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Bridal Elegance

About Our Linens and Event Decor

Do not look anywhere else, we have you covered! Bridal Elegance has two fantastic ladies, Sherrie Caroll and Terry Ortega, who do it all for you, the chair covers, the linens, the event lighting, ceiling drapes and so much more. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and tell them everything you want. The first step to less stress is to give them a call to make an appointment to come into the store and sit down with Sherry or Terry. You will tell them all about your hopes and dreams for your wedding day and they will tell you how they are going to make that happen for you.

We offer the highest quality fabrics and linens in over 50 different colors for you to choose from. The selection includes, any size and color tablecloths, self-tie chair covers, banquet chair covers, folding chair covers, and satin and organza sashes. All of which, we are able to match with the theme and the colors of your wedding perfectly. The material you can choose from is very soft and very durable which makes it last throughout the entire event. The Bridal Elegance team sets up all your wedding décor to transform your venue into the dream wedding you imagined. Also, we know how stressful and crazy a wedding can be so to give you one less thing to worry about, we strike the wedding for you at the end of the night. Meaning we take apart all the wedding décor that we set up for you, so that you can enjoy your wedding to the fullest without having to be responsible for taking it down yourself.

Stop stressing today and give these wonderful ladies a call for they will answer any and every question that you have.

Terry Ortega: (719) 661-2675

Sherry Caroll: (719) 232-9229

Stressed?

When you’re stressed your comfort foods seem to yell for your attention and never seem to go away. We find comfort in eating our stress away for a few reasons and the first reason is simple; it is all about the mechanics. Tension seems to disappear when your mouth is moving or crunching down on something. Another reason is that eating seems to signal “I’m okay and relaxed because the food is energizing me” to the brain, seemingly to overpower what the body is really saying what it really needs. However, your body does need certain foods, but it needs the right foods, not the comfort foods that we tend to want more.

Foods that help decrease stress are out there and I am here to tell you of a few of them!!

Oranges – The vitamin C is know to curb level of stress hormones and strengthen your immune system

Spinach– Gives magnesium which helps headaches and fatigue

Pistachios– They are a healthy fat that can help lower cholesterol, ease inflammation in the hearts arteries and they prevent effects of stress

Berries– Berries are rich in Vitamin C and the best of all are blue berries. They are an antioxidant that helps promote good health and known to sharpen your mind

Raw Veggies– Crunch raw veggies helps ease stress because it wards of tension by the mechanics of crunching down on something

Bread– Healthy carbs stabilize sugar levels and if you eat it before bed it releases serotonin and helps you sleep better

Changing your diet and eating right always helps with stress but there are always more ways to release stress, such as exercise. Being active and exercising for 30 minutes at least for 3 to 4 days boosts oxygen circulation and gives your body endorphins

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200311/stress-and-eating
http://www.webmd.com
http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/emotional-health/13-healthy-foods-that-reduce-stress-and-depression/cashews

 

 

VEBO is the Rave

What is Vebo you ask? Well Vebo is a wedding gift registry! Instead of your guests buying presents for you to bring to the wedding, they can put money towards a fun activity that you and your hubby can do as a couple! What better way to start your marriage than to spend quality time on a create and exciting date? And according to scientific research sharing adventures and going on unique dates improves marriages! Some of the fun activities and events you can attend are cooking classes, Latin dance lessons, riding a hot air balloon, white water rafting, winemaking, and so much more!

All you need to do is register for Vebo, select a few activities that you are interested in and tell your guests to look at them and contribute to the activity instead of bringing a gift, or along side bringing a gift if your guests are that wonderful. The amount of each activity ranges from $18 to $800, so have your wedding guests pick from some of your selections and add money to it! It is currently available in Colorado only, however the company will be expanding to other US states soon.

For further information check out their website to see if you are interested in the activities they will have planned for you!

Check it out at vebolife.com

 

 

10 Must Do’s before your Wedding Day

Planning a wedding can be stressful and a lot of work! So, make sure you are allowing yourself to breathe and not stress out too much. Be efficient but don’t overwhelm yourself.

To prepare yourself for the big day with as much fun and as little stress as possible I have come up with 10 Must Do’s before your wedding.

1)Take Engagement Photos– This is a fun way to show off your love and engagement. It’s also great practice for your wedding day!

2) Have a Heart to Heart– Bond with your bridesmaids, mom, dad, and anyone else you are close with. Talk about your fears and concerns about going into this marriage, ask for advice and just take time to be with the people who love and cherish you.

3) Handle Finances– Talk to your fiancé about the joining of accounts and any concerns you have about future finances.

4) Food Tasting– Test all the food you will be serving to your guests. It’s a great excuse to have fun and enjoy awesome food in order to find the best to serve at your wedding.

5) Prepare Back Up Hair and Make Up Plan– If for any reason the person who is supposed to do your hair and make up can’t make it, make sure you have styles you can do yourself.

6) Rehearse– Have a rehearsal dinner, practice walking down the isle with a bouquet and holding onto whoever is walking you down the isle, practice where everyone stands, and in general the flow of the wedding. This is great to ease stress and involve the whole family.

7) Paperwork– Make sure you’ve taken care of all paperwork, talk to the venue and see if everything is all set for the day ahead of time and talk to your officiate to check if you both have signed all the papers or gotten all the blood work you need to get done to make sure you will be married by the end of the wedding.

8) Honeymoon Preparation– Make a check list! Be sure a couple days ahead that you have all the toiletries you need, passport ready, identification with you, the proper clothing needed, and anything else you need packed. Also, call and make sure the plane is on schedule and that the reservations at the hotel are booked.

9) Day of Coordinator– As the bride you cannot be everywhere at once, so have a day of coordinator who can be everywhere for you. That person will make sure everything is running smoothly so that you do not have to worry about it.

10) Take Care of Yourself– Focus on you, this is your big day! Do not let anything stress you out because it is your day and all you need to do is make sure you have everything you need. Make sure you have your veil, dress, shoes, make up, snacks and anything else you personally need on your wedding day.

 

http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/weddings/planning/wedding-planning-tips/10-wedding-planning-must-dos8.htm
https://www.dreamwedding.com/article/10-things-you-must-do-the-month-before-your-wedding
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/wedding-to-do_n_3499481.html

 

Honeymoon ideas

The honeymoon is one of the best chapters of your book! There are many places and activities you can do as a couple for your honeymoon. Some ideas are more obvious than others, such as taking a cruise or an island vacation getaway. However the less obvious ideas are sometimes less expensive and a bit more unique.

IDEAS

1) Camp – Honeymoons are meant to bring you closer and have time to each other, what better way to do that than pitch a tent and survive nature together.

2) Staycation-This may not sound glamorous but who wouldn’t love a month off from work and responsibilities just to be locked away in one house with the one you love?

3) Fancy Resort– Go to a resort in your hometown to get away for a couple days without the hassle of planes, buses, and worrying about getting back on time for work.

4) Road trip – Take a road trip and visit places you’ve been wanting to see around the states. It’s fun and instead of sitting on an 8 hour plane you could be sitting in a car looking at the world around you.

5) Las Vegas – A trip to sin city might just be the fun get away you need for your honeymoon to see shows or go to beautiful restaurants.

6) Themed Retreats – There are many retreats around that you could choose from to have a themed and fun honeymoon, like ranching, yoga, backpacking, or vineyard retreats.

7) Disney Parks – Go to Disneyland or Disneyworld for a magical honeymoon, filled with fun, mickey, and rides.

History

The honeymoon wasn’t always a happy time for everybody. There are many theories on how it began and how we got the name. In ancient times the honeymoon was the time when the bride and groom would be hiding from the brides family who were trying to rescue her from her abductor, her groom. They would come out of hiding when the bride was either pregnant or her family stopped looking for her. Thus the beginning of what we know as the honeymoon after a wedding. Another theory about the honeymoon is that for the first month of the marriage the couple would drink honeyed mead for a full moon cycle, because the tradition used to be for the couple to be married on a full moon.

 

 

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-unusual-and-cheap-honeymoon-destinations-and-ideas.html
http://www.weddingnight.com/advice/history-of-honeymoons.html
http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-history-of-the-honeymoon.htm

Bridal Showers

History Lesson

Many moons ago a Dutch girl fell in love with a poor miller’s son and wanted to marry him. However, her father had other ideas for her future, one that entailed a wealthy pig farmer. He told her not to marry the boy and that if she did, he would take away her dowry. This bold Dutch girl doesn’t listen to her father and decides to marry the miller’s son anyways because she is in love with him. Her friends and village people heard about this and wanted to show their support so they gave them gifts to help them begin their life as a couple. It was said that the father was so touched by this that he ended up helping them out with money. Thus, the beginning of what we know now as a Bridal Shower.

Bridal Shower

Bridal Showers are a tastefully, fun, family and friend gathering that is filled with games, food, and of course gifts. This is a bit different than the bachelorette party that is usually a bit more adventurous and wild, whereas the bridal shower is more innocent and G rated. However, you can still get crazy with your themes and games for your bridal shower.

Theme ideas

There are many themes you can do such as a tasting shower, where you try different types of cheese or chocolates, spa and beauty shower, co-ed shower, meaning you invite the groom and other men of your liking, an outdoorsy shower, so rock climbing or renting a cabin, or you can have a foodie shower, where one of your friends teaches the guests how to cook! There are many more themes out there, so get creative about the celebration of love!

Games

Games are the best part of the bridal shower, so get silly and spunky with it! You have games like the toilet paper wedding dress game, two truths and a lie, and you have the clothespin game, which is when you give each guest either “bride” or “groom” and they can’t say that word all night! Have fun planning the shower because the sky is the limit! You can embarrass the bride as much or as little and you want.

Bridal Showers are meant to shower the bride in gifts and love but it’s also an excuse to party and have fun!

 

 

 

http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/weddings/engaged/wedding-showers-parties/10-classy-wedding-shower-ideas9.htm
http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/bridal-shower-history-11940.html

 

What to Expect for Your Bridal Experience

Finding your dream wedding gown is a HUGE deal!! So come in and try on dresses to see which silhouette and fabric looks good on you! It is so important to have an appointment, especially if you have pictures of what dress you want and are close to just buying it online. Buying your  “dream dress” online is not recommended because  you’ll receive it and it could look nothing like you imagined it or saw in the picture and you’ll panic because it is only weeks away until your wedding day! Another reason not to buy your gown online is you’ll end up spending more money to either buy a new gown or fix all the mistakes. So, make an appointment to see dresses similar to the ones you have fallen in love with in pictures in person and see what they really look like on you and to ease some stress! Our time is yours and by making an appointment you become our focus for an hour to an hour and half!  Making an appointment is easy, all you have to do is call us, tell us when, and then we are all yours.

There are 6 things to keep in mind for your bridal experience

1) You will be asked what your vision is for your wedding

~Venue ~Wedding colors ~How many bridesmaids ~How formal ~ The theme (vintage, modern, rustic)

If you do not know any of those questions, don’t stress, not everyone is going to know, just have an idea so that we can help you find the perfect gown!

2) Try on different silhouettes, colors, and fabrics

~You may have fallen in love with a picture you saw on the internet and then you actually try it on and it ends up not looking the way you wanted it to. Or you try it on and it is what you wanted! Either way you should always try on different silhouettes, colors, and fabrics because something could look way better on you than the dress in the picture.

3) Bring someone you trust

~ Having someone to share a fun experience with you is always important! It helps you make decisions and eliminate dresses, and it always helps to have another set of eyes to see things that you or your consultant did not see at first. They also tend to be the people who remind you of certain details you need on your wedding gown such as sleeves if your venue requires your shoulders to be covered or a certain color that you insisted on having in the beginning of the appointment.

4) Don’t be afraid to say YES to the dress

~ When you’re about to say yes to the dress don’t ever feel rushed, you have time to breathe and take it all in before you make your decision. If you are hesitating on saying yes, tell your consultant, ask questions! She can help put your mind at ease. Just know we are three to four bridal shops in one so you can compare dress after dress to each other right here at the store to make sure you are saying yes to the right dress! Most importantly, you’ll know when you have the dress of your dreams on, so go with that gut and heart instinct. Say YES!

5) After you say yes to the dress

~ You will be measured so that we can order the dress in your exact size and color you want it to be in. We will go over the sizes with you, so that you know we ordered it correctly. You will pay for the dress and then make an alterations appointment 6-8 weeks before your wedding, if time allows. If not, we can always do rush alterations, so don’t worry; everything will be perfect!

6) Alterations and final touches

~ Every woman is shaped differently so just know that alterations happen for most everyone, whether there are big adjustments or none at all. The alterations appointment is set up with one of our master seamstresses who will go over every detail of the dress to figure out what you want to be altered. They have been doing this for over 30 years so your dress will be beyond perfect for your big day. There are normally at least two to three alterations appointments, depending on what needs to be done. You’ll try it on each time just to make sure it’s fitting correctly and looks how you imagined. After the last fitting, you’ll get to take it home or leave it to be steamed and before you know it, you’ll be walking down the aisle in your dream gown!

Now you are prepared for your bridal experience! Stop in or call and book an appointment today!

Call: 719- 596-5911

Stop in: 2415 North Academy Blv, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

 

The Best Man or The Best Bodyguard

Best man or best bodyguard? That is the question!

The best man is a great job to have because that means you are close to the groom and you support him in everyway.

WELL, many moons ago this job was taken very seriously. The job of the best man was to protect the groom and the bride from the brides family. If a groom could not find a bride that was in his community, he would capture a girl to be his bride. This of course is not a one man job, so he would bring along his companion, later to be known as the best man. The kidnapping of the bride would anger the family which would usually lead to a fight to capture the girl back. Therefore, the best man had to be prepared for any revenge doing by the brides family and be the one to stand guard and protect the bride and groom. During the ceremony the bride would stand on the left side of the groom so that his right arm was prepared for any fighting he had to do, while is left arm was to protect his bride. The best man would be by the grooms left side armed and ready to fight. The best man was a job taken extremely serious and a job needed to be done right.

So, men get your weapons and be prepared because you never know which crazy uncle disapproves of their niece getting married to your best friend.

Best man or best bodyguard?

…bit of both!

 

 

http://www.brideandgroom.com/wedding-articles/wedding-traditions-2.asp

 

 

 

Eat Your Bouquet

There is a tradition that started in the ancient times…wedding bouquets! However, the tradition was a little bit different then it is now. Before carrying flowers down the isle was a thing, the bride and groom wore herbs, such as garlic. In ancient Greece and Rome they carried or wore garlands of strong smelling herbs that would ward off evil spirits or bad health. Later on the wearing of herbs and spices was thought to bring on good luck, hope, and fertility.

Now, we all love the Victorian era (if you don’t agree, you’re wrong ;)…) because that is where the wedding traditions you see today came from and stuck. Such as flower bouquets, instead of just herbs and spices. Flowers began to be used in bouquets because of the “flower language”. The flower language, which is the meaning behind each flower, made it’s way all the way from Turkey to England. In Turkey flowers were used for messages between lovers, those flowers were then incorporated into the brides bouquet. The use of flower bouquets truly began with the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. They still included edible flowers, which was strung down from the tradition of carrying herbs and spies. Dill was the most common edible flower that was used in the wedding bouquets to symbolize lust. So, the bride and groom, and sometimes their guests, would consume dill to increase desires and fertility.

Today flower bouquets are used in almost every wedding, however most of them do not have edible flowers in them anymore…that tradition like so many other wedding traditions became revamped or lost in translation.

So, when you are picking out your bouquet just remember that if you put dill in it and consume it you will have a FANTASTIC night!

 

http://www.antebellumoaksvenue.com/history-bouquet/
http://www.perfect-wedding-day.com/bridal-bouquets-history.html

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