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Q/A with Best Wedding Blogs 2011 Nominee: Harmony Walton of The Bridal Bar

You helped us pick the Best Wedding Blogs of 2011! Now that you know all the top planning and inspiration resources, we're dishing the inside scoop from these wedding experts! Harmony Walton founded The Bridal Bar after years of working side-by-side with the best in the industry. The Bridal Bar offers a high-end complimentary planning experience featuring only the finest products and wedding vendors. We caught up with Harmony for a quick Q & A, and here's what she had to say! 1. Three adjectives that convey the style aesthetic of your blog? Luxury, celebratory, individual. 2. Three most important things you’d tell a bride? • Don’t over think the process. A shorter planning window can be good because it forces the couple to be more decisive, make decisions, and doesn’t leave time to obsess over what else might be out there. I think couples tend to get along better during a shorter wedding planning window as well. • Don’t base decisions on trends, base them on your life. What do you like? How do you live? What speaks to you? Because next season that trend will be gone and you’ll be regretting the decision that is no longer timeless or trendy. • Spend money on your wedding photographer. I know this is said a lot, but it’s worth repeating. There’s no better investment for your big day. 3. Best piece of advice for grooms? Get involved! I find when grooms get more involved, they get into the process and enjoy it. They are empowered with decisions, happy with the way the day looks when the time comes, and the relationship isn’t strained with the bride feeling sadness or resentment for an absentee groom. 4. Why the obsession with the royal wedding? Like anything celebrity, our society obsesses over aspirational women and big events. It’s the Oscar red carpet for weddings, and it only happens once, not every year. It doesn’t get bigger than the royal wedding. I think it’s a great thing to pay attention to, it brings back the tradition and celebration of a marriage. 5. Favorite wedding color palette? Favorite theme or vibe? I don’t have a favorite color palette or wedding theme. I’m all about being individual and oozing a sense of style and being that represents the couple. If that’s black and yellow or every color in the rainbow, then I’m for it! 6. Favorite wedding dress designer? I love so many bridal designers for different reasons. I have a favorite designer for one bride but that will be completely different for another. I love the grace of a Monique Lhuillier gown. You can spot her lace and skirts and know it’s hers from a mile away. I love Ines Di Santo for her bling and red carpet glamour. I love Jenny Packham for her sexy glam boho style. I love Oscar De La Renta for more of an American classic style, very Jackie O to me and very fun and flirty. I could go on and on…so many great designers, there really is something for everyone. 7. Go home early or stay out late after the reception? Stay out late. Sleep when you’re dead. 8. Favorite honeymoon destination? I’m a white sand and clear water girl so personally, I’d look at the Maldives, Bora Bora, or the Seychelles most likely. I’ve never been to any of those places and I was once given a great piece of advice from my friend, Susan Moynihan, editor in chief of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine... she said the couple should go where neither have been so they can experience someplace new together. I just love that idea. 9. Most splurge-worthy item or service? A wedding planner. Worth every penny. You can never spend enough on great service, piece of mind, attention to detail, and an expert to be your advocate. 10. Best budget wedding tip? Don’t break the bank on your wedding venue. I see so many couples spend way too much of their budget on their venue, food, and beverage to get the “name” property but in the end, their event falls short of their expectations because they didn’t save enough of the budget for the little details that matters most to them. 11. One trend you predict (or hope to see) for 2012 weddings? 2012 is all about the royal wedding translated with a more relaxed vibe for couples. We’re already seeing the Spring 2012 bridal gown collections reflect lace, long sleeves, and the big ball gown look to mimic the style of a royal wedding and other areas of events will follow suit. We can expect to see more traditional and formal affairs than the backyard with a typewriter style of the past few years. I’m really looking forward to the change. A wedding is a big reason to celebrate and there should be no apology for that. Time to go big and bask in the celebration instead of apologize for it. What other tips, tricks or pieces of advice would you love to hear from expert wedding bloggers? Post a comment below (or email and we'll incorporate your questions into future Best Wedding Blogs of 2011 features!
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