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Happy Thanksgiving!

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At this time some of you may be in route to the homes of loved ones, some may be grocery shopping, and some may have already started on the recipe’s to their famous masterpieces. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, the team at ellyB would like to take this moment to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and one of the main things are our faithful readers like you that have made this blog possible!
Enjoy the long weekend! We will bring you more ellyB posts on Monday.

Mani For Your Groom

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Hands have great significance when it comes to weddings. They symbolize warmth, strength, protection, nurturing, and passion. Keeping that in mind, hands will be one of the things most frequently photographed on your wedding day. Brides are usually right on target when it comes to getting a manicure for the big day, but let us not forget about the groom. Take a look for yourself to see how much a groom’s hands are captured throughout the day:
photo by: Halon Wedding Photography

photography by: C. Bourg

photo by: Neil Crowley

photo by: INMAGINE

photo by: A Moment In Time Video Production

photo by: LV Productions

Make sure to remind your groom that he needs to indulge in some pre-wedding primping and priming. Pictures last a life time and his hands should look just as good as yours. Do you have a groom that refuses to step foot in a nail salon? Solve that problem by investing in some one on one time before the big day and cater to his hands. Remember, to have and to hold!

Napkins that POP!

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A sure way to bring eye candy to the table is by sprucing the napkins with a napkin ring. It’s a great way to incorporate your theme, color, and personality. The team at ellyB are gushing over these napkin rings. With napkins this cute, who wants to wipe their hands!?!

(The first seven are available at Z Gallerie)

(Available at Etsy < /a >

Happy Feet!

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If there’s two things women love most- it’s getting together with girlfriends and shopping for shoes. Aerosoles shoe store has made it so that you don’t have to compromise one over the other. With their ultra chic shoe parties, you have the option of partying in the comfort of your own home or having VIP access to an Aerosoles shoe store after business hours.

I have had the pleasure of co-hosting 3 of these parties and I constantly have friends asking me when the next one is going to be. You can get creative by bringing in a few bottles of bubbly and some light hors d’oeuvres. Go one step further by bringing in an I-pod with a playlist filled with some tunes that will make you want to bust a move or strut your stuff in a sexy pair of heels! Got an outfit that you haven’t found the perfect pair of shoes for? No problem, bring it to the party so that you can match up the color and style in person.

For every pair of shoes or accessories purchased, money gets credited to the hostess towards complimentary shoes! Shoe parties are a great way to celebrate a birthday, promotion, and especially a bachelorette party for a special lady in your life!

Wedding Traditions – Dollar Dance

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Often couples toy with many wedding traditions. Should we or should we not do the dollar dance, bouquet and garter toss, the list goes on and on. I found this great article that provides background information on the tradition as well as provide other alternatives for the dance:

What is a dollar dance?

A wedding dollar dance is a dance that is preformed by the bride and groom at the reception. Traditionally, it’s purpose is to give the couple extra money to spend on their honeymoon. It is more prevalent in some families than others. For this reason, the dollar dance has adapted slightly varying purposes over the years.

Should you have a wedding dollar dance?

That is strictly personal preference. Talk to your friends and family members to get their feelings about it. However, if it is something you want – then by all means have it!

One bit of advice: If dollar dances are not frequently done in your area, don’t assume that your guests will know what to do. Have your bridal party, or close friends, initiate the dance. You may also want your DJ or band to announce what is taking place.

How does a wedding dollar dance work?

Here are two different ways:

1. The bride and groom dance together to the song of their choice. A friend, or family member, stands close to the dance floor holding straight pins. Guests go, one by one, to the bride and groom to pin money to their clothes. The dance stops when the song ends or when the last guest gives money.

2. Same as the first except the bride and groom stand apart. The male guest line up to dance with the bride and the females with the groom. Each guests gets a short (few seconds) dance with either the bride or groom after pinning money to their clothes. This one is our favorite! It allows for interaction between the couple and their guests!

Wedding dollar dance alternatives

You may want to employ one of these alternatives if you like the idea of a dollar dance, but feel uncomfortable about your guests giving you money.

1. Well Wishing Dance. Place small pieces of paper on tables with instructions for your guests to write down their thoughts and wishes for the bride and groom. Have your guests pin these wishes to you and your groom instead of money.

2. Have a money or well wishing tree. Place a box or fabric covered board near your guest book. Have your guests stick well wishes or money there and eliminate a dance altogether.

3. Guess Who Has The Gift Dance. This is a really cute idea that we came up with for a couple not too long ago. It was a hit. Do not give your bride and groom gifts to each other before the wedding. Instead, give them to your maid of honor and best man. Have them secretly pick out two guests to hold onto them.

Continue with the #2 wedding dollar dance example. Have the DJ or band announce that a special dance is about to take place and that all guests should line up to dance and give well wishes to the bride and groom. Have him/her also mention that somewhere in the line is the bride and groom’s gifts to each other.

You and the groom are then required to ask each guest “Do you have my gift?” during your dance until you are left dancing with the person who is holding your gifts from each other.

You can then open them and share that moment with all of your guests

Accents for Lounge Areas

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A great way to personalize your event is by using items that are not ordinary wedding items. West Elm is having an amazing sale on decorative pillows that can be used as accent decor throughout your event. Take a look at these beauties:

New Girl on the Block!

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Vanessa Coley and I am the newest member of the ellyB Events team. I love event planning and making people’s visions come to life. As a bride to be myself, I know what it’s like to want every detail in place and have high expectations. I look forward to blogging with you all and bringing you some of the best advice and ideas in the event planning industry.

Contest – Best of the Bridal Shower Pictures

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We found about the amazing concept She Just Got Married brings to the industry in one of our previous posts. She just got married brings to us a fab new contest:

Your best girlfriends are honoring you with a Bridal Shower. How sweet. BUT…between the cosmos and lingerie did the fun include making you dress in something outrageous?

Send in your best pic to: JustforFun@shejustgotmarried.com and win a ‘She Just Got Married’Hoodie & a pair of Boy Briefs!


Entries must be submitted by Dec. 1, 2008

Venue Spotlight – Callanwolde

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On Friday I had the pleasure of taking my wonderful September bride venue shopping. I am excited to inform that she has picked the perfect venue – Callanwolde here in Atlanta. I learned on our site visit that this mansion once belonged too the elder Coca Cola son. What made this venue a perfect fit, is that the bride actually took dance and piano lessons there as a child. The venue is also the romantic and charming feel that she would like her 200 guests to feel.

We are so excited by the venue selection and look forward to the planning of this wonderful wedding.

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