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March 19, 2014

Letting Your Personality Shine Through on Your Wedding Day

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At Gold Leaf, we compile a list of our favorite wedding day trends every season. We’re always looking ahead to see what new elements are being introduced, but we also like to remind brides to stay true to themselves and their hubbys-to-be. Let your personality shine through on your wedding day!   Brown-88 One of the biggest concerns we hear from our brides is trying to force a trend or incorporate a last minute idea because it's the 'it' thing at the moment. We work with many brides that have a wide range of tastes and ideas. We’re here to help guide each one through her wedding planning process. Keep in mind that your grandchildren will likely see your wedding photos one day and if you’re wearing a tree branch crown with a black tie gown, they’re probably going to wonder what grandma was thinking the day she said 'I do'. View More: http://jason-gina.pass.us/jessica-andrewBlack tie gowns (spoiler alert: black tie is 'in' again) are ah-mah-zing, as are delicate, earthy flower crowns, but we can tell when someone is incorporating a trend for the sake of it. And we recommend against that. There are subtle ways to bring in a trend you like, which we will go over as wedding season gets underway. Let your personality shine through on your wedding dayGold Leaf Brides, we love you as you are. We admire your beauty, love and willingness to cut a rug. And those are all the qualities you’ll need on your wedding day. So, do not worry if you can’t incorporate a seasonal trend, one that will have you shaking your head in a few years time, into your big day. Let your true personality shine through on your wedding day! All-Photos--Color-0636Let your personality shine through on your wedding day! Did we mention, we love you? Now go be true to YOU! Read our blog post about why Spring is a Wonderful thing!
May 8, 2014

How To: Make Two Families Become One on Your Wedding Day

How To: Make Two Families Become One on Your Wedding Day

Photo by: Kate Holstein Making two families become one on your wedding day can be quite a task. You may both come from very different backgrounds and places, your families may even speak different languages, but there is one thing in common - they are all here to celebrate with you! Many brides and grooms lose sleep and stress about bringing so many different people together at their wedding so here are a few tips on how to make two families become one on your wedding day: 1. Tell your photographer to take a variety of group shots. This will help diminish any awkwardness by pulling guests' attention to the camera. Plus, it'll be a memorable image when you flip back through your photo album and see an image of the groom's husband chatting up the bride's grandma. Two families become one on wedding day 2. If your ceremony is religion-based, make sure to incorporate members from both sides of the family and not just those that are closely related or in the wedding party. Include those friends or distant relatives that mean something to you in the day's festivities. Have a few people do a reading at the ceremony.   3. Brides, don't be shy on the dance floor. Grab the groom's uncle, grandfather, godfather, or another important male in his life and go for a spin on the dance floor! It may take the groom’s relative by surprise, but he will remember the thoughtful gesture forever! Two families become one on wedding day 4. Say hello to EVERYONE. Yes, this is a daunting task, but a necessary one. Let your photographer know you will be on the move and so he/she can capture the moments when you and your newly wedded partner greet each table or group.   5. Employ your more outgoing wedding party participants, particularly your fearless friends, to pay attention to the guests who may need a little TLC. Perhaps it's a friend of your mother's or an out-of-town guest of the groom's parents, or an old work colleague that feels slightly out of place. A small conversation or gesture of inclusion may help make the event feel more personal and memorable for that guest that does't quite feel like they belong. Two families become one on wedding day Read our Latest Post about Wedding Rings for Men
May 27, 2014

When Smaller Weddings can be Better

How to Make a Large Wedding Personal and When Smaller Weddings can be Better

Flashy, big, and over the top events have long been the favored route for many when planning their party. We’re in search of the awe factor, that certain pizazz that gets the guests talking. But size doesn’t always matter. In fact, sometimes, smaller weddings can be better. smaller weddings can be better In the past year, intimate events have come into the mainstream. We constantly have brides and other clients desiring warmer and more personalized experiences. And we’re loving it! image 4 Here’s why smaller weddings can be better… While big, festive events are often heavily talked about, an intimate event has the opportunity to leave a lasting impression. In a wedding setting, for instance, two families have the opportunity to truly get to know each other and form a lasting bond. When guest lists top 300, the bride and groom do not have as much time to spend talking to each of their guests. And, often, unwanted family members appear when guest lists get too big. smaller weddings can be better However, if Dad is insisting on inviting the family dentist or the estranged fourth cousin, a bigger event can still be made to feel smaller with simple, personalized touches. This helps the long list of attendees become more familiar with the bride and groom. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite personalized touches that make an event feel intimate and personal, regardless of its size. A few ideas since we have so many and love to personalize events, include: - Personalized chargers Aspen Wedding Planner - Themed tables such as these tables with the couples favorite rock band names [caption id="attachment_1032" align="aligncenter" width="736"]Photo from Pinterest Photo from Pinterest[/caption] - Escort cards that include the table names of your favorite places in the area you are getting married or nicknames for some of your guests. smaller wedding can be better - Photos of you and your guests strung up at the rehearsal dinner Smaller weddings can be better   Looking for more reasons why smaller weddings can be better? Check out these sites: Huffington Post The Knot
July 23, 2014

Unique Wedding Gifts

The Gold Leaf Guide to Unique Wedding Gifts

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The gifts we buy for our favorite couples should reflect their personalities. As each of their relationships and stories are unique, we’ve created a guide to assist guests in making their “perfect present” shopping list. Whether your summer calendar is filled with weddings for your most traditional friends, or you have a wacky wedding to attend, we have fun and imaginative ideas to ensure your gift won’t go forgotten! Enjoy these unique wedding gifts.

Attending weddings has become quite expensive; as it’s rare a guest list only consists of people who live in the place where the wedding is taking place. If you have several friends attending the same wedding, you can suggest going in on what we call a “themed” unique wedding gift. Rather than getting your best bud a spatula that’s left over on their registry, have 11 of your friends purchase gift certificates to their favorite spots to dine! 12 pre-planned date nights lets the newlyweds off the hook for the cost of date night, once a month for the first year of their marriage.   unique wedding giftsWith summer in full swing, and whether the newlyweds are already living together or moving into their new digs, a grill is a hot pick for a summer wedding gift. The cost of a grill and all of its tools can be rather pricey; therefore this is a great idea for a “group” gift. Costco has a variety of options, and a fabulous return and exchange policy… Just in case! Unique Wedding GiftsFor the sporty couple, who already has a complete kitchen (or doesn’t want one)… His and hers golf bags, tennis racquets, bikes, camping gear or hiking shoes make great gifts! Typically the “sporty” couple is also the “nutrition conscience” couple, in which case you can’t go wrong with a Vitamix. unique wedding gifts unique wedding giftsFor our lakeside brides, we found this very rare, super exclusive company called Below the Boat, you can select which lake your friends are getting married near, and Below the Boat creates a work of art out of wood for the couple to hang in their new home. Another intimate and thoughtful gift is a woven photo blanket. With the excessive picture taking and easy access to our friend’s photos, this is a huge hit for the photo-happy couple! Lake Michigan wedding giftWhether you create something personal or buy something expensive, your presences is more important to the couple than your presents and they’re going to be happy you’re spending the most important day of their lives with them!