Friday, May 27, 2016

Reception Playlist: A Step-by-Step Guide to Music and your Wedding!

The Reception is one of my favorite things about the whole wedding ceremony. This is where everyone you love and new people get together to dance and celebrate two people finding love. Unfortunately, DJs can be expensive when added up with the various costs of the wedding and are likely the first to get cut. Never fear though! Here’s a guide for you to create the best reception playlist.

1. Plan how long everyone will dancing.

With this plan in mind, we can assess how long the reception will last and will give us a time-goal for our playlist. If the place is rented out for about 2 hours, I would create a playlist about 2 1/2 hours long,  just to be safe.

2. Know your guest list.

By this, I'm really talking about knowing who's attending, what their taste in music is, and if they're bringing children (better to assume at least one person is if you're allowing kids). Hypothetically, my family is coming, their taste is very mainstream, and I have a few friends and family bringing kids. With this,  I would lean to my favorite mainstream pop songs and opt for the clean version to keep my family and parents of the kids happy. Personally, I always throw in "Yeah!" by Usher to get the party moving.

3. Know what you want out of the reception.

You really need to know what you want out of the reception, such as couples/slow dancing or some upbeat party dancing. I tend to lean more towards the upbeat dancing with like 2-3 slow dancing thrown in. One of my new favorite slow songs right now is "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran. This is to give everyone a little variety while still having the kids participate.

4. Use a reliable program

Now that the criteria for creating our playlist is done, all that is left is to find a budget option for the DJ. Spotify and Apple Music are both great options for this. I really enjoy Spotify because it is really user friendly and allows you to share the playlist with everyone afterwards, and you could even include it on your wedding programs! I would recommend getting the premium version of Spotify to avoid those dreadful ads. Simply create your playlist and download it onto someone's phone or computer to avoid not having Wi-Fi, and BAM, there's your awesome new reception playlist.

5. Have fun!

And don't forget the Father-Daughter dance!


Friday, May 20, 2016

Did You Know?!

Here a Lu Raquel, Inc. we aim to please! We know how stressful the bridal season can be, so we aim to make each bride happy with the gown they choose to wear down the aisle. From sizing to style, our gowns have limitless range to be unique.

There are many reasons why you should partner with Lu Raquel today! We offer unique design options that no other designer in the industry does. Here are just a few things we do to make our presence in your store meaningful.

Keep in mind that we always offer custom sizing! From petite brides, to voluptuous brides and even every bride in between, we design our gowns to fit the bride’s personal flair. When you order a dress from us, make sure to send in your custom measurements and we will make each of your brides feel gorgeous and special on their day to remember!

A very proud part of our company is that we give our partners the ability to design dresses for their bride’s very own personal label. The amazing part of this feature is that we only work behind the scenes. The bride will design the dress completely through you, while you work with our design team to make their dream dress become a reality. This is an option that ONLY Lu Raquel has to offer!

If a custom dress is not in the mix for some of your customers, remember that we have plenty of collections to fill up your shop as well. You can check them out at Keep in mind that we offer individual stylization services that no other designer in the industry offers. These stylizations are applicable to EVERY SINGLE design in our collections. There is no such thing as ‘can’t’ when it comes to stylizations for our partners. Our design team is equipped to meet any bride’s wants & wishes.

We intend to make our partners feel as if they are important because they are! We are willing to bend until our backs break to meet your needs in shop and out. Partner with us today so that we can start creating beautiful creations, together!

Friday, May 13, 2016

A Brief History of the Bouquet

This is the bouquet as we know it today. It is an integral part of the wedding ritual and is very familiar to everyone in western culture, but where does the bouquet come from? Most people will scratch their heads at this question.

The bouquet’s origins begin in the 1600’s. It looked very different from the bundle of flowers as we know it today. The wedding bouquets of that time contained very pungent spices, herbs and even garlic. Originally, the bouquet was actually a way for the bride to mask her body order. At the time, people bathed very infrequently and it was not uncommon for a bride to smell bad on her wedding day.

A secondary function of the bouquet was to ward off evil spirits. Couples were often superstitious and believed that this ritual would help spiritually purify their weddings.

For a very long time, the bride was considered to be very lucky on her wedding day. It actually used to be customary for wedding guests to tear off a piece of the brides dress as a token of good luck. Needless to say, many brides did not appreciate this practice. Eventually, brides began to give away their bouquets as good luck tokens. This is how the throwing of the bouquet became a tradition.

It is pretty incredibly to see how much this custom has changed over time. The function of the bouquet, as it exists today, reflects the beauty and grace of the bride and is a lovely element of the contemporary wedding ritual.

Friday, May 6, 2016

A Quick Guide to Wedding Dress Styles

A Quick Guide to Wedding Dress Styles

Wedding dresses come in several different styles or silhouettes. These include ballgowns, a-lines, modified a-lines, trumpets, mermaids, sheaths, tea-lengths, and minis. Each of these styles reflects a different personality and each have different characteristics. Some are designed for specific body types. If you’re new to bridal wear and are unfamiliar with the different styles you’re in luck. We’re about to have a mini lesson!


Sometimes called the “fairly tale” dress, the ballgown has a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist, and has a full skirt. Ballgowns are magical on those with pear body types.


The A-line gown has a fitted bodice through the waist and flows out to the floor. The outline of the dress looks like an uppercase A (hence the name). These gowns are perfect for all body types!

Modified A-Line

The modified a-line is fitted on the bodice and hips and flares gradually to the hem (this forms an A shape). The skirt of the modified a-line dress fits closer than a traditional a-line. This silhouette is ideal for all body types.


The mermaid is fitted on the body from the chest to the knee. At the knee the dress flares outward. This style is perfect for slender frames and hourglass body types.


The trumpet dress is fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut of the trumpet dress is somewhere between a modified a-line and a mermaid gown. The trumpet silhouette is ideal for hourglass, banana, and petite body types.


The sheath gown is a dress with a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. This type of gown is ideal for petite, banana, and hourglass body types.


On this type of dress, the skirt falls above the knee. The silhouette is ideal for banana body types.


The skirt on this type of gown falls between the ankle and the knee and is ideal for all body types!