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Tux Talk: What’s the Difference Between a Suit and a Tuxedo?

tux1Welcome to Tuxedo 101.  This is for people who aren’t even sure what the difference is between a suit and a tux.

The biggest difference between a suit and a tuxedo is the presence of satin on the lapel and sometimes on the side of the pants.  The lapel is the folded material of the jacket that connects to the collar.

Satin gives the tuxedo the formal look required for formal events. The red line in the photo above shows the jacket’s lapel.

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Darianna Bridal Real Bride: Claire Melvin

claire1The Meeting – A Match Made on Match: Will and I met on November 26, 2010. I used to fib about how we met for the first few years, but since everything worked out so well… We met on Match.com, and really hit it off right away. I don’t know if it was love at first sight, but we certainly knew we wanted to see each other again and soon.

The Proposal: A complete surprise! I thought we were going to have lunch and see a movie in Doylestown, but he had other plans. We had our worst lunch date ever at a local pub. Will wasn’t really talking to me and acting very odd. We left and headed to the County Theater.

When we got close, I noticed that the marquee read, “Claire will you marry me?” I was so confused and shocked, when I turned around Will was on one knee holding the ring. He told me how much he loved me and wanted to start our life together. I snatched the ring out of the box and said yes!

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The Wedding Planner

Philadelphia Wedding plannerWe are so fortunate this week to have Lynda Barness as our guest blogger.

Lynda is the Master Wedding ConsultantTM
 for I DO Wedding Consulting in Philadelphia. She’s one of only 69 people in the world to receive this distinction.

Lynda is a member of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) and is consistently featured in magazines including Philadelphia Style, Philadelphia Magazine, and Main Line Today just to name a few.  She is regularly quoted in industry magazines and was recognized last year as a Woman of Distinction in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

In addition, Lynda published a book in 2015 entitled, I Do: A Wedding Planner Tells Tales.

Recognized as a Master Wedding Consultant by the Association of Bridal Consultants, she has the experience, education, and contacts to make your day stress-free perfection.

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Should We Hire a Wedding Band or a DJ?

weddingdjPart of what makes a great wedding is the entertainment, but what kind of entertainment should you choose?

You’re about to throw your biggest party ever, so why not put some thought into this decision and make it the event of your lifetime?

Fortunately, Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo can help you with that decision. We’ve recently got the opportunity to ask some questions of a true expert in the entertainment field: Mike Gendler, founder of Philadelphia’s own EBE Talent and EBE Entertainment.

Read on to find out more about choosing between a band and a DJ for your wedding.

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Darianna Bridal Real Bride: Allison Barrett-Ferraro

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The Meeting:  Alex and I first met when we were introduced by a mutual friend during our sophomore year at Gettysburg College. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, and we only chatted briefly before going our separate ways.

Two years later, we were reintroduced by another mutual friend, and as we got to know each other better I developed a crush on Alex. With the encouragement of my girlfriends, I got up the courage to ask Alex to my sorority’s formal. Alex agreed to be my date, and I was thrilled when he also asked me out to dinner.

We started dating in March 2012, two months before our college graduation. After graduation, Alex moved to Pittsburgh for law school and I moved home to Philadelphia and started working at an advertising agency. It wasn’t easy being so far apart, but I knew he was the one so the countless hours spent in the car driving across the state to visit each other were worth it. Continue reading "Darianna Bridal Real Bride: Allison Barrett-Ferraro"

Here’s to Cocktail Hour

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Gracie Giedgowd and her partner, Marielise, enjoying cocktail hour at Osteria via Stato in Chicago. Photo by Andrew Barkulus Photography.

 

There’s no requirement that you include a cocktail hour at your wedding, but it’s definitely a great way for your guests to settle in and get into the party mood. They can grab a drink and a few snacks, and mingle with other guests while you are having some more photos taken.

Here are some great ideas for planning a cocktail hour your guests won’t forget.

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Showering the Bride

planning a bridal showerIt’s a long-standing tradition: Before the wedding, we shower the bride with love and good-wishes.

In the months or weeks before the wedding, the brides closest friends and family gather together to offer her gifts and celebrate the start of her new married life.

When planning a bridal shower, there are many things to consider. What will you serve? How should you decorate? What can you do to keep your guests entertained and make it a fun day for the bride? Do we make party favors?  And — last but not least — who pays for it?

There are a lot of questions, but don’t worry, we have you covered! Here is Darianna Bridal’s go-to guide for bridal shower success.

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Selecting Your Maid of Honor

selecting your maid of honorIn some cases, selecting your maid of honor is a no-brainer. You may have known for years who you’d choose to be your right hand woman (or man) at your wedding. It could be your sister or your best friend from grade school, even your mom or your brother.  

Perhaps it’s not an easy choice for you at all.  Either way, selecting this VIP should be done wisely!  They should know what is expected if they accept this position in your wedding.

An unmarried MOH choice would be called your maid of honor. Typically a married choice would be a “matron of honor,” but some  women do not like the word “matron” and keep the “maid” title.  Some brides choose a man to fill this role and he is called the “man of honor.”

They will be involved in your wedding from start to finish.  You need someone in whom you confidence and that you trust making decisions for you.  An easy-going disposition will be a must for you both if (when) things get a little stressful.  Read on to determine if your selection will be the right person for the job.

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Darianna Bridal Real Bride: Dianna Hansen-Cichonski

wedding6The Meeting:  Justin and I met in 4th grade at St. Timothy’s Catholic School.  We went to our first boy/girl party at a friend’s house and he got down on one knee and proposed to me with a mood ring!  

Unfortunately, the romance did not last, and we moved on without contact until…

May 1, 2007 at another party.  We spotted each other from across the room. Justin came up to talk to me and we have been inseparable ever since.

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