Ruby's Blog | Your Ceremony

Hello Bride & Groom’s To Be!

I’m Ruby the Rochester Bride! As a newlywed of the Rochester area, I love sharing my knowledge of the wedding experience with newly engaged couples. This week I can’t wait to share with you some ideas for your Ceremony!

{1} When: When starting the hunt for your wedding ceremony venue, have a few specific dates you are interested in. Especially during busy wedding months between late spring and early fall, try not to have your heart set on one date unless you are planning months in advance, or you have previously discussed open dates with the coordinators at venues.

{2} Where: There are so many different places to hold your wedding ceremony! If you are planning to incorporate your religion into the wedding, there are many old and beautiful churches in the area. If you are interested in something more alternative, think about gorgeous outdoor parks or wineries, or indoor art galleries. Keep in mind the number of guests that will be attending, and what theme you want to achieve for your overall day.

{3} Officiant:  Choosing an officiant you are comfortable with is very important since they are going to be performing such a special moment for you and your fiance! They can be a family member or friend, or you can hire a certified officiant. If you go this route, make sure you meet with them a couple of times before the big day so that they can understand you both as a couple. 

{4} Styles: As far as ceremony style goes, it means either formal or informal, long or short, etc. This decision is up to you and your fiance, but make sure you communicate exactly what style you want to your officiant as well. 

{5} Rehearsal: Don't forget to schedule your rehearsal with the selected venue! This is generally held the night before your wedding ceremony, and can be followed by a dinner or celebration if you decide to do so. Make sure you communicate all of the info to your family, wedding party and officiant. 

Pick a ceremony venue, style and officiant that is right for you and your fiance, because at the end of all this planning, you two are the center of the day! 

Bells & Bliss, 



Trend Inspiration | Decorated Shoe Bottoms

We all know the signature red bottomed heels by Christian Louboutin are all the rage, but brides are opting to make their own signature heel bottom for the aisle. This great picture, photographed by Robin Fox Photography, captures a brides shoe with a personalized decoration on the bottom.  Check out more great photographs on their website, RobinFoxPhotography.com. Here are some other great heel bottom ideas for a big day. 


Fashion Inspiration

{1} Ombré Gown: This sheer dress allows the lining to shine through, giving it an ombré effect.

{2} Bow Heels: These Kate Spade heels, with a bow on the back, pair excellently with a wedding dress.

{3} Leafy Ring: This simple ring is great for nature lovers. Not only does it resemble leafy
vines, but also it is simple. 

{4} Whimsical Hair Piece: This hairpiece uses a vine, adorned with pearls and white jasmine blossoms. 


Ruby's Blog | Financial Responsibilities

Hello Bride & Groom’s To Be!

I’m Ruby the Rochester Bride! As a newlywed of the Rochester area, I love sharing my knowledge of the wedding experience with newly engaged couples. This week, I am going to share with you some traditions and etiquette as far as wedding financial responsibilities go.

{1} The Bride & Groom's Financial Responsibilities: Some couples will divide up these responsibilities, and some will pay for everything together (besides gifts for each other). These are general guidelines, but vary for each bride & groom!
  • Wedding Rings 
  • Gift for Groom & Gift for Bride 
  • Gift for Attendants 
  • Accommodations for Attendants 
  • Programs 
  • His Tuxedo & Wedding Attire 
  • Wedding Guest Book 
  • Cake Knife 
  • Ring Bearer Pillow 
  • Thank You Cards 
  • Clergy Fee 
  • Marriage License 
  • Flowers for Groom, Groomsmen, and Family

{2} Bride’s Family:
  • Engagement Party
  • Bridal Shower
  • Postage
  • Bride’s Wedding Attire and Accessories
  • Reception: Rentals, Food, and Beverage
  • Wedding Cake
  • Decorations
  • Flowers for Bride and Bridal Party
  • Bridals Consultant
  • Church Fees
  • Music
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Vendors Meals
  • Lighting
  • Invitations and Announcements
  • Wedding Favors
  • Transportation for Bridal Party

{3} Groom’s family:
  • Honeymoon 
  • Rehearsal dinner 

{4} Attendants:
  • Wedding Attire and Accessories 
  • Personal Travel 
  • Bachelor and Bachelorette Party 
  • Wedding Gift

{5} Guests:
  • Wedding Gift 
  • Travel and Hotel Expenses 
  • Transportation


Trend Inspiration | Sunflowers

During this summer season, sunflowers are popping up in weddings! This picture, photographed by Lori and Erin Photography shows great tabletop flower arrangements made with sunflowers. Check out their website, www.LoriandErin.com for more great shots like this one! Here are some other ways to incorporate sunflowers in different aspects of your wedding.

{1} Hanging Pomanders: These decorations look great for a rustic wedding! 
{2} Aisle Runner: A cute way to not actually purchase an aisle runner, but also not leave the lawn bare.
{3} Cake: Add a few sunflowers on your wedding cake for a fun look that keeps the sunflower theme going.
{4} Bouquet: Put some other fun flowers in your bouquet along side sunflowers for a great look. 
{5} Favors: Give out seeds as favors to your guests, so they can grow their own!


Fashion Inspiration

{1} Mermaid Dress: This gorgeous dress has the mermaid element as well as a sweetheart neckline. It is elegant and fabulous all in one.
{2} Glamorous Shoes: These strappy heels add some extra bling to your attire! A champagne color combined with a jeweled strap is elegant and will look great.
{3} Oval Ring: This oval stone affixed on a skinny band is simple but still stands out.
{4} Rose Gold Bracelet: If rose gold is your thing, try this amazing rose gold bracelet as you walk down the aisle.
{5} Oxford Shoe: Opt for an oxford shoe instead of the traditional dress shoe. This will add some style to your groom!


Ruby's Blog | Centerpieces

Hello Bride & Groom’s To Be!

I’m Ruby the Rochester Bride! As a newlywed of the Rochester area, I love sharing my knowledge of the wedding experience with newly engaged couples. This week I can’t wait to share with you some fun ways to pick out the perfect centerpieces for your wedding! 

{1} Picking The Arrangement: To get an idea of what kind of centerpiece you would like to have at your wedding, look through different bridal magazines, wedding blogs, Pintrest, or get input from your friends and family! Centerpieces should match the overall theme you want for your wedding as well as reflect your tastes. 

{2} Setting A Budget: Centerpieces are a major decor piece, so they can be pricey. Talk with your wedding planner and/or florist about some of the ideas you have for your centerpieces, and let them know your budget right away. Don’t let someone talk you into decor that is way out of your price range! You can have beautiful centerpieces for any price. 

{3} Supplies: If you plan on making your own centerpieces than you going to need to have sure you have all the supplies you need! You will be able to find editorials online that give you step-by-step instructions, and you should be able to find whatever you want at any craft store!

{4} Flower Arrangements: If you plan on using fresh flowers for your wedding, make sure to have vases with water in them to keep them fresh before the wedding. You would also need to keep them in a cooler to help keep them fresh. Also think about what type of vase would go nicely with you choice of flowers.  Once you have the idea of what flowers you would like, you need to think about what kind of vase you would go well with them, like tall, short, square, round, etc. Don't forget to practice at least one centerpiece a couple weeks before the wedding to make sure they will turn out exactly how you want them!

{5} Candle Centerpiece: Adding candles to your centerpiece will create a romantic and intimate look! Get different size candles to create a unique look for your tablescape. Don't forget you could also fill vases with water for floating candles. so the centerpiece flows better on the table or different size vase to put the candles on or in.