Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Blog!

Hi everyone!

If you're still following this blog preeeetty closely and checking it every day (like you should), please note that we have been also posting to our new blog address and will not be posting here anymore.

We'd hate to lose you, and we're only going to be posting to our glam new blog from here on out. So make sure that when you go to read our words of wisdom, you're visiting us at  http://morgangalloevents.com/blog/ for all the best wedding and style tips ;) 

Bookmark that and we'll be seeing you there!

XO,
The MGE Team

Monday, February 17, 2014

Child vs. Dog: Ringbearers

The Ringbearer Riddle
Our last post focused on some of the most frequent decisions a bride has to make while planning. One question not previously included is which kind of ring-bearer will bring the maximum possible amount of cuteness to your ceremony – dog or child? It’s so tormenting that it required its own post.
In the battle of dog versus child to get that ring down the aisle, we suggest that you make your decision based on the following criteria: dressability, training, and liability.
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Dressability. Regardless of whether or not that’s actually a word, this examines how well the ring-bearer (dog or child alike) is able to stand wearing clothes for a least an hour and a half – assuming you wrestle them into their garments right before sending them down the aisle and removing them quickly after the ceremony. Both toddlers and dogs are notorious for using literally any method possible for clothing removable. However, given that most children and dogs look pretty adorable in a tiny jacket, bowtie, or dress, this can make the decision complicated. If you need assistance, Google pictures of both until you have reached a conclusion.
Training. Small garden ceremony or huge Catholic mass, it makes no difference - you are sending a small creature into a room full of what looks to it like towering monsters with nothing but a small pillow and expecting it to walk a straight line, fairly quickly, while everyone stares at it. Throw in factors such as any funny hats your older relatives or hats might wear, the presence of any visible candy or treat, and amount of practice. Never taught Spot how to come, sit, or stay? Chances are he didn’t teach himself before the big day, and that path to the altar might be a long and winding one. If your four-year-old only got half his normal naptime that day, you can probably anticipate a mid-aisle sitdown/temper tantrum combination.
Liability. Let’s just put it out there – both a child and a dog can potentially eat the ring, and both can bite people trying to take the ring away from them. Both can stop and use the bathroom in the middle of the ceremony with zero qualms about it, both can get scared or intimidated by large rooms full of people, and both have no idea HOW MUCH MONEY THAT THING COST YOU. We can tell you right now that the risk is just as high with either choice. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pre-Wedding Puzzles

During the planning process, there are several choices that every bride faces, and these are probably choices that your fiancé does not want to spend one more second debating with you. Here are some of the most common queries:
How many bridesmaids should I have?
You should have as many bridesmaids as you want, but remember to consider how easy or difficult your friends are to manage in large numbers. If your fiancé has a sister, then you should probably include her, seeing as you probably want your brother to be a groomsman. It’s only fair. When it comes to picking sorority sisters, you might want to limit yourself to asking your “big” and your “little” – you can’t fit your whole pledge class on the altar.
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How long should I be engaged?
In terms of planning, the more time you have between your engagement and your wedding date, the easier it is. Also consider the size and extravagance of your wedding – the smaller and simpler, the less time you need. It also works to be engaged just as long as it takes you to fly to Vegas. You cannot get engaged in December, plan a 200-guest destination wedding for February, and expect to be completely satisfied with the result.
Should I wear flats or heels under my dress?
Now that embellished ballet flats are becoming more standard for brides, you do have a comfier option than heels. Consider what kind of terrain you will be walking on – if you will mostly be going from flat floors to concrete to church steps, heels are fine. If there are cobblestones or grass involved, you might want to have a pair of flats on hand. You can always wear flats to the ceremony and throw on those gorgeous blue Manolos for the reception.
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Should I switch to a short dress later in the night?
Ask yourself if you will eventually get hot and sweaty at the reception in the dress you’ve picked, and if you really want to go through the trouble of taking off your clothes after the ceremony and getting dressed all over again. If you are lazy like me, the answer is always “I’ll just wear what I have on.” 
Other things you should know:
Chicken is a less risky menu choice than fish.
Birds will eat the rice you throw (see previous blog post).
If one cousin is allowed to bring her five-year-old twins, all of your cousins will find out and bring theirs, too.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cut the Starch

Alternatives to Chucking Rice
 If you’re a traditionalist, then getting pelted with rice at your wedding sounds amazing. For everyone else, rice at your wedding instantly brings to mind images of those poor pigeons we heard were exploding after they ate it off the ground. Regardless of whether there’s any logic behind these supposed bird-splosions, here are some fun alternatives.
Blowing bubbles. Any children at your wedding will automatically be distracted for as long as that small bottle of bubble juice lasts, and you also don’t have to worry about catching some long-grain white rice to the eyeball.
Birdseed. You may now rest easy about the birds. They are going to be OKAY, and you are even feeding them. This is also a “greener” approach – there’s no cleanup necessary afterwards.
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Sparklers. At this point you will ask, aren’t those meant for people to wave in my face as I leave for my honeymoon? And I will tell you this: sparklers are always appropriate and you can use them however you want. Think outside the box a little.
Flower petals. A very elegant and feminine alternative, albeit a tad more expensive if you’re buying a lot of them. However, if they’re real, you don’t have to worry about going back and picking up every synthetic petal that was tossed, so it’s maintenance level is in line with the birdseed.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bliss Bash, January 30th

Beautiful designer dresses, delicious hors d'oeuvre, and custom made accessories, that was just the start of our night at the "Bliss Bash" last Thursday, at Bleubelle Bridal Boutique. Savannah Magazine invited the MGE team along with a few of our brides, to their cocktail party to showcase Cheryl King, a couture accessories designer, and Emily McCarthy, a lifestyle designer.
Cheryl King handcrafts custom pieces for brides such as, veils, jewelry and belts that are sold by leading bridal salons around the world. She has a vast collection of pieces that brides are welcome to customize. The most popular are her headpieces, intricately detailed headbands and clips that are worn in various ways and adorned with jewels - a more glamorous take on last season's Tikka-Inspired headpieces from our last style post. Any bride can easily find a Cheryl King Couture piece that would go perfectly with her dress from Bleubelle Bridal. The best icing is the kind that sparkles.
Clockwise from left: delicious desserts; Jordan Rankin of MGE modeling a Cheryl King creation; a beautiful Jenny Packham; more couture designs by Cheryl King.
Clockwise from left: delicious desserts; Jordan Rankin of MGE modeling a Cheryl King creation; a beautiful Jenny Packham; more couture designs by Cheryl King.
Brides and guests at the event had the privilege to get a peak at Emma J's new wedding collection from Emily McCarthy Collections. Her impeccable designs and branding are now available in bridal stationary, gifts, tags, napkins, coasters, and cups. This was the perfect event for a bride to find exactly what she needed.
Materials from Emma J Designs
Materials from Emma J Designs

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Looking back at last season, there was a growing trend in bridal  accessories - instead of the traditional veil, whether short or long, a  more embellished look was seen walking down the aisle and the runway.
Showcased as bridal and festival headwear, the Tikka-inspired headpiece  is another option for brides to consider for their look.  The  Indian-inspired head jewelry has comes in several variations, though all are exotic,  luxurious, and bohemian.
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Standard headpieces consist of three chains,  with accents of gems or charms, that rest on the head.  This is also a  great accessory for the Maid of Honor or flower girl.  You can find these beautiful head pieces at asos.com and bhldn.com. Prices range from $19 up to $225.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Customizing Customs

Personalize that Package
In this day and age, you can have anything you want, however you want it. You can virtually build your own car, there are about 1.7 million DIY tricks for everything you could possible imagine, and we are constantly saying things like “skim, iced, no onions, extra cheese,” etc. So if you can be this picky with driving, decorating, and eating, you should also be able to customize another human custom – marriage.
When you hire a coordinator, more likely that not, they’re going to be with you throughout the year leading up to the wedding. At the very least, they’ll be touching base with you until it’s time for them to plan the day, and at the most, they will basically be your best friend/fairy god-planner that goes poof and finds you the awesome baker, best venue, and insanely cool décor. Unfortunately, many planners only provide these two options on either end of the planning spectrum, with nothing in between.
A healthy portion of customizable packages should be provided by your coordinator when cooking up your big day (I don’t know how I got into these metaphors but let’s roll with it). Choices are a regular part of a stress-free bride’s wedding diet and if the planner you’re working with can’t provide you with any wiggle room, you’ll feel like a big stuffed sausage throughout the whole process. If you can assertively tell that barista at Starbucks that she LEFT OUT YOUR EXTRA ESPRESSO and you specifically said NO WHIPPED CREAM, then you can stand up for making your day (and the planning process) exactly what you want it to be – no more, no less.
So on that note, head on over to http://morgangalloevents.com/services/ to check out our vast planning “menu.”
Nailed the food metaphors.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Diverse Details

Bridal Showers & Rehearsal Dinners
 While working a small dinner party in L.A. last summer, I discovered a small but cool detail - stainless steel and glass straws.
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We’ve gotten on the trend of the colorful “paper” straws, but they tend not to last that long in our drinks.  Not only did I find these steel and glass straws more durable, but they were also great looking!  It’s that extra detail for your party and a small way to save money, since they're reusable!
They can be found at:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fall/Winter Style Forecast

Boho Inspo
For a little inspiration for brides planning a Fall/Winter 2014/early 2015 wedding, I looked at a few trend forecasts and found some images with a decidedly sophisticated-bohemian influence.
You can see how this color story (below) of ivory, wood and skin tones, creates a soft environment while bringing out different shapes and textures. Finding ornamental and precious artifacts that are simultaneously antique, elegant and sentimental are great details to add to your day. All together, they are the perfect accents for the refined, bohemian-chic bride.

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All trend forecasts from Perclers Paris.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Who's Talking

Introducing Us
If you were a follower of the blog before we got our fancy new website and logo, you might notice a change in voice - that's because we have new contributors to the blog! You've recently been hearing from me, Jordan Rankin. I'm the executive assistant here at MGE and I wanted to say helloooo to everyone and let you get to know me. I love a good pair of boots, a good bourbon drink, and anything that makes me laugh. During the week, I can often be found running around the Broughton Street area and chances are, I am eating a macaron. Oh, and I love to write!
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This week, you'll also get to hear the wisdom of Skye Sienkiewicz, one of our assistant coordinators and our resident stylist/fashionista. When she's not delving through fashion texts at SCAD to bring you the latest in cutting-edge bridal design, she can be found working at Wild Wings and Villa Savannah. She is one busy chick! And Skye is absolutely addicted to shoes. She'll be supplying us with style inspiration posts, and we're sooo excited to share them with you!
skye copySkye!
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