Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jersey Wedding Dress

Hello Brides & Grooms!

Have you seen this article?

It is about a bride how made her wedding dress out of her soon to be husband’s jersey.  I am surprised that her soon to be husband would let her.  I took a tee shirt quilt class and my husband said I could make a quilt out of his VW tees and I said no you still wear them.  I would feel bad cutting up something like that whether he wouldn’t mind or not. 

I think it has a lot of sentimental value for the two joining their life together using his stuff as the materials for her dress.  I just don’t think that I could do this out of someone else’s stuff even if they say it is ok.

Tell me what you think.  Is this a bad or good idea? 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wedding footwear by Katie Aldrich Sarasota Planner

Here is an interesting fact about the shoes that are worn by a bride:

Shoes Tied on the Car Bumper

Brides' shoes once were considered to be symbols of authority and possession. They used to be taken from her when she was led to the wedding place, and given to the groom by her father, affecting the transfer of his authority to her husband and as a sign that the husband now had possession of her (and she couldn't run away). The new husband then tapped her on the head to show his new role as her master.

It is obvious why this doesn't continue, but it helps to explain why we tie shoes to the back of the get-away car. Incidentally, the ever-popular horn honking has its beginnings in the days when brides traveled in open carriages. They were an easy target for evil spirits, so defenders would use bells and firecrackers to scare them away. No chance of any spirits getting in your way -- it's honeymoon or bust!

Women are always on the hunt for their perfect pair of shoes and when it comes to their wedding day there is no exception.  Brides worry about the shoes just as much as the dress. Their shoes have to match the dress and if they are having a party dress they will need a second pair of shoes.  There are so many reasons for women to buy shoes their wedding day is just one more but more special. 

There are so many styles of shoes that a bride must figure out her taste, style and comfort level.

There are style trendsetter brides, simple brides, diva brides, extravagant brides and even country western brides.  I love finding shoes that can go with a bridal gown but also be worn after the wedding for special occasions or every day use.

Here are some bridal shoe options and alternatives:

Traditional Bride Simple Bride

Trendsetter Bride

Trendsetter Bride

Diva Bride

Diva Bride

Country Girl

Country Girl

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Winter Wedding Planning Ideas ~ Katie Aldrich, Sarasota

How many winter wedding brides are getting married this year? 

You will love these photos I pulled from Google.  They are just breath taking.  Having a winter wedding can be a lot of fun there are so many directions you could go with.  You could have an elegant crystal blue and snow white wedding with soft snowflakes or a romantic white lace and soft blue wedding with beautiful white flower details or have a real Christmassy wedding with splashes of snowmen and red and green. 

There are so many types of brides and so many options to create a vision all your own.  Blushing Brides is the perfect wedding planner to take your winter wedding and make it unique and truly one of a kind.  I love being able to take an idea and infuse it with the bride and groom’s personality and make something just for them that no one else could. 

Take a look at a few photos I pulled form Google that I could personalize and make them special to you, my next bride and groom!

Little booties for the bride to go along with the winter theme

Beautiful sophisticated cake

Beautiful elegant snowflake cake

Great center piece idea with

Cute snowmen favors

Elegant snowflake napkin rings

Adorable pinecone place cards

Pretty snowflake ornament place cards

Breath taking asile

Wonderful coffe idea

Cute snowmen cake topper

Elegant simple snowflake cake

Amazing reception decor

Beautiful bouquet

Adorable favors

Monday, December 12, 2011

Have Katie Aldrich excite your next big event with a dessert bar!

Something big this era!

Dessert Bars!

They are becoming ever more popular this era with new modern brides doing away with the wedding cake entirely!  I have done a few blogs on wedding cakes and the modern brides having candy bars in addition to their wedding cake and even cupcakes and other cake desserts instead of a wedding cake, but no cake at all?  How odd. 

Found on my website,, I have the history and tradition of the wedding cake:

The Wedding Cake
You might find it interesting that; originally, the cake was not eaten by but thrown at the bride! It developed as one of the many fertility traditions surrounding a wedding. Wheat too, is traditionally a symbol of fruitfulness and was among the earliest grains (predating rice) to be ceremoniously showered on the bride and groom. In its earliest origins, the unmarried young women attending the wedding were expected to scramble for the grains to ensure their own betrothals, much as they do today for the bridal bouquet.
Early Roman bakers, we are told, changed the "throw it" to the "eat it" tradition. These bakers were distinguished and respected in their trades. Somewhere around 100 BCE they began taking the wedding wheat and creating small, sweet cakes with it; the cakes were eaten while the service was in progress.

So for all my modern brides out there here are some lovely, creative bite sized delicious yummies for your dessert bar!

Cannoli – an Italian favorite
Mini Cupcakes – my personal favorite
Mini Brownies
Mini Cheesecakes Bites
Whoopie Pies – my personal favorite
Petites – my personal favorite
Rice Crispy Treats
Tiramisu – cute to pile it in a shot glass for added décor  
Ice cream – also cute to pile it in a shot glass for added décor  
Chocolate Covered Strawberries – my personal favorite

Anther popular trend you can add to this: chocolate fountain with dippable foods! 

The options are endless! 

Call me today to set up a consultation for your wedding! 941-350-9337.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pinterest for Wedding Planner Katie Aldrich in Sarasota

Brides this is something you will love!

Pinterest is an online bulletin board for posting ideas and photos for your creative outlet.  Naomi Chokr told me about this and it is great!

It is a great way to get out all of your ideas and send your boards to friends and family to comment on including wedding décor, dresses, accessories, food, cakes and more!  If you can take a photo or find a photo you can pin it!

I am making a Vintage inspired wedding décor set up to show case my design skills and I am using a pinterest board to put up some ideas.

Please comment and let me know some of your ideas!  It will be fun!

Check out some of my boards:

I will be updating daily!  See you on for inspiration!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fun Facts & Traditions

Hey grooms you’ll get a kick out of this!

The tradition of the Best Man standing with the Groom at the Groom’s wedding all started with a little something called kidnapping!

The Best Man
Many centuries ago, before the women's rights movement, men who had decided upon a wife often had to forcefully take her with him (or kidnap her) if her family did not approve of him. The tradition of a "best man" probably has its origin with the Germanic Goths, when it was customary and preferable for a man to marry a woman from within his own community. When women came into short supply "locally," eligible bachelors would have to seek out and capture a bride from a neighboring community. As you might guess this was not a one-person operation and so the future bridegroom would be accompanied by a male companion who would help. Our custom of the best man is a throwback to that two-man, strong-armed tactic, for; of course the future groom would select only the best man he knew to come long for such an important task. The role of the best man evolved.

Brides imagine being kidnapped in the middle of the night to marry a man you may have never even met before!  How scary would that be?

My husband brought up a good point that men really had “possession” over women till around the 60’s when the first few women’s rights protests were just beginning. 

Which brings us to our next quirky fact: Giving Away The Bride

The father who "gives away" his daughter at her wedding ceremony is following an ancient tradition that has evolved over hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The custom dates back to the time when a daughter was considered property, and the groom had to pay a price to her family before he could be permitted to marry his intended.

How crazy it is to think nowadays that women were really and truly once considered property and on top of that it was only roughly 60 years ago! Whoa!
These are just two of the interesting facts that can be found on my website.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bridal Show!

Hey brides and grooms!

The time has finally come! What are you waiting for, get ready to go!

Where you may ask?  The best bridal show in Sarasota is happening this Sunday at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium!  Yours truly will be there with her little helpers to pass out some yummy treats and great info on the best wedding planner in your local area!  Be sure to stop by and talk with us to learn how you can relax and feel stress free on your big day.  You’re thinking not a fat chance right?  Well Blushing Brides can make that stress free wedding dream a reality!  Let us worry about everything and you can party away with your new husband, friends and family! 

Come and see what it’s all about! You know you want to!

Some sneak peeks of our goodies are pictured here: 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wedding Favors

Unique wedding favors are on the rise.  Many individuals are choosing edible favors such as cookies, chocolates, Jordan almonds, mnms with pictures on them, fortune cookies, lollipops even bags of coffee.  I like these because you do not feeling like you are wasting money on something that they will take home and put on shelf or maybe even throw away.  Some cute new edible favors are Favors(KnotShop)&sscId=GourmetFavors(KnotShop)&cId=Favors(KnotShop) Favors(KnotShop)&sscId=GourmetFavors(KnotShop)&cId=Favors(KnotShop){keyword}&gclid=CIXnw_qamKwCFYHe4AodMX8_OQ{keyword}&gclid=CIXnw_qamKwCFYHe4AodMX8_OQ

Truffles for a cause is something that is both delicious and sweet.  You can get beautifully wrapped favors of truffles for your wedding and support a cause too!  My cousin and his now wife did this for their wedding in honor of my cousin’s disease. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Welcome Guests!

Brides and Grooms, are you having a lot of out of town guests?  Here is a cute simple idea that will make your guests feel right at home!

A welcome basket made within a small suit case.  Yes the small suit cases can be expensive so you can use an alternative like a basket or gift bag or decorative paper box they can discard or fold up to take back home.

Some things to include are:
Q     A detailed itinerary to make sure everyone knows where to go and at what time
Q     A map or guide book of the area
Q     Bottles of water
Q     Snacks that can save them money from the overpriced hotel gift shop such as crackers, chocolates or other mini favors similar to those for your wedding
Q     Refreshing mints or gum, maybe include your wedding font on the outside tin
Q     A fix me up kit containing a sew kit and spot remover
Q     A small bag of luxury hygiene items
Q     A small scented candle that has a warm and inviting scent, maybe include your wedding font on the outside tin
Q     A fun game or favor that relates to your wedding

These are just a few key pieces to make them feel more at home!

Apple-green mini suitcase, Kate's Paperie, $14,

Teuscher Champagne Truffles, 4.5 oz., $21.95,; The Fine Cheese Co. Chive Crackers, $4.98,

Burt’s Bees kits:

Bluewick Pocket Travel Candle, $6,

Aid kit:



Welcome gift bags:


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