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Wedding Hair Stylist Q&A

An interview with a professional wedding hair stylist

Brides want to be picture perfect on their Big Day! We Design Weddings has paired up with Alicia Daugherty of Gala’s Hair Quarters in downtown Kansas City to answer some common questions posed by brides about wedding day hair! Alicia has been a lifelong stylist, practicing her art on everything from Barbie dolls to her sister and friends. “My passion has yet to fade. Nothing is better than seeing the strong expression of a happy lady on her wedding day!” she says. Enjoy Alicia’s expert advice!

We decided to start with the basics, and asked Alicia what brides should be looking for in a wedding hair stylist. Here are her thoughts:

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Wedding Planner Q&A

An interview with a professional wedding planner

The three little birds at We Design Weddings have paired up with Come Join Us, LLC to answer some basic questions posed by brides about hiring a wedding planner for your Big Day! Lucia Herrera O’Connor has been planning weddings in the Kansas City area for the past three years, and has fallen in love with her job! “I love the idea of helping a bride enjoy her big day without worrying about all the ‘moving parts,’” she says. Please enjoy Lucia’s expert advice!

We asked Lucia to talk a little about wedding planning in general. It seems everyone has heard of a wedding planner, but many brides are left wondering how exactly a planner can make her planning process less stressful.… > Read More

Wedding Makeup Q&A

Tips and tricks from a professional makeup artist

We Design Weddings has paired up with Joli Image Consulting to bring you a special list of advice about skin care and makeup for your wedding day! Lisa Freeman, co-owner of Joli Image Consulting, has been in the makeup and skincare industry for over 25 years. For Lisa, being a makeup artist is more than just an artistic outlet – “I have always loved making people look and feel beautiful!” she says. Enjoy Lisa’s expert advice!

Let’s start with skincare. Many brides completely neglect to think about beauty regimen in the months leading up to the Big Day, only to end up using a facial mask the night before which causes them to break out and require extra makeup in the morning.… > Read More

Selecting Wedding Ceremony Music

Selecting Wedding Ceremony Music

Alternatives for “Here Comes the Bride”

Many brides have known which song she would choose for her Big Moment for years! Others have carefully selected a song and kept it a secret, only to have it be the most popular selection by the time they get hitched. We Design Weddings has helped brides put together a slate of music for the wedding ceremony that both captures the character of the happy couple and communicates positive, upbeat messages for friends and family in attendance. We wanted to share a few tips and less-traditional ideas on music!

Bridal Showers 101 Part 3

Bridal Showers 101 Part 3

Towel Registry

You’ve registered for your kitchen – let’s move on to the bath! To the Bride dedicates several pages to towels, and we’re ready to share it with you! There are hundreds of brands of towels available in various stores across America, but in 1956 “Martex and quality are synonymous. For more than fifty years Martex has pioneered in the development of fabric, color and design. Several of Martex’ original patterns and constructions, both in terry towels and kitchen towels, have been selected for their good design to be displayed by the Museum of Modern Art.” Although we were unable to find the collection that featured their towels, Martex is still considered a great brand of towel in 2014! Today the line is owned by WestPoint Home, which also manages Izod, Ralph Lauren, Hanes, and Five Star Hotel.… > Read More

Bridal Showers 101 Part 2

Bridal Showers 101 Part 2

Fine China Registry

A Bridal Shower simply isn’t complete without a Bridal Registry to notify your friends and family what you and your sweetie really want! We Design Weddings wanted to spend the next couple posts talking about bridal registry items. Enjoy!

Perusing To the Bride, we enjoyed reading through their suggestions on how to pick out fine china patterns! We cross-referenced the information to what advisers are suggesting today and were shocked to find out that most of the information is the same. It may seem a little old hat to be picking out a china pattern as part of your wedding gift registry, but today’s fine dinnerware companies would beg to differ. We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a few popular patterns and pass along advice about what to buy when it comes to fine china.… > Read More

Bridal Showers 101 Part 1

The Basics

With the days warming up and the birds singing again, it’s a sure sign Spring is on its way! Along with the new life created during this time, families and friends of brides everywhere will be gathering together to throw bridal showers for their special lady!

We Design Weddings thought it would be fun to talk about these fun parties. We came across a book at an estate sale circa 1950, which composed the following poem to brides about showers:
Bridal Shower Poem posted by We Design Weddings Custom Wedding Invitations and Accessories
“In all the great excitement
Of your wedding gown and flowers…
Don’t forget, above all else,
You’ll have a lot of showers.

The shower offers an excuse
For parties…and to boot,
Besides the fun you’re bound to have,
You’ll get a lot of loot.
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Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

We can’t help falling in love with ‘em!

Love is in the air, and lovers everywhere will be exchanging words and tokens of their feelings in a few short weeks. We Design Weddings has been struck by cupid, and we were inspired to compile a list of some unique, handcrafted Valentine’s Day gifts. Skip the roses and chocolates, and go for one of these gems. You’re bound to impress your significant other and make 2.14.14 a Valentine’s Day to remember.
First up is a gift that can keep on giving all the year through! A playing card book outlining 52 Reasons Why I Love You! This gift will be exclusively offered by We Design Weddings through Valentine’s Day. Order your booklet empty, awaiting your mushy, private messages to him or her.… > Read More

Wedding Color Trend 2014

Ravishing Radiant Orchid

We’re ringing in the New Year here at We Design Weddings! As the snow begins to melt and the sun lingers in the sky a bit longer each day, we’re preparing ourselves for one of the most loving, liveliest times of the year – Wedding Season! We’ve just learned that Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year has been named Radiant Orchid, and we couldn’t keep from putting together a visual palette using this magical color. Enjoy!
Pantone Inc. is known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), which is a standardized color reproduction key. The system uses 13 base pigments mixed in specific amounts to create 1,114 spot colors which are used by printers across the nation, allowing them to match colors without mailing physical swatches back and forth.… > Read More

Holiday Gifts for Newlyweds

The holidays are upon us,

and along with the jingling of bells and toasting of glasses, the layers of clothes and pounds of sweets, there are perhaps some of the fondest memories of our friends and family. Newlyweds who will be celebrating their first Christmas as a family are a unique addition to your list this year, and We Design Weddings has decided to compile a set of gift suggestions that are particularly special for the new Mr. and Mrs.

With all of those new wedding photos, they will surely appreciate a picture frame. Kick it up a notch and make it personal with a handmade wooden frame, personalized with their last name! Spools of Grace makes such a frame, and it will arrive at your door just in time to wrap for Christmas.… > Read More