Summer is officially here!  What would be more  exciting than to enjoy the beautiful weather and gorgeous Wisconsin scenery than having a Camp Wedding?

Camp Wedding would allow you to creatively connect to nature.

How about spending your honeynoon in a teepee?

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Or meet your groom at the ceremony by canoe?

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For your cake, you could go for a rustic tree bark design!

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For a softer feel, try opting for light pastel shades for bridesmaid dresses.

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For personal flair, cute signs are always appreciated…

Cute cards and log books are also always interesting and add that eco friendly flair.

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Lastly, for a truly rustic wedding, try going for a venue that offers exposed beams and open sides allowing you to be part of the natural setting!

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Knock your socks off and get your feet in the sand!

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A New Years Gift of Visuelle Productions Bridal Shows

A New Years Gift of Visuelle Productions Bridal Shows.

This pretty much says it all…Happy New Year!!!!

Wedding invitations

Wedding invitations have certainly come a long way since I sent mine out…..26 years ago.   I remember being completely annoyed at those little tissues that went into every invitation.  I had no idea what purpose they served then, and I still have no idea!!! ( Some of you may have to ask your parents about those tissues).  If anyone can tell me what they were for I would love to hear it.  

 I had only a book or two to choose from.  Today Bridal Shops that also do invitations have upwards of 20 books to look through.  And even better, today you have individuals that specialize in personalized wedding invitations.  These invitations reflect the unique personality of the Bride and Groom.  They have that crafty, stamped look on a major upscale level.  From color, to paper, to ribbons the choices are endless.  I have received 2 invitations in the last month that have been beautifully crafted and truly reflect the Bride and Groom.  When I opened that envelope it put a smile on my face and made me wonder how beautiful the rest of the wedding is going to be.

It Really is “All About the Dress”

Little kids really amaze me.  Last week I was asked to do a Career Day Event for one of our area elementary schools.  Of course I said yes, because everyone knows that I can’t say no!  After putting the phone down panic started to set in.  How could I tell kindergarteners through 4th grade about my business so they wouldn’t stare at me with a blank face?  Planning process begins:  Girls like dress-up and boys like football.  So after a deep breath and a little more thought everything started to fall in place.   This is perfect, after all we do Bridal Expos and Fashion Shows and Bonus!  We do them at Lambeau Stadium.   Everyone knows that brides start thinking about their wedding from little girl on.  So let’s play off from that.  Of courses being a good planner and always trying to avoid a situation.  I quickly ordered some trinkets to hand out, just in case we were a bust!  For an extra touch there was an example of our gift bags full of goodies that we can give to the teachers and staff.

The day of the presentation came quickly and we scurried to get things together and get to the school.  Fifteen minutes until count down.  We carried our things in and proceeded to get our model dressed in a white wedding gown and veil.  While walking back to the room there were lots of surprised looks, not only from the kids but also the staff.  We were set to go with a bride model, a Welcome to Visuelle Productions Bridal Show sign, 2 computers and a bucket load of trinkets for the students.   Now ready, we anxiously awaited the buzzer and the first group of students.   Everything was in its place, a bride, an extra bridal gown, bridesmaid and mini bride/flower girl gowns, and the computers set to go when needed.  It was perfect!  Here we go…with the first group.

Let’s get started with talking about a Bridal Expo’s.  Where do I go with this so they will understand? Lots of blank faces from the boys and all the girls were whispering about the dresses.  And then came the surprise!  Once we started talking about numbers and how we use a room bigger than their gymnasium and divided it into areas to set up stores with bridal things in them.  They got it!  They even took paper and divided it out to see how many booths we could fit in. Then it was time to talk about fashion shows.  Of course all of the little girls were sitting on the edge of their seat by this time.  The boys it was another story.  One little boy’s hand went up and he announced that he did some modeling.  I heard a lot of snickering from the boys and comments about boys don’t model girls do.  By pointing out the models in our banner I tried to put that opportunity to rest, but of course there still were a few snickers.  Now to get the boys attention we switched to the Green Bay Packers and their faces lit up immediately.  Thank goodness for the video from Wisconsin Wedding Spectacular shows on the two computers from a show that we do at Lambeau Field.  Bonus!  It also included boys modeling!  Wow really avoided that one; there were no more snickers just lots of ahs!  The video starting out with Vince Lombardi on the screen a real hit and the boys were occupied at the computers.

This was a perfect chance to give our attention to the girls.  We talked about wedding dresses and miniature brides and flower girls and showed more dresses.  At that point we had stories about every little girl that was in a wedding, who was going to be in a wedding and who wanted to be in a wedding.  I am sure you get the drift of the conversation.  At his point we asked the best question of the day. “Who would like to learn how to walk and turn like a model?”  Of course all the girls’ hands went up.  Even a few boys joined in.  The girls were having a great time walking and talking with the model.  But mostly touching and feeling of the dress and veil.

What a wonderful experience to get the chance to share with all of these wonderful boys and girls.  The time flew by and it was time to leave, lots of hugs and high fives for our model and I heard them exclaim as they flew down the hall.  “I love the model and the dress!”  So I guess one more time it really is all about the dress! 

Thank you for coming to Career Day

Thank you for coming to Career Day. Can I touch the Dress?

Career Day

Wisconsin Wedding Spectacular

Wisconsin Wedding Spectacular.

Exciting things were happening among the snow flakes at Lambeau Atrium.  Life size models lined the back of the stage at the  Wisconsin Wedding Spectacular Fashion Show.  Featuring Bridal Elegance, Belles of Elegance, Erica of Neenah, Sash and Bow, Tie the Knot, Chic Repeats, Private Quarters, Lady Savannah and DuBois Formalwear.  A beautiful stage and a great crew of models pulled together a fashion show without seven of the models that were stranded by the storm.   A fabulous dance routine was performed by TC Dance.  Live vocals by Tim Dorsey and Erin Vorgass added to the show.

Even though the heavens opened and we had a winter wonderland outside things were hopping inside Lambeau Atrium.  100 vendors were setup and ready to go for the show.   Even with the storm over 200 brides  weathered the blizzard.  Even though the attendance was about a quarter of the normal amount for this show vendors boasted success.  Hats off to the brides that came!!  Eleven inches of snow leaves a  big drift in the end of a driveway when the snow plow goes through.

Hold Me in Your Heart Wedding Winner

Let me introduce to you Jess Rae Heidemann, winner of the 2010 Hold Me in Your Heart Wedding extravaganza.  Jess is marrying PFC Douglas Chapin on February 12th, 2011.  They won a fabulous wedding package including her dress from Bridal Elegance of Kaukauna, their reception is being held at Tundra Lodge, Tuxes by DuBois, Phase 2 will be doing the bouquets, Marshalls of Kaukauna will be doing flowers for the ceremony, Jewels by Park Lane is providing the wedding bling.  These are just a few of the vendors that contributed to their fabulous day!(I will let you know all of the vendors at a later date)

Jess’ dress has lots of sparkle….one of the great trends of 2011.  Her Brides maids are all in Eggplant with black lace accents…all the dresses are as unique as each bridesmaid!

At one point we were all concerned that PFC Douglas wouldn’t not be able to make it home for the ceremony….ALL  is well and the wedding will go off with out a hitch.

Stay tuned for more wedding tid bits and trends for 2011

Bridal Show Success

Let’s face it when going shopping and that’s what the brides are doing.  We look at the mannequins, window displays, racks with things hanging and things that are at eye level.  In general anything that is flat on a table doesn’t get touched.  If you don’t touch it and feel it you probably will not own it.  Come on girls admit it ..its all about how if feels and smells.  Think of a store when you plan your booth space.  Things on a level plane will  likely be missed (especially when you have a group of brides surrounding your table and they can’t get to the front of it to see what’s on it).  Try high cocktail table if you need to display postcards, business cards and other materials, and even then card holders will bring more attention than resting flat.   Or if you are putting it on the 8ft table, put risers, stands, anything to lift the material up closer to eye-level for the brides. The brides in the back will notice it as well.  Well that’s the tips for today…more tomorrow.

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