Guys and Socks

socksWeddings are a wonderful time in your life as you get to marry the one you love. Attire selection is one of the many details that go into the making of your wedding and often overlooked apparel accessories are socks. Anyone in the wedding party may wear socks including the groom, groomsmen and ushers. Besides keeping your feet warm, socks can make a quiet statement of tradition or put the spotlight on fanciful fashion flair. Read on to learn more about wedding sock choices for guys.

Type of Socks

Socks help complete your wedding attire. Their main function is to serve as a clothing staple protecting your feet, providing warmth and feel comfortable. There are four main types of socks:

Dress Socks –Designed with formal occasions in mind, these socks come in understated patterns, fine fabrics and are often black, blue, gray or taupe.

Tuxedo Socks –Similar to dress socks, tuxedo socks are meant to be paired with tuxedos and are made of solid color luxury fabrics such as black or white, sometimes with subtle stripes or minimalist panels or patterns.

Athletic Socks –Casual socks aimed primarily for sports use, athletic socks are composed of a variety of natural and synthetic performance materials meant to enhance cushion comfort and provide wicking abilities during play or work.

Specialty Socks –This category includes medical and novelty socks. Medical socks are specially designed to help alleviate certain medical conditions and include diabetes socks, support socks and seamless socks. Novelty socks feature outside-the-box styles and may include unexpected bright colors or whimsical prints and patterns.

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The parts of a sock comprise the toe, foot area, heel, gusset, heel turn, leg and cuff. Styles of socks include quarter-length, crew, tube, over-the-calf, low-cut and no show. Common styles for weddings include crew, quarter-length or over-the-calf.

To Match or Not to Match

There are no hard and fast rules on how to wear your socks at your wedding. Your socks may match your trousers or coordinate with your shirt and tie or other attire or not match at all. Socks present a unique opportunity for the groom to express individuality and have fun such as wearing novelty socks or choosing socks the same colors as the wedding colors. The important thing is to be yourself and wear what makes you comfortable.

If you find yourself shopping in an upscale men’s store, you won’t find socks there, they are referred to as fine men’s hosiery.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, New York style fashion show, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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August 28, 2015 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Business Spotlight: Interview With Cynthia Y. Davenport of State Farm

ProtectRingR3Each month the Great Bridal Expo interviews trusted wedding industry experts to share their knowledge and experience. This week we are featuring Cynthia Y. Davenport, an enterprise marketing analyst with State Farm. Since 1922 State Farm has been a “good neighbor” and insurance provider for car, home, family and financial needs. Check out this very informative interview.

How long have you been with State Farm and what do you like best about working for them?

My name is Cynthia Y. Davenport. I have been with State Farm for 25 years. I am an Enterprise Marketing Analyst. I have had the opportunity to experience different positions within the company. In this position, I am blessed to have a career doing something that I have a passion for.

What kind of insurance and services does State Farm offer for newly married couples?

Most newly married couples should be thinking about combining their auto and home policies together, life insurance and of course, insuring that new
wedding ring as an addition to their homeowners or renters insurance policies.

When should a newly married-couple apply for insurance?

Auto insurance isn’t your top priority when you’re newly married, but it’s a great time to combine policies with State Farm — which typically lowers your
cost, simplifies your billing, and may help you qualify for additional discounts. It’s also a good time for a broader conversation with your agent about
all your insurance needs and financial goals. You also might want to increase your life insurance coverage or change the beneficiaries on your policy –
having more life insurance could make your family’s future even more secure.

What are some ways that newly-married couples can qualify for discounts?

Insuring a single car with State Farm is already affordable. If you insure two or more automobiles in the same household, we’ll apply our multiple car
discounts to lower your insurance premium even more

What do you wish newly-married couples knew about State Farm?

Auto Insurance rates generally drop for men under age 25 when they marry.You may be able to both save money and simplify if you can consolidate all insurance policies in the household.Policy consolidation will simplify the billing process and could save you money.You may qualify for substantial discounts including:

          1. Multicar Discount — for multiple vehicles in the household
          2. Multiline Discount — for having other insurance with State Farm®

What else can you tell me about State Farm?

State Farm is a company that is able to provide all of a consumer’s insurance and financial needs. It is a company with a proven track record.

What are your best tips for newly married couple seeking insurance?

Find a local State Farm agent in your area because they can help with more than insurance. State Farm agents are free resources for financial guidance; something a lot of couples need more than anything at this stage of life.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, the nation’s longest-running national bridal show — nearly 40 years in business featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends. Exhibit to meet with the couples, brides, friends, families and wedding planners who attend who are in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, post-show
advertising and the opportunity to present your business to the wedding market.

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August 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

Does the Wedding Shoe Fit?

10060899Celebrate your wedding in comfort knowing your shoes are a perfect match of stylish and comfortable. On your wedding day, expect to be on your feet for many hours from ceremony to reception. For this reason it helps to wear shoes that are comfortable and fit well. Ill-fitting shoes may cause discomfort and hinder movement for the bride, groom or wedding party and in some cases cause pain. Avoid foot irritation by selecting comfy shoes. Read on to learn more about getting the right fit for your wedding shoes.

Tips for Measuring

Discover your foot measurements before trying on or buying shoes. Materials you will need before measuring include two pieces of plain paper, tape, pencil and measuring tape or ruler. Place the sheet of paper on the ground and tape to floor. If you plan on wearing socks or stockings on your wedding day, put those on before measuring. Stand up and place one foot in the center of the paper then trace the shape of your foot using your pencil. Stand when measuring and not sitting to ensure more accurate results. Use your measuring tape or ruler to measure from the center-bottom of the heel to the tip of the longest toe. Repeat this process on the other foot. Take your measurements and compare to a shoe sizing chart, these are easily found on the internet.

Style Vs Comfort

Know your options before selecting your wedding shoes. It is possible to have the best of both worlds when it comes to style and comfort. Styles of wedding shoes include pumps, sandals, flats, platforms and sling-backs. Lower heeled shoes tend to be more comfortable than higher heeled shoes. The exception belongs to those persons who have considerable experience wearing elevated heels of three inches or more. If you normally wear flip flops, but choose skyscraper stilettos for your wedding day expect a very steep curve of learning how-to-walk-in-them without falling. The best rule of thumb is to choose shoes of a heel height that you normally wear.

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Spend some time breaking in your new shoes before your wedding day, say at least a month. Ways to do this include wearing them around the house for a few minutes every day to wearing them to your dance classes as your practice your wedding dance with your partner. Avoid wearing your wedding shoes outdoors to decrease the chance of staining or soiling them. Gradually breaking in your shoes allows for them to conform to your foot shape. The breaking-in period also helps to identify potential problems such as heel slips or chafing.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, New York style fashion show, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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August 21, 2015 at 9:26 am Leave a comment

About Wedding Freebies

group of friends shopping in a mall holding some bags

group of friends shopping in a mall holding some bags

Give wedding show attendees a reason to visit your booth with freebies, promotional items given without charge or cost to consumers. The opportunity to get great swag is big draw for wedding show visitors. For your next exhibition, choose freebies that are compatible with your wedding business, reasonably priced, attention-grabbing and feature your brand. Consider adding freebies to your marketing mix at your next bridal show. Read on to learn more about wedding freebies.

What Makes a Good Freebie?

Wedding show success is a combination of many things from your booth display to marketing materials including freebies. When choosing freebies to offer at your next show, ensure that the giveaways you select are a good fit for your wedding business and customers.

  • Start by making a budget, promotional items can be costly and this will help keep your finances in check.
  • Quality over quantity makes many freebies more effective as a marketing tool; choose promotional items that attendees might find interesting or convenient. Select giveaways that your target market might want to use or find intriguing increases the chance to extend your brand and for the freebie to not end up in the trash.
  • Brand all of your promotional items with your company name and logo: be sure to include your contact information as well.

Types of Freebies

Not all freebies are created equal; decide on the type of promotional item to offer at your next show. Categories of freebies include cheap, trendy, wearable, edible and expensive.

  • Cheap freebies are inexpensive and can be given out in volume. Bear in mind the risks of using cheap items to represent your company.
  • Trendy items are the moment-du-jour of promotional giveaways. The primary benefit is they attract attention.
  • Expensive free items are great for qualified leads and undeniably get your brand noticed. However, you may not be able to give one to everyone attending the show due to costs.
  • Wearable items such as t-shirts and totes are highly desirable freebies at shows. Ensure yours feature attractive designs to entice show-goers to adorn them.
  • Edible items make great freebie draws at wedding shows; attendees often get hungry while perusing aisles.

Freebie Do’s and Don’ts

Make your wedding business promotional items memorable by following a few do’s and don’ts.

  • DO offer freebies as a way to interest bridal show attendees and create opportunities for sales.
  • DO imprint your freebies with your company name, logo and contact information.
  • DON’T place your freebies in the back of your booth and expect people to find them. Present your freebies in a way that wedding show visitors will find eye-catching and unforgettable. Even a simple sign that states “free sample gift for you” and “show specials today” is helpful.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, the nation’s longest-running national bridal show — nearly 40 years in business featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends. Exhibit to meet with the couples, brides, friends, families and wedding planners who attend who are in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, post-show advertising and the opportunity to present your business to the wedding market.

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August 19, 2015 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Tips for Reducing Wedding Stress

blog picYour wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life and planning for your big day involves many decisions and preparations. As your wedding approaches, the potential for stress increases due to the multitude of tasks and responsibilities still left to accomplish before your impending nuptials. Make a choice to manage your wedding planning stress in proactive and healthy ways. Read on for tips about reducing wedding stress.

Establish a Budget

Worries about money are a common source of wedding stress. Creating a budget provides financial boundaries and helps you stay within your means. Before spending money, take the time to decide how to proportion your available funds towards the details related to your wedding expenses.

Organize Tasks

Feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of tasks related to planning a wedding can be a cause of wedding stress. Get a game plan for your wedding day early-on in the process and make a wedding planning checklist of the things you need to do and by-when dates.

Ask for Help

Getting swamped with too much to do in a short amount of time before your wedding can contribute to feelings of stressfulness. Asking for help is one way to alleviate stress. Let your fiancé, friends and family know that you would appreciate support.

10742592Pamper Yourself

Find some time to give yourself some personal time with extra-special attention before your wedding, as the days before your wedding can be the most stressful. Ways to pamper include relaxing in a bubble bath, taking a catnap, getting a facial or rejuvenating at a day spa.

Keep Fit

Exercise is a great way to relieve wedding-related stress and increase endurance, strength and flexibility. Things to do to help keep fit include running, biking, yoga, swimming, dancing, tennis, golfing, weight-lifting, skiing, gardening, surfing and kayaking. The important thing is to choose an activity that you enjoy.

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Making healthy food choices promotes a balanced lifestyle and helps provide relief from stress before your wedding. Drink plenty of water and give yourself a well-balanced diet composed of food providing the energy and nutrition you need to stay healthy. Benefits of healthy eating choices include weight control, improved mood and energy boost.

Be Yourself

Celebrate yourself; avoid allowing undue pressure from outside sources influence your wedding decisions. This is your wedding, be yourself, have fun and express your individual uniqueness and style along the journey.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, New York style fashion show, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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August 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

About Stress and Wedding Planning

Getting married is a very exciting time in your life and sometimes stressful at the same time. The planning period for your wedding may especially be prone to stress, a temporary condition caused by a number of factors related to overwhelming emotional, mental or physical strain. This is often associated with the multitude of tasks, decisions, deadlines and demands needing to be met in a short period of time as you plan your wedding. Not everyone planning a wedding experiences stress. If stress strikes, you can make beneficial choices to manage your pre-wedding stress in a healthy and proactive manner resulting in a positive outcome. Read on to learn more about stress and planning your wedding.

Signs of Stress

Knowing you may be stressed creates awareness and the good news is it also shows you are in touch with your emotions. Signs of stress may include emotional symptoms such as moodiness or irritability, anguish such as constant worrying or being overly negative and physical indicators such as restless sleep or general aches and pains. Bear in mind that stress symptoms may be associated with a variety of ailments. Obtain an evaluation by a medical professional to determine if your symptoms are stress-related.

Sources of Pre-Wedding Stress

Planning your wedding is considered a happy time, you get to marry the one your love. High expectations are one source of stress, especially for perfectionists. Life event factors that may contribute to pre-wedding stress may include job loss, illness, death of a family member friend or pet travel, work tensions, overtime hours and moving. Some stress factors are within your control and others are not, recognizing the difference is the first step to understanding.

Tips for Reducing Stress

Say “I do” to lessening stress in your life and taking steps to improving your lifestyle. Ways to reduce stress include getting an adequate amount of rest, engaging in daily exercise and eating a healthy diet.41835439

Ways to Managing Stress

Organizing and planning your wedding requires good management skills. Take the time to manage your stress as well as your wedding. Things to do include keeping in touch with your network of friends, communicating with your fiancé and maintaining perspective and setting aside time for pleasurable and fun activities. Learn to relax or meditate. Go easy on yourself; avoid making too many changes at once.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion shows, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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References

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Managing Stress

August 14, 2015 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Attract More Visitors at Your Next Wedding Show

gbe_06Exhibiting at a wedding show is a great way to present your wedding-related products and/or services to persons seeking to shop and buy for weddings. Ensuring your booth stands out and draws lots of attendees can be challenging. Catch the attention of wedding show visitors and turn them into customers by incorporating traditional and new exhibition practices at your future shows. Read on for ideas to attract more visitors at your next wedding show.

Great Image

Present your business in the best light possible by creating an engaging image for your booth. When designing your booth, keep in mind a few important considerations such as how you plan to brand yourself, how to effectively communicate your message and what your wedding business offers and how you can help engaged couples on the road to matrimony. Create signage and displays using text that is error-free and easy to understand and catches the eye with clean streamlined graphics. Choose a location with high traffic and select lighting to accent, highlight and showcase your booth. Consider adding motion or interactive technology such as a monitor on a loop displaying a photos or video of your business specialty.

Friendly Staff

Select approachable personal to staff your booth at your next wedding show. You will attract more visitors with friendly outgoing staff that are well-trained, knowledgeable and energetic about your product or services. Benefits of friendly staff include making a good first impression, generating more leads and possessing the ability to answer wedding show attendee questions.

Show Specials

Happy couple at a shopping center holding bags and smiling

Happy couple at a shopping center holding bags and smiling

Offer an incentive such as a special discount or promotion created specifically for show attendees. Make sure your show specials are posted in a prominent position in your booth and can be readily seen by visitors. Educate your staff to make sure they are knowledgeable about your show specials and ready to assists buyers with purchases.

Tempting Treats

Tasty eats are a draw and welcomed energizing delight at wedding shows especially for attendees standing in long lines or roaming the aisles for hours. Offer small candies or chocolates in individually wrapped packages for hungry wedding show-goers to enjoy and nibble. If you are a food vendor, then offering samples is a no-brainer and a great way for potential customers to sample your offerings. Be sure to check with the show producer to see if there are any regulations regarding sampling food or beverage.

Freebies and Giveaways

Wedding show attendees often flock to booths offering freebies and giveaways. Choose a freebie or giveaway that makes a connection to your business and is branded with your logo and contact information.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, the nation’s longest-running national bridal show — nearly 40 years in business featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends. Exhibit to meet with the couples, brides, friends, families and wedding planners who attend who are in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, post-show advertising and the opportunity to present your business to the wedding market.

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August 12, 2015 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

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