Wedding Hair

It’s the ages-old conflict:  hair up or hair down?  Flying solo or with an accessory?  Curly or straight?  It’s like being faced with a giant menu at an awesome restaurant.  No matter what you get, you’ll love it, but it feels like you can’t pick just one thing.  The bottom line, and thing to remember throughout your wedding beautification process: your partner wants to recognize you as you walk down that aisle. If you are a “always wear my hair up” person, consider an elegant version of that. If you always wear your hair down, do a version of that. If your signature is a braid, consider this…

Photo from love Maegan.

The waterfall braid, pictured above, is becoming super popular, like a lot of other intricate braid hairstyles.  I’m kind of obsessed with this style… I do think it would look great if you want to go for a fairly basic style with a little twist.

From Tumblr.

Then there’s the classic twisty bun thing.  (You can tell I’m a hair expert from all of my super-technical names for these styles.)  I feel like this style will never get old.  It keeps your hair out of your face, it’s beautiful, and you can vary it however you want.  And you can always, always find a gorgeous pin to add for some loveliness; Etsy is a good place to start looking.

Photo from Cup of Jo.

If a pin isn’t your thing, you can always play around with flowers to add color and texture.  My friend and I always talk about the lovely mountain wedding she will invariably have someday, and she loves the idea of a little flower crown.  This is also very versatile–you can go big or small, make the flowers a focus or just an accent.

Photo from Tumblr.
Photo from Pinterest.

I love to see all the vintage styles that are coming back.  Nothing better than a flapper, right?  A lot of these styles are popping up on blogs with handy how-to tutorials, so you can even do them yourself or get a friend to learn rather than getting your hair done.

Photo from Something Old, Something New.
Photo from Pinterest.

There are just so many ways to go with your hair.  For more inspiration, check out pinterest. Create a board and just pin the styles that appeal to you. Before you know it you’ll have a theme and your stylist can customize it just for you.  

Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Weather-y Weddings

I’ve always been intrigued by how the members of a wedding deal with “bad” weather.  You know…snow, rain, cold, wind, brutal heat, etc.  Not everyone can have a perfectly crispy fall day, after all.  (I mean, I guess everyone could, but October is busy enough as it is…)
Photo from itsabridesworld.
Going through pictures of weather-y weddings really makes me want to attend one!  Of course, looking at pictures of bridesmaids frolicking in the snow isn’t quite the same as feeling the snow seep into your shoes, but hey.  Different weather situations obviously offer up a ton of cute photo opportunities, if nothing else.
Photo from John O’Connor Photography.
I can understand why fall is so popular for weddings.  After all, you can venture outside without a.) getting frostbite or b.) sweating like a pig.  It’s a lovely season.  But if your favorite month is January, or you really like the more extreme seasons, why not go for it?  You could pull a really great theme from the weather situation (and a sweet wedding song, January Wedding by the Avett Brothers).  If it’ll be rainy, you can hand out umbrellas or station cute umbrella-holders around the reception venue.  Plus, who doesn’t love a bride in rain boots?
Photo from The Penn Stater.
For cold weddings, you can offer your guests steaming mugs of hot chocolate and Irish coffee at the bar, and I know I can’t be the only one who would love to see a bridal party posing with a snowman.  Fashion shouldn’t even be a big worry; winter fashion is my favorite!  There’s always a cute jacket, blazer, or shawl out there to throw on over your dress if you get chilly.  And don’t even get me started on winter wedding dresses.
Photo from Wedding Dress Guide.
Photo from Everything Clothes.
Really, when are elbow-length gloves not fun?
Photo from Wedding Bee.
When it’s windy, there’s not much you can do except reign in your veil as best you can and throw your doubts to the wind (so to speak).  Keep in mind how awesome dresses look when they’re flowing around with the breeze–that is, very awesome.
Photo from deviantArt.
Much as I adore weather-y weddings, I must say that if there’s a hurricane warning or frostbite is a legitimate concern, head on inside and don’t emerge for awhile.  And if you are planning for an outdoor wedding, don’t just cross your fingers for a cooperative atmosphere.  Have a solid Plan B.  I cannot stress this enough.  Plan B is important!

Take care, and stay warm and dry! :)

Wedding Hair

It’s the ages-old conflict:  hair up or hair down?  Flying solo or with an accessory?  Curly or straight?  It’s like being faced with a giant menu at an awesome restaurant.  No matter what you get, you’ll love it, but it feels like you can’t pick just one thing.  The bottom line, and thing to remember throughout your wedding beautification process: your partner wants to recognize you as you walk down that aisle. If you are a “always wear my hair up” person, consider an elegant version of that. If you always wear your hair down, do a version of that. If your signature is a braid, consider this…

Photo from love Maegan.

The waterfall braid, pictured above, is becoming super popular, like a lot of other intricate braid hairstyles.  I’m kind of obsessed with this style… I do think it would look great if you want to go for a fairly basic style with a little twist.

From Tumblr.

Then there’s the classic twisty bun thing.  (You can tell I’m a hair expert from all of my super-technical names for these styles.)  I feel like this style will never get old.  It keeps your hair out of your face, it’s beautiful, and you can vary it however you want.  And you can always, always find a gorgeous pin to add for some loveliness; Etsy is a good place to start looking.

Photo from Cup of Jo.

If a pin isn’t your thing, you can always play around with flowers to add color and texture.  My friend and I always talk about the lovely mountain wedding she will invariably have someday, and she loves the idea of a little flower crown.  This is also very versatile–you can go big or small, make the flowers a focus or just an accent.

Photo from Tumblr.
Photo from Pinterest.

I love to see all the vintage styles that are coming back.  Nothing better than a flapper, right?  A lot of these styles are popping up on blogs with handy how-to tutorials, so you can even do them yourself or get a friend to learn rather than getting your hair done.

Photo from Something Old, Something New.
Photo from Pinterest.

There are just so many ways to go with your hair.  For more inspiration, check out pinterest. Create a board and just pin the styles that appeal to you. Before you know it you’ll have a theme and your stylist can customize it just for you.  

Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Pre-wedding Relaxation

A question I often get asked is, “Other than getting my nails done the day before the wedding, what do brides do to relax?”  My number one answer is: MASSAGE!  It’s amazing what 60-90 minutes in a warm, candle-lit room with classical music playing in the background can do. Let alone the physical stress relief of a massage! 



Here is a Living Social coupon for half price of a 90 minute Hot Stone Massage from one of my favorite places – Tranquil Spirit Center in Marietta, GA. That’s right! Only $50 for a 90 minute Hot Stone Massage! My friend, Priscilla Holman, is the licensed massage therapist. She’s aaahhhmayzing.  Trust me. 


Here’s the link.  90 minute Hot Stone Massage at Tranquil Spirit Center 


You’re welcome. :)


-Erica

Indian Wedding at The Fabulous Fox Theatre Video

We had the awesome opportunity to work with Tejal and Bobby, both busy professionals in the medical world, for the past six months. The goal was to create a wedding that was a fusion of Hindu and Christian cultures, Indian and American foods, and lots of dancing.  We chose Piedmont Park as our location for the ceremony, then The Fabulous Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta for the reception. We utilized the Grand Salon at The Fox for the cocktail hour and the Egyptian Ballroom for dinner and dancing. 



See for yourself. Awesome, eh?




We were privileged to work with a rock star vendor team. 

Steve and Kristine with Bold American Decor : table linens and floral decor for ceremony and reception
Jay with Indaglow Productions : lighting and sound service for the ceremony
Cindy with The Fox Theatre : reception venue and bar service
Nadia with Nadia D Photography : photography
Mark with Ruperts Orchestra via Sam Hill Entertainment : band
Reverend Dawn : celebrant
Erica with A Big To Do Event : full service planning


Holiday Workshop by Former Director of Decor and Events at Tavern On The Green in NYC!

Have you signed up for this class yet? If you’re in Atlanta and have run out of ideas for your home decorating for the holidays, you’ve got to attend this class! 

This is taught by the former bon vivant of Tavern On The Green in NYC! Paul Brummer is a good friend of A Big To Do Event (and me personally). You’ll learn how to create professional-looking tablescapes, centerpieces, and wreaths. Thanks to this fruitful seminar, you’ll also pick up holiday decorating tips and tricks — good for your stairway, Christmas tree, and every other area of your home. 


See you there!



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Best Maids and Dudes of Honor

Most brides picture their wedding and one of the oh-so-important questions to answer is which of my friends I would cast as the bridesmaids and maid of honor.  It occurred to me that I would really want for my brothers, who I’m really close with, to be in the wedding party.  I mean, I could always bully my fiance into adopting them as groomsmen, but why not just stick ’em on my side of the altar, where they could mutter sarcastic remarks to me and pretend not to be crying during the ceremony?

I don’t know if anyone else remembers this movie, but it’s probably a bad example to use because Patrick Dempsey is actually plotting to make the bride his own, or some romantic comedy shenanigans like that.  Regardless, this is the general concept I’m after today: using men as bridesmaids, and women as groomsmen.

Photo courtesy of Cate Misuraca.

I think this is a great idea!  Why stick your best friend on the other side of the altar just because he’s a guy?  One of our brides asked her best guy friend to be her “dude of honor.”  It’s a growing trend, and I think that getting away from typical gender roles in weddings gives us a lot more freedom.

Photo from Dadiva Shop.

This diagram pretty much explains it all.  And I think it’s great and fun that we’re getting away from the standard, you-must-do-this rules of a wedding.  If something fits for you and your life but doesn’t fit with the “rules,” why not change it?  After all, your wedding should be a reflection of who you are.

Photo courtesy of Cate Misuraca.

So, if your best friend is of the opposite gender and you were thinking about making him or her your right hand man (so to speak), don’t hold back!  Why shuffle around the bridal party when you can just have everyone where he or she would feel most comfortable?

Got any fun man of honor/best woman stories?  We’d love to hear them!

Something Old, Something New

That’s how the saying goes, isn’t it?  Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  This tradition actually started in England, and each part is supposed to give the new couple a lil’ piece of good luck.  (I found a great explanation here!)

Photo from Event Jubilee.

I love sweet wedding traditions like this, so I decided to track down a few cute things from each category.

Something(s) Old

Photo from Recycled Bride.

Talk about something old…  This family has had five women wear the same dress for their weddings!  Isn’t that crazy?  It’s 127 years old!  They don’t wear it to the reception, so as to avoid spills and snags.

Photo from Style Me Pretty.

Though this family is on the extreme end of the “something old” spectrum, I do like the concept.  A lot of brides find a way to incorporate their mother’s or grandmother’s dress into their own, whether through a scrap of fabric or in the design.  I knew a bride who sewed a piece of her mother’s dress onto a part of her own that would be close to her heart on the big day.  Isn’t that sweet?

Something(s) New
Planning a wedding kind of requires to you acquire a lot of new things (new ring, new name, new family), but for the purposes of this post, these are all things that are actually on your person for the day.  Here are my favorites!
Photo from Style Me Pretty.
 Those shoes are so pretty they make my eyes hurt.  I want them!  They’re perfect for brides who don’t want to wear heels.  But for those of you who do…
Photo from bhldn.
Gotta love those slingbacks, right?  And the design around the toe is so beautifully simplistic.  You can even get them in a great vibrant green color if you want a pop of color!
Photo from Etsy.

Isn’t this pin amazing?  It would really just be the cherry on top of any wedding hairstyle.  I could definitely get behind using this as your “something new.”

Something Borrowed
 This one really depends on the people you know and what they have that they want to share with you for your big day.  I admit, I did read Twilight (no judgment), and Bella borrowed Alice’s garter for her wedding.  I think that’d be a cute one to use, especially because garters can get really pretty.
Photo from Etsy.
Jewelry’s also a good place to start.  I know a lot of mothers and daughters pass jewelry down through generations, so a piece of jewelry with family history like that would be a really sweet “something borrowed.”
Photo from Shannon Eileen.
Something Blue
This is my favorite “something” of the four, because people get so creative with it.  I love it when brides put those blue “I Do” stickers on the bottoms of their shoes.  It’s so cute, and what a great thing to be standing on when you actually say your vows!
Photo from Etsy.
 If it’s a rainy day, and you’re not afraid of a little whimsicality, you can always throw on a pair of rain boots!
Photo from Sarah Rhoads.
 Use your imaginations!  Get crazy, get fun.  Don’t be afraid to knock out two birds with one stone (I knew a bride who borrowed her sister’s blue shoes).  Let us know if you find any fun or pretty “somethings.”
Take care!
Megan