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Monday Morning … four August 31, 2009

We are on our fourth week of the Monday Blog and we are having a fabulous time! 

Just in case you would like to view the other Monday’s  … here is week one, two, and three.

Now, onto our reader’s question …

“As my big day approaches and my budget is busting at the seams, I am needing to prioritize where I am spending those valuable dollars … my biggest concern is hair and make-up.  I have gotten mixed answers from my family and friends.  So, what do you think … should I pay to have my hair and make-up professionally done or ask a friend to do it?

Katie in Louisville, KY”


Katie –

GREAT question!  We realize and understand that budgets get tight – especially closer to the wedding date. 

We have a few thoughts for you to consider and to see what is important to you.  How important are your wedding day photos to you … and we don’t mean that in a “of course they’re important” … we mean that in a “will your photos be displayed for years to come – will they be passed down to your children – is photography one of your big budget items”?  Do you remember seeing your parents, grandparents and others wedding photos?  Would you like to have a certain “look” on your wedding day? 

So, once you think about these questions and the importance that your hair and make up hold onto your wedding day look, we know that you will choose the right answer for yourself and budget.

If you want our opinion, we would definitely invest in getting your hair and make up professionally done.  This, of course, can be done by family/friend that is a professional or has been doing your hair/make-up. 

As always, we would suggest having a trial run with the person that will be doing your hair and make-up for the BIG day – whether it is a paid professional or not.

Katie, we know you will be beautiful on your wedding day.  And for any other BRIDE or GROOM out there with questions, please feel free to email us at jaime {at} jackiallen {dot} com with Monday Blog as the subject.

celebrate your love …



summer is slipping through our fingers … August 28, 2009

Filed under: jacki and jaimeson — jackiandjaimeson @ 8:12 am

Today is August 28th – next week will be September … seriously?

We have a wonderful white, airy, summery wedding this weekend – so excited!  Then, next weekend, our wedding is a total fall barn wedding – going to be very rustic chic – so excited! 

My delima – I LOVE every season … and just realizing that within ONE short, too soon week, we will be done with one season and onto a new {and our weddings will definately remind us of that}!

So, to keep summer here just a little longer, I wanted to post some of our personal beach photos {can’t get any more summer than that} …

who wouldn’t want to wake up and walk out to your back porch and see this every morning … talk about the morning “pick me up” … beautiful!

my beach 1


my precious children trying to catch “something/anything” …

my beach 2


a wonderful beach day full of flying kites, sandcastles, colorful umbrellas and chairs in the water … bliss

my beach 3


But, not to fret, summer will be back just as quickly as it is leaving us … and to celebrate Fall, we will be having a new GIVEAWAY/CONTEST every week of September, so stay tuned …

ps … don’t forget to send your email questions for the Monday Blog to jaime {at} jackiallen {dot} com

ps ps … don’t forget that it’s so pretty! is having a STOREWIDE sale until September 7th!

celebrate summer …



it’s so pretty … storewide sale August 26, 2009


it's so pretty! logo

One of our fabulous vendors … it’s so pretty! … is offering a STOREWIDE 10% off to our lovely readers!  How special are we?

AND, it’s so pretty! has some of the “prettiest” favors, gifts, and the little extras for your bridal shower, rehersal dinner, reception and more … see below …

classic topiary favors

isp ... jar

isp ... bag

isp ... damask votive

isp ... frame

aren’t they “pretty” …  sale ends Monday, September 7, 2009 at Midnight.

… visit it’s so pretty! and take advantage of this fabulous sale …

celebrate your love …



Monday Morning … three August 24, 2009

Good Morning Ladies and Gents …

We are super excited about our response to these Monday Mornings questions, so please keep them coming!  just send us a quick email to jaime {at} jackiallen {dot} com with Monday Blog as your subject.

Now onto our reader question …

“I just got engaged and I am so excited, overwhelmed and just a ball of nerves.  Where do I start?

I know this may not be what you’re looking for as your question, but I was looking around the internet and found your blog and thought I would just give it a shot.

Newly Engaged – Nicole from Lexington, KY”

Nicole …

first – CONGRATS, we are so happy for you!  second – your question is exactly what we are looking for this Monday Morning …

We suggest that the first thing you do is buy a three ring binder, three hole puncher, and tab dividers … making your own planning notebook will be so much better than any one you purchase.  Here are some suggestions on the tab divider categories – contracts, inspiration, must haves, timeline, planning notes {with vendors}, etc.

Next, BUY MAGAZINES … the more the merrier!  We suggest to ALL of our new brides to tear out pages from magazine of all the things they LOVE and all the “not so much” things as well – they will help to form your feel/design/and total look for your wedding.  Some our faves … Kentucky Bride Magazine, Bride & Bloom, Martha Stewart Wedding, Elegant Bride, etc.

To go along with the magazines, find some fabulous blogs that you LOVE – these blogs will help you with ideas, vendors, planning process and so much more. We recommend to our brides to have a TOP 10 list and not to subscribe to more than 10 blogs … let’s be honest, you don’t want to be reading blogs all day/ everyday until your wedding.  Some our faves … Style Me Pretty, Snippett & Ink, What Junebug Loves, 100 Layer Cake, and so many more.

and finally … what every little girl dreams of … THE DRESS!  If you haven’t already – start learning about your designers, your budget, your style, your dream.  begin to start the process of finding THE DRESS!  once found, you will need a minimum of eight months (in most cases) to get the dress ordered and to have at least two fittings for any alterations that need to be made.

Nicole, we hope we’ve helped you get started.  And for any other BRIDE or GROOM out there with questions, please feel free to email us at jaime {at} jackiallen {dot} com with Monday Blog as the subject.

celebrate your love …



BORDERS … so excited! August 22, 2009

Jacki Allen’s Kentucky Bride Magazine is now at BORDERS state wide!

We are {oh so} excited!


Please go visit your local BORDERS to get your current issue of Kentucky Bride magazine, or simply click HERE to get your copy online.

enjoy …



Monday Morning … two August 17, 2009

Filed under: Monday Morning — jackiandjaimeson @ 8:00 am

Thank you so much for your emails for our MONDAY MORNING series.  Here is our first question …

“I was reading your blog, and I have a question for Monday Morning! I am the Maid of Honor at my best friend’s wedding…..which means I must give a toast! There is so much to say but I have no clue how to start and what to include/not include in it! Do you have any suggestions on what I need to do?

Thanks so much!

Sara, Tompkinsville, KY”

Sara … great question.  This is a great honor and your opportunity to send good wishes to the happy couple as well as give the guests a little bit of insight into your best friend.  First, you could say something about what an honor it is to be able to share in this experience with your best friend since you’ve shared so many other life experiences together … and how happy you are for her.  Then maybe a very short … “who would have thought” snippet about some of the things you all got into as friends … before she met her Prince Charming!  Then end with a heartfelt congratulations to them for finding one another and wishing them well on this wonderful next part of their life and asking everyone to raise their glass to this fabulous couple.  I’d say 1.5 – 2 minutes is plenty of time … it’ll seem like 30 minutes to you!  You’ll do great … after all, she’s your best friend and you’re doing this for her.

celebrate your best friend’s love …



Kentucky Bride PARTY … August 14, 2009

Kentucky Bride threw a PARTY … {and it was so much fun!}

Jacki, Julie and I decided that we wanted to throw a Party to THANK all of our clients, vendors, & we wanted to show off our new website and make a BIG announcement … Kentucky Bride Magazine will be going to four issues per year!!!  {but honestly, we’re planners, we throw parties because we love them!}

Before I get to the fabulous photos, let me please acknowledge all of those that contributed …

* Elevation Creative Studio … thanks Dave, Chris and Amy {you are generous and oh so talented}

* DaRae and Friends Catering … thanks DaRae and Chef John {as always – yummy!}

* E. Stephen Hein Florists … thanks Steve {so talented and so generous}

* Purdon’s Rental … thanks Paul and Mary Ellen {great selection and fabulous customer service}

* Lynn Imaging … thanks Troy {your deligence in getting our banner just right – amazing}

* The Dave McWhorten Trio … thanks Dave {your jazz trio was just what we needed to set the mood}

* Ale-8-One … thanks DeAnne {the bourbon slush … i’ll have another please}

* My Old Kentucky Chocolates … thanks Kitty {chocolate, need I say more?}

* Sweet Revenge Cake Company … thanks Amy {more chocolate … delicious}

* Lime Diamonds … thanks Zannah {cutely packaged and yum}

Now, what you’ve been waiting for … the pretty pics … {photos by jacki, julie and neil}

entering on the red carpet … because our clients and vendors deserve the best …



here’s a few pretty pics of the amazing warehouse/office set up at Elevation {with our touch of course} …







the guest list … amazing, talented, sweet, fabulous and oh so beautiful … here’s a glimpse of some of our guest …




































now, onto the “fun” photos … we decided to bring our own props for a “make shift” photo booth …















hope you enjoyed the pretty pics …





we have a few swag bags left that we would love to share with our lovely readers … so, if you want one, just leave a comment letting us know what your favorite party has been to date {birthday, halloween, bridal showers, bachelorette, etc.} we love parties and all the details … so please share!  we will be giving out three swag bags and will pick the winners by next Thursday, August 20th. {i can’t wait to hear all about it}

celebrate your love …