Jenny Peckham launches exclusive bridesmaid dress line with Dessy.com.

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Happy New year to all my lovely brides to be!!

Today, I was particuarrly SO excited to see that one of my absolute favorite UK bridal designers Jenny Packham is now designing beautiful bridesmaid dresses at very affordable prices! Yes please!! Decided I must share this info immdeiately and post right away so you can get ahold of them while they are in stock since it is a recent launch.  They are truly fab and it is so exciting. Kate Moss, Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet are all among the huge fans of Jenny Packham dresses and with good reason!

Are you planning a spring or summer wedding? These dresses are perfect for an english country garden theme, boho or any outdoor feeling springy or summery wedding! Think fresh flowers, soft colors and lots of movement and flow in these dresses. Think ethereal and carefree yet refined, elegant, class and on trend.

Here is a little background on designer Jenny Packham below and I am excited for you to see her line and dresses below! Any questions please ask, I have also included links in this post that will take you straight to purchase. Just click on dress photo or any imbedded blue links that are highlighted throughtout my post and it will take you straight to Dessy.com where you can purchase. (See below for a discount code as well!!).

A Great Dessy coupon I would like to share with you – New Customers – 15% off + free shipping – USNEW15 . Enter at checkout for discount.

“One of the UK’s most successful and independent fashion brands with global recognition, Jenny Packham has become the design house of choice when it comes to social dressing. Red carpets the world over are graced with Packham’s designs worn by the most iconic, talented and influential women of our generation including: Taylor Swift, Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie, Emily Blunt, Kate Winslet, Dita von Teese, Kate Hudson and Oscar winner Adele Adkins. “I am delighted to be launching our Jenny Packham Bridesmaids collection, exclusive to the Dessy Group. Designing bridalwear is one of my greatest pleasures and to extend the signature Jenny Packham style and design aesthetic to create a beautiful, elegant bridesmaids collection inspired by the English country garden, is extremely exciting.” – Jenny Packham”

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Happy planning and any questions please be in touch with me!

XOXO,

Kirstin

Kirstin@FrouFrouLebleu.com

 

For my other post of Jenny Packham bridal please click here 

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Stella and Dot Special Occasion and Bridal Jewelry. Make a statement and stay on budget!

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Note – This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. However all opinions and articles are my own.

Yay, It’s your special day!!  You’ve chosen the dress, the cake, the venue, the flowers, so what’s next? Your wedding jewelry of course!  This is a fun opportunity to take your bestie, mom or future mother-in-law out for some bonding as well as a time to choose the pieces that reflect you!I have some helpful tips for you as you plan your wedding jewelry.

Your wedding gown is one of the centerpieces of this special day and you want your jewelry to complement your dress, not clash.  For a traditional white gown stick with softer hues like platinum settings and pearls.  If you’re wearing an ivory gown yellow gold is a great way to bring out the undertones of the gown as well as stand out.  Diamond-white gowns work with any metal really, from yellow to rose gold to platinum, it’s very versatile!

Your necklace and earrings are important but don’t let your wrist go lonely! For your cake cutting pictures, wedding ring pictures, and any close-ups a beautiful bracelet will not go unnoticed for sure!  For a more traditional look, try a bracelet with lots of art deco sparkle which makes for a gorgeous vintage feel!  Colored jewels like blue topaz (my favorite and something blue!) and peridot make for a colorful fun experience!

Check out these gorgeous and affordable Stella and Dot pieces! Maybe you will find something absolutely perfect for you wedding or special occasion. :-)

Click on any photo or highlighted link in text to shop!

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Deco Drop Earrings – $44

Deco faceted CZ and Czech crystals adorn delicate vintage inspired drops. These are amazing and probably my favorite piece! So pretty!

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CASABLANCA CHANDELIERS $59

I just adore these Art Deco inspired, pavé-encrusted, geometric chandeliers. Versatile function gets you three earrings in one–from chandelier to drop to stud. Makes the perfect match to The Casablanca bracelet. (below)

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Casablanca Bracelet $79

We adore this Art Deco-inspired statement bracelet. A beautiful combination of crystal and pavé stones set in a vintage-inspired pattern. Looks stunning alone or paired with the Vintage Crystal Bracelet for extra sparkle.

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MADDIE PEARL EARRINGS $29

Gorgeous little classic pearl earrings! Perfect for that timeless finishing touch! Delicate glass pearls dangle from a rhodium ring with a touch of sparkle!

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Nancy Studs $24

Gorgeous little sparkly earrings. They come in Gold, Peach and Silver to approprately match your dress. A wardrobe essential that’s far from basic. Round glass crystals are surrounded by prongs in gold plating. Wear them with everything, day to night. You can’t go wrong!! Perfect and classy.

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SOMERVELL NECKLACE $59

Faceted triangular glass crystals sparkle in this quintessential Somervell layering necklace. This crystal necklace transitions beautifully from day to night. Add to several of our statement necklaces for that touch of sparkle! So elegant and has that pop of color..the peach looks gorgeous with an ivory dress and definitely compliments!

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GRACE CHANDELIERS $44

These elegant earrings are hand cast from delicate leaves that Blythe found while in Northern California.Totally unique and artsy. The natural fern design will add the perfect touch of romance to your look – can be dressed up or down. Perfect for a Bohemian and earthy style wedding!

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GRACE CUFF $59

The gold natural fern design will add the perfect touch of romance to your look – can be dressed up or down. Pairs perfect with the Grace earrings (above)!

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CHANTILLY LACE CHANDELIER EARRINGS $49

Amazingly delicate and so on point with Vintage flair. These gold plated filigree earrings were inspired by a piece of vintage lace. I just love these earrings so much!

 

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CHANTILLY LACE CUFF $98

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Matching the Chantilly lace earrings, this gold plated filigree cuff was inspired by a piece of vintage lace. A beautiful statement piece. Super cool and obviously can be worn after the wedding! Perfect for an edgy wedding with a hip statement bride.

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Enjoy shopping! Hope you find your perfect mate piece of jewelry!

XOXO,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu

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Sugar and Spice – Pretty flowergirl dresses to die for!

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She may be small, but your flower girl has a big job! Leading the way for your walk down the aisle. Because of her unique role, a lot of thought is put into the flower girl’s dress. Many brides opt to have these darlings dressed in miniature versions of their wedding gowns. Whereas Other flower girls are outfitted in white dresses with sashes to match the bridesmaids. From tiered skirts to floral boho accents, each option is cuter than the next. Move over, Suri Cruise; these trends will have your flower girls looking like little fashionistas!!

Check out these fun and totally affordable flower girl dresses from Dessy!

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How to decide on what flower girl dress is right for you & your little flower!

Formality
Something to keep in mind when choosing the perfect flower girl dress is formality. The formality of her dress will depend on the formality of the wedding. If you are having your wedding on the beach, then your flower girl’s dress should be something in light and airy colors, such as pastels (light pinks, blues, yellows, etc.) and simple designs. If you are having your wedding in a ballroom setting, then you want to pick a fancy dress for your flower girl.

Style
When choosing the style of your flower girl’s dress, keep in mind that you want to stay within the style of the wedding. As she is walking down the aisle in front of the bride, gently tossing the flower petals on the floor, all eyes in the room will be on her first. You can stay calm in knowing that even though wedding styles have dramatically changed over the years, the style of the flower girl dress has not changed that much. You can choose to have this beautiful little girl’s flower dress made into a special little version of the bride’s wedding gown or even a flower girl version of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Color
When choosing the color of your little flower girl’s dress, you also want to maintain the colors in the wedding. If you choose to go with having her dress in a miniature version of the bride’s gown, but you still want some color in it, you can incorporate some of the color scheme by putting pretty ribbons and bows in her hair or maybe some small flowers pinned on her dress or a hair wreath (carefully of course).

Comfort
It does not matter how young or old your flower girl is, you still want her to be comfortable in her dress. She will look very beautiful in her flower girl dress, but I can guarantee that if she is not comfortable, your whole wedding will follow suit. Little girls love dressing up for special occasions and they should. Even though we are talking about flower girl dresses, you need to keep in mind that you will have to pick out a matching pair of shoes that she can wear for a long period of time and not start whining. It is recommended you buy her flats (no matter how much she may beg for heels) that are made of patent leather.

Wrinkle Factor and Quality
You want to keep in mind that little girls do not sit still either at the reception nor will they stand still while you say your vows. They also will not remain still even though they are already dressed while you try to put on your wedding gown either. Since she will want to move around and on the off chance you can get her to stay seated while you dress, you want to make sure that your flower girl’s dress stays neat and pretty. Always pick fabrics that are not easily wrinkled and possibly ripped.

Season
The weather and time of year will play a big part in the style of the flower girl dress you pick out. If you are getting married in the summer or spring, then you want to make sure you do not get something that has long sleeves as she will be very hot and may tend to complain more. If your wedding is going to be in the winter or fall, you don’t want to pick a dress that has short sleeves as she will get cold. You also want to pick your flower girl dress in accordance with what colors are for the season, just as you did when you set your wedding date.

Length
There are two different lengths that you should consider when picking your flower girl dress, floor-length and tea-length. If you choose tea-length, make sure the socks or tights that you choose to go with it are appropriate for the style of the dress you choose. If you decide to go with floor-length, make sure that your flower girl will not trip over it. You do not want your beautiful little flower girl to fall and get embarrassed in front of everybody. In my opinion, tea-length is probably your best choice.

Budget
We all know that in planning and setting up your wedding, you have a budget that you have to follow as getting married can cost a lot of money. If money becomes an issue when choosing which flower dress to buy, you can look at purchasing her dress online or you can just buy her a nice party dress. If you choose to shop online for your flower girl dress, you can find a lot of great deals because shopping online can be cheaper than buying in a bridal shop. If you go with buying a party dress as a flower girl dress, make sure that you at least get one that complements the bridesmaid dresses.

Here are some great inspirations below on how to give your flower girl’s dress that special vintage boho flair with the above dresses! Add hair accessories to really amp up her look! 

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Happy Planning!

xoxo,

Kirstin @ FrouFrouLeBleu

 

 

 

Your Last Minute Pre-Wedding Day Checklist! Start making notes! :-)

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Last Minute Checklist

In the craziness of all the day-of excitement, it’s so darn easy for even the most detail-oriented person to forget to take care of some last minute wedding details, whether it be to make sure grandma Irene’s restricted diet dish with the special gluten free details is accounted for or to pop a couple of breath mints before the big kiss. I know it can and will be so easy to forget some minor and major details for your big day! I know I did.

So, I decided to make this list of things I think are most important as far as last minute wedding details that could ruin your big day if not attended to and if you don’t make that checklist! So, read mine and let your worries fall to the wayside! :-)

1. Check in with your vendors.

“Confirm arrangements with your pros and make sure they all have exact directions and a contact person’s cell phone number,” advises Julie Pryor of Pryor Events in Los Angeles.

2. Prepare final payments.

“Pay your vendors ahead of time,” says Emilie Duncan of Emilie Duncan Event Planning in Columbus, Ohio. “Then you don’t have to try to remember what is owed to whom on your wedding day.”

3. Have an “insurance policy.”

“When your vendors collect your final payments, have each of them sign a note indicating he’s received it,” advises Samantha Goldberg of Gold Events Planning in New Jersey. “Then if anyone claims he wasn’t paid, you will have proof that he was.”

4. Create tip envelopes.

“If you plan on tipping anyone, such as the banquet captain, wait staff or DJ, prepare envelopes with their names and insert the correct amounts,” says Duncan. “Sealed envelopes are a whole lot safer than a big stack of bills in someone’s pocket!”

5. Bring extra cash just in case.

“You might want to give a gratuity to someone who you feel has gone above and beyond the call of duty,” says Kathi R. Evans, event coordinator for All the Best Weddings and Celebrations, based in New Jersey.

6. Drop your luggage off early.

“If you’ll be staying overnight at a hotel after the reception, bring your bags the night before or have a friend or family member drop them off the morning of the wedding,” suggests Sarah Lusardi, wedding planner for NY Engagements, LLC, in New York.

7. Pack for your honeymoon early.

Doing it sooner rather than later is the way to guarantee one less worry,” says Pryor. “Also, make sure your passports and travel documents are in order.”

8. Pack properly for your destination wedding.

“Make a list of all the important things you need to bring and, if possible, pack them as carry-on,” says Cindy Clearwater of SunCelebrations in the Virgin Islands. “You may be able to pick up such necessities as drugstore items at your wedding destination, but don’t assume so.”

9. Have wedding items in place before the big day.

Lusardi suggests having your wedding favors, toasting glasses, cake knife and server delivered to your reception site a few days beforehand. For anything going to the ceremony site, designate a trusted friend or family member to get everything there before the guests arrive.

10. Put your signature-drink recipes in writing.

“Give a list to your bartender the day before, so he doesn’t forget exactly what you want,” says Sasha Souza of Sasha Souza Events in California.

11. Name those tunes.

Songs are often covered or remade by different bands, so double-check with your DJ or band leader that they have the versions you want.

12. Have a discussion with your photographer.

“Leave nothing to chance. Give him or her a list of people you’d like to have photographed together,” advises Pryor. “He’ll probably get the obvious ones, but if you want a picture of your sorority sisters or everyone who flew in for your wedding or your new husband’s coworkers, let your photographer know in advance.”

13. Create a wedding-day photography schedule.

Jean Picard, state coordinator for the Association of Bridal Consultants in California, says this is the best way to keep things moving smoothly. “For example,” she says, “if the bride, the bridesmaids and the bride’s family are being photographed at 3:15 p.m., this means they need to be at the location at 3:00 p.m., fully dressed, coiffed and made up. You don’t want a bridesmaid thinking she can pull into the parking lot at 3:15 p.m. with rollers in her hair and her dress in a garment bag!”

14. Create a day-of itinerary.

“Write a detailed schedule for the bridal party and family to be distributed after the rehearsal,” suggests Jo Ann S. Woodward, wedding coordinator in Texas. “This lets people know where and when to arrive for photographs and so on.”

15. Review printed materials.

“Be sure to carefully check place cards, table numbers, menus and programs for errors several days before your wedding,” says Pryor.

16. Make your guests feel loved.

“Have thoughtful welcome gifts with personalized notes waiting for your guests in their hotel rooms,” adds Pryor.

17. Line your cards up.

“Arrange all your escort and seating cards in alphabetical order ahead of time,” suggests Souza. “Bring an extra copy of the seating arrangements or give it to a bridesmaid and let her be in charge of it.”

18. Hydrate your flowers.

“Have a vase of water ready for bouquets when it is hot and dry outside,” Goldberg advises. “Certain flowers, like hydrangea and lilies, need water, so if you want your bouquet to live past the ceremony, don’t let it get thirsty!” Souza adds, “Order a few extra boutonnieres in case some die or are lost.”

19. Figure out how to get your gown to your location.

If you and your bridesmaids expect to dress at your ceremony site, don’t end up trying to fit large garment bags into one car along with you and your maids. If you have a plan in place, you’ll avoid stress.

20. Get your limo driver’s number.

“Don’t forget to bring his cell phone number in case you change your exit time or leave something in the car,” suggests Isha Foss, wedding consultant and owner of Isha Foss Events, based in Virginia. “At midnight, it won’t help to have only the office number.”

21. Arrange transportation home for your bridal party.

“Don’t strand your attendants at your wedding location!” says Duncan. “If they’re planning to arrive via shared transportation, make sure they have a ride at the end of the evening as well.”

22. Prepare for rain.

“If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, be sure to have a tent set up and umbrellas on hand for guests just in case,” suggests Goldberg.

23. Nominate a gift caretaker.

“Designate in advance someone to take your presents home,” suggests Foss. “Give her a house key so she can have everything there for you when you return.”

24. Designate a wedding-day supervisor.

“Have a well-organized relative arrive early at the ceremony and reception site to ensure everything is in order,” suggests Lusardi.

25. Give your legal documents to someone responsible.

“Appoint someone to keep your signed marriage license until the end of the evening so it doesn’t get lost,” says Duncan. “Some honeymoon locations will give you special perks if you show proof that you’re honeymooners. That license may be all you’ll have.”

26. Don’t go hungry!

“Pre-order breakfast delivery to your hotel room the morning of the wedding,” says Souza. “Going through the day on an empty stomach isn’t helpful in dealing with all the excitement.”

27. Make sure everyone knows when it’s over.

“Double-check the end time of your wedding with your venue, as well as the time it must be cleared out, and give this information to all vendors,” says Foss. This will prevent unexpected overtime fees.

28. Pack a big-day emergency kit.

Lusardi suggests including bobby pins, hairspray, face powder, lip gloss and lipstick, hemming tape for last-minute repairs, traction pads for heels, a pair of panty hose, an umbrella and a shawl, stain remover, tissues and backup copies of your music choices should something happen to the originals.

Most of all and finally...Enjoy your wedding day!!

Oh and trying to stay calm, relaxed and pretty is pretty important too!

Hugs!

XOXO,

Kirstin@froufroulebleu.com

It’s Fall! Time to put the finishing touches on your Winter wedding! Check out these beautiful vintage winter wedding ideas!

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10 New Winter Wedding Ideas

My favorite time of the year is Fall, mainly because that means it’s almost Winter! Even though I live in Southern California, I still do appreciate the cooler “sweater” weather, that crisp feeling in the air and just love getting ready for the holidays! My husband told me I should be living in New England and I am born to be wearing cozy sweaters, hunter boots and bundling up by thee fire with a nice cup of coffee!

Snowflakes and pinecones are tried-and-true winter wedding motifs, but don’t feel bound to these seasonal standbys. Here are 10 ways to reinvent your winter wedding! Is this you? If so, check out some of these great ideas and photos to see if anything works for your theme and decor!

1) Wedding Colors

Reds and greens certainly reflect the season, but overdo this color combo, and your wedding may seem more holiday-oriented than you intended.

What’s Hot Now: Consider a less-is-more approach to your color palette: Silver and white with crystal accents can add some serious glamour to your winter wedding. For your ceremony, try a white velvet aisle runner trimmed with white satin ribbon, or decorate the altar with a crystal curtain backdrop adorned with hanging strands of elegant white phalaenopsis orchids. If you’re exchanging vows outdoors, get your guests in on creating the ambience by giving out clear umbrellas to friends and family members as they arrive.

2) The Flowers

Red roses, calla lilies, and amaryllis are decidedly winter wedding flowers, but if you step outside the flower box, and you’ll find a variety of options for winter blooms.

What’s Hot Now: Consider fuller flowers, such as white hydrangeas and soft ranunculuses. White boutonnieres can be handsome when they’re accented with greenery, but they also look great with a simple white ribbon. Add sparkle to your bouquet by wrapping the stems in ribbon embellished with crystals.

3) Invitations

Since winter weddings are usually held indoors (it’s an ideal time for ballroom receptions), they often call for a more formal invitations.

What’s Hot Now: A black-tie event is nicely conveyed by heavy cardstock and a navy blue, chocolate-brown, or even eggplant font with hand calligraphy. For a fresh way to achieve a formal tone for your winter wedding, use thick, frosted Plexiglas invitations in white scripted ink. Send the sturdy invites out to all your guests tucked into silver envelope liners.

4) Centerpieces

Go beyond glowing candles to add both warmth and romance to your reception site.

What’s Hot Now: If you want to heighten the drama, bring in the icy outdoors with ice-carved vases on your reception tables. Have your florist fill the vases with tall winter-white branches and hanging crystals to reflect the light from the tables. Surround the centerpieces with votive candles, and top your tables with white dupioni table linens and frosted glass china.

5) Escort Cards

Miniature sleighs and holly motifs stamped onto your escort cards would spell out the season pretty clearly, but they might not dazzle your guests.

What’s Hot Now: Leave everyone awestruck as they retrieve their escort cards by making the entire table sparkle. Have the cards hand-calligraphed in silver ink and attach them to individual crystals with a ribbon. Hang each from an oversized crystal candelabra centerpiece for a new take on the popular escort card tree.

6) The Music

A classical pianist playing during dinner is a sure way to create an elegant ambience, but consider a more unexpected accompaniment.

What’s Hot Now: For a twist on the tunes, consider hiring an a capella quartet to sing background music at your reception. Have the group sing your favorite jazz and pop songs to set a welcoming and festive tone for the evening. If you’re into a more classical sound, hire a cellist and ask that Vivaldi’s “Winter” be included in the repertoire.

7) Cocktail Hour

A winter cocktail hour calls for warm, comforting drinks. You really can’t go wrong with hot chocolate and warm apple cider, but it’s your wedding — why not take every opportunity (drinks included) to add an element of surprise?

What’s Hot Now: Serve up white hot chocolate in small espresso cups and eggnog in small punch glasses for your guests as they arrive. At the bar, offer saketinis (Japanese rice wine and sweet-flavored vodka) in glasses rimmed with sugar crystals.

8) The Cake

A wedding cake trimmed in red or green ribbon or topped with roses looks pretty, but bakers who are willing to push the fondant envelope can reflect the winter in totally creative ways.

What’s Hot Now: Play up the season with a white, vintage-style cake, dusted with edible silver powder. For accents, have your baker add a white sugar ribbon and crystal drops cascading down one side of the cake.

9)Favors

Food wedding favors are always a hit, but if cookies or truffles seem passe, try new treat ideas to send your guests home satisfied.

What’s Hot Now: Give out small packages of chocolate-covered cranberries or roasted chestnuts. An over-the-top idea that will undoubtedly impress: Have your caterer set up a hot chocolate and churros station to top off the evening.

10) Honeymoons

While many couples flee the blustery weather for warmer (and sandier) locales for their honeymoon, a winter wedding can segue perfectly into a snowy escape.

What’s Hot Now: Embrace the season and rent a cozy log cabin for a week in Lake Placid, or join the jet-setters at a luxurious hotel in Aspen for some serious skiing, wining, dining, and snuggling.

Ok, let’s get started with ogling over some gorgeous photos and ideas!!! The best part! :-)

Happy Planning!

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xoxo,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu

 

 

 

Pre-wedding Skincare Woes and tips to help you avoid them!

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This was a fun post for me to write. I am a closet skincare junkie and am obsessed with beauty, spas and wellness. I get excited at the sheer thought of a lavender scented oil and some Enya playing in a treatment room, lol. So, even though this post may not be all about spas…you can think of your skincare regime as a journey to your personal wellness and you can do treatments at home which will help prep your skin for your wedding day. Don’t worry..you can get some amazing spa and pampering time in on your honeymoon. 😉

Ok, as a bride, of course you’ve taken great care to make sure you look picture-perfect from head to toe, right? Designer pumps are on your pedicured feet, and your glittering flowing white dress is accented by gorgeous headpiece you’ve chosen or the perfect vintage inspired veil which will lie atop your beautify; flowing locks pr perfectly coifed up do!

You feel confident and beautiful, am I right? No one can steal the spotlight from you on your wedding day! Then.. the horror..before you turn the corner to walk down the aisle, you take a quick look in the mirror to discover that a flaming red pimple has taken up residence in the space between your perfectly shaped brow, eek!! You open your mouth to scream, but instead, you wake up in a cold sweat. It was all a pre-wedding nightmare.

To any bride slacking off on their daily skincare regimen, don’t let this nightmare become your reality! Use the months during your engagement to whip your pores into tip-top shape, no matter what the present-day condition of your complexion may be. Every bride can have skin that radiates with a natural glow..all it takes is a little preparation and special attention to detail. Here are 10 tips I’ve put together to help you achieve gorgeous skin by the time your wedding day arrives! Hope it helps! It’s helped me writing this even if I am already married! Every girl needs a little skincare help to give us that special glow!

Get ready to inspect those pores

Alright girls..pull out a magnified mirror, turn on a bright light (Oh no!!) and take a long look at your reflection. Do you have dry skin or an oily complexion? Knowing your skin type will help you decide which skin care regimen is right for you. If you suffer from regular breakouts or acne, you may need to seek the help of a professional to ensure your skin is in great shape by the wedding. Some medications take up to 12 weeks to take effect, so book an appointment with a dermatologist for a consultation at least six months in advance of the big day. Even if you don’t have a year to prep your pores, it’s important to adopt a healthy skin care regimen as soon as possible! I think you will thank me on your wedding day!

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Drink plenty of H2O!

It’s no secret that drinking water is good for your health. And while experts can’t prove that drinking pure H20 will give you clear skin, it can’t hurt to cut carbonated beverages from your diet and drink more water instead! I always wonder if thats true so I slack on drinking water myself, but I will tell you that once I start pounding the water, great things start happening in my body and my skin does indeed have a much prettier look! Some attribute a glowing complexion to water, and that may be true. Experts report that drinking two or more glasses of water a day increases blood flow to the skin, perhaps giving the organ a little boost at the same time. Fine lines and wrinkles may become more visible if you’re dehydrated, so drink plenty of water in the months before your wedding to look and feel your very best. So drink up my Ladies!!

Wash your face every day

Regardless of how much makeup you wear, it’s imperative that you wash your face every night before you go to bed in order to maintain a clear complexion. Use a cleanser that will effectively wash away makeup, dirt and bacteria from your face, and when you’re traveling, use makeup remover towelettes as a convenient alternative. When in doubt, reach for a foaming cleanser that rinses with water — it works well with most people’s complexions, including those who suffer from breakouts. No matter what skin type you have, always use cold water to rinse the suds away — skin could become irritated when exposed to hot temperatures. I also notice that if I have any broken capillaries (which I do sadly), that the warmer or hotter the water is…the more irritated they become. Keep it cool..

Bad Blemish!

No matter how hard to you try to keep your skin in tip-top shape, the stress of planning a wedding is bound to leave you with a pesky pimple or two over the course of your engagement. I find this still to this day during a stressful time or that “time of the month” especially.  To safely zap a zit, dab a small amount of benzoyl peroxide on its surface before going to bed. The blemish should dry out and reduce in size, and in some cases, it could completely disappear by morning. Whatever you do, never squeeze or pick at a blemish (although so tempting!!), even if you’re in a pinch! Doing this could result in an infection, or worse,  leave you with a permanent scar. eek!

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize, did I say Moisturize??

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Skipping the use of a daily moisturizer will most likely wreak havoc on your skin. Whether you wash your face in the shower or in the sink, apply a moisturizer immediately after drying off — skin is porous and will absorb liquid best during this time.

Those with oily complexions may choose an oil-free moisturizer that’s applied only once a day, while those with dry skin may need a product that’s applied in the morning and at night. Remember, you don’t have to treat all patches of skin the same. Pay attention to which areas are dry and oily, and moisturize accordingly!

Get your beauty rest girlies!

Never underestimate the power of getting a good night’s sleep. It’s not just good for your well-being, but your skin will benefit from a good snooze fest, too. The body produces more proteins as we sleep, rejuvenating tissues and cells, so getting enough rest is important to having healthy skin. Ever notice how on a night you get awful sleep you look awful too? (insert smiley face here!). Sleep deprivation can leave you looking puffy with dark circles under the eyes, so avoid over-celebrating at the bar with your bridesmaids or any late-night wedding planning, especially right before the big day. Make a conscious effort to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep every night and you’re sure to look and feel your best as a result.

Keep Makeup Brushes Clean

Not only can dirty brushes muddy the colors of your makeup palette, but they’re full of dirt and bacteria, too, which can be detrimental to your complexion. No bride needs to deal with blemishes, so clean makeup brushes regularly with a little shampoo and water to avoid any breakouts on the big day. After rinsing the suds from your brushes, hang them up, bristles facing down, and allow them to dry completely before using them again.

Try some at home face masks

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While masks shouldn’t replace your daily cleansing routine, wearing one regularly can improve your complexion. Masks melt hard sebum that resides deep in your pores, removing grit and grime that most daily skincare products are unable to do. Plus they look funny and you can scare anyone around you while wearing. haha!

Those with oily skin should wear a mask every other day to remove oil and dirt, while those with dry skin should wear a mask sparingly — just once or twice a month. Even though masks work well with most skin types, don’t wait until right before the wedding to try one for the first time — there is a small chance that you could have an allergic reaction!

Slather on that SPF!

Many brides want their white dress to pop against bronze, sun-kissed skin, but exposing yourself to the sun’s harmful rays without wearing sunscreen is dangerous to your health. To prevent skin from burning, choose cosmetics with built-in SPF. These makeup products should include a label with PA+, PA+ or PA+++ to indicate the level of UVA protection in the formula, but achieving full coverage doesn’t stop there. Most women don’t wear a makeup application heavy enough to protect them over the course of an entire day, so it’s best to layer moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher on skin before applying a base. When you’re outdoors for a significant amount of time, always reapply sunscreen and makeup to ensure long-lasting coverage from morning to night. Finally, don’t forget to wear lip balm that’s SPF 30 or higher to maintain a perfect pout — a very important accessory for a successful first kiss as husband and wife!

Hope these tips helped and you will be on your way to a fresh face for your wedding day!

XOXO,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu

 

 

21 Day Fix Program by Autumn Calabrese – Lose Weight and Get in Shape for your Wedding day!

21 Day Fix EXTREME gives you everything you need for serious results.
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OK..so, who’s ready to get in shape and lose weight for your wedding day?

Ok, first of all, make sure you follow my new bridal weight loss and fitness page here called fit and fab bride – click RIGHT HERE for my Facebook page accountability group for brides just like you! here is my personal coaching page as well, I am not a coach with beach body, but just offer a free page for you to feel inspired and motivated. – https://www.facebook.com/coachkirstinlawrence

21 Day Fix EXTREME gives you everything you need for serious results.

So I  decided to do this post because I really want to tell you all about this great new program called the 21 day fix by beachbody! I just started it myself and so far I am amazed with the results, so far I have lost 5 pounds in 10 days. Yes I am serious! What’s crazy is…the amount of food I am eating, I mean..I am never hungry and I was shocked when I got on the scale and saw I was 5 pounds down already, um..score!! My favorite weight loss system I have ever done! I am loving the container system and the half hour amazing workouts are fabulous, super quick and easy to follow. The results are amazing and I will post a couple results of real girls who have lost weight and got in amazing shape using this program at the end of the post! I recently decided to become a beachbody coach after seeing friends have amazing results with the program. One friend lost 11.5 pounds in the 21 days and another friend lost 10 pounds. Yayy! I mean, how cool is that? Another passion of mine is Shakeology by beach body and the reason I decided to become a coach with the company. So, I lost my baby weight (my daughter is 1 and 1/2 now) of about 55 pounds in about 15 months drinking their yummy chocolate shakes, see below for my shakeology weight loss, I replaced one meal a day of their chocolate shakes and then watched what I ate and did cardio and yoga 3/4 times a week! I still drink them today and this is what brought me to the company and now I am also excited about the 21 day fix. I am drinking my Shakeology on the program and most days I will replace a meal with a shake, or have a shake as my snack. Yum! Anyhow, on to the 21 day fix and why you have to do it with me and join my challenge group for your wedding (insert huge smiley face here!!)!!! See below for Challenge groups I am always hosting for free and again I am not a beachbody coach, but I do still offer a great private (as in none of your friends can see posts on Facebook timeline) free support page!  Make sure to follow me on Facebook for  challenge groups updates!  Here is my Facebook page! “like” me here now for motivation, updates and new products! CLICK RIGHT HERE for my Facebook page and make sure to like me! Again, here is my personal fitness and health coaching page, blog also coming soon! :-) https://www.facebook.com/coachkirstinlawrence. If you purchase the program, please email me at froufroulebleu@gmail.com and I will friend you and add you to my private support group of women for help and motivation, this is a separate page I offer and not my normal Facebook “like” page. Would love to be a part of it and join our fun group!

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Ok, so What is this 21 Day Fix thing?

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21 Day Fix is a nutrition and fitness program that makes losing weight so simple, anyone can do it. Easy-to-follow portion control and 30-minute workouts take the guesswork out of losing weight to help you see results fast—up to 15 pounds in just 21 days!  Whether you want to lose a few pounds before your next vacation or jump-start a bigger weight-loss goal, 21 Day Fix is the program for you. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it works. If you’re ready to get serious, 21 Day Fix can help you lose the weight. A wedding day is the perfect start to this program because you are more motivated than ever to look fabulous for your upcoming special day! Not to mention your honeymoon…if you plan to be going somewhere bikini friendly! eek!

Ok, so why is the 21 Day Fix so effective?

Because it’s so simple! You don’t have to count calories, points, or log your food into diet software. With 21 Day Fix, everything is laid out for you. All you have to do is use the specially designed portion-control containers (they are so darn cute!!), pick your choice of food from a very long list of the different categories of approved foods (carbs, veggies, etc.) and then do one 30-minute workout per day. that’s it! Commit to it for 21 days, and you’re going to love your results. I am in my first week and will for sure be posting my results as well..keep watching this page or check out my website here! I will be starting a fitness blog as well so I will make an announcement when this is launched and be sure to give you that info once I have it for you!

What makes the 21 Day Fix unique?

It’s the only fitness and nutrition program that combines portion-control containers and world-class workouts. By placing equal emphasis on fitness and healthy portion control, 21 Day Fix can help anyone lose weight—and keep it off—in a way that’s simple and sustainable. Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, you can do it with this program. The amount of food is crazy, one day I was in “food coma” after a salad I kid you not! I then decided I was still full from lunch and so I ended up having one the yummy huge shakes I told you about called Shakeology for dinner with fruit and some almonds on the side It is like a creamy shake and feels like desert (only much healthier!) and very filling!

How does the 21 Day Fix work?

With the 21 Day Fix container system, you’ll learn how to create healthy portions simply and intuitively.  It shows you how
to eat whatever you want, in the right amounts, so you can reach your goals fast.  No guesswork, and no calorie counting! I love how it is teaching me how to eat. I am a mom of two and I run all over the place constantly and have completely lost touch with how to actually sit down for breakfast or lunch. I am either eating in a rush, having a meal replacement bar in the car…or when I do get to prepare myself something…I am eating standing up in my kitchen while I take care of my kid’s needs! Ugh. It gets crazy! So, this is really a great learning experience for me and I feel like I have the assistance of a real dietician who is helping me, plus I have the benefit of weight loss, win-win situation. Oh and the exercise program is fabulous and Autumn Calabrese is so easy to follow and she really makes it easy for you to get through it. I have never been an “at-home” dvd exercise person at all, I have always preferred the gym or outdoor activities like power-walks etc. Now that I have these DVDs I will be doing them for years! I love how there is a different dvd and exercise for each day (cardio, upper arms, lower, abs, Pilates (did that yesterday, ouch!) and even yoga! Lots of Variety with the 21 day fix I am telling you!

Who is Autumn Calabrese and why did she create the 21-day fix?

A rising star in fitness circle, Autumn Calabrese is a celebrity trainer and National Bikini Competitor. Her 14-years in dance studies sets her base to lay her foundation for her approach to exercise and wellness. Certified from NASM and AFPA, Autumn is the founder of Mighty Mommies Fitness. Through Mighty Mommies Fitness, she taught women to take care of their body and feel strong and sexy during pregnancy while raising their family. She started working on portion controlled systems to control accurate serving size while eating in 2012. Autumn’s knowledge and motivational training have earned her a reputable name in Los Angeles. Some of the famous celebrities trained under Autumn’s supervision are:
• Brooke Burke
• Rachel Zoe, and
• Tom Bergeron
Autumn- Versatile in her skills, writes for MomzInTheMix.com. Her workouts are also featured in
• C Magazine
• LA Parent
• The Palisadian Post
• Daily Candy

A few real live 21 day fix results pics! (mine included, scroll down.. :-)

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Beachody Works!

I started my journey at 180 after the birth of my seconds daughter, here is me “before” in October 2012 about a month after I gave birth to my 2nd child and right underneath is my “after” pic…of me now in May 2014!…I still drink Shakeology and am totally addicted to it now! I honestly crave those shakes! It’s amazing dense nutrition full of vitamins and super foods plus they taste amazing! My total weightless since Oct 2012 is 60 pounds!

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As promised my actual before and after the 21 day fix results. I am finally updating! I did the program for 27 days and had a couple set backs! Hey, I am human! Point is…I stuck with it and I love my results!

My before pics for the 21 day fix – 127 pounds (I am 5 ft 3)

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Drum roll… tada..My after pics for the 21 day fix! My results – a loss of just under 7 pounds. 120 and 1/2 pounds was my weight after completing the 21 day fix/ 

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And…how could I forget, my Selfie :-)

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Honeymoon Bikini Dreaming?? A little motivation for you to start this program!!

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 Want to Join my 21-day fix Challenge Group?

It’s super exciting to see the girls on my 21 day challenge group doing so well and getting amazing results! One of my girls lost 11.5lbs in just our first week weigh in. Since summer weddings are fast approaching, I’ve decided to open up the challenge once again for July and Aug. Give me 21 days…. Working out 30 minutes a day following and exact meal plan with portion control container so you know exactly how much of each food group to eat (super easy!! I am doing it and I can tell you it is easy and fun!). Nothing complicated here… Super simple and easy a child can do it, all you need to do is commit and show up in our supportive Facebook page on occasion to get results. This is an online challenge so anyone in the US or Canada can join. It’s a fun filled group of devoted and motivational individuals!! Along with me sharing my own struggles (and lord knows I have many! ha!) as I do this program with you!! If this is something you’re interested in doing send me an email to froufroulebleu@gmail.com. Lots of fun girls in the group who are serious about getting in shape and losing weight, brides and non-brides too! Open to anyone!

Hope this inspired you! I decided to do a different kind of post today and I know everyone loves a little health and fitness inspiration so hopefully I have given it to you and inspired you to try the 21 day fix with me! Email me at froufroulebleu@gmail.com if you are interested in coming on this journey with me! Remember to like me too on Facebook here !

Are you ready to lose weight and get in the best shape of your life?

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Ok ladies, who wants to join me and be a part of my next challenge group for brides!! I am setting up an accountability group and starting one soon! Email me at froufroulebleu@gmail.com and let’s do this together! Looking forward to hearing from you! Make sure to like me on Facebook too! :-)

xoxo,

Kirstin @ Froufrou Le Bleu

21 Day Fix

Spotlight on Craftsy.com – online classes on baking, sewing, jewelry, clothing design & photography classes and more!

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Have you heard of Craftsy?!

The company I am spotlighting today has developed a sort of online creative university.

It’s a website designed with creativity in mind- a place in this world where creative people can go and make new things, learn techniques from experts and polish up or advance in crafty skills.

Craftsy is a website chock full of instructional videos (really good ones!) from anything from vintage cake design, to Vintage style veils and headpieces, to retro bombshell dress designing, to knitting or vintage inspired designs, all sorts of sewing and even photography. You get the idea and I could go on.. on and on, the classes are endless.. and that’s just a small preview! In the next few months they will be adding even more courses to their catalogs!

Here is an example of just a few of their classes below..a little snippet..

 

You can take classes on your own schedule, and at your own pace, but still be able to interact with your classmates and instructors. So cool!

Craftsy produces four to six new classes a month. Courses generally cost between $20–$50.Around half of the courses are filmed in the company’s Denver studios, with the remainder being filmed in the instructor’s studio or shop. Videos also include a 30-second repeat feature to enable students to rewind to sections they have missed.

Courses are delivered by experienced craft teachers and video courses are typically 10 lessons long, amounting to five hours of video tuition. Courses paid for never expire, so can be rewatched and searched to find a particular section. Students who are having difficulty with a particular method or technique can also post a question and photo to get help from the instructor or other people taking the class, with the question appearing as a pop-up bubble below that section of the video.
In addition to video lessons, Craftsy has a range of downloadable step-by-step craft workshops, combining photographs and instructions. Workshops typically cover one project, whereas videos cover several projects or techniques.

Check out all these fabulous sewing and design classes, um…wow!

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Wanna start your own cake business and looking for ideas?

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Ever wondered about becoming a wedding photographer or learning more skills?

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Who’s ready to sign up for some classes? Hurry 50% off sale ends soon!

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I also love their array of wedding related instructional video classes below. So much fun and perfect way to DIY your wedding. I designed my own veils and floral headpieces for my bridesmaids and it was so much fun! Oh and wait until you check out their cake design classes!, they are very popular and the teachers are amazing! It’s all very fresh, modern, professional and edgy as well.  This is a great way to learn and super fun! I also love that you can keep your classes to refer back to and watch again..

Here is a little below about their wedding related classes...there are of course a ton more here..

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I personally am in love with Craftsy! I am now officially addicted to learning new ideas and picking up new talents constantly. What a fabulous site! I am so happy to share it with you..

Enjoy!!

Hugs!

Kirstin@FroufrouleBleu

 

How to create a gorgeous vintage inspired wedding dessert bar!

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Hello my gorgeous brides to be! 

This was a really fun post for me to do and I think one of my favorite things to research is yummy things that make me drool! Let’s get started !

Soo…a “newish” fun wedding trend which I am sure you are aware of by now.. is offering a dessert bar instead of just a traditional wedding cake. This is a way to serve sweet treats and confections instead of OR in addition to the cake. I personally love this trend and nothing more fun than having your own beautiful, stylish and trendsetting area straight out of the web pages of Pinterest! You can definitely create this and it is a lot easier than one might think! You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you’d like and guests can get up and help themselves and not have to wait for a waitress to hover around! Really fun!

Match your wedding theme

Have lots of different options at your dessert table. The theme of your table should match your entire wedding theme. So obviously in your case, you’re most likely going with a vintage inspired theme, so stick with that at the dessert bar as well. Make sure everything is also color coordinated too with all your “wedding colors” you have chosen for decor, flowers and bridal party attire. For example, it you went with a pink and white theme, you might want to have pink and white cupcakes, pink parfaits in glasses, strawberries dipped in a white chocolate, etc.  Have fun with it and let your imagination run wild and your inner designer come out to play!

What to include 

What you decide to include on your dessert bar is really up to you. You can go ultra high-end and have petit fours, decorated gourmet chocolates and other fancy little treats… or you can go really casual and add jello-parfaits, fruit trifle or cupcakes. Both will be gorgeous, it’s all in the placement on the table and color coordination! Many brides decide to have a cupcake tower that resembles a wedding cake.

Have fruits dipped in chocolate, maybe a chocolate fountain (although that idea is not used as much these days, but lots of fun!), tiny cakes that the guests can take back to their seats. Another fun idea is cake pops and fun colorful swirled lollipops!

Don’t forget 

Oops,a few more last minute tidbits and ideas

  • Be sure to have a lot of coffee and teas to go along with your desserts! They can be served at the table, if your meal was a sit-down…or you can create a fun coffee bar where they can help themselves. Totally up to you.
  • Make sure to add fun, stylish accessories to your table like pretty flowers! Be sure to use amazing glass vases and trendsetting cupcake tiers to set the stage for your pretty sweet centerpieces on your table. Just like the perfect dress, they too need the right amount of accessorizing & styling!

Enjoy Planning & let’s get to these yummy pics!! :-)

XOXO,

Kirstin @ Froufrou Le Bleu

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Your perfect destination wedding – Tips on planning your faraway affair!

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Modern Day Solution: A destination wedding!

For today’s bride, planning a perfect wedding is still the ultimate dream! And like most women living in the 21st century, it needs to be exciting and most of all…personal! Destination weddings are a very popular wedding trend because the guest list is smaller and more intimate. With family and close friends as guests, the event allows for a reunion with those who mean the most to us. And because destination weddings are unconventional, couples can control how long the celebration will last. Sure, planning a wedding from afar can be a challenge, but if you take advantage of the many resources available to you, the process can be smooth and the event – spectacular! Here are a few tips and ideas for a wedding to remember!

1. Claim Your Discount
Bringing 80 guests to Aruba? Don’t forget to ask the hotel for discounts for you your guests. “Remember, the resort is very interested in having your guests’ business, so they shouldn’t be charging you the absolute full price of the event,” says Carley Roney, The Knot’s editor in chief.

Many destination spots now offer wedding packages and business is booming for some. Sandals Resorts, for example, has seen a big uptick in its wedding business. Last year, the resort experienced a 15% increase in revenue over the previous year. That’s not so surprising given the generous wedding packages it offers. In fact, people planning a tiny wedding of four can even get married for free, provided they book a six-night honeymoon in one of the resort’s concierge-leve suites (or any other premium room). The package includes a Caribbean wedding cake, champagne, the bride’s bouquet, the groom’s boutonni re, a Waterford crystal, a pair of “just married” T-shirts and more.

Regardless of the size of your wedding, however, you should be sure to negotiate with vendors. If there are certain items included in a wedding package that you don’t want, ask for a credit. And if a property won’t drop its rates substantially, look for free upgrades for you and your guests instead. For example, at their hotel in Oahu, the Felipes got a free night and an upgrade from a regular room to the hotel’s best suite.

2. Be Kind to Your Guests
“If you want to do a destination wedding, you have to make it affordable for the people who are coming,” says JoAnn Gregoli, a New York-based wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings. So, lovely though it may be, don’t pick a location that will cost a few thousand dollars for the weekend.

You can submit a request for a group wedding discount online

You also can save your guests money by telling them that their presence at your wedding is the only wedding gift you need, says TheKnot’s Roney. If you’re not willing to give up the registry completely, be sure to register for some inexpensive items.

3. Fair Warning
With a destination wedding, save-the-date cards are crucial. Send them off as early as possible, preferably at least eight months in advance, says Roney. “Remember, this is a destination wedding, and your guests may be planning their family vacation around it,” she says. Giving them a heads-up allows them to shop for the best airfares and work the trip into the family budget.

4. Know the Legalities

If you’re going international, be aware of the legal requirements, says Roney. Many places have marriage fees and residency requirements in addition to a slew of other red tape. England, for example, has a seven-day residency requirement. If you’re tying the knot in Venice, Italy, you’ll need certain documents translated into Italian with special seals from the secretary of state where the documents originate. Other countries, like Mexico, require you to take

chest X-rays and blood tests.

5. The Wedding Planners
Given the added complications of destination weddings, a good wedding planner can be a godsend. After all, you might have to communicate in a foreign language and deal with people who live in a foreign culture. The best favor you can do yourself is to hire an onsite wedding planner.

The easiest way to do it: Hire a wedding planner in area who specializes in destination weddings, and let him or her work with an onsite planner. “It’s sort of like going to a doctor,” says the Association of Bridal Consultants’ Monaghan. “He can take all the information, all the history, all the symptoms and then call a specialist.” And don’t worry about having to pay two fees, says wedding planner Gregoli. The services of the local wedding planner are generally included in the overall price.

How much do wedding planners charge? Whether it’s a flat fee, a per-hour fee or a combination of the two, prices vary by region. Generally speaking, the total fees account for roughly 10% to 15% of the cost of the wedding, Monaghan says. But remember: A good wedding planner can help keep other costs in check. He or she should be in a position to bargain with vendors, who are always looking to curry favor with high-volume professionals.

To find a good planner, start by asking friends and relatives for referrals. You can also check with a reputable wedding association, such as the Association of Bridal Consultants or the Association for Wedding Professionals International for destination wedding planners in your area. TheKnot.com also has a helpful database of wedding Web sites organized by region, each with a list of wedding coordinators in the area.

6. Don’t Stress Out
Wedding planners say destination weddings are less stressful than traditional hometown hooplas, since many of the details are simply out of the couple’s control. “It’s the level of trust that matters,” says Gregoli.

Attention, A-types: If you’re planning an island wedding, set your watch to island time and your mind to island mentality. Vendors there are likely to be slower to respond to requests than mainland vendors might be, Gregoli warns. “Just be aware things could be delayed, and don’t stress.”

That said, if there’s an element that’s really important to you say, the band or the photographer you could always bring your own. For a wedding Gregoli recently organized in St. Thomas, the couple flew in a band from New York, and the extra cost didn’t throw the couple over budget. “The food was cheaper [than it would have been in New York], so it all balanced out,” she says. They put the band (six people in all) in an affordable motel, and since the band agreed to a lower fee than they normally charge in New York, the total cost was less than $6,000 the New York average, Gregoli says.

7. Visit at Least Once
For a bigger wedding, at least one previsit is necessary, says Roney. So, alas, in the name of research, you just might have to take an extra trip to paradise with your honey. Tough work, but nobody said planning the perfect wedding would be easy.

Check out my next planning post on destination weddings, when I will reveal my top pics for locations!

Enjoy Planning and Dreaming!

XOXO,

Kirstin @ Froufrou Le Bleu


#3 – Create your own free online wedding website for your big day!

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Planning # 3

Finally my next installment to the planning process! Some days I am amazed I can get anything done with a 4 year old and a 5 month old!  I always make time for my brides though and so very excited to get another planning post out to you! Hope it’s helpful!

Must do – start a wedding website!

So, you’ve picked a date, started planning many of the main exciting attributes of your wedding and your next step is to get online and start a wedding website! You really don’t have to be very tech savvy to start one, it’s super easy and you really want a page/hub dedicated to your wedding and you as a couple! It can be really fun to start up and you can pick a design that best suites you and get your creative juices flowing!

Best Site to start your wedding website hands down – Wedding Paper Divas!

Looking for a fresh and modern way to share the details of your special day? Then look no further than Wedding Paper Diva’s FREE wedding websites that match more than 40 of their bestselling wedding invitations. This means you can now easily create an ad-free site complete with online RSVP capabilities and more-and keep it FREE for one year! Plus it’s a great way to share sentimental stories and touching photographs with friends and family as you get ready to walk down the aisle.

With their fast and simple customization process, you can make absolutely amazing wedding websites in a snap! To get started, simply pick your favorite layout and any color of your choice. Also, you can add as many pages as you would like and fill them full of wonderful content that visitors can browse through and enjoy. As I mentioned before.. there’s no advanced programming knowledge required, even the least tech-savvy bride can create stunning FREE wedding websites in no time at all.

Wedding Paper Divas is offering a FREE wedding website templates to match more than 30 of their bestselling wedding invitations. This means that you can now easily create an ad-free personal wedding website complete with online RSVP capabilities and more—and keep it FREE for one year! Get started now to ensure that everything will be beautifully designed and perfectly coordinated as you prep for your big day! Check them out! Click below!

I think you will love their templates and find it so much fun!

Happy Planning and get typing!

Have a great weekend!

Hugs!

Kirstin @ Froufrou Le Bleu

 

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Something borrowed, Something blue…

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Have you chosen your ‘Something Blue’ yet?! I have been thinking lots about this subject and sadly it’s been consuming my mind all weekend, lol! All I can think about is adorable blue shoes peeking out from under wedding dresses or pretty tiffany blue toenails,…obsessed! I really wish I wore blue wedding heels! So many fun ideas I found, see them below!

Let’s first talk tradition

What does this whole “Something Blue” traditional mean anyways? Let us discuss! Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. “Something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past. “Something new” means optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead. “Something borrowed” is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family. As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

Now …let’s get onto this lovely sea of azure..

Blue Topaz Earrings – Blue Nile

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Badgley Mischka Randall Shoe – Sky Blue at Heels.com   (gorgeous!!!)

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Something Blue Heirloom Garter – Stella’s Design on Etsy 

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Dupioni Confetti Flower with rhinestone detail – Dessy

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Turquoise & Caicos Nail Polish – Perfumania

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Fashion Tote Bag In Matte Satin – Dessy (This also comes in a pretty sky light blue!)

Fashion Tote Bag in Matte Satin

 

Iphone Case – Modern Toile, Sky – Wedding Paper Divas

 

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Gorgeous Luichiny shoes! My Darling in Teal Satin (also comes in baby pink!)

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Hope you enjoy’d these fabulous Something Blue ideas as much as I did!

Hugs!

Kirstin @ Froufrou Le Bleu