Wedding Trends for 2010!

With a new year comes new trends and traditions, here are a few of the top wedding trends that may affect your wedding planning decisions – or not!

Turquoise bridesmaids dresses! Ahead of the 2010 trend... Photo from The Wedding Lens!

Color: The color of the year is turqoise! It’s flair & sophistication all in one color and it’s a color that can be incorporated into many parts of the wedding. Turquoise can add a touch of color in the form of earrings, necklaces, napkins, ribbons, and even printing colors for invitations and programs.

Style: The style trends are simple and homey. In this economy, people are looking to have simple, traditional weddings in smaller locations (even at home!). This is also consistent with the other latest style trend — to be as eco-friendly as possible. Simple, fewer guests, less travel, local/in season flowers, local organic food —  incorporate however many “green” things into your wedding as you’re comfortable doing.  Be rustic, vintage, simple, and green all in one.

Location: The new location: close by! People are cutting back on traveling, both because of expense and because of aspirations of being green. (Less travel means less gasoline means less toll on the earth!)

Cake: Buttercream is the cake of the year!

Photos & video: People will incorporate more video presentations, more digital photos. This also means using online photo sharing websites so people can share photos easily, without having to print them. And online photo sharing means couples won’t have to buy anti-eco-friendly disposable cameras – which requires printing a million photos just to get one clear shot and requires disposing of the camera. Lots of waste. Go digital!)

Any other trends you see coming up? Let us know!

Happy New Year (a little late!)

~ Natasha

What Foods and Drinks Should You Spend or Save On?

I just answered a reader’s question about whether she should spend more on the food or drinks at her wedding. I gave a bunch of suggestions — but I’m curious whether you agree with my advice! If you want to remember what I said…. here is my thoughts on where you can save money on your foods & drinks. Remember to look at our cheap wedding tips if you’re looking to save money in ALL areas of your wedding!

Happy eating & drinking!

~ Natasha

Round-Up: All Things Gift Related

Photo from The Wedding Lens

Photo from The Wedding Lens

Because I’ve written so much about gifts and gift-related things, I thought it might be nice to put it all in one nice little blog post for easy access! AND if you, dear readers, have questions I didn’t cover, ask me! editor@theweddinglens.com and I’ll cover it ASAP!

How to Ask for Gift Cards or Money (instead of gifts!)

Tips on the Gift Registry

What To Do About Wedding Gifts (for both the couple & the guests)

Green Wedding Gift Ideas

Gift-Giving Etiquette

Etiquette on Giving Bridal Shower, Wedding Shower, AND Wedding Gifts

Gifts for the Best Man

Maid of Honor Gift Ideas

Out of Town Gift Bags

How To Deal with Anonymous or Unlabeled Gifts

Writing to Say Thanks!

Did I miss anything? Wanna give the gift of an online wedding photo album?

~ Natasha

Wedding Question: Do I Tip My Hairdresser for the Trial Run?

As you know, we accept questions from our readers — either via our site or via email (editor@theweddinglens.com). I recently received the following question:

I’m going to see the stylist who is doing my hair for my wedding.  He’s doing a trial run so that I can see what it will look like for the big day. When I go for the wedding hair trial run, should I tip him?

This question also applies if you’re doing a trial run for your makeup! There are two schools of thought on this:

  1.  Yes. Tip them because they’re doing a job that you would ordinarily tip for if it were any other day. But also tip them because you want to make sure that they do the same, great, wonderful job on your wedding day!  
  2. No. Don’t tip them now because you’re tipping them on your wedding day! The trial run is for them to sell you on their services and if they do a great job, you’ll give them a bigger tip at the wedding.

I know, that’s not helpful. So here’s my answer: YES. Always tip. You want them to do a good job on your wedding day. You want to show that you appreciate their work. You would tip if it were your wedding day — and if you were planning to tip bigger on your wedding day because of the trial, why not make the stylist feel good (and appreciated!) by tipping them at the trial run too.

 Have a question? Email us: editor@theweddinglens.com!

~ Natasha

Bridal Shower Gifts, Wedding Shower Gifts, Wedding Gifts… Oh my!

We recently received a question from a reader, asking if she needs to give BOTH a wedding shower gift and a wedding gift. While I completely understand why that can be confusing, the general etiquette is: yes. You’re supposed to give gifts for everything. Gets expensive, right?!

photo from The Wedding Lens

photo from The Wedding Lens

That said, if you are engaged and you have NOT planned to have a bridal shower or wedding shower or both, then etiquette dictates that you do not have to! In fact, as you may have gathered from my blog on alternatives to bridal showers, I think it’s only appropriate to have any of these showers if you are doing so to celebrate… and I think it’s important to emphasize to your guests that they are not obliged to give gifts. (Having been in the “broke” + “invited” category a number of times, I have a lot of sympathy for people who just don’t have the money to give gifts, but want to be there to celebrate with everyone!) But maybe that’s just me!

What do I give? For all three occasions — bridal shower, wedding shower, wedding — the gifts should be intended to help the couple start their lives together. The only big difference is that it is NOT appropriate to give cash for a bridal shower or wedding shower gift.

What about a theme? Bridal showers and wedding showers sometimes have themes to them. If they do, then the invitation will indicate this and should let you know if the gift should be along the theme’s lines.

Invitees? If you are the one planning the showers, then note that it is inappropriate and will offend guests if you invite them to the shower and not the wedding.

If you’re looking for other gift giving advice (like timing of when to send, how much to send, and what to do if you can’t attend), check out our blog on gift giving advice or what to do about wedding gifts. We also have blogs on best man gifts, gift ideas for the maid of honor, how to ask for gift cards or cash, or tips on the gift registry.

And don’t forget to share photos of your gifts with a free wedding album!

~ Natasha

Green Wedding Tips

Did you know that The Wedding Lens has a list of 50 Green Wedding Tips? We kept them simple, so that you can easily do things to green your wedding without having to spend much and without having to change what you picture as your ideal wedding.

  • Make sure that your venue recycles.
  • Get flowers that are in season
  • Use non-disposable plates, utensils, and cups
  • Donate any leftover foods
  • Choose a dress that you can wear again, or donate your dress when you’re done.

Want more? Check out our complete list of 50 Green Wedding Tips: http://www.theweddinglens.com/green-wedding-tips.

Do you have other Green Tips? Let us know!

How to Be a Maid of Honor

You are SO excited that your friend picked you to be her Maid of Honor (MOH)!! But wait, now what? What are you supposed to do as a MOH? How do you help? Where do you begin?

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Well, obviously this role is going to change, depending on the bride and the couple. For example, I was a co-MOH in a wedding, so I did some things and the other MOH did other things. And we both helped out the bride wherever we could! That said, it’s nice to have an idea of what is in store for you. So here you go!

If you want to go above and beyond, here are some ideas for things you can do to be that much nicer!

You can also check out pictures of real bridesmaids to see how others held up on the big day! If you have other responsibilities that I’m missing, let us know!

~ Natasha