.
Main Attractions: The Smoky Mountains are a great place for nature and adventure lovers!  There are plenty of places for hiking, ziplining, and horseback riding along with fun areas to shop, an arts and crafts community, and a Ripley's Aquarium with individualized animal encounters! 
 

Location: Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL
Weather: The weather in Orlando is much warmer and more humid than here in Pennsylvania.  The average high in August is 92, average low in January is 71, and short rain showers are almost guaranteed daily in the warm months.
Beat the crowds: Crowd levels vary weekly with the highest crowd levels being during summer months and holiday seasons such as Easter and Christmas.  For a specific look at the crowds and special events when you're hoping to visit, check out an online crowd calendar like the one at
www.kennythepirate.com/crowd-calendars.
Places to Stay: Walt Disney World offers hotels in 3 price ranges from value to moderate to deluxe.  All the disney hotels offer perks such as extra hours in the parks, transportation to the parks and airport, and the ability to create a meal package.  Hotels outside the parks can sometimes be cheaper and many are even part of the Disney World Good Neighbor program which guarantees they are of great quality and oftentimes provide their own transportation as well.  It's definitely a benefit to do some research to learn about the pros and cons of all your options in the Orlando area.
Places to Eat: Between restaurants found in the Orlando area and those actually inside the Walt Disney World parks, every pallette can be pleased when you visit the happiest place on Earth.  From Mexican food to fast food to fine dining, whatever your budget and taste buds desire, you'll find it here.
Main Attractions: The main attractions for those visiting Walt Disney World are, of course, the 4 Disney parks.  Outside of those parks, however you can find many other entertainment options.  Universal provides a thrill seeker's perfect park day and Sea World's Discovery Cove will delight the animal lover.  Beyond the amusement parks, there are many other entertainment options available.  Relax at one of the luxurious spas, shop and explore at Disney Springs, golf at one of the local courses, or take a drive to a sunny beach for something different.

 
Location: Royal Caribbean Cruise
Weather: The weather varies depending on your port of call. With so many options to choose from you can choose the perfect climate for you and your love.  
Beat the crowds: The peak seasons for cruising is March to July but this varies depending on the port of call you choose.  August to October can be tricky months to navigate due to hurricane season.
Places to Stay: Your options are much like an all-inclusive resort. The rooms range from staterooms to balcony rooms to deluxe suites. If you are concerned about getting sick, choose a room closest to the center of the ship as possible.
Places to Eat: One of the best parts of cruising with Royal Caribbean is the large amount of dining options available on board. You have access to everything from formal dining in the main ballroom to casual buffet dining in the Windjammer and so much more! The best part is the food is all you can eat and all-inclusive. You only pay extra for bar items, the occasional chain restaurant like Johnny Rockets,
and any food you might purchase while on land.
Main Attractions: When you are vacationing on a cruise you are basically enjoying a floating island. There are plenty of on board activities planned and fun things to do. Swimming, mini golfing, karaoke, rock climbing, parades, dance lessons, ice-skating, bumper cars, and wine tasting are just a few and most are all-inclusive!

Monday, November 16, 2015

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Make It Legal

How To Get A Marriage License
What you will need: 
Social security card
Current driver's license, state ID, or Military ID
Official marriage dissolution paperwork (if you have gotten a divorce)
Cash (some counties will only accept cash and dollar amounts vary from $30 to $85)
-photo copies of any of the above are not accepted
 
What to do:
Bring all of the above mentioned items to your local court house. You will be going to the clerk of orphans' court/register of wills office. Both you and your fiancé must be present!
 
When to apply:
There is a three day waiting period in Pennsylvania. This means your marriage license is valid starting three days after you apply. You must get married within sixty days of applying.
 
Photo Credit: Stardust Photography

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Blocking Rooms

Making Hotel Arrangements Is Easy
Are you preparing for your wedding and inviting out-of town guests?
Remember to book a block of hotel rooms!
If you are confused about how this works you will find the below list of tips helpful.

 
1.) Shop around if it's an option. Each hotel will have different offerings. It is your right to check them all out to secure the best hotel with the most to offer. Finding the perfect hotel for your guests is as easy as a phone call or email to each of your local hotels. Just tell them you are looking for information in regards to booking a block of rooms for your wedding and they will lead the way. It is important to let them know the location and date of your wedding so they can quickly let you know if they are able to accommodate your needs.

2.) Don't forget about Friday night. If any of your out-of-town guests will be coming to your rehearsal or will need to arrive early it will be a great convenience to have both Friday and Saturday night blocked for them.

3.) A wedding block does not have to cost you anything. There are plenty of hotels that will not charge you and will simply close the un-booked rooms in your block 30 days prior to the wedding.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Wedding Pets

 Including Your Pets In Your Wedding Day
To many, pets are family too so why not include them in your wedding day!?
If you would like to include your furry babies in your wedding day these
are some things to consider to make your special day run as smoothly as possible.
 
Hi I'm Lola, one very loved wedding pup!
 
1. Make a request to your venue to include your furry family. Outside venue locations typically allow pets but not all venue locations will be able to accommodate you due to food and health laws.  
 
2. Ask one of your responsible pet loving guests to be your pet's sitter for the day/evening. If you don't want to inconvenience a guest with this responsibility consider hiring a professional pet sitter.
 
3. Be sure you select someone that actually likes animals to help escort your furry friend down the aisle...preferably someone within your wedding party or a well dressed escort.
 
4. Don't forget to schedule in potty breaks! You wouldn't want any accidents.
 
5. Bring the essentials, such as food bowls, water dishes, treats, and entertainment. You want your pet to remain happy and comfortable throughout the day.
 
6. Recognize the fact that your pet may OR may not do exactly what you want them to do and make
peace with that fact. This 'wedding thing' can be a completely new concept to any animal and it consists of new surroundings so come up with a plan B to put into action if they aren't cooperating.
 
7. Plan to ask someone to take your pet home before the reception is over. Your pet may not want to 'party' all night so be sure to make arrangements not only for their entrance but their exit as well.
 

 
 
 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DM Bridal Magazine

 
Designing Memories 2016 Bridal Magazine
Arriving In January!
 
 
BRIDES: Contact Stephanie at dmw@dmweddings.com for your FREE copy!
Please title your email DM Bridal Magazine for a speedy confirmation response.
Include your full name and mailing address in the body of your email.
 
VENDORS: Contact Stephanie at dmw@dmweddings.com or at 570-691-7740
to inquire about advertising space and rates.
 

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sparkling Bouquets

 
Bling and Brooch Bouquets
Bling is definitely everywhere this wedding season and
we don't see any signs of this trend slowing down. 
Diamonds are a girls best friend after all!
Whether you want a lot of bling or a little bling in your bouquet,
we have plenty of inspirational photos below to get you started!
 
Pros
~Your bouquet will be a stunning and one of a kind work of art!
~Family and friends can buy you brooches and bling, in your wedding colors, to be placed into the bouquet to make it extra special. Memorial brooches are also a beautiful addition.
~If you are creative and especially crafty you can make your own bling bouquet.
~Provided you use fake flowers and brooches, you will have your bouquet for a lifetime or more.
 
Cons
~These bouquets can be very expensive, especially for the full brooch version, if you are not providing the brooches or creating your own.
~Your bouquet will be quite heavy...so heavy it might be considered a weapon haha!
~If you don't like bling this look won't be for you.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wedding Party

 
Propose To Your Wedding Party?!
Yes, this is becoming a trend!
Many brides and grooms are choosing to have a little extra fun and are getting creative
when it comes to asking their favorite people to be in their wedding party.
Below are just a few clever ideas to inspire you for your own proposals!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Choosing your wedding party attendees can be challenging, especially if you don't know
what role each of them are to play during preparations and on your wedding day!
The information below will help you understand and make sense of traditional wedding party roles

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Enter to win our Wedding Trend Contest
by visiting the Designing Memories Facebook page to
post a photo of your favorite wedding trend!
CLICK HERE
 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Local Vendor Alert! Invitations

 
Looking For The Perfect Invitations?
Peacock Design & Paperie, LLC can create just what you have been looking for!
Learn more about the dynamic duo and their beautiful creations below.

 

Why Choose Peacock Design & Paperie:

As Berks County's premium invitation design studio, Peacock Design & Paperie will bring your visions to life to create the perfect wedding stationery that complements both your personalities and wedding style. If ordinary is not your thing and you're looking for invitations that will “WOW” your guests and contain details that are personal to you, look no further. Kristen Overley and Amy Moore (the owners) are graphic designers with over 32 years of combined experience. They are passionate about weddings and design and it shows in the quality of their work, as their talents and products have earned them over 60 perfect reviews on WeddingWire.com. The Peacock ladies have an eye for detail and they meticulously handcraft each invitation into a mini work-of-art. They design and print everything from save-the-dates to invitations, envelope addressing, seating charts/cards, ceremony programs, favors, and much more. PDP really is a one-stop-shop for all your wedding stationery needs. Check out their website to see their portfolio and all the things that they can design for you!

 
 

Meet The Designers:

Kristen is a partner and designer at Peacock Design & Paperie, LLC. She graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (concentration graphic design) and a minor in Art History. She also holds a PA Certification in Art Education for grades K-12, achieved through Albright College.

Kristen's design career began at a local design agency where she spent over 7 years working on packaging design for national name brands including Hershey's, Lowe's, and Bed Bath & Beyond. This is where she & now partner, Amy Moore, had actually first met. As early as 2001, Kristen began creating invitations just as a hobby for family and friends. After receiving a lot of positive feedback on her unique designs, she started Party Girl Invitations, LLC in 2005 as a moonlighting business and it has blossomed into her full time work ever since.


Kristen's talents include expert design skills in typography and logo design, layout, photo-editing, computer illustration, and an eye for detail. She really enjoys the renewed challenge of creating something fresh and unique for each client.

Amy is a partner & designer at Peacock Design & Paperie, LLC. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, (with concentrations in both painting and graphic design), with an Art History minor, from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Since graduating, she has worked steadily as a graphic designer in an advertising agency, a multimedia company, an in-house art department, a marketing firm, and freelancing for a variety of clients and projects. She left a full-time position as an Art Director at a package design agency (where she and Kristen worked together) in 2009 in order to work on Stellar Art and Design, LLC full time. 

Creating watercolor illustrations, corporate identities, all-occasion greeting cards, as well as invitation & event stationery suites (which combine her computer & fine art skills) have been her artistic passions throughout the years. She loves collaborating with clients to create beautifully coordinated, personalized works of art for each of their events.


 
Learn More About Peacock Design & Paperie, LLC
By Visiting Their Website!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wedding Gift Registry Q&A



 
 
 
1. At how many stores should we create a gift registry?
Try to choose three stores at maximum. This will give guests a variety of locations without overwhelming them. Many registries offer bonus features so be sure to check those out when choosing! For example, some stores that will give you registry completion discounts on items that are not purchased by guests. That means you will be able to purchase items you would have liked to receive but were not purchased as gifts for you at a discount.

2.Can I register online instead of going to the stores in person?
Yes. Many stores allow you to access your registry online. Registering online does have its benefits. The convenience of adding and deleting items with just the click of a mouse is a nice bonus. Also, guests will have access to your registry at any time and without needing to visit the store. Some websites even show you who purchased each item, which can be a nice tool to get a head start on those thank you notes you will have to write.

3. Is it acceptable to set up a honeymoon registry?
Yes! There are many travel agents, resorts, and websites available to set up your registry through. Many guests will feel like this is a great way to buy you memories to cherish, so it is perfectly acceptable to forgo a traditional gift register or even use both types.

4. How many items should we include?
Everything you want should appear on your registry...within reason (sorry no boats, houses in Cancun, or submarines allowed hah!) Guests much rather have a large selection to choose from rather than get frustrated trying to find something within a small list.

5. What price ranges should we register within?
A variety is best. Just remember to try to be selective on big ticket items and equal out the amounts of high, mid, and low priced items and you will create a nice selection. After your bridal shower you may want to go back and review your list to see what is left on your registry. You should remove items you already received and add any you have now realized you may need. Don't add things just to add them, but you each may think of some things you forgot at that point.

6. Can we register to a charity instead of receiving gifts?
Absolutely, but please do make this clear to your guests so there is no confusion.

7. Can I request for gifts to be mailed to a particular location?
Yes, most stores will give you the option to include your main mailing address on your registry for your guests to see and use to mail you gift(s) if they choose to do so.

8. How do I spread the word about where we are registered?
Never include this information in your wedding invitations! Many etiquette rules have been tossed out the window in recent years but this one in particular is here to stay (at least for now). Delegate a few key people within your families and groups of friends to the task of spreading the word about where you are registered. Wedding websites are a fantastic place to share this information in a discreet and easy to find way. Your wedding website information can be included in your bridal shower invitations (and even your wedding invitations) to indirectly guide guests to information about where you are registered for gifts.

9. How will we know what the gift we receive is for if it is not received during the event?
Don't worry about acknowledging the event (engagement, bridal shower, wedding...) for which you received the gift(s) in your thank you notes. Focus on your feelings about the gift, the sender's thoughtfulness, how you will use or display it, and how grateful you are that they would be so generous to gift you with something.

10. When do we send thank you notes and from whom do we send them?
Always write your thank you notes ASAP. Guests will appreciate this! Etiquette books tell you it is okay to send them within a year of your event, but try not to wait more than six to eight weeks to get them in the mail. If you are pressed for time and  bridal shower and wedding are within a month or two of each other it is indeed okay to write just one thank you note to acknowledge both. Make writing bridal shower thank you notes easier by leaving the envelopes out for your guests to write their own addresses on them during your bridal shower (delegate a trustworthy friend to the task of distributing and collecting them). Always write your thank you notes by hand! It shows you put thought and energy into it instead of typing up one and hitting print a few times.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

DIY Lace Vase Project

 
Lace Vase Centerpieces
If you are looking for an easy way to dress up
simple glass centerpieces this DIY idea will be a perfect project for you!
Give any plain glass vase a classic romance or rustic chic look.
To accomplish a rustic chic vibe chose burlap or vintage lace or try
metallic or embellished lace if you prefer a more classic romance ambience.    
 
What You Will Need:
~ Glass Vase(s) of your choice
~ Roll(s) of Lace
~ Scissors
~ Seamstress Tape Measure
~ Hot Glue Gun
~ Hot Glue Sticks
 

How To Create:
First plug in your hot glue gun to allow it to heat up. Begin by measuring the circumference of your vase. Add half an inch to your circumference measurement. This will give you the length needed for each strip of lace. Using your this measurement, cut your lace strip from the spool. Wrap your lace strip horizontally around your vase to decide on your exact placement before adding glue. If your lace has a flat edge on one side place that flat edge along the bottom to begin your lace rows. If it does not have a flat edge leave a little extra along the edge to wrap under the vase and create a smooth finished look. Place a vertical strip of glue, about the width of your lace, close to the bottom of your vase and then begin wrapping the lace vertically around the vase. Add a bit more glue and attach the loose end by either folding that extra half inch over and pressing down or pressing down and trimming the excess to match. Any excess lace at the bottom can be glued under the vase. Add as many strips as you would like by lining each strip up against the previous and following the same steps as you used to apply the first. When you are finished adding lace add floating candles and colored pebbles to the containers will complete the look.

Friday, April 3, 2015

New All-Inclusive Package!

Introducing Your Dream Wedding Team... 
 
Why shop around on a tiresome search to find the perfect group of vendors?
To make your wedding day stress-free and memorable for all the right reasons, hire
THE DREAM TEAM
When you hire us you get an experienced team of vendors
with great chemistry and passion for weddings.
Your wedding day will run smoothly and our service won't break your budget!

 
All-Inclusive Dream Team Package
 $3,925
 
Consultation to discuss goals you would like to meet for your ceremony and reception
Up to two additional consultation sessions (each additional meeting thereafter is $50 per meeting)
Unlimited telephone and email communication
Recommendation of ceremony and reception vendors
Coordination of your rehearsal, ceremony, and reception: coordinate and direct practice processional for rehearsal, direct processional on the day of your wedding ceremony, assist
with dressing, distribute flowers to wedding party members, direct
vendors to their appropriate areas once they arrive, be your guest concierge during all parts
of the day, assist with photos,
reception introduction line up...etc.
Creation of a wedding day itinerary to be distributed to all involved
Certified wedding planner available on site to oversee the entire rehearsal and wedding day
Fully trained planning team available on site the day of your wedding
Travel time...no additional fees for mileage,wedding starter folder, and wedding day
emergency kit
(Add set-up and clean-up for inclusion)
Two cameras; one at your ceremony and one at your reception (one videographer)
Seven hours of coverage
Interactive DVD
Guest blessings
Thirty picture slide show
Highlights Film
Three copies of the final DVD
Four hours (extra hour $100 each)
One Disc Jockey/Entertainer
Silver Light Show (three to five effects)
Two bridal bonus selection
Eight hours
One Photographer
Unlimited Photos
Web Hosting
All high resolution photos on flash drive with printing rights 

Upgrades Available at Discounted Prices!
Other Combinations of Vendors and Pricing Available!
 
  
Request information from any of the above listed vendors or contact
Stephanie Engle of Designing Memories
to book your Dream Team wedding today!
570-691-7740 ~ dmw@dmweddings.com
 
 

 

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