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Follow these tips to be prepared for your wedding dress fitting

veil1You may be surprised to find out there is more to wedding dress fittings than just showing up and trying it on. Follow our tips to make sure you get the most out of your  dress fitting experience.

weddingdress1Bring your shoes with you. Even if you haven’t purchased the shoes you are going to wear for your big day, bring a few pairs of your own. This might give you a better idea of the hemline you want. If you have purchased your shoes already, bring them to ensure that the alterations will be precisely the length you want, depending on your heel height. If you plan on switching shoes – to a more comfortable flat for the reception, make sure to bring those, or ones similar along too.

Do your hair before your fitting. That way, you can get the overall picture of what you will look like on your big day. You might have an idea of a hairstyle that you love, but you may totally change your mind once you see how it looks with your wedding dress.

Make sure to eat prior to your fitting. By skipping lunch you might think it will help make the dress feel – and fit correctly, however, the last thing you want is to feel sick or dizzy while you are at your fitting.

Go make-up free to your fitting. Some makeup such as foundation and concealer, or self tanning lotion, can stain your wedding dress. Wear clear deodorant to avoid any mishaps on the sides of your dress.

Tips from an expert – how to handle a wrinkled wedding dress “situation”

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There are a few things you should know when getting ready at a hotel for a wedding. One of those things is: How does one handle a wrinkled wedding dress, tuxedo, suit or bridesmaid dress “situation”?

Never fear, LimeLight Expressions has some helpful tips for what to do when you encounter a wrinkle snafu.

  •  Let your clothing out of the garment bag and give it some air as this is a very easy way to prevent wrinkling.
  • If your dress or pants hang all the way to the ground, call housekeeping and ask for a white sheet to place under your garment. This will prevent the bottom of it from getting dirty.
  • If your dress or tuxedo is still a bit wrinkled the night before, give housekeeping a call and ask for some assistance in steaming it.
  • Keep in mind that certain fabrics, like satin, do not take to steaming very well. If this is the case, hang your satin garment in the bathroom and run a hot shower for 10 minute increments until it is wrinkle free.

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Rocking the wedding dance..Helpful tips for wedding choreography, routines and dance lessons

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We’ve all seen the great wedding dance Youtube videos. It starts off with the bride and groom dancing at the reception. A beautiful couple dancing a waltz or slow dance, and suddenly, the lights flash, the new couple stops and the music hits! As soon as you know it, they are in-sync and dancing a perfectly choreographed (and some times hilarious) dance routine!

And while you may want your wedding dance to be slightly more low-key than that, it is always good to know what to expect in the process of creating a wedding dance. How does one go about coordinating a memorable dance for a wedding reception and does it take a lot of work? What if you are working with two left feet? Don’t worry, LimeLight Expressions has put together some basic tips for helping you coordinate a fantastic dance number for your wedding reception!

From fox trot to hip hop, flash mob style to father daughter dance routines, there’s no doubt about it…dancing has become a very popular way to entertain guests at wedding receptions! Dancing at your reception is a timeless tradition. Wanting to add a bit of dance flare to your steps seems only natural, right? But it really boils down to what you want to do. If that means sweeping the dance floor with graceful steps and elegant turns you may want to sway your way into a ballroom class. Or maybe you are going for something a little less traditional, like moon-walking to your favorite Usher song. No matter what, your wedding dance should be uniquely yours and something you will remember forever.

What are the different dance styles to choose from?

  • Waltz: Be smooth, light on your feet and graceful with the Waltz. This dance will leave you gliding across the dance floor and is great for an elegant, black-tie wedding. It is also a perfect style for the father/daughter dance.
  • Foxtrot: Channel your inner Fred and Ginger with the Fox Trot. This style of ballroom is glamorous and a total classic. It will make your first dance unforgettable.
  • Salsa/Latin: Break away from the ordinary with a Latin themed dance routine. From Cha Cha to Salsa, this upbeat dance style is sure to get the party started.
  • Hip Hop: Surprise your guests with an unconventional or even funny dance routine. Go old school with MC Hammer or go modern with Usher, with hip hop, the choices are endless.
  • Musical Theater/ Jazz: This style is perfect for those who intend to lip-sync and dance a routine at the same time. Find your inner “Glee” and put on a show with this over the top style!
  • Disco: Take it back to an unforgettable era with dances like the Hustle! Disco is truly entertaining. Oh and nobody will ever forget your John Travolta-esque dance number!

What if we are not fantastic dancers…does this matter? 

A dance routine doesn’t have to be difficult to look fabulous. Most ballroom styles as well as choreography will consist of a series of basic steps which are repeated. The key to a great wedding reception performance is to keep the routine nice and simple as well as easy to remember, especially after the champagne has been flowing!

What kind of dance should we do for our wedding reception choreography?

Most couples will dance a ballroom number, like a waltz or foxtrot for their first dance, it looks beautiful and is very traditional. While flash mob wedding routines are mostly done in the style of jazz, hip hop or musical theater. They are done as a “feature” at the wedding reception. However, don’t let the ‘norm” limit your creativity! The sky is truly the limit, from Bollywood to country western dance..Go with a style that you enjoy watching, feel comfortable dancing to, with a song that you love!

Does a choreographed dance have to include both the bride and groom?

You can always plan a surprise dance routine or flash mob dance as a gift to your new spouse. Some surprise routines include the bride and bridesmaids or the groom and groomsmen dancing a routine together. A choreographed dance can also be perfect for father & daughter dances, mother & son dances etc.

Should we choreograph something ourselves, or do we need a professional? 

Yes, you definitely can choreograph it yourself. It will really depend on your ability to make up the choreography or memorize the choreography you want to learn. Some people take to Youtube to help them learn dance moves by searching through various dance tutorials. You can take dance lessons in the style you’ve chosen for the wedding dance, and utilize the new moves you’ve learned from there. Or a mixture of both. With that said, hiring a teacher can really make a dance routine have that “wow” factor. I know many brides and grooms who felt that using a professional choreographer or dance teacher was really worth it for them. The dance practices can be tremendously fun for the bride and groom, or for a group routine, with family and friends! Another benefit to working with a teacher or choreographer is you don’t need to worry about being in charge of the routine as well as performing it. Whew!

What exactly is a wedding “flash mob”?

Wedding flash mobs are very popular now a days. They look amazing and are relatively easy to pull off. One person, say the groom, starts the dance off and little by little, additional people jump into the dance routine until it becomes a “mob” of dancers. It can involve the whole wedding party, the groom leading the groomsmen or anything your creativity can come up with! Note: Everyone involved must be able to coordinate practice times together. If your wedding party is coming from out of town, this may be a bit tricky.

Dancing is something that is intended to be a happy experience and fun for all involved. It can be incredibly beautiful, funny or creative as an end result. It is a past-time that many people enjoy, however, many people have a deep fear of. First and foremost, make sure you and your partner are both on board for dancing a routine. Neither of you should feel overwhelmed by the idea.

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A Groom’s Check List:

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It’s officially the day of your wedding!  You and your beautiful bride, or maybe your bride and her wedding planner, have made all of the wedding plans. Now its time to enjoy the day…But first, there are a couple of things the groom is responsible on the day of the wedding. Here is a easy to follow check list for you to keep in your pocket on your big day!

  • Vows- If you have written your vows, DO NOT forget them. Even if you memorized them, it is a good idea to bring them anyway, just in case you freeze up during crunch time.
  • Rings- You will probably need to bring these if you haven’t made arrangements for the best man to carry them.
  • Aspirin- It is going to be a long and stressful day, but also the best day of your life. Some aspirin can relieve a surprise headache.
  • Extra Shirt- You never know when a spill or rip might happen. A back up shirt can be a life saver.
  • Extra Tie- Another tie or bow tie can save you some stress if something should happen to the one you have on.
  • Extra Cuff Links- You may drop one, lose one, or break one. Some spare cuff links are always a good idea.
  • Cash- You never know when you might need a few bucks for a tip or something else.
  • Cell Phone- For emergencies, just in case you need to call someone in the wedding party, or get a hold of someone at the wedding facility.
  • Boutonniere- Usually you receive this at the venue, but if not, do not leave it at home.
  • Snacks- A few snacks will keep you and the groomsmen from going hungry before the reception. It’s also not a bad idea to have a bottle of water or juice close at hand too.
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Floss- Show off those pearly whites in pictures and to your bride. You do not want to have anything stuck in your teeth, so, after a snack, be sure to brush and floss.
  • Directions- Just in case the limo driver gets lost on the way to the church or venue.
  • Comb and Gel- Just in case you need some last minute hair touch ups.
  • Deodorant- Especially if it is the summertime, you are going to sweat, and some extra deodorant will keep you smelling fresh.
  • Shoe Insoles- You may want to place them in your shoes, as you will be on your feet all day long.
  • Cologne- A few squirts will keep you smelling great when your bride comes down the aisle.
  • Watch- Do not lose track of time! Your bride will kill you if you are late, so use your watch to keep everyone on schedule.
  • Lint Brush- Just to get those annoying fuzzies and dust off you quickly and easily.
  • Extra Socks- An extra pair of black socks are a great idea, just in case the ones you start with get sweaty. There is no better feeling than a fresh pair of socks.
  • Wedding Documents- You want to have your marriage license and other important documents on you.

At LimeLight Expressions, our goal is to make sure your special day goes exactly how you’ve always dreamed. We can help plan your wedding no matter if it’s large or small, a destination or a backyard wedding..we can make your vision come to life. Now you’re in the LimeLight!

Wine & Dine: Choosing the best wine to serve at your wedding

wine1Couples naturally want their wedding to be perfect, from the fit of the dress to the awe factor of the cake. Highballs and punch ladled from big bowls have long been staples of wedding ceremonies, yet many of today’s brides and grooms seek more sophistication in the beverages they serve at their reception, with wine playing an increasingly large role. Whether you’re planning a party for 20 or 200, the questions are still the same: Which wine should I buy?

Basic wine information: Get to know your seasonal wines

Brisk white wines, dry rosés, and light- to medium-bodied reds are ideal for warm-weather weddings because they offer more refreshment than heavier Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, and Zinfandel.

Brisk whites include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio, unoaked Chardonnay, Riesling, and sparkling wines.

Medium-bodied reds include Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Italian Valpolicella, Spanish Rioja, and Rhone Valley Côtes du Rhône.

For winter and fall weddings, wines with more weight and power (Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and the like) pair best with chilly temperatures and rich comfort foods.

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What type of wine should I buy? 

Although sparkling wine is a wedding fixture, consider also serving one red and one white still wine if the reception includes a meal or hors d’oeuvres. Most wedding planners advocate serving equal amounts of red and white wine—if only so you don’t disappoint half the crowd. For those who want to pour just one wine with the meal, there is a happy compromise: dry rosé, a wine that’s refreshing and also substantial enough to drink with sturdy foods.

Sauvignon Blanc is a super-versatile white that goes splendidly with seafood, chicken, eggs, vegetables, and salads. The citrusy 2008 Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc and the pleasantly pungent 2009 Brancott Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand are tremendous values and they’re often discounted. Or go with crowd-pleasing, easy-to-drink Pinot Gris.

Also consider un-oaked or lightly oaked Chardonnays, which are great to sip alone and, with their unadulterated fruit flavors, match a wider range of dishes than the toasty, buttery type of Chardonnay.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine in America, and it’s best suited to serving with hearty beef and lamb dishes. There are indeed affordable Cabs made in Napa; look for one that is supple, medium- to full-bodied, and has textbook cassis and cedar Cabernet character.

Silky, earthy Pinot Noir is extremely flexible with many foods, including fish and vegetarian dishes, yet it also pairs nicely with light red meats, pork, and poultry. Pinot can be pricey

Sweet white Zinfandel is fine for casual, at-home quaffing, but weddings call for a more serious pink wine. Dry rosé is crisp and fruity, does not have the sweetness of white Zinfandel and other blush wines, and pairs beautifully with salads, poultry, pork, tuna, salmon, and even sirloin. Rosé also hits the spot in both warm and cool weather, day and night.

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How much wine to purchase will depend on various factors, including the number of guests, whether it’s a wine-drinking crowd, the format of the reception, the time of year and time of day, and the menu. Here, some general rules of thumb provided by wedding planners, caterers, and married couples who have been through it already:

It’s better to have too much wine than not enough. Guests grumble when the wine runs out and they still have prime rib on their plate, or if they have an empty glass for the toast. Unopened leftovers can usually be returned to the seller (or taken home, of course).

•The standard 750-ml wine bottle holds 25 ounces; count on five servings of wine, at five ounces each, from one bottle. For sparkling wines served in flutes, allow for four ounces per serving (plus foam), which equals six servings per bottle.

• Most caterers count on each guest consuming one-half bottle of wine—roughly two glasses—every two hours. If the party lasts four hours, count on one 25-ounce bottle per person. These calculations allow for the fact that some folks will drink more, some less, and some not at all. One bottle each might seem like a lot of wine, yet many attendees want to sample everything, even though they don’t drain their glasses (half your wine may sit at the end of the night in half-empty cups).

Please note: Buying wine in bulk—by the case—can save you money. But not all venues or caterers allow the client (you) to choose or bring the wine, so check with everyone involved before purchasing.

For more information or helpful tips for your wedding, contact LimeLight Expressions.