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 Photography by  Mademoiselle Fiona

Photography by Mademoiselle Fiona

GalaRoo

You know that feeling when you cannot find anywhere to put your brand new clutch, camera or phone at a wedding?  The table is filled with gorgeous floral decor and candles.  You're sitting on a Chiavari chair, which makes it impossible to tuck on the seat behind you.  You are left with trying to find a space for it on the table, putting it in your lap, or under your chair.  Which is why I really like this clever idea from GalaRoo NYC, which has been developing cushion slipcovers with convenient pockets in the sides for your personal items.  Tuck your things in those pockets and you're free to enjoy the dinner reception!

Image via GalaRoo NYC

Helpful Hint: Ushers for the Wedding Ceremony

Ushers greeting your guests and helping them to get seated for the ceremony is a welcoming touch for wedding.  I always like to make sure that the ushers know to encourage guests to fill all the seats by the aisle and the first few rows.  I never like to see empty seats in the first row.  I often ask the bride and groom to list out exactly how many seats they want setup in the first row for important family members.  We reserve these seats and make sure those family members know that they should be in the first row to witness their loved ones exchange vows.Here is a dapper usher from one of our weddings at New leaf Restaurant.

Photography by Jen Huang Photography

Bridesmaids Robes

For the Bride, getting ready with her bridesmaids the morning of the wedding is such a fun part of the day.  There is so much excitement and anticipation in the air!  When you are getting your hair and makeup done, wear a top that buttons up or a dress that you can step out of, which you do not need to pull over your head and possibly mess up your hair and makeup.  A beautiful cotton or silk robe works wonderfully for this. How pretty will your ladies look for the photographer in silk robes for the getting ready shots!  The robes would make for such a lovely gift for your Bridesmaids too.Photography by Aaron Delesie Robes from Plum Pretty Sugar

Helpful Hint: A Little Trick for Corsages

There are generally three options for personal flowers for the Mothers, Grandmothers and other important ladies in the Bride and Groom's families.  You can do a mini bouquet like a posy, a wrist corsage or a pin on corsage.  I personally prefer posies or wrist corsages.  If you choose to do a pin on corsage, I always encourage a corsage that is small and lightweight, like this lovely corsage by Holly Flora.  Pin on corsages work if you are wearing a structured dress, or wearing a jacket over your dress which has a sturdy lapel.  If you are wearing a lightweight dress made of a delicate material, pinning on a corsage could weigh it down and damage the material.  With a strapless dress, it is impossible to pin this on.  If you are ever presented with a heavy corsage, and you do not want to pin this on to your dress, you can easily convert this to a wrist corsage with the aid of a simple hairband. Insert the pin along the stem of the corsage in a reverse direction to the flowers, so the head of the pin is just under the bottom edge of the flowers.  Put a thick hairband around the stem and tuck it under the head of the pin.  Try and hide this under the bottom edge of the flowers, so you cannot see the pin or the hairband.  Place the hairband over the lady's wrist and voila!  I always have lots of hairbands in my bridal emergency kit just in case.

Floral Design Holly Flora Photography Samuel Lippke Studios via Style Me Pretty