Louisville Bride

SPR-SUM 2019

Louisville Bride magazine is Louisville, Kentucky's premier bridal publication, featuring photos of wedding gowns and listings for Louisville reception halls, caterers, wedding planners, photographers, and other wedding service providers.

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8 S p r i n g / S u m m e r B R I D E 2 0 1 9 What makes a wedding a good time? "As a guest, I like breaking the awkward tension and get- ting out there on the dance floor. I've had brides come up and thank me for dancing. Dancing is a big deal to them because they want all of their guests to feel wel- come. A good DJ will know the music that everyone can dance to. I go out there and dance even if I look stupid, because people will join in anyway. It's a party." How do you choose your wedding styling? "As a plus-one, I'll ask for a picture of the invitation and see if attire is listed. But a midi-length dress is the GUESTS TO IMPRESS Sarah Dabbagh went to seven weddings in 2018, and she has already committed to several this year. Here's her advice for being a great guest. And, because she's picked up a thing or two, some advice for throwing a memorable wedding. By Nikayla Edmondson perfect cut when you don't know. If it's outdoors, I'll do a wedge or cute sandal, but if it's dressy, I'll do a pump. I've noticed sandal baskets at the entrance of reception areas. If you have it in your budget, those little things can make a big difference." How do you prefer gifting? "When I don't know them personally, I use the registry. I like to do a few small things but make it personal and cohesive. Recently, I got a couple a 'night in' set. I did a pizza cutter and stuff they can use to cook together. It was something not too expensive but thoughtful. One thing I really like is the honeymoon funds that people can create. You can purchase something for them to do while on their honeymoon, which I think is just as thoughtful. Different options give your guests a range of gift ideas." What's the most significant part of ceremony? "One hundred percent: the vows. When you watch peo- ple do their vows, you can feel their energy. e vows don't necessarily have to be personalized, because in those moments when you hear what they're vowing to each other, you're brought to tears." What was the most memorable wedding you've been to this year? "ere was a wind advisory, so the whole wedding was hanging on a backup plan and we still felt taken care of, even with what went wrong. e wedding was outdoors at Hermitage Farm and the tent almost collapsed. After the ceremony outdoors, we all had to go inside the small mansion, which couldn't hold all the guests, but that made it more intimate. e bride was worried because people were leaving early. I told her, 'e people that stayed are the ones you would've found out on the dance floor anyway.' It was a beautiful wedding and everything that had gone wrong came together." What's your favorite feature or decor at weddings? "I like the centerpieces and floral arrangements. But I've been to weddings with lounge areas and photography walls. e wall is filled with gorgeous flowers or the cou- ple's names. It's always beautiful to see the space come together." Any other advice? "When guests know what's going on, it helps the flow of things. If you have it in your budget, I'd suggest doing a cocktail hour while the transition is happening. People love to drink and mingle."

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