with the season, experts say
bridal planner can
help define a person's style
(February 2013) Diane Lock has had a hand
in planning weddings for the last nine years. Her job as a professional
wedding planner centers around her goal of making that special day stress-free
for all parties involved.
Along with her sister, Deb Pietrykowski, Lock runs Just Breathe Weddings
& Events in Madison, Ind. They strive to provide a fun and relaxed
atmosphere so that the bride-to-be can concentrate on creating the wedding
of her dreams.
Using a wedding planner is one of the best gifts a bride can give
herself, said Lock. Many brides-to-be need a planner because they
have a hard time defining their style. A planner can help define what
they really want.
each year with new styles
coming into fashion.
Lock likes to personalize a wedding and keep it unique.
In addition to consulting with couples, the other part of her business
involves renting tuxes, table linens and centerpieces, just to name
a few items. She uses a network of vendors to save couples money,
trying to point out early in her service where the budget lies.
She also keeps up to date on all of the latest trends. In terms of color,
muted colors will be popular this year, she believes. Blush is
a color that never goes out of style for a wedding, said Lock.
Emerald and mint green will also be popular color choices for weddings
Vintage is still hot, she said. But it now contains a more
glamorous, old Hollywood look.
Photo booths, champagne bars and food trucks are all modern amenities
that can make a reception unique. The idea of using food trucks started
last year and will be trendy again, she said. Trucks can provide
novelty foods such as popcorn, candy apples, ice cream and gourmet burgers.
A good range of brews are also available now, especially microbrews,
said Lock. Couples are getting away from the grooms cocktail
and brides cocktail and gearing more toward brews.
Locks business is in the same building as Ivy Vine Florist. The
two businesses have worked together many times on weddings, said Ivy
Vine Florist owner Barry Hebner. Together they are sort of a one-stop
wedding shop, he said.
In terms of colors for 2013 weddings, Hebner is already seeing a
lot of monochromatic schemes using one color palette. Pale pinks,
peach, white and ivory tops the color choice list, with preferred flowers
being hydrangeas, peonies and California cabbage roses.
The traditional bridal bouquet cascade is coming back in fashion,
instead of the hand-tied bouquet, said Hebner. The Royal
wedding of Prince William and Kate really influenced that.
When learning his floral techniques, Hebner studied with a floral designer
from England who assisted with Sarah Fergusons wedding to Prince
Andrew. In terms of style or theme, Hebner said the English Garden
is my favorite look.
Hebner said a popular centerpiece or table favor idea is to use potted
plants that contain blooming bulbs. Guests can take these plants
home with them, as a reminder of the day.
The conscientious bride will make sure she looks impeccable to her guests
from the top of her head to the tips of her toes. Hair Essentials in
Madison, Ind., is a favorite for many brides-to-be and their bridal
parties, a place they can have their hair and makeup done just the way
Manager Janet Jones said hair styles this year involve a lot of
up-dos with intricate braids. Its a looks she calls beautiful
and classy. It can be fancy, but also casual, soft and free.
Veils still seem to be popular, she said, with many brides creating
their own. We can incorporate veils into their hairstyles, adding
netting and jewels, to complete the desired look.
She encourages brides to come in a week or two before the actual wedding
date to do a trial run before the wedding. This will help them
know what they want to change.
Jones said another helpful tip for her and her stylists is when future
brides bring in their iPads and smart phones to show her pictures of
what they like from the many websites available on the Internet. The
bride may want to bring in a photographer to take pictures of herself
and the bridal party getting ready for the big day.
Many times, families come in for pedicures, manicures and massages
the day before, she said. Advance notice and a 50 percent deposit
is required for these services.
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