New Adventures

It has been a few months of transition for my wedding business.  I made the decision in October to close the bridal consignment part and just focus on the Day of Coordination and Decoration Services. It was a bittersweet time but I am excited about what is ahead!


The Budget

Budget may be the most dreaded word you hear while planning your wedding. Unfortunately, you cannot avoid it becuause your budget will drive all your wedding planning decisions.  I always tell my brides to pick the 3 top things that mean most to you as a couple when you start planning your wedding.  Once you figure that out, those will be your priority and the other things you don’t have to spend as much on.

will it be enough?How do you  even go about setting a wedding budget?  Well isn’t it lucky that you are reading this post. 🙂

  1. Do your homework so you are not guessing at what things cost but have an actual number to work off.
  2. Make phone calls to at least 2 vendors in each category and talk about prices.
  3. Set one budget for the ceremony, bridal party and misc. items.  Set a second budget for reception costs.
  4. Hold a budget meeting if you are not paying for all the expenses yourself.

My biggest tip for budgeting, is to keep a separate wedding account to be used only for wedding expenses.   That way you know exactly what you are spending money on and how much you have left over for other things.



How to Get Your Dream Wedding Dress For Less

As I sit here at my desk I have a great view of all the new and once loved gowns I have here in the shop. It is like Christmas each time I get a new one in.  I am always amazed at the different styles.  When I think I have a favorite, another new one comes in.  I truly love it when a bride finds a dress that they can see themselves getting married in.  Being the only WNY Bridal Consignment Shop in the area, means that I get inventory from all around the area from all kinds of designers.   I cannot wait until the next bride comes in to find her gown……

Here is one of my favorite looks, which is a brand new gown from Alfred Angelo.  I also happen to have a matching tiara.

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Western New York Wedding

I had the honor of working with Sarah and Shaun on their wedding that took place on July 21st.  They are a great couple that had to put of the wedding for a while because their youngest daughter was diagnosed with cancer.  They had a beautiful outdoor wedding at their home in Freedom, with the ceremony by the pond and the reception in a tent.

She had blue and pink for her colors and used a few fancy linens to add that special touch. Butterflies were also part of the theme and she had some centerpieces with floating butterfly candles alternating with blue and pink sand centerpieces.

How To Dress Up Brown Paper Bags For a Wedding

It’s not just the guests who have to get dressed up for a wedding…

Finally, after years filled with groceries and children’s soggy sandwiches, it’s the brown bag’s chance to shine!

  • Yes, the brown bag shall go to the ball. All it needs is a little decoration and it’s transformed into a chic and unique wedding detail.

    I LOVE brown paper bags as favour bags or candy buffet bags at weddings ~ they’re super cheap and a really sweet touch.

    The simplest ways to dress up a brown paper bag…

    Pop a customized label on the front like this free downloadable ‘candy bar’ label from The Wedding Chicks:

    Wrap a doily over the top and stick it down like these sweet bags on The Sweetest Occasion:

    Or print directly onto the bags like this idea from a DIY wedding featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs:

    {These are actually bags full of petals for contetti, with the order of ceremony printed on the back. Genius!}

    If you’re more BUY than DIY, you can get these customisable script paper bags from Loft Bridge Designs on Etsy. {50 for $29}

    Here are a few more ‘advanced’ DIY ideas for all you crafty folk:

    Accessorise your brown paper bags by using craft scissors to create pretty edges, luggage labels, origami/fabric flowers, paper hearts, colourful twine, clothespins, buttons or anything else you can stick/glue staple/tie onto them!

    Luggage Labels via The Party Studio | Doilies via Oh Dee Doh |Photos via Young House Love | Buttons via Design Sponge | Clothespins via Two Broads Design on Etsy| Hearts via Creature Comforts

    My favourite idea is to attach photobooth prints of the two of you with signs saying ‘thank you for coming’.

    Or, like the brilliant idea above, where the couple in the photos are covered in lipstick kisses and their signs read ‘plant one on us’ to go with their gladeoli bulb favours. How fun!

    So which do you think is the best dressed brown paper bag?

Creative Elegance Weddings is WeddingWire Rated 2012

Arcade, NY – July 31st,  – WeddingWire is excited to announce that Creative Elegance Weddings is WeddingWire Rated in 2012 for Dress& Attire and Wedding Planning. WeddingWire Rated is the annual ratings program that recognizes wedding professionals across the country for their commitment to service and is the most recognized and trusted brand among engaged couples, as they start their search for local wedding businesses. The ratings program is based on hundreds of thousands of recent newlywed reviews of over 200,000 wedding professionals in the US and Canada, across 20 different service categories.

Creative Elegance Weddings has five reviews on WeddingWire. Reviews by our newlywed clients include detailed ratings and insightful descriptions about their experiences working with our business and staff.  Our reviews provide transparency for potential clients, assisting them in making informed decisions for their big day.

“We are very pleased to announce WeddingWire Rated 2012, recognizing Creative Elegance Weddings for their commitment to exemplary service in Dress & Attire and Wedding Planning,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire, Inc. “Creative Elegance Weddings has shown dedication to their craft and service, helping engaged couples understand what to expect from their business through reviews on the nation’s leading wedding review site.”

As the largest site for wedding reviews, WeddingWire empowers engaged couples with the most comprehensive and trusted review system available in the wedding industry. WeddingWire Rated provides Creative Elegance Weddings with the distinction of being WeddingWire Rated and a simple platform to capture client feedback from their wedding planning experience. Engaged couples can easily access all of the reviews for Creative Elegance Weddings on We have all of our newlywed clients to thank for our WeddingWire Rated 2012 recognition.

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