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Happy Proposal! Our Engagement Ring Trend Picks for 2013 November 29, 2012

As the holiday season is one of the most popular times to get engaged, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite trends to give you (or your special someone) a few ideas on what’s trending now in engagement rings. Even though engagement rings are often trend-proof, there has been some exciting evolution in the last few years in the options available as well as what is now acceptable as an engagement ring (colored stones, multiple bands or mixed metals- even no single stone at all!) Enjoy all of my picks that glitter below!


The Halo Effect

Tacori Double Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Ideal Square Halo Engagement Ring


Unique Settings

Demarco Bridal Engagement Ring

Bloom Engagement Ring


Mixed Metals and Conflict-Free

Rose Gold Halo Engagement Ring

Kirk Kara Engagement Ring


Colored Stones

Tacori Sapphire Engagement Ring

Yellow Canary Princess Diamond Trilogy Engagement Ring


Whatever style you choose, have a great time shopping and a happy proposal! Need proposal ideas or help organizing the perfect way to pop the question from Hello Productions? Contact Lindsey at lindseyb@helloproductions.com!


Reuse, Rewear and Repurpose Your Wedding Dress November 13, 2012

One night – that’s all your wedding dress gets. So what now? As wedding planners and day-of coordinators, we work with a lot of brides and see a lot of gorgeous gowns. We’re curious to know – what should you do with your wedding dress after the wedding?

Whether you want to wear it again, have it preserved or turn it into something special, we have some ideas to help you decide what to do.


To Have and to Hold – Preserve Your Wedding Dress


For most wedding dresses, dry-cleaning isn’t always enough to repair and restore the gown. There are several options to clean and preserve your gown, including local companies that will handle your dress or national services where you can ship your gown and they take care of the details. Not only should the dress be cleaned, but any spots or stains need to be treated immediately.


Gown Preservation is a special cleaning and packaging technique that goes above-and-beyond standard dry-cleaning. Most gowns won’t make it through the wedding day without some sign of that special day – your train may have gotten scuffed from outdoor photos or perhaps someone accidently tipped a drink while on the dance floor.


Depending on the type of preservation and degree of damage, expect to pay anywhere from $200–$400 to have your wedding dress preserved. And don’t forget to ask questions and read all the fine print before sending your gown away.


Read more about wedding dress preservation at TheKnot.com.


One Last Dance – Rewear Your Wedding Dress


If you want to wear your dress again, there are several options. From Charity Balls to city-wide events, women are getting the chance to wear their wedding dress again. Going to be in Dublin next April? Take your dress and attend this charity event! Here’s a recent article that talks about organizing a “Wear Your Wedding Dress Again” event.



Depending on the type of dress and its details, you could have it professionally dyed or altered. A seamstress can add or remove straps, shorten the length or dye it a completely different color. Click here for more ways to alter your wedding dress.


We’re so impressed with these two transformations!



If you want your wedding dress to have a second life but don’t necessarily want to wear it yourself, why not sell it or donate it to a charitable organization? Brides Across America and Brides Against Breast Cancer are just two of many organizations looking for donated wedding dresses to help out brides who cannot afford one. You can also sell your dress at a consignment shop or online site, such as www.preownedweddingdresses.com.



Something Old, Something New – Turn Your Wedding Dress Into Something New


Melanie Vaughan, owner of Ribbon Bridal in Beaver, Pa, doesn’t recommend dress preservation. “I tell my brides that they can store their dresses in the breathable bags that we give them for as long as they would like as long as it’s a dark dry place (the same recommendations the boxes have). I tell them to get their dresses cleaned, store them for a few years, but then do something with their gowns. Make a christening gown, pillows for the bed room, a cute dress to wear on their anniversary. I put my dress in a box for 13 years and when I took it out it was crunchy and had spots all over it!! I also feel that most mothers want to have the “experience” of shopping for their daughter’s dress and most likely the daughter will not want to wear the mothers dress.”


We love Melanie’s idea to turn your wedding dress into something that can be enjoyed for years to come! Pillows, Quilts, Teddy Bears – oh my! Head over to our Pinterest Boards (pinterest.com/hellofavorites) to see some of the ideas we found.

What did you do with your wedding dress? Tell us in the comments below!


What’s in a Name? Some of Our Favorite Escort Card Ideas November 5, 2012

After countless hours of consideration and thoughtful discussion, the seating chart has been finalized. All of your guests have been strategically placed in exactly the right spot to see your entrance, avoid “that” cousin, enjoy conversation with a colleague or simply just to enjoy the evening. And now, the decision of how to display their names and table assignment comes into play. There are many ways to display to your guests where they will be seated, from traditional to personal to uber creative. Below, we’ve collected a variety of options that you may want to consider as you decide the best way to display escort cards for your big day. Enjoy!



A simple display with flowers and your cards in alphabetical order is always a nice choice. Consider adding a small embellishment, such as a colored rhinestone, ribbon or something personal in a variety of colors to indicate entrée options if serving a sit-down dinner.


Click on the photos to see the details!


Many couples are now opting to make their name cards part of or even the entire favor for their guests, as opposed to doing both separately. From simple to over-the-top, combining your name card and favor for each guest/couple can be a fun way for the guests to really see and feel what you as a couple are all about.


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Just Hanging Around

Why not try a distinctive method of displaying your guests’ cards by hanging, pinning, clipping, writing or standing the cards in, on or from something fun? Take a look at just some of the great ideas we found.


Click on the photos to see the details!

And as always, if you’re getting hitched in or around the ‘burgh and would like to have a consultation for the design of your wedding or to talk about your wedding planning for 2013 and beyond, please contact Lindsey at lindseyb@helloproductions.com or direct message me on Twitter @lbradleypgh today!