Online Gift Registries

by Myrna 15. June 2012 04:36

 While the bulk of gift registeries are still run through the big box stores, there is a growing segment of the bridal population that is now leaning towards on line communication. Although always thought a bit "tacky", on line gift registeries have proven to be a real advantage to couples and their guests.

It is easy to build an on line registry. Guests find it easy to shop from their homes or even their phones, especially if they are from out of town. You can select registry items  from local stores and then list them on your e-registry.  You can also list you e-registry on national sites like the or, if your local store has a partnership with them.

Once registered you can log on at anytime to add, delete, or change your preferences. You also can see what has been purchased for you. There are also sites that specialize in non-traditional gift registries such as that is for stocks and or mutual funds that someone might want to start for you. There are also honeymoon registries and even sites that allow you to register for monetary gifts.

Whichever method you choose for your gift registries, remember that under no circumstances should those sites be anywhere in your invitations. Members of your bridal party and family can spread the word about your registry preferences.

One important thing to remember is that although gift registries now include non traditional items, gifts for a lifetime are remembered the most!

For more registiry ideas, you can always contact us here at FAO events.

Happy Gift SearchingSmile

Does the Tuxedo Fit?

by Myrna 14. May 2012 11:00

Many of my clients ask for advice about ordering their tuxedos, or when a tuxedo might be appropriate to wear. My simple answer to the groom is that a tuxedo adds formality to any wedding, and that he should be comfortable in dressing up for his special day. He should stand out as the groom, and he sets the tone for the other men's apparrel.

If someone owns their own tuxedo, they will be glad to get use from it one more time.  For those that must rent one i.e. the groomsmen , here are a few basic tips to insure that everyone is fitting into their wedding attire.

First, chose a reputable formalwear dealer , and work closely with that specialist to insure that the style of the tuxedo chosen for the groom and the groomsmen will make all the men look their best as well as coordinate with the bride's party.

Once the style is chosen, the groom and the best man should take an active role to make sure all the other male wedding party members get to be fitted well in advance of the wedding date. The formalwear specialist will be taking measurements , but a bit of information about  sizing men's suits might come in handy.

For the jacket- A man should be able to fit his hand between his chest and the front of the jacket when it is buttoned. Back vents should lie flat. The coat should allow free movement of the arms.It shoudl fall smoothly across one's back and should not bunch up across the shoulders when the arms move forward.

Jacket length- for most, the bottom of the jacket should reach the curl of the fingers when the arms are held straight down at their sides. This allows the shirt cuff to show 1 inch.

The trousers should sit at the waist and should allow one finger fitting in the waistband. They should be hemmed so that they break as they rest at the top of the shoe, and in the back to just the top of the heel of the shoe. Most formal trousers are not cuffed.

If wearing a vest, it should button comfortably across the chest, and the vest buttons should line up with the front of the jacket and overlap the waistband on the trousers.

 Men, enjoy shopping for your wedding attire.  There are so mnay choices of colors, accessories, ties, and vests. Have fun matching the bridal attire, and when in doubt call us at FAO events to assist!

Happy Planning!


Thanks ,Virginia Living Magazine

by Myrna 8. May 2012 08:03

 I am proud to announce that we have been named Best of Virginia 2012 in the Wedding Planners category of Virginia Living Magazine.  We want to thank all the readers who voted for us and we are very honored to receive this award.  See this month's copy of Virginia Living Magazine to read all about the other winners.  Congratulations to all.

Are Plus-ones on the Guest List?

by Myrna 4. May 2012 02:19

 This is a question that I often get asked, and one that might hold a different answer for each couple. Here are a few pointers when it comes to your plus-ones on the guest list.


As if brides do not have enough to worry about...along comes the task of actually compiling the guest list for the big event. Seems simple enough, right? Wrong.

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Remember all of those people that you want to invite who are unmarried? You are going to have to figure out if it is acceptable for them to bring dates to the wedding. This is a tricky situation for a few reasons.
1. Nobody likes to go to weddings alone (OK maybe those guys in the Wedding Crashers movie, but not most people).
2. If you have a lot of single friends, giving them ALL the green light to bring dates could substantially impact your wedding costs and pack your special day with strangers.
So...what to do? The trick here is to come up with rules and actually stick to them. Maybe you realize that you only have ten single guests. Perhaps it is fine if they all bring dates.
If you have 40 single guests, maybe decide that fiancees are welcome, but casual boyfriends and girlfriends are not. Or decide that if the couple lives together, they should both be invited.
Do what is best for you and comfortable for your budget, but don't make exceptions to your rule. Doing this is offensive to the guests who comply with your wishes!
OK...there should be just one exception. If a member of the wedding party is single, he or she should always be allowed to bring a date. Members of the wedding party usually do a lot for the bride and groom in the months leading up to the wedding, so it is only appropriate to allow them to bring a guest!


A beautiful bride in Holland

by Myrna 17. April 2012 06:21

I just returned from a trip to Holland and to Keukenhof Gardens.  The gardens were full of gorgeous tulips and hyacinths in all colors.  While there, a wedding was taking palce and after the ceremony, the bride walked right past me.  I couldn't help but to snap a picture of her gorgeous gown adorned with beautiful real flowers. Just an inspiration for a new idea for a wedding gown!

Enjoy and Happy Planning!

Thank You Notes

by Myrna 17. April 2012 06:19




Ah, thank-you notes! Etiquette demands that they must be written. Oh, and you should also probably include a wedding photo in each note as well.
Why not do something adorably trendy and create thank you notes from a special "thank you" photograph from your wedding day?
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If done correctly, this super-cute trend can serve as the perfect "last task" following your celebration.
The trick is to work with your photographer ahead of time to design the look (in terms of the pose, the type of signage, and setting) of the thank-you note.
Be sure the photographer is able to prepare ahead and provide the exact style of signage you prefer. Handmade posters created at the last minute are NOT the goal here!
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Try to go with a thank you sign that pays tribute to your wedding's look or theme. The retro chalkboard signs (above) are perfect for a funky, quirky wedding, while the festive, fanciful cutout letters provide a more traditional vibe.
Take the time to really pre-plan this picture, and your thank you notes will be just as fabulous as your big day was!


Changing Your Name? It is Simple!

by Myrna 27. March 2012 05:32
Changing your name after your wedding is not hard these days, thanks to the genius of one bride who decided to make it simpler..Meet Danielle Tate founder of
The idea for came as a direct result of founder Danielle Tate’s personal name change experience. After making several trips to government offices in pinching platform heels 
 and suffering a nearly buckled back from standing in a two-hour line, completing outdated forms, and driving from office to office, the frustrated and exhausted, new bride decided that was enough and she set out to make the name-changing process simpler.
The creative newlywed set out to create a name change service that would simplify the entire process for new brides nationwide! turns a grueling 13- hour experience into a wrinkle-free, 30- minute, three steps. Since 2006, has helped
nearly 100,000 brides nationwide and Danielle has bloomed her frustration into a multi-million dollar empire.
She has personally researched the name change procedure for each state and has broken it into three easy steps: Questions, Forms & File.
Your account will guide you through all three steps in 30 minutes, saving you the approximate 13 hours associated with struggling through name change form research and completion on your own. is more than a website, it is a group of experts devoted to making your name change process a breeze. They make sure that your forms and filing instructions are the most up-to-date versions available. Consider them your name change fairy godmothers!


Thanks, Danielle for making this process so much easier for brides all across the country!  For more information call us at FAO Events.






The Wedding Toast

by Myrna 25. March 2012 03:28


 Many of my couples ask about the wedding toast.  Here are a few quick pointers for you


A Guide to Writing Wedding Toasts

 You have been asked by the bride to give a toast at her wedding, and you are completely perplexed about what to do. You don’t want your toast to be ordinary, but you want to be sure you are following the established rules of etiquette. What to do?

Just follow this formula, and your toast will be both appropriate and spectacular.

1.     1.  Thank guests for coming and express your gratitude for being selected to speak. You can never go wrong by being gracious!

2.      2. Mention the emotional significance of the event and that you could not be more excited that the bride and groom have decided to spend their lives together.

3.     3.  An appropriate story or reminiscence about the bride and groom meeting or the moment when you realized they were made for each other is always touching. Be sure the story is one that everyone will appreciate, though.

4.      4. A fun story that explains your relationship to the bride can also be entertaining, but be sure it has a purpose. For example if you were childhood friends who both loved princesses and fairy tales, you could tie this in to a reference to the bride finding her prince and living “happily ever after”.

5.      5. Emphasize how much the bride means to you and offer the couple best wishes for a happy life together. Keep it short.  remember, it is a taost, not a roast!

6.      6. Complete your toast with “Cheers!”

7.   Enjoy the compliments for giving a fabulous toast.


Welcome Baskets

by Myrna 7. March 2012 18:01
Many of your wedding guests will most likely need to travel a bit to attend your celebration. If this is the case, it is a hospitable gesture to welcome them and thank them by placing a welcome basket in their hotel room (or personally deliver it if you have time)!
The contents of the basket are entirely up to you, but here are a few fun ideas:
A personal note welcoming the guests to your town is a must! Be sure it is hand-written.
Some bottled water and light snacks will be appreciated by tired travelers. Perhaps choose foods that are unique to your local area!
If you are a fabulous baker, feel free to include a few homemade cookies or muffins!
If you wish, a bottle of local wine could be included!
Maps and brochures from the surrounding area will help your guests to plan and enjoy their free time! Feel free to attach hand written notes offering advice!
Tickets to a local event or activity (even if they are just complimentary passes) will inspire your guests to explore the area a bit!

Welcome baskets do not have to be lavish and expensive! They are simply a way to let your guests know that you greatly appreciate the time and effort it took them to attend your wedding.


A Bride's Favorite Online tool

by Myrna 22. February 2012 10:21

Welcome, Lisa, a guest blogger today.  Here are her thoughts about her favorite online site.

Ok, I admit it, I am addicted to Pinterest!
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
People use pinboards to plan their weddings (my favorite idea!), decorate their homes, and share their fashion wish lists.
As someone who has always been a fan of “inspiration boards,” I am loving the ease of using Pinterest.
Inspiration boards required actual clipping, gluing, and labeling of various items onto a board or piece of paper. While incredibly fun and useful for creating an image or developing a concept, storing and revising the boards was always impractical.
Pinterest simply requires the user to register, install a “Pin It” button, and start pinning!
Boards are labeled and saved with ease, and users can also look through images pinned by other users.
As you may have guessed, this is an amazing tool for collecting ideas for a wedding. I created a sample wedding pinboard called “My Big Fat Fictional Wedding”. I decided that the color scheme for my grand event would be vibrant orange and hot pink.
I then searched under various categories to find elements which could be used for my wedding, such as invitations, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, table linens, cakes , and shoes. I collected the images and pinned them at my leisure, a few at a time.
The process was exciting because you could watch how elements worked together to create the overall look for the event. When I changed my mind about a flower girl dress, I could easily delete it and replace the image with a different one.
The overall process is so much fun, and very little effort is involved because the “Pin It” button is installed and always accessible.
There you have it. Enjoy this option when wanting to save ideas during your planning of your wedding.  for further ideas or assistnce call us at FAO.  We would love to be part of your special day!
Happy Planning!


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