Flowers In Your Hair? Your Wedding Headpiece

Flowers in your hair?  Or will you choose a veil?  Some brides today choose to forgo the traditional veil and meet their groom bareheaded, or with an alternative to a veil.  The most common choice is flowers. It’s a lovely choice, especially for a spring or summer wedding.  Below are a few gorgeous options.

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A particular favorite is the photo below.  I love the bright colors in contrast to the bride’s white gown.

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One of the most famous brides to opt for flowers AND a veil?  Miss Sarah Ferguson, who married Prince Andrew and became the HRH, Sarah The Duchess of York.  Proper aristocratic etiquette is that only MARRIED aristocratic women wear tiaras.  Here, Sarah adheres to the mandate, wearing orange blossoms under her veil.  As soon as she was married, signed the marriage license, and returned to the public eye in Westminster Abbey?  She sported the tiara the Queen gave her as a wedding gift.  Legend has it that the tiara was already in place under all those orange blossoms.  Not sure I buy into that, but I like the story.  Look how happy she is.  Too bad that level of joy could not be maintained.

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Perhaps you want to wear a veil, but want a little something to adorn your hair when the veil comes off at the reception.  Below is a picture of my daughter, Maggie.  That was her choice.  She wore my headpiece, her own veil, and a small floral decoration for after the wedding ceremony.  A nice compromise.  Remember, if you choose to do this, take your “flowers” to your hair appointment so your stylist can attach them for you.  The photo below is by Stephen Wang.  It’s from my wedding business Instagram.  Perhaps you’d like to follow?  🙂  @marypkarnesweddings

 

Above is daughter Kathleen with her “after ceremony” wreath.  She also wore my headpiece with her own veil.  I love this tradition!

Five Biggest Wedding Guest Bloopers

 

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I sometimes think wedding guests should read up on wedding etiquette before attending a wedding, not just the bride and groom.  Below, I have listed my 5 biggest ‘Wedding Guest Bloopers’ or to be more blunt, my pet peeves.

Female guests, do not, repeat DO NOT wear a white dress to a wedding.  This is not ok.  Times have not changed to allow for this. Exceptions:

  1. If a bride REQUESTS an “All White Wedding”, and asks her guests to wear white, then do it!  (Think Kim Kardashian’s second marriage)
  2. Often attendants in the UK wear white, think Kate Middleton.

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Dear Wedding Guests!!  Under no circumstances highjack the photographer during Cocktail Hour when most couples take bride/groom, and family photos.  Yes, you may have a daughter or son in the bridal party, and would “just love to get a quick snap” with him/her.  But remember…weddings are run on a very tight timeline.  Not only are you potentially throwing it off, but you are taking away from the bride and groom’s “Cocktail Hour” time with their guests. Talk to your photographer, wedding coordinator, or even your mom in advance to gently encourage theses guests to return to the party if this situation occurs.  There will probably be time later in the evening after all the mandatory wedding shots are taken.

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DON’T BE LATE TO THE CEREMONY!!

I am constantly shocked at the number of guests who arrive AFTER the ceremony has started. A good guest should arrive, at a minimum, 15-20 minutes before the start of the wedding.  If something unavoidable occurs and you must be late, stand in the back if it’s an outdoor ceremony, or wait outside of the church or synagogue until an appropriate time to enter.  Don’t interrupt the proceedings!

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Do not bring packages to the reception.  Cards are fine, but if you choose to give a gift from the couple’s registry or some other wrapped item, send it to the bride’s home.  Remember, someone at the end of the evening has to make sure all those gifts get safely home.

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Don’t drink too much. Yes usually the alcoholic beverages are included complimentary for the guests.  But don’t be that guest who causes a scene.  Remember to eat as you consume alcoholic beverages.  And if you’re driving, make sure you get an uber, or designated driver if your transportation is provided by the hosts.

Cold As Ice – A Book Review

I love to read.  I read to relax, to escape.  And there is no better series for this pleasure that Julie Mulhern’s Country Club Mystery Series.  Guess what?  Mulhern’s latest, COLD AS ICE, is available for preorder now; and you’ll receive it October 17, 2017!  I was lucky enough to have had the great pleasure of reading an advanced copy.  My initial thought?  I DON’T KNOW HOW MULHERN DOES IT!  COLD AS ICE is the best book in the series yet.  It’s still funny, but in this book, Mulhern goes into more depth of each main character.  Did I think I could learn more about them?  In my cockiness, no. Did I?  Yes!  I grew to know and love the characters more.  A favorite aspect of this series? The strong women represented.  This strikes a tender cord in my heart.  I am the mother of four daughters, and I like to think I’ve raised them to be warriors.  But this is much easier in our day and age than in the 70’s.  Yes, that’s right.  Another thing to love about the Country Club Mystery Series. It’s set in the seventies, my teen years.  Love the walk down memory lane.

According to the Barnes and Noble description of COLD AS ICE, “Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.”

Above, the beautiful Julie Mulhern, author of the Country Club Mystery Series.  

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Is there a wedding in this book…no. But if there were, I’d like to think Ellison, the heroine of the series, would choose a winter wedding like the one above.  And, given that the series is written in the 70’s, she’d have little backlash wearing a gorgeous fur.  Summer wedding?  Love the colored wedding gown below.  I’ll never marry again, 33 years and going strong, thank you very much, but in an alternative universe?  I’d choose a soft shade like the one below. I think Ellison would too. Her mother, President of the Junior League, would accept nothing else.  🙂

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You can pre-order now from various retailers.  You can go to the side bar on this blog and type in “COLD AS ICE” in the amazon search box.   This will direct you to the “COLD AS ICE” amazon page.  If you prefer Barnes and Noble, a link is provided.  COLD AS ICE will be available October 17, 2017.

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The Prosecco Van

Brides the world over are always trying to find the new and different way to set their nuptials apart from the masses.  The UK has a new trend… According to the Bubble Brothers Website:

“THE BUBBLE BROS PROSECCO VAN IS A 3-WHEELED PIAGGIO APE THAT HAS BEEN LOVINGLY CONVERTED INTO A SPARKLING WINE BAR AND PROSECCO WAGON.

We started the Prosecco Van concept back in 2015 and have been traveling around the UK with our little Ape ever since.

We’ve served at hundreds of weddings and private events and have also poured bubbly by the glass to thousands of people at festivals all over the country including the inimitable Glastonbury.”

The team even has a second option: the “Bubble Bike”!

“The sidecar-bar has been modified into a sparkling wine bar serving ice cold bubbly on tap, straight from the barrel and chilled to perfection on pour. The neat size of the Bubble Bike means that it will fit into most event spaces, both indoor and out, so is an ideal alternative to The Prosecco Van for those venues with space restrictions.

The Bubble Bike is a truly unique addition to any wedding, party or event so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.”

I’m not sure if we have something like this in the states, but we should have!  I think brides and private parties alike would love this concept.  And what makes it more special than, say, waiters pouring a little of the bubbly into guests’ glasses?  Well, the option to try different types of prosecco, and the pure novelty of it.  For example, one can order pizza to be served at their wedding.  But pizza trucks have become all the rage.  Why?  The fun!  The guests can watch the process, smell the pizza baking.  It’s more than just the food…it’s the experience!

All photos from the prosecco van website: prosecco van

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