(Wedding music). Welcome to The Balancing
Act, everybody. I’m Julie Moran. And I’m Olga Villaverde.
Ooh…You hear that music? You see those images? You know what that means, right?
Of course “I do.” I do, I do. Good one girl. Listen, I want to ask you,
what do you remember most about your wedding day?
Oh, you know, I remember being very nervous, especially when the doors opened and everybody
stood up and I went “gasp!” And then I said, “Oh dear, I have to walk.” And what about
you? I just remember saying my vows with my husband,
and this big tear just starts coming out of my eye, and he so gracefully just took it
away without messing up my makeup. Wonderful husband-to-be. Wonderful.
Well, now it’s your turn. We’re talking cakes, we’re talking dresses, we’re talking invitations.
So, get ready because love is in the air right here on…
The Balancing Act. (music).
So, he finally popped the question. Congratulations! Now what?
Well, now you get to work planning the wedding, easy peasy, right?
Hmm…Not exactly. On average, it takes — listen to this — Wow! 13 – 18 months for engaged
couples to walk down the aisle. Yikes! And the vast majority don’t even use a wedding
planner. So who’s your number best friend if you’re
planning your wedding? Well, listen to these very important words I’m about to say.
They are three important words. Here we go. Bridal Show Expo!!
Here’s Rache Leigh. (music).
There are over 50 exhibitors in the ballroom today.
And a ton of eager brides-to-be, waiting patiently to get into the great bridal expo in Weston,
Many came with a supporting cast. You brought your parents.
I did. I brought my parents. I’m very close with my mom. I brought her to everything so
far. All the venues I’ve looked at, I’ve brought her and my dad. My dad is kind of just tagging
along because we made him. This is my daughter-in-law.
That’s impressive. We’re like best friends. That’s how —
Yes. That’s how we are.
The thing about this ring is that’s her diamond. It was from her, and she wanted to give it
to me. It was custom made. Awe. That’s so sweet.
So how did she get you to come? He actually told me he wanted to go.
Yes. Hey, happy wife, happy life. (Laughter). You got that one right, Sean.
(music). She’s getting married on the cruise ship.
Actually, Key West, but we’re all going on a cruise through the weekend.
So, sounds like this is your wing woman? Yes she is.
Oh yes I am. She deals with the stress.
Yes, I’m her stress wall. My finance stays out of it. He’s smart. He
leaves everything to me and her. Way to go husband-to-be. Lots of smart guys
in here, and of course lots of business owners as well including those who bake. Who doesn’t
love a cool wedding cake? Well this Birch Cake here is one of the trends
that’s very popular right now as well as the Chandelier Cake. I did a Travel Cake once
for a couple that was traveling, and so we did three sets of luggage and we had all of
the travel stickers from all of the different places that they’ve been, and that was very
special for them. And another big wedding consideration, flowers,
especially the ones for your bouquet. We preserve your wedding flowers so you can
enjoy them for a lifetime, and then we frame them in these beautiful displays.
Now that’s unusual. I actually saved my bouquet the old-fashion way: hung them upside down,
dried them out, I’m good. Not bad for 3 years, right? Now, onto the big question. How much
can these ladies expect to shell out for their big day.
The national average is about $31,000 for a wedding of about 150 people. But, of course,
that can vary greatly. Honeymoon not included. One of the decisions,
if not the biggest decision for the bride-to-be, is what to wear. So many choices. But we have
you covered with a look at the latest designs. That’s coming up.
Weddings, of course, involve gifts on so many levels for the bride and groom, the wedding
party, in-laws. It’s nice to make it personal and memorable. Our guest this morning, a Wedding
Specialist, Brittany Kosmach. She’s got some great suggestions. She’s with Things Remembered.
Good morning. Good morning. I’m really excited to be here.
I am, too. Big day, a wedding. I remember mine and I believe I heard somebody just got
married? Yes. Dylan and I got married on September
19th. It was everything I ever imagined. It was a beautiful day.
And let’s talk about weddings because, again, big day for even the guests when they come.
What do I get her? Tell me about etiquette. What is the rule? What is not rules today
in terms of giving? Right. Nowadays, there really aren’t rules
which is what makes it so great. You just need to make it personal and specific to the
recipient and have fun with it. And what’s trending today when it comes to
wedding parties and bridal parties? Well, whether your wedding theme is traditional,
modern, or DIY, Things Remembered is the place for you. You can find gifts that fit into
any of those themes starting with your wedding day. I’m really excited today to have with
us our brand new Love Handwritten collection. It’s beautiful.
So it’s a flute with matching server set. So it’s a wonderful thing to have on your
table at the wedding, and then break out every year on your anniversary.
Lovely memory. And this? I’ve got my eye on this one.
This is one of our best wedding gifts. This is our Wishing Box. What people use this for
is as a guest book, or they have it out on the table, the gift table, for the guests
at the wedding to leave advice for the bride and the groom. But it’s a wonderful unique
gift. It is because the little hearts in there,
Best Wishes, Best Always, We Love You. That’s a keeper.
Yes. I love that one. We move over here to our groomsmen gifts. We can’t forget about
our men. One of our top gifts here is our Decanter with our rocks glass. Simply put
their initials on it, their last name, or a message, and it just makes a great keepsake.
We also have jewelry for the day of or accessories that they’ll use everyday after. Over here
are our Bridesmaids’ gifts. Don’t forget about your ladies. It’s great to give them something
colorful and useful. So we have a personalized robe, tote-bag, cosmetic bag, or a compact
case. And it says, “Hello Gorgeous.” You know, I
would need that every morning before I put makeup on. Hello Gorgeous. Oh this is beautiful.
And for our viewers out there who’d like more information on Things Remembered, where do
they go, Brittany? ThingsRemembered.com
ThingsRemembered.com. Thank you. Oh, let me see the wedding ring. I have to see.
Thank you. Ah, gorgeous. Well good luck to you. God bless
you and many many more years to celebrate those anniversaries.
Thank you. Thank you. And for more information on finding
the perfect wedding gift — Mmm mmm. Hello Gorgeous. Visit ThingsRemembered.com or go
to our website, TheBalancingAct.com. I love this.
(music). Coming up, more from the bridal show and a
peek at what’s hot with wedding dresses. Stay with us.
We’re back, everybody. Now, the budget and the wedding invitations can get pretty tricky.
Mm-Hmm. Well, I’d have to agree with you, too. And so why not make it easier on yourself.
Experts say you’ll be a much happier newly wed if you do not make the wedding invitations
on your own, Julie. Hmm. You’re very adamant about this rule.
So, this has got to be good. I know. I know this already. So, engaged couples,
listen up, watch, and learn. Here’s our very own lovely Rachel Leigh.
(music). Every wedding has a signature, the invitations,
the place cards, and that’s often the only thing your wedding guests take with them forever.
So, today, we’ll show you how to make it count without any headaches or last minute disasters.
I have the wedding invitation gurus here right in the studio, and one of them just happens
to be a newly wed herself. Nancy Kirk and Jessica Kirk from The American Wedding. Welcome.
So, first of all, Jessica Congratulations on you wedding!
Thank you. Thanks. But Nancy, let me start with you. What’s the
number one most important thing to remember when it comes to your own wedding invitations?
Do not do it yourself. Just leave the invitations to the professionals.
So why? No matter what, it’s going to cost more money,
more time, more effort than you ever thought was possible. You want to just make sure that
you have the right quality paper and printing processes you just can’t get from a store
like Kinkos or Staples because that’s the first thing that your guest truly sees is
your invitation in the mail. So you want to make sure that you’re setting the tone for
your wedding. Jessica, remind us of the proper etiquette
when it comes to sending out your wedding invitations. How far in advance did you send
them out? You really want to give yourself plenty of
time. There’s a lot that goes into your invitations. You want to make sure you have enough time
to get your guest list together, get your theme and your colors ready, and then once
you have that you can order your invitations and look for the ones you like, about 4 -6
months before your wedding. And then after that, you have stuffing of the envelopes and
addressing and it takes a little while. So, you want to make sure you give yourself plenty
of time. The American Wedding actually does offer an assembly service and an addressing
service. Some people want to do it themselves. Some people want other people to do it. It’s
easier to have other people do it. Yes, definitely.
There’s so much going on when it comes to weddings, so one less thing to worry about.
Exactly. You want to be stress free. It always takes longer.
Yeah. It always does. And so you then you send out the invitations about two months
before your wedding. Nancy, when it comes to trends, what are some
of the things you’re seeing with wedding stationary design?
We are seeing a lot of the vintage and rustic. That’s still going pretty strong. Color palettes
are like neutral, woodsy, we have still have a lot of pale pinks and things like that,
maybe have like a lace or a burlap embellishment, chalkboards still huge, and then we also are
seeing a lot of foily coppery tone. And then the paper is actually changing a little bit.
It used to be just kind of a plain Jane type of paper, but now we’re actually getting really
thick card stock that makes a really good impact when you get the invite in the mail
and some shimmery paper, some things like that.
Jessica, I know you have some gorgeous photos from your own wedding. Why is a wedding stationary
theme so important and what was your wedding theme?
Well, I went with the vintage look. That’s still pretty big. I had pale pinks and golds
in my wedding invitations. We have some right here.
Yup. I went with a letter press invitation with a heavier card stock. I really wanted
to showcase, it gave it that vintage feel that I was going for. But themes aren’t really
that important. You really just want to make sure that each couple showcases their own
unique personality. That’s the important aspect of the wedding invitation.
So, ladies, how does a bride-to-be get started in the process? Is it all done online?
Mostly. You can do everything online if you’d like, but we also have catalogs if you’re
more comfortable browsing through a catalog. You start by looking at designs and then once
you find something that you really like, you can order a free sample of it, and get it,
and feel it, and touch it, and just make sure that’s the one. And then from that point,
you can complete the order online, or if you feel more comfortable with all the personalization
and everything, you can contact one of our invitation specialists.
And the invitation specialists are awesome. They are so much fun. It’s a new program we’re
rolling out for our customer service, and what they do is they can hold the bride’s
hand throughout the whole thing. Like, we really want them to have a relationship. It’s
very personal. They’ll be with them from step 1 to the end.
And it’s not just the invitations. It’s those save-the-dates.
I did do save-the-dates. I wanted to make sure that everybody could make it to my wedding.
Everybody is so busy nowadays that you want to make sure you send out your save-the-dates
about 6 months before your wedding just to let everybody know that your date is coming.
Make sure you’re there. And then after, of course, there’s the invitations. But there’s
also other things that you will need. There’s a bridal shower, the rehearsal dinner, and
then also the day of the wedding there’s many things that I needed. The wedding programs
could be very beautiful. I also needed, for the reception, place settings for my tables,
I needed table numbers, I needed place cards, menus, all those things just on the day of
my wedding. And then, of course, there’s the thank you notes that everybody loves writing.
Thank you notes are very important because everybody likes to have a thank you.
Jessica, all the best and congratulations on getting married.
Thank you. Nancy, thank you so much for helping Jessica
with her wedding and for coming on. Now, people want to get started. Brides-to-be want to
get started. Where can they learn more information? Well, they can go to AmericanWedding.com.
They can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and we also have a blog that you
could look at if you’d like. Yeah. And because we’re so excited to be here,
we have a special offer for The Balancing Act viewers. We are offering a $50 dollar
gift card to anyone who is getting married or if your daughter is getting married or
your friend’s getting married. Cousin, it doesn’t matter.
You know, if anybody. You can go to, watch our segment, on TheBalancingAct.com and follow
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Wonderful. Well thank you so much. And you can also logon to TheBalancingAct.com for
our entire Your Engaged series, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
We return now to the bridal show. And our Rachel Leigh, who has her pulse on
some very exquisite formalwear. (music).
Meet Ted and Carol Barry. Married for 27 years, in business together for 30 years. The men’s
formalwear business. The most unusual request was for the Dumb
and Dumber look, the orange tuxedo with the ruffles and the blue tuxedo with the ruffles
from the movie Dumb and Dumber. Any marital advice?
Yes, two words: “Yes Dear.” I concur, and let her be the boss.
Excellent advice. Hmm. I hope my husband sees this. I wonder how many of these women actually
choose their own ring? Gorgeous. Naturally, choosing the right hairdo for your wedding
do is a must-do. I think I’m going to do an up-do for the wedding
so I can have my back showing. Do you have a dress yet?
Not yet, but I do have it sketched out in my head. So it’s almost there. Now I just
have to find it. And to say she has lots from which to choose
is an understatement. I checked out the latest in bridal gowns at Boca Raton Bridal in Boca
Raton, Florida. Here comes the bride all dressed in white or at least something close to it.
There is a soft blush that’s being seen and also a baby baby blue for the something blue.
Wedding dresses are all over the place right now. One of the trends for the younger brides
is the ball gowns. They love to wear the big ball gowns. So this is an example of a ball
gown with a very full skirt and a fitted bodice. This is a sweetheart neckline. Here is an
example of a ball gown, remember we talked about color.
Mm-hmm. So I think this is for the girl who can’t
decide if she wants color because this is ombre. As you can see it starts out white
and it goes down to a beautiful blush. This is another ball gown which is very beautiful
and soft and feminine with a case of the bling. And Rachel this is an A-line and it actually
has multiple layers to create this alabaster color which is just beautiful, soft, feminine
with nice bling on it. Beautiful back. Beautiful back. I love beautiful backs.
The older brides are opting for a more slim silhouette, maybe with some lace and bling,
maybe even sheer sleeves which look beautiful. Some sleeves are being seen in wedding dresses
and these are beautiful sheer sleeves. Beautiful.
This dress is absolutely gorgeous. Again, it has a little bit of color but not really.
Another trend is two pieces in wedding dresses. So a bride can wear a top and a full skirt
which looks beautiful. Now you want to talk about a beautiful back and color, this one
has it all going on. This is beautiful. Turn this around. I love
the back because like we said you see so much of the back of the dress. That’s beautiful.
Isn’t that absolutely gorgeous? And it has like the pink, a blush color, to
it. It’s beautiful. I love how they incorporated the rhinestones with the pearls.
Yup. And thank goodness, bridesmaid dresses have
evolved. Long gone are those typical bridesmaid dresses
of yesteryear. Now the trend is anywhere from separate, so there are two pieces for the
bridesmaids’ dresses as well maybe with a full skirt mid-calf length. They are also
wearing a lot of bling again, and a lot of the bridesmaids are opting to wear different
dresses. So, Rachel, another trend is the after party, and oftentimes brides will buy
another dress. Because we need two.
Because we need two, of course. The advice I give the brides is to remember the reason
why they’re doing this, and they’re marrying their best friend. The more planning that’s
done before the wedding, the less opportunity for anything to go wrong. Hire good venders
that you trust. Make sure that everything is planned properly before and then on the
big day just relax and don’t sweat the small stuff.
And after wearing something like this, at the end of the day you might want to slip
into something let’s say a bit more comfortable. And we met a vendor at the wedding show that
gave us a great idea your new hubby will enjoy for years to come.
We’re Boudoir Photo Studio. So we have the brides come in, they do a sexy photo shoot
in their lingerie, and they present it to their grooms the night of the wedding.
I like that. And remember one of the couples we met earlier, D’nyia Porter and Sean Campbell.
We found them again at this popular booth. I don’t know. Maybe a surprise for after the
wedding. I love surprises. What better gift? That’s
all I’m saying. Because it’s classy and something just for
him. So I think he would enjoy it. I’m excited to see that day. (Laughter).
My husband probably would’ve liked that as well. Anniversary gift? We’ll see. I’m Rachel
Leigh reporting. (music).
Time to tie the knot on this special edition of The Balancing Act.
For more great tips for your wedding day, logon to TheBalancingAct.com and don’t forget
to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You know, I’m convinced it’s “Til death do
us part.” Why?
Why would you do it again? (Laughter).
Amen! Why would you go through this agony?
Amen. You got it, girl. I like that. Find your balance.