12
Oct

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Hello loves,

 

So the wedding is over, the vows have been said, the cake is all gone, and your luggage is unpacked from your honeymoon. Before you go back to the ins and outs of everyday life, it’s important to know how to care for that gorgeous set of rings you’ll wear every day. These seven simple tips will help you keep your engagement ring as safe, sound and sparkly as possible.

 

Purchase insurance or add your ring to your property policy. Insurance is necessary to protect your investment if it gets lost, stolen or damaged.

 

Always handle diamonds rings by their metal band and avoid touching the gemstones. Fingers are covered in oils that can dull their sparkle.

 

Remove rings before applying lotions and creams. They will lose their brilliance and need professional cleanings more often.

 

Avoid wearing your rings while cleaning around the house. Harsh cleaning supplies have chemicals that could permanently damage your ring.

 

Drains are a ring’s greatest enemy. Never remove your rings before you wash your hands in a public restroom or place your rings on or near a sink.

 

Never wear your rings in the ocean. Cold water can shrink fingers. Your rings could slip off without your knowledge.

 

Have your rings inspected and cleaned by a professional jeweler every year.

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

28
Sep

 

Hi loves,

 

It’s officially fall! The leaves are falling, colors are changing, Starbucks has rolled out the #PSL (that’s Pumpkin Spice Latte for us non-coffee drinkers).Some of the best things in life are happening including lots of beautiful autumn weddings. Whether you are planning a fall wedding for this year or next, we have a few key tips that you should surely heed!

 

Keep warm: Some days this season Mother Nature will send some warm weather our way, but chances are slim so prepare for cooler temps. Warn your guests about the event location so they can dress appropriately. For outdoor nuptials consider big cozy blankets for your guests or heaters.

 

Coffee or hot cocoa, anyone? Serving warm beverages is another way to keep everybody warm. Have fun with it and provide different flavors. You can even offer adult versions with alcohol. Bailey’s Irish Cream and hot cocoa would be amazing on a chilly day!

 

Consider a nature-inspired color palette. The best thing about fall is all of the amazing hues. There are so many great colors to consider besides the obvious browns and orange tones. We love the ideas of infusing blush, taupe- like lavender, or cranberry into these seasonal color palette. Blend any of these tones into your bridesmaid’s dresses, linens, or florals. The possibilities are endless.

 

Don’t forget the delicious fall foods. Wedding menus shouldn’t be left out of this fall love fest. Work with your caterer to incorporate ingredients like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, squash, cranberries and apples. Don’t forget the autumn desserts like hot apple pie. Yum!

 

Let us help you next fall wedding. We are booking dates for Fall 2017. Contact us here to schedule your free consultation today!

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

21
Sep

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Happy Wednesday loves! Weddings are known as “the bride’s day,” but what about the groom? A wedding is a celebration of you both as a couple, after all! So how do you make sure your groom is represented on the Big Day…and get him involved with some of the planning action? Keep reading…

 

Weigh in on some decisions. Getting his opinion is an excellent way to help you when you’re stuck on which napkin color to order, and it helps him feel like he’s a part of the nuptials, too. If he doesn’t want to be looped in on every minor decision narrow down your choices before bringing you hubby-to-be in for the final weigh in.

 

Choose the menu. Does he have a favorite protein or side dish? Invite him into conversations with your caterer to ensure he’s represented in the menu choices. After all, they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Besides, you will have so much fun at tastings together.

 

Select a signature drink. Work with your fiancé to create a cocktail that suits both of your taste buds. Ask your bartender to help you mix and match your favorite liquors and mixers until you blend the perfect drink or two.

 

Register Together. Whether you’re going with a traditional registry or a honeymoon fund, get your groom involved. Keep in mind that he will be using the towels or enjoying the couple’s spa treatment, too!

 

In general, ask his opinion and be truly open to using his ideas. Be sure to involve him in some way with the planning process. The memories of you planning together will last a lifetime, and you’re going to appreciate all the help you can get!

 

xoxo,
Ivori

20
Jul

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Hello loves,

 

Summer is in full swing, and so are summer weddings. Sunny days, warm nights, minimal chance of rain, and pretty photo ops lend to the season’s popularity for I do’s. On the flip side, high temperatures and beaming rays can make outdoor ceremonies miserable for your wedding guests.

 

When it comes to your Big Day, I am a firm believer that you should have your wedding cake and eat it, too. Here are a few tips on how to have your dream outdoor nuptials, and beat the heat.

 

Create an oasis. Set up water stations at the ceremony. Go the extra mile with fancy glassware and infused water. You may need to increase your rental order, but your guests will appreciate the effort to make them comfortable.

 

Fans your family and friends. Provide fans that double as programs. Nothing beats the heats like a fan on a hot summer day. Contact your designer to create a fan that will continue your stationery story from your invitation design. Make sure the paper you choose has the weight to create a small breeze.

 

Throw them some shade. Give out sunglasses to your guests. Depending on the direction of the sun, the glare could hit your guests right in the eye and hinder them from witnessing your vows. Also, the sunglasses can double as your favor. Don’t forget to personalize them with your names and wedding date.

 

Pass out the pops. Boozy popsicles for your cocktail hour on the lawn is the perfect refresher after your ceremony in the sun. Serve up the refreshments without the liquor for children and non-drinkers.

 

Let us help you plan your summer wedding. We are booking dates for summer 2017. Contact us here to schedule your free consultation today.

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

13
Jul

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Hi friends!

Running a business is hard work. If you’re a business owner, you probably understand how difficult it can be to avoid business burnout. There are so many things to manage: operations, marketing, accounting, social media, human resources—not to mention, home and family duties. So how do you manage it all without going completely insane?

 

Set boundaries. Learn when to say yes and when to say no—without feeling guilty. Setting boundaries is healthy and so important in self-care. It limits the distractions that come your way and help keeps you focused on the goals in front of you. Setting office hours is a great way to set limits.

 

Take breaks. This is one of my favorite tricks. I LOVE to find a couple of minutes to do something for myself. Something as simple as leaving the office for an hour for a manicure can recharge my day. I can accomplish so much when I return from this short hiatus. Remember almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.

 

Delegate or automate. Handing off tasks and giving up that control in your business is hard to do, but it’s okay to get help. Having the assistance of my team this year has impacted business growth and customer satisfaction.

 

Automation systems have been a huge lifesaver as well. I started using HoneyBook recently for all of my proposals and contracts. It helps me with my bookkeeping, too. Before HoneyBook we were manually creating proposal and contracts and using traditional filing systems. Basecamp is another system I LOVE using to communicate with my teams and vendors. We were using emails which would get lost in the hundreds of messages I receive daily. In Basecamp the communication never gets lost and saves me the frustration of looking for important emails.

 

Keep going and don’t give up. Take breaks, regroup, delegate, but remember why you started your business in the first place.

xoxo,
Ivori

29
Jun

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Hi friends!

 

Wedding season is here which means you’re in the home in the home stretch of your planning. With the million things to do before the Big Day, two or three or even 12 tasks are bound to fall through the cracks.

 

So all you future brides and grooms, here are a few details that are typically overlooked that I want to be sure you keep in mind.

 

Decorations (beyond flowers) Tablecloths and centerpieces fit into your rental and florist budgets, respectively, but couples typically overlook small décor items, like candles, signage, and the ceremony backdrop.

 

Gifts for parents You may have budgeted for a gift for your wedding party to say “thanks,” but what about your parents? Along the wedding planning journey, you may want to pick up a few gifts for all of the wonderful people who went above and beyond to show their support and shower you with love.

 

Transportation Transportation faux pas can ruin your entire day. Plan to hire your car company six months before your wedding and consider things like your date, ceremony and reception sites, and the size of your wedding. If you’re getting married in April, May or June, near prom and graduation season, formal vehicles will be in high demand, so you’ll need to book your transportation even earlier. The same goes for special rides like vintage cars, which are in shorter supply than your typical limousine.

 

Additional and special diet meals Most vendors will request a vendor meal in their contract; however, as a rule of thumb, any vendor that is working over five hours and is present during the reception should be treated to a meal.

 

Also, be sure to make note of all the guests who have food allergies or are vegetarian or vegan. Provide a list for your caterer noting where each of these guests is sitting. Your caterer will love you!

 

Wedding Day meals You may be nervous and not feel like eating, but remember you’re in for a long day and night. A little protein will steady your nerves and provide stamina.

 

Gratuities Lastly, do not forget to tip your vendors. Tips are never obligatory. They are meant to be expressions of appreciation for especially good service. However, it is customary to show your gratitude by tipping the people involved in making your special day a success.

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

13
Jun

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Hi loves,

 

So thrilled to be featured on one of our all-time favorite wedding magazines–a go-to source for weddings in Baltimore! Head on over to Baltimore Bride to see photographer Terri Baskin’s breath-taking photos from our anniversary shoot on Federal Hill and get my how-to tips for planning your special day. Check out all the goodness here.

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

 

11
May

Mr & Mrs Dubose-24The dress that is! With all the swirling opinions and options galore, how do you know which one is THEE one? The dress you’ve dreamed of and the one that gives you that authentic feeling of a bride. In this post, I’ll share my expert tips for picking the perfect dress, the same tips I’ve shared with many happy brides for over 14 years.

 

But, before we dive into how to know when you’ve found the one–the right dress, let’s explore when you need to say “no” to the wrong dress. Let’s face it; every dress is not for everyone. Here are the revealing signs that you should walk away from a wedding dress.

 

  1. You feel pressure to say yes from your entourage.
  2. The dress would be perfect if you made just five or 10 changes.
  3. The gown is severely over budget.
  4. The dress’ perfection depends on a drastic pre-wedding weight loss plan.
  5. The gown is beautiful but doesn’t fit your venue or theme.
  6. The dress doesn’t look as beautiful in person as it did in the magazine.

In a nutshell, you need to pick a dress that fits your style and budget and makes you happy.  I can share all kinds of tips on necklines and silhouettes (+ probably will in due time!), but these are the biggest clues to know without a doubt that you’ve found the right dress:

 

1. YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL.

You are convinced that you’ve never looked better, and you finally feel like a bride. 

If you feel beautiful, you will inevitably look beautiful. The satisfaction you will have for your total look on your wedding day will come out in your smile and pictures. So, your opinion is the most important.

The engagement has seemed surreal until this point. Once you slip on the right dress, it will hit you. OMG!! I’m getting married!!

 

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2. YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE IT OFF OR TRY ON ANY OTHER DRESS.

You have the this is ‘it’ feeling. There’s no need to try on another gown. You’ve found it! 

 

There’s no way you can try on another after seeing yourself in the one. In fact, you will have a hard time parting with your prized possession.

If you still feel the urge to try on more gowns, that may not necessarily indicate that you haven’t found it. You may have anxiety and missed your owns cues. Keep reading and remember these signs.

 

3. SOMEONE STARTS TEARING UP.

Even if it’s not you (though often it is), someone in the group sheds a tear. 

Ok, not every bride tears up. Don’t stress if the water works aren’t happening for you. Some people are just not criers.

Maybe your mom or sister sheds a few when you slip on your dream dress. Evoking emotion before the Big Day is a good sign. Remember this is the first day of your life together. Gold star for you if you can get the sentiment started sooner.

 

4. YOU BEGIN TO IMAGINE…

Shoes. Veils. Jewelry. Him at the end of the aisle. You can see it all so clearly now. 

The entire look is coming together now. You can envision the shoes, your bouquet, and hairstyle–everything around the dress you’ve been searching for all along.

And, most importantly, you can imagine walking down the aisle to your hubby-to-be.

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5. OPINIONS NO LONGER MATTER.

Suddenly your entourage’s criticisms fall on deaf ear.

You have to trust yourself and listen to your gut. Consider winging your first appointment alone. This single mission is the best way to hear your instincts loud and clear–without the opinions of your crew. If their votes still count, bring them along to the next appointment. Only if you have an idea of what YOU truly want.

Select people whose input you value. Maybe the entire bridal party or grandma shouldn’t tag along on this trip. It’s ok just to bring that one friend that will give you get style advice and know when to keep their opinions to themselves.

 

6. THE DRESS SUITES YOUR VENUE AND THEME.

This look is perfect for the beach. Just right for the estate. Makes total sense for the chapel. 

If the dress doesn’t fit your venue or theme you could look out of place, throwing off the entire wedding. Consider the venue and theme of your Big Day.

Think about things like the locale and weather, too. Fabrics can play a huge part in working with your venue. Think about light fabrics for the beach versus heavy satins or taffeta for the church wedding.

 

Happy shopping!

27
Apr

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Summer is almost here and with it comes tons of fun holidays and reasons to host a party. For some, the season gives us a green light to go full steam ahead with plans for backyard soirees and rooftop cocktail parties. For others, the idea of hosting anything sounds stressful and intimidating. No matter which category you fall into we have tips to get you ready for entertaining in a stress-free and fun way.

 

Plan ahead. Tackling your to-do list over a week or so, instead of trying to do it all the night before, will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

Create an amazing playlist. Go with upbeat, happy tunes and try to avoid loud music, which makes it difficult for people to talk.

Prepare bites and drinks ahead. Make as much of your food and specialty drinks in advance as possible. Our Summer Spicy Grapefruit Margarita is tasty and easy to prep the night before.

Take a break before your party begins. Make sure that everything is done an hour and a half before your first guest arrives. That gives you a full hour to get ready and half an hour to sit down alone, be calm, have that first glass of wine and breathe.

 

If you enjoyed Ivori’s expert tips for stress-free entertaining, you would love her webinar on Work-Life Balance. Join her next month for the Pretty + Profesh Refreshed Conference. Register at bit.ly/1qroFP6

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

 

Cinco De Mayo is next week! What’s more fitting than margaritas for a spring fiesta? When searching for the perfect margarita, we had to turn to our favorite spot in Baltimore, the Four Season’s Wit & Wisdom. The mixologist shared their recipe for a Spicy Grapefruit Margarita. We think this recipe is the perfect, easy-to-make cocktail that is sure to wow your guests for the May 5th holiday or any other celebration this summer.

Ingredients:

1½ oz. Agavero Tequila

¾ oz. Fresno pepper syrup

¾ oz. Lime juice

½ oz. Grapefruit juice

Dash of salt

 

Instructions:

Mix the tequila, lime juice, Fresno pepper syrup and grapefruit juice.

Serve over ice, and garnish with a grapefruit slice.