wedding dress, wedding dressesDaytime weddings usually call for dress that’s a little less formal, but you should always go with the recommendation on the invitation. Some people have formal daytime weddings, so you should be prepared to rent a tux or find an elegant dress if your friends are having a fancy wedding in the middle of the day.

Formality is largely based on length, and daytime dresses tend to be shorter, whereas evening gowns are always floor length. One of the prettiest looks for a daytime wedding gown is the ballerina-length tea gown. These dresses usually have a belled skirt: in the summer they tend to be sleeveless, and the whole look is slightly retro and very charming. Guests will also wear shorter dresses, but probably not as fluffy. Look for a sheath that ends around the knee: this may be an ideal occasion for your favorite Little Black Dress and a pair of medium-heeled pumps.

Jewelry is toned down in the daytime, and gloves may be worn, but they will probably be wrist-length. Tiara-type hair ornaments are definitely out, unless you’re the bride, and lots of sequins or beads, which may look classy in starlight, can look tacky in the bright light of day. Go simpler, and let the fabrics do the talking. Skip satin in favor of silk, which has less shine but more luster. If the weather is nice, a linen dress can be the epitome of understated elegance.

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We all know there are plenty of wedding songs to choose from and chances are you have a close friend who used a song that you had ear-marked to be your wedding song. So while to tussle with the idea of copying your friend, other people are making their own wedding song. Enter Here is a company that lets you customize the lyrics of a song and they’ll record it for you. It’s an interesting concept for creating your own wedding day song that no one else will have. If you know what you want to say, great. If you need their help, they’ll work with you. They let you take mainstream songs and “Tailor” the lyrics to you and your special someone.

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Still looking for a wedding dress?  If you’re in Washington DC, Filene’s Basement is having their annual bridal gown/dress blowout event this friday the 3rd. It’s a great event to get a gorgeous dress for a bargain of a price since all dresses are either $249,$499 or $699…That’s it! I’ve seen $7000 Vera Wangs for $249. I’m not saying that’s the norm, but you get the idea.

Doors open at 8am, I suggest getting there early.

For a sampling of the fun, here’s video footage from CBS in Baltimore from the Filenes Basement event earlier in the month

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Yup, wedding stamps.  Artistic Postage is offering wedding stamps for you.  You doing to have to get stamps anyway, so make the envelope you spend hours picking out look even better with wedding stamps.  Their options include:

  • Monograms
  • Love Stamps
  • Wedding Hearts Stamps
  • Roses & Other Wedding Flowers
  • Standard Phrases (You’re Invited, Our Wedding, Our Special Day, Please Join Us, etc.)
  • Customizable Stamps – Add Your Own Wording

reebles, wedding registry, wedding registriesSo as many wedding gifts are duplicates of items from other guests or stuff you already own, why not register for money? is offering a gift registry just for money. Rather than worry about cash, checks, gift cards and the like, have your guests give you money online. Guests can give you money gifts at Reebles who will then wire or send you the money on your wedding day (which is great if you plan to use the money for your honeymoon) The only down side is they take 8%, but it doesn’t cost your guests anything. It could be worth knowing the money you receive is safe and readily available and you can link to their registry directly from your wedding website (or use the inserts they’ll send you). Have a look.

If anyone knows the value of a good insurance policy, it’s Romeo Lavarias.  As the director of emergency management operations for Miramar, Fla., Lavarias has seen his share of disasters. So it was a no-brainer when his fiancee, Stephanie Goldstein, suggested buying insurance for their wedding, set for July during the upcoming hurricane season.

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We all know photographs make the wedding last forever, so make sure you get all the right shots in. While most experienced wedding photographers should have this down, it can’t hurt to be equipped with the knowledge of which shots are standard and which to have fun with. So I made a list of needs and wants to help you ensure all the right shots have been taken:

The Bride
1. With flowers
2. Close-up
3. Full-length shot
4. Back of dress

The Groom
1. Close-up
2. Full-length shot

The Bride and her family
1. Bride & Mom
2. Bride & Dad
3. Bride & siblings
4. Family portrait

The Groom and his family
1. Groom & Mom
2. Groom & Dad
3. Groom & siblings
4. Family portrait

The Wedding Party (Be sure to get some fun shots in)
1. Maid of Honor (by herself & with the bride)
2. Best Man (by himself & with the groom)
3. Bridesmaids (as a group & with the bride)
4. Groomsmen (as a group & with the groom)
5. Flower girl(s) & Ring bearer(s) – themselves and with the couple

The Newlyweds
1. Full-length shot (I prefer outdoor shots, but don’t be afraid to be creative)
2. Waist-up shot (with and without flowers)
3. The couple with the priest or minister
4. The couples’ hands wearing their wedding rings (just hands and/or looking at your hands….give your best soap opera face)



The Church/Ceremony Venue – the exterior and an overall view of the interior when all the guests have arrived. If you can take this from a balcony, those are really nice pictures.

Arrival – if the bride arrives by limo, take a picture of her getting out.Anticipation – if you are able to, go behind the scenes and take pictures of the bride and groom (or anyone) as they are waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Musicians – if someone special is singing or playing an instrument, you will want to document that.

Lectors – if someone special is doing the readings or prayers, you will want to document that, too.

Procession – the bridesmaids & groomsmen walking in, etc.

Bride & Dad – walking in & lifting her veil.

Vows – the couple holding hands looking at each other.

Rings – the exchange of rings.

The First Kiss

Man & Wife – Oh have fun with this one, feel free to run towards the camera, come bursting out of the door of the ceremony venue,

Bubbles – Hey why not?

Limousine – Getting into and out of the getaway car

Reception Hall – Photograph the interior and the exterior, including any signs that indicate the location. If your names are on any signs, it’ll make for a great photo.

Table Settings & Centerpieces

Receiving Line

The Toast – Of course

Gift Table – Ask your reception venue to provide an elegant looking gift table if this is something you’ll want.

The Cake – Make sure this shot is taken before you eat it….tends to make a difference.

Father-Daughter Dance – This is traditionally the first dance. Daddy dances with his daughter and then her groom cuts in at the end of the song which leads to…

First Dance – as husband and wife.

General Dance Floor – Try to get as many embarrassing shots of guests as possible, but also shots of you two having fun with the group.

Garter/Bouquet Toss – From him pulling off the garter with his teeth to the moment the single women start fighting over the bouquet, keep that camera loaded and ready.

Departure – The goodbye and so long shot, or at least that what I like to call it.