Thursday, June 28, 2012

SASsy & Sophisticated Bridals Vol. 3: Vendor Feature The Blessed Bride LLC

Hello SASsy friends, I hope everyone is having a wonderful week thus far.  Planning to get married is one of the most magical times in a woman's life.  She's been blessed with the man of her dreams and having parties thrown in her honor as she prepares to embark on her next journey in life becoming a wife.
Our guest this week is Angela Reed founder of The Blessed Bride LLC (TBB) wedding and event planning company based in Atlanta, Georgia.  Angela shares with us the inspiration behind the creation of her business and gives us a sneak peak into her southern belle bridal shower.

SASsy:   Angela what was your inspiration behind creating The Blessed Bride LLC? 

TBB: The inspiration behind The Blessed Bride© (TBB) came to me during my own engagement season.  I coined the phrase for myself during that time!  I truly feel that the Lord led me into this venture. 

Regarding my background, for many years prior to my engagement, I have planned events, small and large; from weddings and showers to reunions and concerts.  I would also have to take into account my years of being in the wedding industry as a flower girl, junior bridesmaid, and bridesmaid!  I’m certain that I have Katherine Heigl’s character beat in “27 Dresses!”

Angela Reed of The Blessed Bride LLC.

SASsy:  Can you describe the services offered by The Blessed Bride?

TBB:  TBB offers full-service wedding planning and coordination services.  In addition, we specialize in proposal planning, engagement events, as well as anniversary celebrations. 

We value building relationships with our clients. From the moment a gentleman is ready to propose through the couple’s first anniversary; we want to make those moments special and tailored specifically to the couple! 

 I am truly blessed to have my husband, Patrick, serve as the director for The Gentleman Groom©.  The Gentleman Groom© division of TBB offers advice and preparation to guys planning to propose.

Angela and her husband Patrick

SASsy:    How should brides decide on a theme for their wedding?
TBB: Prior to discussing themes, I always suggest that brides make a list with her fiancé about their mutual interests; things that they absolutely love…and things that they can absolutely do without! 

From that point, the bride can move forward with deciding what elements will best reflect their style.  Consider colors and how they will appear in contrast with the selected venue.  Think about incorporating elements that are truly specific to your tastes.  

Purple and Gray Color Inspiration Board from

SASsyWhen looking for a wedding venue, what are the most important things for a bride to consider?

TBB: A bride should definitely feel a connection with the venue of choice, thus I strongly suggest visiting venues in person prior to making a deposit! 

While touring the venue, you should be able to visualize your wedding from start to finish.  Many times, budgets become an issue when brides are looking to select the perfect venue.  Consider what the venue has to offer that is included in the cost.  

Chateau Elan  Atlanta, GA
SASsy:  What advice can you give brides to help them choose the right vendors?
TBB: Building relationships can go a long way when selecting vendors.  During our wedding season, the photographer that my husband and I selected has grown to become a wonderful family friend! 

Reviews and referrals are key in deciding upon vendors.  Browse images of weddings from family members, friends, and co-workers and ask if they would refer their vendors to you.  Quite often, many vendors will honor a referral credit towards your wedding, thus saving you more money! 

I strongly discourage going with a vendor because they may be the least expensive.  Quality work comes from quality vendors.  Consider that piece of advice also when selecting wedding vendors.

SASsy: As a wedding planner, what are the most common challenges and questions from brides?
TBB: One of the most common challenges I’ve encountered has been when brides are trying to meet everyone’s needs but their own.  Yes, everyone wants a beautiful wedding, but if that means you are busting your budget to suit others, that’s not the way to go. 

 I have also come across brides who have carried the weight of the wedding party on their shoulders!  Trust in your planner that they will see that everyone is taken care of, informed of their duties, and ready to roll on your wedding day. 

SASsy: With so many options available for brides, which resources do you recommend for brides to get ideas for their wedding?
TBB:   With the introduction of Pinterest, Twitter and other social media forms, it is now easier than ever to gather ideas for your wedding.  I suggest using those options, in addition to good ol’ magazines! 

Check out bridal magazines from your hometown

Sometimes, vendors and manufacturers will offer details and images that cannot be found online within bridal/wedding magazines.  Wedding reality television shows are booming!  Although they do provide entertainment beyond measure, I suggest that brides stick with visuals from the web and printed materials.

SASsy:  How can brides achieve the wedding of their dreams and still stay within their budget?
TBB: A key point to maintaining a wedding budget is to know how to get the most ‘bang for your buck!’  If you are a fan of flowers and greenery, look for venues with those elements that already exist (i.e. botanical gardens).  This will save your floral budget a tremendous amount of cash!  

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Brooklyn, NY

If you prefer more architectural elements, visit museums and historic centers.  This can also add an attraction to your wedding that gives guests something to do during the transition from ceremony to reception.  Beautiful churches are always a wonderful venue staple for brides who prefer an indoor wedding setting.

SASsy:  Your own bridal shower was a very classy Southern style event with big hats and all. How did you come up with that idea?
TBB:   I am a true southern Georgia gal!  My mother has one of the largest hat collections I’ve seen!  Her love for hats has definitely passed onto me.  Hats instantly add a touch of classic, southern sophistication to a shower or social event.  The southern themed shower truly captured a part of my personality.  I also hosted a hat-themed birthday brunch a few years prior, so anytime I can add a hat, I’ll do it!
Angela's big hat southern bridal shower

SASsy: In your own experience as a bride, what was your favorite part(s) of your wedding?

TBB:   Where do I begin?!  I really enjoyed planning with my then-fiance’, Patrick.  He brought a different point-of-view to things, which incorporated some of the more memorable moments from our wedding weekend.  We really enjoyed hosting our rehearsal dinner aboard the Savannah River Queen Riverboat.  What a fun way to kick off our wedding weekend!  Guests were able to celebrate with us, and enjoy themselves while cruising down the Savannah River. 

Patrick and I also enjoyed incorporating our wedding party into our first dance!  This opened the floor for the guests to start the party after dinner.  During the ceremony, we took communion and received a special marriage blessing from my parents, which was a very special and intimate moment for us to share before the Lord with our family and friends as witness.  And, of course, we had the best wedding party ever!  Our family and friends created memories that will last a lifetime!

SASsy:    What is your favorite piece of advice to give to other soon to be brides?
TBB:  Stay centered and focus on your marriage, not the wedding!  Many of the couples whom I have consulted with have also begun their premarital counseling process.  I encourage them to pray about the union in which they are about to enter, in addition to simply enjoying their engagement season! 

Another valuable piece of advice:  Communicate with your fiancé every step of the way.  Many times, guys are pushed out of the wedding planning process due to a brides’ excitement about “her day.”  On the contrary, the guy proposes, thus he starts the wedding planning process!  Even if you have a “keep that wedding magazine away from me” type of fiancé, at the least, keep him up-to-date and informed of obligations designated to him and his groomsmen on wedding day.

I would like to thank Angela for contributing to this week's blog.  If you would like more information on The Blessed Bride LLC please check out her website or follow her on twitter @theblessedbride.

Next week will begin our "Ask a bride" series featuring Ashley who threw a beautiful Memphis wedding with the perfect favors!

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

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Wedding Snap will be featured in an upcoming edition of The SASSy Report.  Be sure to check back for more deal alerts and a new blog post next Thursday!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

SASsy & Sophisticated Bridals Vol 2

Hello SASsy Friends and welcome to SASsy & Sophisticated Bridals Vol 2: Designer Feature Edition!

This week I interviewed up and coming accessories designer Citizen LMS by L. Marissa Scott for her take on the latest trends in bridal accessories and how to achieve the bridal look of your dreams!

SASsy: Hello, and thank you so much for being a part of The SASsy Report this week.  To start off our  interview, I would like to hear all about your favorite trends in bridal fashion and accessories.

Citizen LMS: It’s been a really exciting year in bridal fashion and it seems more and more that the average bride to drawing additional inspiration from couture runways to add a little jazz to the traditional bridal look.

One of my favorite trends is adding pops of color into your accessories, whether it’s a bracelet, shoes, or a clutch. Adding that extra element not only breaks up the monochromatic white, but also adds a little unexpected whimsy to any look.

The second trend that I’m seeing a lot of, and love is the birdcage veil, hair combs, and bridal headbands. The birdcage veil is a throw-back to vintage glamor and makes a definite statement. Headbands or bridal combs have the same nod to vintage glam and are just as stunning but a bit more subdued in tone.

The final trend that I’m swooning over, is wedding gowns in different colors. My favorite being Monique Lhuillier’s beautiful ballet inspired blush dresses in her spring 2012 collection and Vera Wangs’s dark romantic collection for fall 2012 that features nude and black gowns of tulle, silk, organza, and chiffon. 
 Monique Lhuillier 2012 Blush Wedding Dresses

SASsy: Do you prefer a more classic and traditional bridal look like Kate Middleton's or do you lean towards a more contemporary look like Carrie Bradshaw's from the Sex and the City movie?

Citizen LMS: I think I’m a mixture of the two, but I lean more towards Carrie’s sense of style in that I love mixing vintage with contemporary. What I love most about Carrie’s style is her bravery. It takes guts to be able to wear a bird on your head proudly while everyone around you is guessing what it is. You either love it or hate and her character has always seemed to exude “I don’t need anyone approval I wear what I love”…a bit of a style rebel if you will.

 Christina Wu Contemporary Gown with Traditional Touches

SASsy:  So for brides who love Carrie Bradshaw's "rebel" style,  what would you recommend them do to complete their look?

Citizen LMS: I think it depends on the style of the dress and what your comfortable wearing: My general rule of thumb is if you have a dress that’s strapless or some sort of modified sweetheart neckline go for a statement necklace or statement earrings.

 Try one or the other; wearing two together at such a close proximity to one another will make the look a bit clunky. Also don’t be afraid to try wearing multiple bracelets on one arm. The simpler the dress the more avenues you have to play with your accessories. If your dress is more embellished then I would suggest just going with a gorgeous hair comb and/or earrings.
Elaborate Wedding Dress with Simple Earrings

SASsy: For brides interested in a more traditional look, how can they still look young and fresh while keeping with bridal traditions?

Citizen LMS: I think with a traditional look, the fit is super-important and you want to look for lace details done in an unexpected way. For example, Marchesa’s 2012 spring collection features some of the most gorgeous lace applications done over barely-there tulle. It’s a nod to vintage elements but done in a modern way.
 Marchesa Lace & Tulle Wedding Dress

For accessories I would say keep it simple and clean as to not compete with the elements of the gown. To help you look young, try make up that brings brightness to the eyes, blush that brings dewiness to the cheeks, and pink/nude lip that looks fresh, natural, and has a bit of shine.

SASsy: How can brides on budget  but wanting a super glam look achieve this without breaking the bank?
Citizen LMS: My two suggestions are secondhand/vintage shops and DIY.  Trying to find beautiful accessories can put a huge dent in your budget and one way to combat that is to check out secondhand/vintage shops for broaches, hair clips, and earrings. It’s a great way to find one-of-a-kind pieces at a fraction of the cost.

You could even raid your grandmother or mother’s jewelry box for pieces as well! If you still can’t find the items that catch your eye or if you come across something you love but the clasp is broken, try getting a few pin or bracelet/necklace closures from your local Michael's. Most of the time all you have to do is replace the jump-ring that attaches the broken closure to the jewelry with a new one. For more labor intensive project try perusing a few DIY Bridal blogs on the net.

SASsy: Traditionally, a bride should have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.  Accessories are a great way to get all of these!  What are your recommendations?

Citizen LMS: Accessories are a totally efficient way of covering those bases. Something borrowed and old could be a piece of jewelry from someone in your family and the something blue could be your garter.

SASsy: Final question, what is the best piece of advice you can offer brides, as they get ready for their big day?
Citizen LMS: The only advice I could give is to drink in every moment you can as you get ready for your big day. I’m sure its stressful and brutal dealing with the millions of balls you have to juggle but take some time out to just breathe and take it all in, a happy bride is a beautiful bride! Congrats to all you lovely brides to be and have a blast coming up with your wedding looks!!

I would like to give a huge thank you to L. Marissa Scott for contributing to this week's post.  Please be sure to stop by her blog, and follow her on Twitter @CitizenLMS for the latest updates on her designs.

Coming Soon on The SASsy Report:
  • Ask a Bride: Danielle- she had a beautiful wedding in Atlanta, GA and flawlessly pulled off 2 very different dresses
  • Vendor Feature:  The Blessed Bride - full service wedding planning and event design company
  • Ask a Bride: Ashley- A Memphis wedding with the perfect guest favors
  • Bridal Salon Review: NYC
  • Bridal Fashion Review
  • What Bridesmaids Really Think About Their Dresses
  • Ask a Groom- my own groom to be will be interviewed by a guest writer
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

SASsy and Sophisticated Bridals Vol. 1

Hello SASsy Friends,

Weddings and bridal fashion have been a life long passion of mine.  Ever since I got my first Wedding Day Barbie, I've dreamed of that special day where I would wear a white dress and walk down the aisle towards the man of my dreams. To be completely honest, I'm kind of obsessed with weddings, I watch every wedding show on TV and I've helped several friends find the perfect wedding dresses and have loved every minute of it.

One of my goals in life is to open a bridal and run a bridal store so that I can combine my love of retail and all things bridal. Sine it's finally my turn to be a bride,what better way to start researching for my future bridal salon SASsy and Sophisticated Bridals!

The SASsy report will now be a bridal blog that will discuss bridal fashion, how and where to score the best deals on wedding dresses, finding the the right dress for your body and everything else related to bridal fashion.  Additionally, the blog will feature tips and tricks to planning the perfect wedding, decor ideas and even how to deal with hot button topics that come up during wedding planning.

Each week the SASsy report will share stories from my own journey down the aisle as well as testimonies from other brides and interviews with other bridal professionals. Whether you are obsessed with weddings or are a bride yourself, The SASsy Report will have something for everyone!

Next week, I'll be interviewing CitizenLMS ( a fashion designer who will be providing tips on how to get the right dress for your body and accessorizing your wedding day look.

If you would like to see any specific bridal topic covered, please leave comments and I'll be sure to include it in my next post.

I am very excited about where this blog is going to go and thank each of you for your continued support.  Until next time, have a SASsy and Sophisticated week!

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