Will You Leave Your Train Behind?

The entrance of the bride to a wedding is a time-honored tradition.  Many eyes are focused on—for many—the first glimpse of the wedding dress.  Tears sometimes flow and faces brighten.  But when the bride advances closer to the groom, heads and eyes drop down to the what is flowing in back of the dress; the wedding gown train.

Where Did All This Extra Fabric Come From?

Traditionally, a train signifies how formal a wedding dress is.  The longer the train; the more formal it is.  It seems to date back to distinguishing a bride from her bridesmaid(s).  Also, many brides who are marrying again may choose a short train or none at all.  But nowadays; anything goes and trains are simply a matter of preference.  From just a brush on the floor to a trailing of many yards, they can strongly influence the choice of dress for a bride.  

Here are some tips and information to make your train follow smoothly

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• Consider Your Location

You may want to seriously consider what your gown train has to go through.  Narrow aisles, grass, obstacles, or near water—can take a toll.  Keep this in mind when you choose your gown.  If you have your heart set on a particular dress—but know the train may be tricky to navigate (even with help) at your wedding; consider having it shortened.  Detachable trains that can be removed when you want or need to—can be a choice as well.   

• Shall You Dance

A train of any length should be properly put up for dancing and being comfortable at your reception.  Your groom and guests hug and press against you at your wedding.  Stepping on the train can lead to tripping and excessive soiling.  (Unless your train is detachable), something called a bustle can be added to the back your dress.  It can consist of a combination of snaps, buttons, or ribbons to tuck your train in—up—and out of the way.  Sometimes, they have the added feature of seeming like you have changed into another dress (because they


change the look of the back).  Holding your train on your arm for your entire wedding (depending on the length) can be tiring, so bustles are a desirable option.  The Lansing Bridal Association has bridal apparel vendors who have expert seamstresses to do this.  If you are concerned with the whereabouts of your train at your wedding; ask for advice.

Picture Perfect

Wedding gown trains have long been a focal point for photographers in wedding photos.  Some tumble down stairwells with intricate details, swirl beautifully in front of a wedding party, or are carried so tenderly by children or other family members.  They can add drama even if they aren’t many yards long.  Amber Johnston, LBA member and owner of Amber J Photography—gives some insight:

“Typically, I will have the maid of honor help adjust the train. This makes it easier for me to stand back and direct how I would like it to look. If the maid of honor isn’t around, or we are off photographing just the bride and groom, I will have my assistant (Allen) adjust the train. He has also helped carry the train as we walk from location to location. We have even had brides joke that he is a stand-in Maid/Matron of honor. Keep in mind, if you are planning on having pictures taken outside, your train will likely be dragging on the ground and getting dirty at some point. I would suggest talking to your seamstress/tailor and ask about a wrist strap for your train. This will help keep it off the ground and make it easier to carry as we change locations.”

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• When Your Veil is Your Train

Some brides opt for a longer veil instead of the sometimes heavier weight of fabric attached to the back of the dress.  It is especially desirable if your ceremony is somewhere that a very long train can be navigated.  It can be removed from the headpiece.  This can be a lovely look, but be aware—tulle is fragile and can rip easily.  Veils made of chiffon are a bit more durable, but a tulle veil is more common.  Veiling substituted for a train can be subject to blowing wind, so keep this in mind when choosing this lightweight option and for pictures.

Whatever train options you choose, let the Lansing Bridal Association help you with all your wedding apparel needs.  They will guide you to a comfortable and beautiful look for your wedding location.  

Written by Cheryl Jiminez

Assistant to the Lansing Bridal Association and formal bridal seamstress

The 2017 Color Report

Your color scheme may be the most expressive guest at your wedding.  It also plays an important part in setting the overall mood and tone of the event.  It also can be dictated by everything from:

  • the location of your wedding
  • availability of what you choose
  • memories you want to create
  • celebrity weddings past and present
  • the season in which you are in
  • and other personal influences

Color can reflect our personalities and sometimes what we choose can be unconventional—with some brides preferring to “raise eyebrows” and “turn heads.”

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2017 bridal runways appear to be trending towards tributes to color in many ways.  A beautiful lace gown can now gently move away from time honored tradition.  It can feature an under-layer of color to enhance the intricate patterns of the fabric.  Sue Rosenberger owner of Fantastic Finds in Lansing MI, and Lansing Bridal Association member—says that she sees the Ivory color and lace still having importance with Champagne or blush underneath.  She also predicts the emergence of blue and silver as subtle color combinations as well.

The spring runways are showcasing a flowery wedding gown forecast from bright and bold with a multicolored combination.  This can provoke some brides to break tradition and have some color fun.  These can easily translate to the groom’s tie, tux, or suit.

Rosenberger also mentions that she sees blush, light blue, and deep wine as notable choices.  Also, the deeper colors of royal blue and (also) metallic can be seen on attendants at 2017 weddings.

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And What About Black?

While you may not see this color much at a beach wedding, it may certainly be seen in other venues.  While it can be worn alone, many times it is combined with an unexpected “pop” of color.  Black is not being seen as a color of  understatement,  but rather a rich boldness that some brides may choose for themselves or their bridesmaids.

Some other 2017 surprises may include matching hair colors to the wedding dress or theme.

Florists, photographers, and wedding planners are experts at incorporating your wedding colors into fanciful visuals.  They can help you add accent colors to complete a look that flows through your entire wedding and reception.

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Fantastic Finds

Whether you color your wedding: daring, subtle, or somewhere in between; let the wedding professionals of the Lansing Bridal Association help you create your wedding “color pallet” that is uniquely you.


Author Bio:
Cheryl Jiminez, LBA Intern, is a former bridal seamstress and consultant.  She recently graduated from Lansing Community College where she majored in Writing and General Studies.



Fall 2016 Lansing Bridal Show Winners!!!

Did you enter the door prize drawing at the Lansing Bridal Show? Check for your name below to see if you won a prize!

Names are in alphabetical order. Contact the vendor who’s prize you won for information on how to claim your prize!

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Grand Prize Winner!!!

Congratulations to Jennifer Lower

You win the Luxury Owner’s Suite for you and 31 of your friends to any 2017 Lansing Lugnuts baseball game of your choice.
(Some Restrictions apply)




Adame, Alyssa The Northfork Estate $500 off Wedding Package
Arbour, Ashley It Works Fitness drink package
Caryl, Katie Light Rx Free iLIPO or VENUS FREEZE Treatment
Clements, Rachel Herbal Life Fitness package
Cruz, Alaina Pure Romance $25 gift certificate
Dean, Elizabeth America’s Bride $50 gift certificate
Douglas, Hannah Smith Floral Fall Gift Basket
Dredge, Lauren The Hall in Charlotte Nursery Organizer
Fay, Jessica Hotbeats Romantic Movie Night Package
Green, Hayley University Club of MSU Sparkling juice basket with glasses, $25 gift card
Hays. Trish Socially Yours Free iPhone Screen Repair (MacMen)
Hendrix, Adrienne Causeway Bay Lansing Hotel Free Presidential Parlor
Hollenbeck, Casey Rodan & Fields Bronzing Package
Hubble, Jennifer Faucett Photography Free Engagement Photo Session (prize not here)
Irvine, Belinda A Taste of Heaven Catering Bath Package
Johnson, Marissa Costco Flowers
Jurman, Cecily Walnut Hills Free Room Rental up to $500 value
Keck, Lauren Bashes by Barbie Day-Of Wedding Coordination, Bachelorette Party & Jewelry
Kessler, Margit Bake N Cakes Free Wedding Cake
Lugo, Danielle Be Mouthy Lip color, moisturizer & samples
McDuffie, Sade D’Mar Banquet & Conference Center His & Hers Champaign Gift Set
McGlew, Kate Serabella Salon Haircare Package
McPartlin, Lauren Pink Zebra’s Photo Booths Free Save the Date Photo Session
Meaney, Marissa IQ Fit 30 day platinum membership
Perilla, Diana Dyras Dental Sonicare Toothbrush
Perrone, Jessica Country Creek Free table linens at CC reception hall
Roe, Julie Hawkins Photography Free 2-hour session, all photos provided digitally
Salinas, Raquel Becker’s Bridal Free Wedding Gown Preservation
Schon, Amelia Herbal Life Fitness package
Sienkiewicz, Sarah Ironwood Golf Free golf or Lunch
Sparks, Valentina Jamberry Application kit & Sheet of wraps
Terpstra, Michele Pure Romance $25 gift certificate
Wilkie, Bailey Barb’s Designs Basket

The Lansing Bridal Show

Come to the Lansing Bridal Show on September 18, 2016 at The Lansing Center! Doors open at NOON! Be sure to pre-register for the door prizes over on our Bridal Show page.

Bridal Show 101

When you walk into the Lansing Bridal Association’s September 2016 Bridal show, you will see:

Over 300 days of careful preparation
The result of numerous meetings and planning sessions
The culmination of thousands of emails, texts, and other information sharing
This is just a sampling of what it takes to present you with a rich and helpful bridal show experience.

But how do you navigate through all of this planned wedding brilliance without getting overwhelmed?

Here are some Bridal Show 101 tips we have assembled for you:

checkmark-small  Create an email address before the show just for wedding registration etc; one that you will regularly check.  “This will keep planning    more organized and you can delete the address after your wedding,” says Chase Nobis—Executive Director of the Lansing Bridal Association (LBA).

checkmark-small  At the show, look for things on your pre-made list if possible.  If you’re short on time, just get business cards (or flyers) to check out vendors at a later time.

checkmark-small  Don’t be afraid to ask for a vendor’s contract or where you can find it.

checkmark-small  Some booths will have free—take-home bags. Be on the lookout for other giveaways you can stash in those bags.

checkmark-small  Ask if you can take pictures of products offered or displays.  Vendors must adhere to copyright policies.

checkmark-small  If you can, wear a shoe similar to your wedding shoe style and height (and bring a spare if needed); encourage your bridal party to do so as well. If those feet don’t hold up; “You’re welcome.” 🙂

checkmark-small  Attend the fashion show.  This makes wedding apparel come “alive” by seeing the garments on models.

checkmark-small  Bring friends whose opinions you can trust to help you choose wisely if needed.

checkmark-small  It’s a long (and sometimes tiring) day for vendors and bridal show helpers as well.  Most will meet and talk to hundreds of brides and their parties.  Remember, on your wedding day—a vendors’ focus will be on you.

checkmark-small  Waterproof makeup can help if you, or anyone with you, joyfully wants to “get their cry on.”

checkmark-small  Don’t forget to register for amazing door prizes!

The Lansing Bridal Association was founded in 2009 by Mr. Chase Nobis.  He takes pride in bridal industry excellence and only promotes vendors with high standards.  He and his team work tirelessly to provide you with wedding choices and helpful information you can trust.

Written By: Cheryl Jiminez, Intern
Lansing Bridal Association

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Using the Internet to Plan Your Wedding (and Keeping Your Sanity)

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The internet can help you with your wedding—from finding a few pictures—to a beginning-to-end plan.  But what happens when you type “wedding planning” into your search box and “gazillions” of results pop up?  There are some ways to narrow down the information to get what you need and help you keep you stay sane.

First, you may want to visit the website homes of popular wedding publications such as: Grace Ormonde Wedding Style (, and Brides Magazine (  Besides showcasing wonderful wedding attire, these sites have real weddings from around the world.  This can give you tips from actual couples who made their wedding choices.  You can also get advice about wedding dilemmas and insight on how to stay focused (even at work) and living your everyday life.

Joining a bride-to-bride group can be especially useful.  Lansing Area Brides—run by the Lansing Bridal Association—is a great place where you can start a discussion about your wedding and find vendors to service all of your wedding needs.  A Bride-to-be (or former bride) who joins Lansing Area Brides can buy, sell, and trade on various wedding-related items too!  Since many are checking Facebook, and other social media sites regularly; you can keep in touch easily.  This is great if your time and/or distance away from friends and family does not allow you to meet personally.  Some words of caution though; social media can present other issues to deal with concerning [photo] copyrights and privacy.  Unfortunately, there may be those who are not so happy for you.  Overly-critical—poorly-worded opinions could dampen your excitement and cause unnecessary online skirmishes. has an article worth reading on this subject.

Downloading wedding apps can assist in your wedding planning, but also can be a bit daunting.  Weddingwire is an app to guide you if you don’t know where to begin.  And for brides who need to know where (all of) their cash flows, there is an app called Mint.  There are others that specialize in the area of planning where you need help the most.
Check online to see if your chosen wedding vendors have a collaboration with a group such as the Lansing Bridal Association (LBA).

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The LBA features a coveted gathering of wedding professionals presenting exciting bridal shows.  At the shows, your wedding party, family, and friends can meet with vendors face-to-face (even if you have already).  You can see actual bridal fashions displayed on a runway and hands-on presentations.  There may be vendors there that offer other information such as: financial soundness and home improvement.  This can be an immensely fun event to see, taste, and touch wedding selections—(and discover new ones)!  You may even win a valuable door prize!

“Something Borrowed, Some Blue, Something Burned-Out—Don’t let it be you.”

Cheryl Jiminez

Intern, Lansing Bridal Association

Finally, for those who are not “internet savvy,” or “computer inclined,”—there is the option of hiring a professional wedding planner.  You can use the internet to gather pictures and other ideas, or perhaps create a “vision board” on a piece of poster paper (or another medium).  Then you can present it to the planner who will bring all of your wonderful ideas together.

Whatever you choose, the internet can help a little or a lot.


Author Bio:
Cheryl Jiminez, LBA Intern, is a former bridal seamstress and consultant.  She recently graduated from Lansing Community College where she majored in Writing and General Studies.



Unplug Your Wedding

The skies are blue, the sun is shinning, the weather is perfect. The bride and groom have just finished reciting their vows. The officiant smiles and says “You may now kiss the bride.” This is the moment you’ve been dreaming of. Your first official kiss as husband and wife. You know that you hired the best professional photographer and/or videographer to capture such a special moment. But, right as your lips touch, Uncle Bob steps into the middle of the aisle, iPad in hand, to get a picture. What he didn’t realize, is that he stepped right in front of the professional photographer and/or videographer, and blocked their opportunity to capture the special moment.

This is something that photographers and videographers have to work around all to often. Not just during the ceremony, but often times you will see people in the background of reception pictures (ie. the couple’s first dance, the parent dances…etc) with their cellphones up and recording. Wouldn’t you rather see the smiling faces of your guests in the background, rather than that hello kitty phone case?

The latest trend is having an Unplugged Wedding. What is an unplugged wedding? The definition of an unplugged wedding is a wedding in which the guests are asked to turn off all their electronic devices (cameras, cellphones, iPads, etc.) throughout the course of the ceremony, or in some instances, throughout the entire day.

Having an unplugged wedding allows your guests to relax, and just enjoy being a guest at your wedding. It also keeps them from getting in the way of your paid professional photographer and/or videographer, allowing them to get high quality, beautiful photographs of all those important, special moments.

How do you inform guests that your wedding is going to be “unplugged”? It’s easy!

• You can just include a little note along with your invitation: We are having an Unplugged Wedding. We want you to be able to relax and have fun with us on our special day! We kindly ask you to put down your cellphone, and/or favorite device and be in the moment with us.

• Have a welcome sign out for your guests to see as they enter your ceremony. There are tons of great signs on Pinterest and Etsy!

• At the beginning of your ceremony, have your officiant make an announcement asking people to put their electronics away and just enjoy the ceremony.

• Include a small note in your program.

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So, what will your wedding be? Plugged or Unplugged?

Wedding image courtesy of Amber J Photography LLC
Unplugged image from Adobe Stock

Make EVERY Event a Party! Featured Vendor – Champps Kitchen and Bar

Champps3-1 The events leading up to your wedding can and should be some of the most fun…and not only choosing vendors, food tasting, trying on wedding dresses…although all that is wonderful, I am talking about your engagement party, wedding shower, bachelorette/bachelor party and rehearsal dinner! At Champps Kitchen + Bar we take pride is making sure that these occasions are just as special as the big day itself. Whether you are helping your friends and family plan these special events or “gasp” leaving the planning to them, we will make sure that these occasions are stress free.

These are the fun events where you get to celebrate your engagement with all the people who love and support you. So be sure to pick a venue that allows you to customize your party, but takes care of all the stress.

At Champps Kitchen + Bar we have a dedicated Event Coordinator who handles all of the large parties and reservations so you get undivided attention. Our parties include custom menus and buffets, private space available, linens, decorations (or you can bring your own!), communication prior to and leading up to the event, and servers experienced with large parties to take care of every detail.Champps4-1

A few things to consider when looking for a location for these events:

What type of party are you looking for?: Not all parties need a private space. Depending on the style of event you looking for, even a rehearsal dinner can be done in the main restaurant if everyone is looking for a chance to relax and eat, nothing too formal. We have hosted all types of rehearsals from formal settings in our private room with lots of decorations, to appetizer parties, because the Groom loves wings and football!

The Time Line of Events: It is important to have at least somewhat of a plan, will you be handing out gifts (rehearsal), playing games (shower), opening gifts (bachelorette party)?

Champps2-1For a Rehearsal Dinner I usually recommend the following time line:

  • Guest arrival – drinks are ordered
  • Have everyone sit and order dinner, or dine off the buffet
  • Speeches/gifts, etc.
  • Dinner arrives, and lots of time for mingling after

If anyone needs to head home, back to the hotel, get kids in bed, or you have decorating that still needs to be done there is not the pressure to stay if unable because thank yous have been said and no waiting on dinner/speeches.

This also applies to showers. If games are being played I suggest starting these after food has been ordered, or after everyone has eaten from the buffet. Mingling is great, but a two-hour shower is a great time frame!

Location is key: Whether everyone is traveling in from out of town or all your guests are local, picking a location is key. A central location or something easy for guests to find will eliminate a lot of stress (and phone calls to you or your mom with lost guests). Champps is located right off of the US 127 near Eastwood Towne Center..hint hint ☺

And last, but not least, RELAX! Everything will be wonderful and all your favorite people will be there to shower you with love and happiness! Enjoy every moment!


I hope that every moment of your wedding is magical and I would love to be a part of it. Please let me know how we can help with this special time.
Rachel Inglot   –   Event Coordinator
Champps    |    2800 Preyde Blvd.    |    Lansing, MI 48912
517.267.9306 (p)   |      517.267.9307 (f)

Dance the Night Away With an Outstanding DJ

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The DJ can truly make or break the reception. DJs have so many responsibilities, from introducing the happy couple to timing the first dance. Overall, the DJ is responsible for the flow of the reception and entertaining guests. Complete Weddings and Events focuses on providing exceptional DJ services and with 27 years of experience serving Michigan weddings, they’ve certainly had their fair share of practice. Professional DJ, Patrick Fuller, has the inside scoop on just how to make sure the DJ you hire is the right one for you.

Things to consider when choosing a DJ:

Choosing a DJ for your wedding is a pretty safe bet overall. Complete Weddings and Events’ DJs are well versed in the way of weddings, and are fully capable of handling every detail of your night, so you and your loved ones can just enjoy each other’s company. It’s important, when considering a DJ, to find someone who’s personality matches what you and your fiancé are comfortable with. You don’t want to book an exciting, outgoing DJ if your reception is more laid back and vice versa, you wouldn’t want someone who’s less involved if you wanted a more high energy kind of night. Complete offers a large variety of DJs. Each DJ goes through the same rigorous training, but takes different things from it and develops their own style, which gets translated into a profile on our website. We also encourage couples to sit down with their DJ to go over their details as well as get a feel for their personality.

 Things to know about Complete Weddings and Events:

Romantic married couple bride and groom dancing at wedding recepComplete Weddings and Events has been serving Michigan for 27 years, and has evolved as a company from strictly DJs to your one-stop-shop for weddings. We offer DJ, videography, photography, photo booth and uplighting services and each department stands out among their peers. Videography stays on the cutting edge with the newest in editing software, as well as offering drone footage to our clients. Our photographers are constantly honing their skills and collaborating with one another, not to mention the great printing work we offer to our clients through our partnership with Collages. The photo booth department is always staying ahead of the curve by offering green screen and quiz upgrades, as well as putting the final developments on introducing video booth.

Things your DJ wants you to know:

We love knowing what makes our clients passionate! Whether it’s that one song that you and your girlfriends HAVE to dance to, or that shout-out to your favorite school, we want to cater to you. We offer each of our clients a fully customizable planning sheet, which can be filled out either on paper or online, which gets forwarded directly to their DJ for their event. It’s never a bad idea to have an example playlist of musical suggestions from your guests so your DJ knows the type of music that you and your guests want to hear, but that isn’t a requirement by any means. All of our DJs are capable of gauging a crowd and playing music to match.

Featured Vendor: Complete Weddings and Events
517-882-7100    |    616-957-4200

interns_01Author Bio: Taylor Gorr, LBA Intern, is currently studying journalism and mass communication at Olivet College and will be graduating in May of 2016.

Images Courtesy of Adobe Stock