Play Up Your Winter Wedding!

'Tis the Season to get into the winter spirit!  Add some spice to your winter wedding and really play up the season by trying some different accessories or ideas.

Consider Sleeves - This may not be ideal for a spring/summer wedding, but it can really fit the feeling of a winter wedding!  Try more of a lace sleeve, this way it won't be too hot for when you are saying your vows in front of everyone, or dancing away at your ceremony.

There are a few different options for sleeves.  Either a cap sleeve, or short sleeve, 3/4 length, or full wrist length.  Be willing to try out each option because you never know what will look best on you!

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Fur! (or faux fur) - Winter is all about staying warm so why not get a fur wrap for around your shoulders or a fur muff to keep your hands warm.  Using these small touches really shows a fun and seasonal side to your big day.  It is also a very functional aspect to have.  Also, include the bridesmaids in this little detail!  If you (the bride) are using a muff, have everyone else put a little fur wrap around their shoulders - it's a great way to keep the pictures looking tied together, but still having you stand out!

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Why not a collar?  A collar is a great way to make your wedding a little more formal.  Now this doesn't mean you have to be fully covered up!  You can still have the option of having a low v-neck to show some skin if you would like - or have no sleeves at all to keep your arms bare.

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Add a little color!  There are plenty of colors in the color wheel, but we suggest that you stick to a darker shade for your big day.  Consider having the trim of your wedding dress a deep red, or a hunter green to match the season.  This is a fun way to make your wedding dress a little different and to really make a statement

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Enjoy adding fun touches to your wedding - it will definitely make for a memorable day for you and all of your guests.  We at DME would love to hear what you are doing to get into the winter season for your special day!

Meet the staff of Dana Markos: Deven

Meet the Staff

1. How long have you been working at Dana Markos Events?
Since September 2011, about 3 months. 

2. What is your favorite flower?
I love many different flowers but my favorites would have to be Peony's and Ranunculus.


3. What is your personal floral style?
The floral style that I like the best would have to be Urban Preppy. I like many other styles as well but we did a wedding a few weeks back and the brides bouquet was Urban Preppy and it was amazing!

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4. What is your favorite event or favorite location for an event?
One of my favorite events we have done since I have been at Dana Markos would have to be a wedding we did at the Boston Public Library. Seeing the venue transform from a beautiful library to a gorgeous wedding venue was amazing.

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  5. What are some of your hobbies?

Outside of Interning at Dana Markos, I attend school at Endicott College and am one of the captains on the Lacrosse team.

Winter Weather Skin Care!

The winter can be so rough for skin (no pun intended)... Unfortunately the cold weather is not very conducive for maintaining that summer glow and dewey look that every woman strives for in pictures, especially on her wedding day!  Fortunately, we have come up with some winter weather skin care tips to keep your skin and face looking beautiful no matter what the weather brings!

Change your moisturizer!
Summer and winter moisturizers are very different, and in the different seasons your skin has different needs.  One suggestion for a winter moisturizer would be to get one that is an oil base.  Oil helps to keep moisture locked in, which prevents dry-flaky skin.

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Although it may not be the first thing you think of, you can still get sun damage and sun burns in the winter!  Being outside taking walks, going to the park, shoveling snow, or sledding causes you to still be at risk for a sun burn, so make sure you get a moisturizer that has (at minimum) SPF 15.  This will keep your skin tone even for the whole season, and make it look younger in the years to come!

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Avoid Peels!
Facial peels are very popular for making your skin look great, but it can have the opposite effect in the winter.  Peels, literally pull the moisture out of your face in the winter and cause it to become even dryer than before.  And who wants to worry about that!?

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Not so much hot water!
I know, I know, it's the winter, its cold, and there is nothing better than a hot shower at the end of the day... But try not to stay in as long, or just turn the temperature down a little bit!  The hot water pulls out moisture from the skin, and leaves it red and dry, and the same goes for washing your face. Instead use lukewarm water or just a little warmer than that.  The shower will still feel great after being in cold weather, and will ultimately leave your skin a little more refreshed and not so tight and dry.

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Hope these tips help to keep your skin looking beautiful this winter season!  We would love to hear what other suggestions you have about winter weather skin care!

Meet the Staff of Dana Markos Events: Carly

Meet The Staff

1. How long have you been working at Dana Markos Events?
About a year and a half

2. What is your favorite flower?
My favorite looking flowers are Stargazer Lilies, but my favorite scented flower is Lavender. 

3. What is your personal floral style?
The floral style that I like the best is classic and elegant. 

4. What is your favorite event or favorite location for an event?
My favorite event that I have worked on was the Holiday Traditions at Castle Hill. From the red tartan to the antique ice skates, this event looked so magical!!!  

5. What are some of your hobbies?
I mostly work on event planning and social media with Dana, but outside of working my hobbies are shopping and spending time with friends!! :) 

A New Years Eve Wedding!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!

New year, New beginnings, and for some a new life together. When the ball drops and the clock strikes 12:00 and all those new year resolutions are being made, there cannot be a more romantic way to ring in a new year than with a celebration of married and vowing to love your significant other for a lifetime! Planning a New Year’s wedding is a unique and special idea for couples that want to do something different for their big day.
There are many different ways to plan and decorate your wedding so that it has a special new years vibe. New Years eve colors are typically black and silver or gold and silver so try to stick to this color pallet when picking out your table decor’ and decorations. If you feel the need for some more color try adding in dark Purples or dark reds for a rich feeling that is still very festive.
The Decorations for your new years bash will make for a festive atmosphere. When you think about New Years you think about glitter, party hats, noise makers, confetti, and the silly glasses that display the year across your eyes, these are all things that you could incorporate into your wedding. Try placing candles and confetti on the tables with your centerpieces, place balloons, white lights or even glittery snowflakes throughout your venue for a winter, new years feeling. You could place a large clock somewhere to countdown to the New Year with your guests, or have a large TV brought out to watch the ball drop! Streamers and confetti could be released as the clock strikes 12:00 for an unexpected surprise to guests.
The favors at your wedding should reflect the theme. Give your guests mini bottles of champagne with personal labels, party hats or tubes of confetti that they can open at midnight! You could also give them a CD with the greatest hits from the past year with a personal label or fortune cookies with a new years fortune inside. Another idea is to give them a personalized glass with the date and year on it like the one displayed below.

No matter what you decided on, your New Years Eve wedding will be a unique and special occasion that everyone will always remember! Just think with every New Year you will have something extra special to celebrate. 

Apps to Plan Your Wedding!

Planning a wedding can be pretty daunting, but with these apps for your phone you are sure to stay on track with money, timing, and overall organization!

Wedding Budget

This is a great application that is FREE to use!  All you have to do is enter your budget and from there it breaks down the money into different sections and estimates the cost alloted for each.  This app is also completely customizable and you are able to change how much money is alloted.  Another great feature is that there is a note section for each breakdown.  Here you are able to write down a quick reminder or if you remembered a DJ that you have heard before or something like that you can jot it down.  

iWedding Deluxe - The Wedding Planner

Although this app isn't free it is totally worth the $6.99!  This app is basically your very own wedding planner and is with you 24/7.  Some of the features that are included are a budget planner, registry tracker, guest list, seating arrangements, invitation tracker, etc.  This is a great way to have everything you need at your fingertips if something comes up last minute.  Another great feature with iWedding Deluxe is that you can post updates immediate to Facebook or Twitter if you need to!

Family Quick Sit

This application is a mere $0.99 and will keep your stress level to a minimum.  Seating arrangements can always be a huge hassle - what family members should sit together?  What about a kids table?  What family and friends would mix well together?  These things constantly change and having this application with you at all times would help alleviate the stress of trying to remember things as they come up!  With this handy little app if you think of something, it is so easy to change around the seating arrangements.

Some of the great features included in this app is that you can pick the exact table shape you are having and how many people will be at each table.  Once you complete the table arrangements you can take a screen shot and immediately email it to yourself so when it comes to the big day it will a breeze to place the seating arrangements!

Enjoy planning your wedding and hopefully some of these apps will be of assistance to you!  If you have used any of these or other applications we would love to hear about it!