Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays!

We will be taking a break from December 21 - January 4, 2016 to spend quality time with our family and friends. Thank you for another wonderful year. Wishing you all Happy Holidays from the Wishahmon family.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Wishahmon Year In Review - 2015

I know I say this every single year but WOW, it has been a great year! Here is a recap of another wonderful year.

Getting Out and About!
At the beginning of the year, we attended the Wedding Fair, Airdrie Wedding Fair, and Glenmore Inn Wedding and Event Open House. We kept ourselves busy and spoke to a lot of brides about their upcoming weddings. I love talking about weddings!

Heart Broken Not For the First Time
One team member had a good sob fest when she learned that the love of her life, Taiwan popstar, Jay Chou got married.

Did a Styled Photoshoot with Wonderful Vendors
Doing photoshoots is incredibly time consuming but so worth it in the end when you get great pictures and meet great vendors!

V + B Got Hitched!
Our guest blogger, Vincci got married to B at Hotel Arts in July of 2015. We were their day of coordinators and it might have been possible that we were smiling more than them on their big day! Love them to bits.

 Our Blog Surpassed 200,000 Views
This was a milestone moment for us. Especially exciting when you haven't been keeping an eye on your stats!

 Don't Go Bacon My Heart
We were at Bridal Expo 2015 and we got a little silly.

Another Sob Fest
In September we announced the closure of our consignment business. The business was doing so well but we just couldn't keep up. It was extra sad when all of our brides started to send in their pictures and thank you notes after. Thank you again to all of our brides and supporters!

 We Had A Giveaway!
As a thank you to our supporters and readers, we had a giveaway at the end of the year. Sometimes giving is so much more rewarding than receiving.

 What a wonderful year! Looking forward to what next year has in store for us!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How to Plan A Surprise Proposal (With Photography!)

This post is reposted from J Wiley Photography. I can't say anything of this better than her so here are her thoughts on how to plan a surprise proposal.

Surprise proposals that involve a professional photographer or videographer documenting the moment seem to be on the rise and I couldn’t be happier. Photography plays such an important role in documenting our personal histories, so why limit professional photography coverage to just one or two days in our whole lives? I love that Proposers are surprising their Proposees (that’s a word, right?) with a gift that will bring back the happy memories of that moment forever. Of course I’m biased, but I do truly think that photography is always the best gift! So, if you’re planning to propose to your partner, here are a few tips from a photographer’s perspective!

1. Know your audience
Sure you know your spouse-to-be, but do you know how much s/he likes to be photographed? Not that it’s common, but I’ve heard of people being a little freaked out by the idea of a hidden photographer following them around and documenting such an intimate moment in their lives. Just be sure your partner is the type of person who would actually be excited to discover they were being photographed, and not horrified. So, assuming they’re a fan of being photographed, onto step two!
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2. Decide how much to reveal
Having a professional photographer documenting your proposal will preserve that moment forever. Depending on the type of person your partner is, they may be delighted by being caught completely by surprise and swept up in the romance of finding out you hired a photographer on the DL. They might think it’s wonderful that you did all the legwork, and arranged the whole moment (or day) start to finish. If this sounds like your partner, by all means, keep everything a secret! But if you think your partner is the type of person who would appreciate having the opportunity to throw on their favorite outfit, pick out a location, and collaborate on a shoot with you, then there’s another option: let them in on the “couple’s shoot”, but keep the actual proposal a surprise. (Jake did just that for his girlfriend Courtney and it worked out beautifully!)
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3. Plan plan plan
Planning the proposal itself doesn’t have to be elaborate. Whether you’re nontraditional, extravagant, offbeat, or laid-back, a great proposal should just be a reflection of the two of you and will be the most meaningful if you stay true to yourselves. A simple walk on the beach, or a hike through the hills are beautiful and classic settings for this wonderful moment. However, if you’ve got something unusual or very specific in mind, or if you’re planning to propose on a trip to a city you’ve never been to before, you might need to call in some backup. Enter proposal planners. (Yes, this is a thing.) A proposal planner can be your travel agent, local correspondent, and event coordinator all rolled into one. They can also just help you brainstorm if you’re feeling clueless and you don’t trust your friends to not spill the beans if you ask for input.
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4. Wait for the signal
If you opted to keep the entire shoot a secret, make sure you collaborate with your photographer in detail about exactly where and when you’ll be popping the question. If I need to hide out somewhere, I still need to be sure I can get a clear line of sight to you both. Work with your photographer to pick a spot where they can be inconspicuous up until the big moment, and one that’s generally uncrowded, like James did for his proposal to Amy, below! (Otherwise you might end up with your very own In The Way Guy photobombing you. *sad trombone*) If you did give your partner the gift of a couple’s photo shoot which you plan to turn into a proposal, that’s a little easier to get the timing right. Choose the exact spot where you want to propose in advance, and let your photographer lead the way. This way you & your photographer will be on the same page about when you’ll be proposing, and they can schedule your shoot accordingly. I like to give the Proposer a heads up with a code phrase we’ve devised, then let him (or her) take it from there.
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5. Enjoy the moment!
It’s easy to be overwhelmed with excitement! My best advice for anyone planning to propose is take your time, and enjoy the moment. Hopefully you’ve picked a spot without any distractions, and as a photographer I do my best to remain inconspicuous and will document your emotions as they naturally unfold. This is a really momentous but fleeting moment, and you might just enjoy it even more knowing a professional photographer is recording it all for you to have & share long after the moment ends!
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All images by J Wiley Photography

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Marry Me Pendant from Erstwhile Jewelry

For those guys ready to pop the question and wanting to surprise their intended, yet aren’t sure what style of ring she’d like, Erstwhile Jewelry has the perfect solution: The Marry Me Pendant!

The pendant is made in 14k yellow gold with white enamel lettering and is hung from a fine 16′ yellow gold chain.  It has an encrypted message that can only be read when spun, spelling out “Marry Me”.  How cool is that?  If you propose with this pendant, the cost of the pendant ($780) can be put towards any Erstwhile engagement ring.  We’d say that’s a win-win for all.  The lucky girl will not be expecting a ring in a pendant box but if she says yes, will be engaged and get to choose her ring. This allows her to pick the ring of her dreams and takes the pressure totally off the guy.  Sweet!!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Everything You Need to Know When Buying An Engagement Ring

The majority of couples get engaged in the month of December. Usually on Christmas, New Years Eve, or New Years Day. If you are planning on popping the question to your sweetie, here are some infographics to help you chose an engagement ring.

1. Learn her ring size
Learn their ring size.

2. You say you know the 4C's but do you really?!
Know that a diamond ring's price is mainly determined by the four C's (carat, color, cut, and clarity).

3. Let's learn this in detail: Carat
Check out even more carats on the average female hand.

4. Let's now learn about clarity and color.
Learn the different codes for a diamond's clarity.

Determine the perfect color.

5. Lastly, about cut
Know your ideal cut.

Now those are the basics. You can definitely pick out your ring at this point on your own. If you want to look like a pro and sound like you really know your stuff. Continue on.

6. Anatomy of a Ring
Study this so that you know what you're talking about.

7. What the Shank?
Think about how you'd like the band to look.

8. Say Yes to Accents
Do you want any accent stones?

9. Add some Embellishments Maybe?
Maybe an embellishment?

10. Chose Your Metal
Now, pick your favorite metal...

There you have it. All the information you need to buy that engagement ring for your sweetie! Good luck! Not that you need it!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Celebrity Weddings of 2015

2015 has been the year of epic celebrity weddings! Long time loves finally tied the knot. Most of them wedded in secret and we only knew about it later. One wedding shared everything on social media with us! Love how celebrities do things their own way, even with their weddings!

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
The sexy mom from Modern Family got married on November 22, 2015 and shared all the details on Instagram! How cool is that!

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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
Our favorite Friends star and her fiance tied the knot on Aug. 5, 2015 at their home in Bel Air, in a secret ceremony disguised as a birthday party for Theroux.

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Rumors swirled that the former That '70s Show co-stars, and parents of daughter Wyatt Isabella, had been married for months before they made it official in a secret ceremony over the July 4 holiday weekend.
Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner
The former Spice Girl married her Formula One boss beau on May 15. Baby Spice, Emma Bunton also attended the wedding!

 Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
Sherlock a.k.a. Benedict Cumberbatch wed theater director Sophie Hunter on Valentine's Day, just a few weeks after the couple announced they were expecting their first child.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
The Rum Diary co-stars tied the knot twice in early February, first at a small official ceremony at Depp's West Hollywood home, then again over a lavish wedding weekend at the actor's private island in the Bahamas.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden
The actress tied the knot with the Good Charlotte musician (and twin brother of Mr. Nicole Richie, Joel Madden) in a private ceremony at her Beverly Hills home on Jan. 5.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Calendar Guest Book

Great ideas are always popping up! A calendar guest book is another great one. Your guests would find their birthday and sign the calendar! Added bonus is you will know everyone's birthday and won't miss another one again.

An alterative to this idea is to have a guest sign in address book. This will help with thank you cards and Christmas cards as the new Mr. and Mrs!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Anna Campbell Gossamer 2016 Bridal Collection

If you are a bride that wants a wedding gown with straps with some special details, you have to check out Anna Campbell‘s new Gossamer Collection inspired by French romance. The gowns have a lot of unique colors (other than white/ivory/off white) and an assortment of crystal embellishments, intricate beading, sheer + lace details and pretty vintage silhouettes. Personally, what I am most excited about is the beadwork on the shoulders. This is perfect for the bride that wants the security of straps but want some interest there as well.

Anna Campbell Gossamer 2016 Bridal Collection

Anna Campbell Gossamer 2016 Bridal Collection

Anna Campbell Gossamer 2016 Bridal Collection

Anna Campbell Gossamer 2016 Bridal Collection

Anna Campbell Gossamer 2016 Bridal Collection

Anna Campbell Gossamer 2016 Bridal Collection

Anna Campbell Gossamer 2016 Bridal Collection

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How Not To Lose Your Wedding Gown

Now that it is starting to get cold, many couples are planning to go to sunny spots for vacations or their destination wedding. Most destination wedding hotspots have everything for you there and you really don't have to bring much else. Mostly just yourselves, your rings, and what you are going to wear.

Having said this, the next thing on your mind is probably how am I going to bring my wedding gown? What happens if it gets lost? (Horror!!) Have no fear, read on for some tips:

1. Try to tuck your wedding gown into your carry-on luggage. Although your carry-on luggage is limited in size, this is possible. Just roll up your wedding gown and put it inside a bag (to prevent expansion) before putting it into your carry-on luggage. If your gown is really big, turn the gown inside out, roll it, and put it inside a bag. This is truly the best way to carry it without damage. All the delicate details will be on the inside.

2. After turning your gown inside out and if it still won't fit into your carry-on luggage, leave it in a garment bag and call your airline about options. Be really, really nice. Some airlines will accommodate your needs by holding the gown in the plane's onboard first call coat closet.

3(a). Buy a seat on the plane for your gown. This might sound crazy expensive but if you had already paid a lot of money for your gown, the last thing you want is to lose it.

3(b). If Option 3(a) too outrageous to you, you can still check in your gown with your luggage, just make sure you buy travel insurance for it. Chances are, your gown and all your luggage will arrive safely to your destination without issue. Don't sweat it.

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