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Nicki Ann's Wedding Blog

In her blog, Nikki Ann shares with you her insights, thoughts, and feelings on all things women, wedding, marriage, and event-related.

Friday Finds 9.16.11

September 16th, 2011

This past week, I spent 3 days in Vegas at the Wedding MBA Conference. I learned a lot while I was there. It is always good to challenge yourself and better yourself. I do it for me, but I mainly do it for you. What kind of wedding professional would I be if I weren’t staying up with the trends and continually growing?

I went to a session with Sonny, the CMO of Wedding Wire, who shared a bunch of new things they are working on. As many of you know, Wedding Wire is a continually growing company and they have created a new app for your smart phone to assist you in your wedding planning and research. This mobile app is really cool because it allows you to search vendors and access your dashboard, checklist and budget from your online account. Check out the screenshots from my iPhone. Of course, rather than saying 62 days married, yours would say how many days until your wedding. Of course I punched in my actual date :)

It is super easy to use and download. All you need is a smart phone! You can download the app straight from your App Store or Market or you can click here for iPhone or here for Android. You’ll love it. You’re welcome.


Friday Finds 9.9.11

September 9th, 2011

I found this dress when searching through a millions sites to find the dresses featured in an upcoming blog. I saw this and it made me wish I hadn’t already gotten married because I would have married this dress. Not gotten married in this dress, I would have actually married this dress. I love the simple elegance of it. I love the beading and detail. Check out the Mori Lee site to find a store near you. Until then… swoon…


Pops of color, part 2

September 8th, 2011

Last week I posted different options for pops of color in your attire, except I left out one MAJOR thing that can include color. The dress!! This seems to be getting more and more popular and I found a few that I want to share with you.

This whimsical gown by Vera Wang would be the perfect pop for a fun-loving bride!

Just a touch of blush for this one… this time from the White by Vera Wang Collection at Davd’s Bridal.

Why not make your gown your something blue? This gown by Romona Keveza can be found at Kleinfeld Bridal. Maybe you can get on Say Yes to the Dress!

Or maybe you just can’t imagine not wearing a white gown. This number by Stephanie James has a little flair with the purple and pink tulle peeking out at the bottom. I can definitely see a bright and colorful birdcage veil with this one!

Just remember, there is really not right or wrong when it comes to weddings. It is YOUR day. Do what you want. Don’t let anyone talk to out of what you really want :)


Prim and proper

September 7th, 2011

So you’ve just gotten engaged! Woo Hoo! You are super excited about the planning process. You have your plan of action and have made the appointments to go see numerous venues and meet with vendors to make your day perfect. After all, this is one of the most important days of your life. It has to be perfect.

I get it. I was there. I was obsessed with finding and making everything perfect and exactly how I pictured it. I went to a ton of different places to look at venues. I called and spoke to a LOT of other vendors on top of that. I made a lot of connections during that process. With some places or vendors I was just not impressed. Others I wanted more info. Then there were the few that I knew I couldn’t live without. Through the entire process, I always tried to be open and honest with the vendors. I expected the same from them.

So where am I going with this? Well, at some point, I had to talk to the vendors who I did not choose and explain why. Why didn’t I just not answer their phone calls or emails, you ask? Good question! I wanted to tell them thank you, but no thank you. Most vendors are going to follow-up with clients because they want to continue growing their business. Some are relentless. They will keep calling or emailing until they get a response. I did try it this way once or twice and was a little more than slightly annoyed. The best way to respectfully decline a vendor’s services is to answer their call. Or better yet, call them.

A wise man once said, “Sometimes just being polite is just rude.” There are people who don’t want to hurt your feelings so they will tell you whatever they think will spare you. Just a tip… people can typically see through that. Honesty really is the best policy. If you do not want to book a florist because you just simply like someone else’s style better, just say so. Don’t say, “Well they fit better in our budget.” That florist is most likely going to reply with, “Well, I can work within your budget. Let me see what I can do.” Then what? Your excuse is shot. Remember to mind your manners. You do not want to say, “You are awful. I liked them better.” You can simply say, “I think her style is more of what I am looking for. Thank you for your time. I know you are busy and your time is valuable.” They will respect you for telling them the truth. Just remember their time is just as valuable as yours. Common courtesy goes a long way. Just remember what your mama taught you! 


Tuesday Shoesday, Edition 10

September 6th, 2011

With this edition of Tuesday Shoesday, I want to get a little bit away from the norm. Now wearing cowboy boots under your wedding gown is not a novel idea. Last season on David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding a bride wore purple cowboy boots under her gown. I’ve seen it done in weddings around Pittsburgh too. But the more I thought about it, the more I love the idea. Hey, if cowboy boots are your style, then why the heck not. So I found two pairs I love (one I might buy myself!) to share with you today. Both found at Zappos by Lucchese (click on the photos to go directly to the page)! Enjoy!



Pops of color

September 4th, 2011

All white is not suiting for every bride. Well, for a LOT of brides. It completely washed me out. I am pale even when I go tanning. One good thing is that it is becoming much more popular to utilize color in wedding attire in many different ways.

One way that is largely popular (and also a personal favorite!) is colorful shoes. They can match your wedding color or just be your favorite. They can be as funky as you want or as simple. Here are a few favorites:

Kate Spade

Nina Forbes

 You can also keep your eyes out for my Tuesday Shoesday posts, in which I post my favorite for the week. I’m all about fun shoes for weddings if you can’t tell :)

Another way to embrace color on your wedding day would be in your jewelry. Nothing says unconventional bride like a pop of color around your neck!

Bel Monili 


You can sport a little color in your hair as well. Whether it’s a veil, fascinator, flower or headband, you can incorporate just the right amount of color to keep things interesting.

Sunshine and Carousels


Another option would be to carry a colorful clutch. After all, every girl needs a place to put her lip gloss and phone and I don’t recommend sticking it down the front of your gown… not very lady-like, is it now?



If none of those tickle your fancy, you can always add a belt to your gown. This is an option that allows you to stay traditional for the ceremony and then switch it up for the reception.



Now get out there and add some color to your look! Side note: With the exception of the shoes, I found everything on Etsy. If you click on the photos themselves, you will be taken directly to the page… just in case you want to buy :)


Friday Finds 9.2.11

September 2nd, 2011

While browsing the many blogs I follow, I came across this adorable idea. I had to share it with you. 100 Layer Cake featured the wedding of Cameron & Josh recently on their blog. You can view their blog here which features the entire wedding, which is super cute by the way. However, I wanted to highlight the one portion of it.

“In memory of Cameron’s father, who passed away of lung cancer 5 years ago, the officiant suggested they make a pouch to hold their rings out of something that belonged to him. Cameron sewed the pouch you see above from one her father’s ties, and during the ceremony the pouch was passed among all of their guests so that each person could hold it to their hearts a give a blessing to the couple.

I just love the way they tied in the memory of Cameron’s father and made him such a special part of their day. Be sure to check out 100 Layer Cake’s blog frequently. They have some really amazing posts!!



Let’s talk about “what women do wrong”

September 1st, 2011

There is this YouTube video that was brought to my attention recently. If you are on facebook or go on YouTube often, you probably know the one I am talking about. Since Amy uses harsher language than I prefer to use on my blog, I am not going to link it. However, it isn’t hard to find. So let’s talk about “what these b*tches do wrong.”

In this video, Amy discusses why she thinks men become jerks once they get into a relationship. For those of you who have not watched the video, she basically says that men turn into jerks because of nagging, controlling women who should cook and do certain sexual acts for him (I will let your mind populate that!). She also goes on to say that you should appreciate him, learn to do the things he likes to do and remember to “do you” while he goes and does whatever he wants. Now there have been A LOT of responses from both men and women on this topic. Mostly the men say they agree with her, while the women bash her. I will say when I first watched this video, I didn’t really know what to think about it. Then I realized, I kind of agree with her.

WHAT?!?! Ok, pump the breaks. Don’t click out until you let me explain. Again, she was more vulgar than I might have been. But if she weren’t, we probably wouldn’t be talking about it. So think about it, really think about it. She makes a valid point.

First things first, this goes for MEN just as much as for women, so listen up fellas! I think this is one major point that Amy left out and partially why she has gotten bashed by so many women. Men are just as guilty of these things as women.

While not so eloquently put, Amy says that women should be respectful to their mates. They should appreciate them for who they are rather than who they want them to be. If you go back to my previous post “Tips from the married lady…” you can read how I feel about thinking you can change someone. In short, it just isn’t going to happen. You were an individual before you met him/her. Remember who that person was. Ultimately, that is who s/he fell in love with. I am not saying that you can’t change as time goes on, but as long as you remember the person you were when you met and do not completely abandon that you will remain happy together.

I agree that you should take interest in what the other enjoys. Does Joey love hearing about my incessant wedding talk? No, but he humors me and talks about it with me. Do I enjoy his video games? No, but I will sit there with him and watch him play NCAA football (I might pick on him if he does poorly, but that’s besides the point!). I also think there is a time for each of you to spend time without each other too. Go out with the girls. Get all dressed up, buy a new pair of shoes and go dancing! I may not agree with her easy-going attitude about the men going to strip clubs and flirting with other women. Let’s not push it. Remember mutual respect is key. Let him go out with his friends for the game and a beer (or three). Your life should not fall apart when he is not around.

As for the nagging and controlling part, well, that is pretty self-explanatory. Learn to talk to each other. It will go a long way. I don’t think that women are always to blame for men being jerks. But you should think about it. Maybe you DID do something to make him act like that. In other words, check yo’ self before you wreck yo’ self.

I am not touching the whole sex part. You know what you need to do to make each other happy in that department and if you don’t, again, talk about it. That’s it. Pure and simple. If you can’t talk about it spontaneously, watch Dr. Ruth together. I am sure that will bring up good conversation. She’s a hoot!

I may get some people who are upset by reading this, but it is what it is. I think Amy worded it poorly and possibly has a slightly warped sense of relationship, but she does make valid overall points. Just don’t take it literally, but think about the larger picture.