Buffalo + Rochester Indie Weddings: July 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Inspirational Hair for Every Bride

For some strange reason, brides have been wearing starched, scalp tight or frizzy styles for decades. Today is the day we put an end to the nonsense that is wedding hair. When choosing your hairstyle, pick something that emulates your everyday look with a more formal feel. Accessories play a huge part in sprucing up even the most simple 'do.  Go beyond the veil and find what works best for your hair. Here are some of our favorite styles from across the web to play around with. Who knows, you may find your new favorite special occasion style! 

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Who says brides can’t wear ponytails? At the 2011 Academy Awards, Reese Witherspoon showed us the childhood go to is a formal event statement maker. This style is polished enough for your big day without losing its playful feel. Pair it with a crystal headband or a delicate birdcage veil for extra bridal oomph.   
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A twist on the classic updo, the modern bride is sure to introduce modern flair by including statement pieces in the styling. Look for jeweled hair combs or feathers to perk up this classic style. (Psst- money saver alert. Look at sites like Rent the Runway to save a few dollars by borrowing accessories!) 

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Are you against pins, elastics and clips? Does the term “let your hair down” never apply to you? Don your hair in the way you feel most comfortable, but consider introducing a new style into your plan.  If you’re usually sleek and polished, try out loose curls. Easy curls are always in style, and cooperate with any length. (Trend Alert! Flower crowns are definitely here to stay!)

There are so many fabulous ways to rock your style on your big day! Be sure to check out how Buffalo Indie Weddings members can help you!

Elizabeth Dugan
Professional Hair & Makeup Artist
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471 Englewood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14223

Di Lusso Salon & Spa
Luxury Salon Offering Wedding Services
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3735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, New York 14225

Wild Things
Custom Bridal Jewelry & Hair Pieces
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224 Lexington Ave. Buffalo, NY 14222
E.P.H. Flower Crowns
Handcrafted Floral Crowns
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Member Spotlight : Sugar and Type!

Hello Buffalo! I’m so excited to be a member of Buffalo Indie Weddings, rep'ping your sister city, Rochester! I’m Ilana from Sugar and Type, a design studio with a serious passion for paper (especially paper related to your wedding!). I started my business after getting my Bachelors of Fine Art from RIT, and it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing clients, and it’s been so fun to share my own journey planning my own wedding, which is this August (cue: DIY meltdown).

I'm really excited to share some really big news for Sugar and Type. This summer, my sister and I have decided to merge our businesses, and create a line of jewelry for our brides! Danielle (my sister) is a jewelry designer, glass artist, and educator, and of course, my best friend. She's been making jewelry for years, and I can't wait to share her talent with you! Once we started creating jewelry for my wedding, we realized we were onto something, and are having so much fun exploring.

I’m excited to share more of the process with you, so stay tuned! If you also love paper and puppies, be sure to follow us on instagram!

I'll be here twice a month sharing the best of Rochester's wedding world, be sure to email me and let me know if there's something specific you're interested in seeing, or if you've got something to share! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wedding Hashtags : Buffalo Indie Weddings Quick Tips!

William and Kate’s Royal Wedding was the first nuptial to trend internationally. With the help of a common hashtag, the loving public was able to see every detail of the couple’s big day.  Hashtags are an easy way for guests to tag and share tweets and pictures across all social media platforms.  So how exactly does the modern bride go about creating a personalized hashtag? 

First, choose your wedding style. Are you classic, modern or clever? Your hashtag should reflect on the type of atmosphere you want your big day to have. (We personally love our hashtag #partyonbrides because it showcases our love of a wedding being one big party!) 

Second, be sure to personalize to prevent confusion with a repeat hashtag. You've already worked so hard to make your wedding special, don't skimp on the hashtag! Of course the possibilities are endless, but here are just a few simple formulas for creating the perfect hashtag:

Classic Brides

            #+ Mr + and + Mrslast name= #MrandMrsJones

# + Thelast name + Wedding= #TheJonesWedding

            # + Thelast name = #TheJones
Photo: W+E Photographie

Photo: Watson-Studios via Style Me Pretty
Modern Brides

            # + groom’s fist name + bride’s first name +2013= #mattandkim2013
            # + groom's first name + plus + bride's first name = #mattpluskim

            # + groom's first initial + bride's first initial + wedding = #MKwedding
Photo: Etsy, Sweet Sanity Shop
Photo: Pictilio Photography

Clever Brides

         # + party + on + last name = #PartyOnSmiths

        # + mixture of names/couple nickname + wedding = #TomKatwedding

       # + last name + party + of + 2 = #SmithsPartyof2

Photo: Etsy, The Doodle Coop Shop
Photo: Steve Cowell Photo

Quick Tips

-Be as specific as possible, especially if you have a common name! The more detail you include, the better your hashtag will stand out. Personalizing prevents other weddings that might have the same hashtag from showing up in your feed!
-Having a hometown wedding? Try including the area code or zipcode for a cute personalized touch. This makes your hashtag extra specific, filtering out other weddings!

-Stay away from any form of spacing and punctuation. These break up your hashtag, making it impossible for guests to find the tagged material.

-Create the hashtag long before your wedding day. Include it on save the dates and all invitations to get your guests involved from the beginning!

-Display the hashtag where guests can see it easily. The most popular places include the bar, the entrance to your reception, ceremony program and even the table setting.

-Encourage Tweeting and Instagramming! A wedding hashtag is a fun (and free!) way to get guests involved in your big day. 

 Happy hashtagging! xo

Presented by our fabulous summer intern, Erin Rapp!