Now that your best friend, sister, college roommate is engaged – it’s time to start thinking about the bachelorette party! There are so many ideas but we have a few tips to get you started on the right track.

1. Pick the group that he feels comfortable “letting loose” around | Get the invite list from the bride and let her decide who she would like to have join – if she hasn’t spoken to someone in a while or doesn’t feel comfortable in Vegas with work colleagues, they don’t need to get an invite.

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2. Remember, this is her night/weekend | Focus on what will make her have fun and enjoy a relaxing evening, not what everyone else wants to do.If sipping wine by a roaring fire while glamping, or partying all night in Vegas are things that will make your bride-to-be happy, then that is what your plan should entail.

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3. Create a budget | Once you have the guest list created, ask everyone what they are comfortable spending. If it’s relatively small, keep this in mind and maybe plan a one-night, local adventure. If everyone has a little more wiggle room, maybe consider turning this into a weekend relaxation trip or quick flight to somewhere fun.

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4. Elect one person for planning | It’s so easy for everyone to brainstorm and come up with a million locations, ideas, themes, etc. Let one person coordinate all of the details and then as a group finalize everything. That way no one is doing double work and everything will be more seamless.

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5. Take care of transportation | Do everyone a favor and rent either a limo, town car, or party bus. No one wants to be the “sober” one for this fun night out, so everyone should build in their budget an allotment for responsible transportation.

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We are very excited to welcome Tahoe Unveiled vendor, florist Brandie Chisholm of  B&B Designs. Brandie has been creating gorgeous floral designs for Lake Tahoe weddings for years and we absolutely love her creativity and style. Here are Brandie’s top tips for choosing your wedding flowers.

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1. Where to begin. Create a folder or Pinterest board and place images that you like in it. You should start to notice a pattern or a theme through these images that will ultimately help you decide on your style, theme and color palette.

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2. Choose your color palette. Pick your main color/colors based on colors you have always liked. Remember that not every flower comes in every color, so if a specific flower is more important to you then the color, then you may want to pick your color based on that flower. Couples should also be open to a range of colors, due to the fact that flowers come from nature and may come in shades of your color but not the exact color.

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3. Decide on a style or theme that fits YOU. The flowers are the perfect way to relay your theme to your guests. How your flowers are designed should have a reflection on you the couple. A couple should think about what style best describes them, whether it be elegant, classical, rustic, vintage, country, etc and choose that style that best fits them. Also, keep in mind the venue you have selected because it too may influence this decision.

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4. Set aside a floral budget. Most people don’t realize the expense of flowers and often cut this part of the budget short. Couples, however, should remember that the flowers are what brings everything together. They add the extra beauty to your space and photos, and are a way to transform your venue, represent your style, and create the “wow” effect that your guests will remember.

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5. 2015 wedding flower trends. This year in color I am seeing a lot of whites, creams, and blushes with a marsala/burgundy accent and touches of gold. I am also noticing that bouquets and arrangements are loosening up and overall vases are moving toward a more elegant container. Garland is also making a huge appearance in this year’s wedding scene.

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Emergency Kit-1

On your wedding day, even the smallest of problems can send you into an absolute panic. So, no matter how calm, cool and collective you think you are we suggest packing an emergency kit that keeps you prepared for anything life tries to throw at you on this special day. Here we provide a list, broken down by category, of all the odds and ends you might for some odd reason need in an instant on your wedding day.

And, if the sound of assembling one of these kits sounds like something you want, but the last thing you want to focus your energy on, then we suggest two things. If you have a planner, ask them if they come equipped with such a kit — we bet they do. If you don’t have a planner, these bridal emergency kits can be ordered from sites like Pinch Provisions or With You In Mind Inc.
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Apparel Emergencies

Sewing Kit
Crochet Hook
Safety Pins
Batteries
Lint Roller
Scotch Guard
Clear Nail Polish
Hem Tape
White Chalk – great at removing red wine stains
Extra Earring Backs
Stain Remover

Beauty Emergencies

Tweezers
Nail Glue
Eyelash Glue
Blotting Papers
Clear Nail Polish
Lipstick
Hair Spray
Face Mist
Krazy Glue
Sunblock
Bobby Pins
Clear Hair Elastics

Hygiene Emergencies

Baby Powder
Tampons
Breath Mints
Tissues
Asprin
Band-Aids
Dentel Floss
Snacks
Deodorant
Blister Balm
Antacid

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There are lots of traditions associated with weddings, but toasting of the bride and the groom with Champagne (or sparkling wine) is one of the most historic traditions that we honor. Sparkling wine is truly the wine of celebration and your wedding is the ultimate time to celebrate! So I never suggest you skip the champagne toast. I have to say, it’s actually one of my favorite parts of the evening. If high end Champagne is a bit too rich for your blood, then here are 3 of our favorite alternatives:

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Evolution Sparkling Wine, $20 – Bursts of citrus and aromatics of apricot, green apple and Bosc pear, this bright, delicious glass of bubbly starts off dry and finishes crisp. Pairs well with just about anything and is the ideal match for hors d’oeuvres, especially salty dishes.

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, $35 On par with entry-level bottles from Piper-Heidsieck, Veuve Clicquot, Laurent-Perrier, and Moët & Chandon. The Blue Label is crisp with hints of peach and green apple overtones.

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NV Le Grand Courtage Grande Cuvee Brut Rose, $20 – A pink blend of Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc, and Gamay. Fresh and fruity, with clear strawberry notes on the nose. A bracing and lasting acidity comes along quickly on the palate, offering some floral elements — almost green and grassy at times. The finish is clean and inviting, that strawberry element lingering, along with some rose petal notes. Lovely and difficult to put down

 

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When the big weekend arrives, even the most excited guests could use a little boost! And there’s no better way to treat your nearest and dearest than with the perfect Lake Tahoe wedding welcome bag. This Fall and Winter, our advice is to stuff those goody bags chock-full of cool-weather treats, and kick off that wedding weekend in the yummiest ways!

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Step 1: Start by choosing a unique packaging to hold your welcome goodies. We like a canvas bags or wooden boxes that guests can reuse. You can even iron on details to make it more personal.

Step 2: Start building your bag. Infuse a personal touch by adding treats that are locally sourced, special to you as a couple, or are unique finds for your guests. Include warm drinks like hot cocoa, tea or coffee and sweet bites to make guests feel at home. Try a package of granola and honey to be enjoyed in the morning.

Step 3: Be sure to include a map or activities card for guests to reference. If you have a wedding website with an online itinerary, be sure to direct your guests there for more information.

Step 4: A sweet additional and personalized touch, handwritten ‘Thank You’ notes for each guest are a thoughtful gesture that go a long way.

Step 5: Your welcome bag is ready for delivery! Your guests will love their warm welcome due to every thoughtful detail.

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What To Wear To A Lake Tahoe Wedding

The most important thing to remember when shopping for a Lake Tahoe wedding is you want to look cool and stylish, but you don’t want to distract from the bride or draw attention for the wrong reasons. We recommend you use the wording on the invitation or the time of year to determine your wedding attire. Casual Summer = Sundress, Semi-Formal = Cocktail Dress and Black Tie = Long Evening Gown.

But first, let us tell you the ground rules for dressing for a wedding.

Rule number one: Don’t ever, EVER wear white to a wedding. Also avoid wearing white to pre-wedding festivities, like the engagement party, shower or rehearsal dinner. The only exception to this rule is if there’s an all-white dress code for one of the celebrations.

Rule number two: It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. If an invite says “black tie optional,” err on the side of caution and wear a long dress or dark suit or tux. Like your mom always said, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Rule number three: You can wear black to a wedding—it’s not off-limits. It used to be taboo to wear black to weddings, but now a little black dress is totally appropriate for an evening affair.

Rule number four: Always be respectful to religious affiliations. If you know the wedding is going to be held in a Catholic church, it might not be a bad idea to cover bare arms with a sweater and avoid showing too much leg or cleavage.

Our friends at The Black Tux came up with this great infographic to help you, and your man, decide:

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Tips For Long Lasting Garden Roses

The naturalistic look and seductive fragrance of old garden roses are the stuff of poetry, but they have never done well off the vine. The blooms of these temperamental dowagers of old Europe appear only briefly, and if you cut them, they last a bare three days in a vase. Since World War II, the old rose has been increasingly replaced in gardens and bouquets by the upstart hybrid tea rose, the denizen of Valentine’s Day deliveries that sacrifices the old rose’s cabbage head and powerful scent for consistent and frequent blooms. Don’t let your floral arrangements fall prey to the conventional roses and enjoy the beauty of garden roses with these 3 tips for long-lasting roses:

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1. Recut the stems under warm tap water with a clean, sharp knife or pruner. Cut on a 45-degree angle to produce as much surface area as possible, making it easier for the flower to take in water.

2. Use a clean vase. Bacteria can shorten cut roses’ life by blocking the stems. Fill with lukewarm water, and add the floral food that’s provided. Keep out of direct sun and in a cool room, if possible.

3. Change the water and recut the stems every couple of days to promote water uptake.

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We have been introducing you to One Fine Day Events’ collection of Private Estates for Lake Tahoe weddings and events and today we would like to highlight another lakefront property – The Lakefront Cottage Estate! This estate, tucked along the coast of the West Shore, has a gorgeous green lawn, and a panoramic backdrop of the lake. See below for a few images from a wedding designed and planned by One Fine Day Event and photography from Mike Larson.

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A flat, lush lawn accommodates the perfect ceremony, with plenty of room for all of your guests to settle in and listen to your vows as you become husband and wife.

 

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A beautifully appointed tent protects your guests from the elements while letting them enjoy an al fresco dinner amongst the fresh mountain air.

 

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If you’d like to learn more about this gorgeous lakefront estate, please contact One Fine Day Events at hello@onefinedayevents.com.

Photos courtesy of Mike Larson Photography

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