The Ultimate Valentines’ Day Wedding

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The Ultimate Valentines’ Day Wedding

Just another day for me, making my regular stop at the store to pick up those few items that I forgot to get yesterday (plus whatever else catches my eye on the shelf)….and I find myself asking (as I do every year)…why is it that on Jan 1st the Valentines’ Day stuff comes out? ….I know its only a week away now, but at that point (beginning of the New Year) There is still 6 weeks until February 14th and it is not like you have to shop for weeks to get the right gift! I guess I should be used to it by now though, its’ not like they haven’t done the same thing with every Holiday for like- forever now. It’s just retail! Well, I figure that since the Stores have already started throwing the Hearts and Cupids at us, why not go ahead and think about the Ultimate Valentines’ Day Wedding? – What would that consist of? I’ve personally never been one that is too excited about Holiday Weddings, but in all honesty, it kind of makes sense to have a Valentines’ Day wedding. After all, it is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year right? ….and if your spouse can’t remember that date for your anniversary well….I’ll just stop there! Lol jk Ok so let’s get brainstorming: What comes to mind when I think of a Valentines’ Day Wedding? Typically, the color Red, Roses, Candy Hearts, & Chocolate….but I don’t like to be too typical. I’m going out of the box for this. After all, it is supposed to be the ‘Ultimate Valentines’ Day Wedding’ right? We will start with the colors: Silver& Pearl, with touches of fuscia, lapis, and sangria. Bridal Gown: Something Form fitting…maybe a Fit & Flare. With lots of sparkle…and maybe even some color. Bridesmaids: Silver or Pearl T-length or Long Dresses (It is still Winter after all)       Flowers: Orchids (I LOVE orchids), tulips (?), Ivy, and some sparkle       Cake: I think we are going to go small on the cake. Maybe just a Romantic 2-tier…But surrounded by lots of other goodies (& yes- Chocolate) since it is Valentines’ Day. …A chocolate fountain may be good for some, with marshmallows, fruits, graham crackers, & other treats to dip in; but keep in mind that the facility may or may not permit this. Def. have to have mini cheesecakes & chocolate covered strawberries        Hey- Notify your guests ahead of time: No need to but Chocolates & Roses- They are going to be given  …Yup, a Rose for each guest placed nicely at their seat with their name. (ie: place cards)   Guest Book: In lieu of the traditional book, let’s go with a ‘Date Night’ Idea book OR: Even more fun: A Chalkboard-painted Globe. ….Hopefully this can represent all of the many romantic places you will travel to in your adventures. (Guests could even make suggestions)   Favors: This one is a bit harder. Favors really need to reflect the couple (In my opinion)…But, for the sake of...

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Spring 2015 Color Trends

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Spring 2015 Color Trends

It’s that time of year…..when everyone else seems to be thinking about their Holiday Menus and Christmas Gifts to buy- I’m instead filled with the wonder of  “What will be popular for the weddings next year??? Well, I’m done waiting! I’ve gone ahead and done my research early to see what the trends appear they will be. My information may not match every other site you look at (Especially since everyone is different right now but with some similarities), but after going through numerous sites and comparing what I know of our 2015 weddings so far- I think I’ll be pretty close 🙂 So here it is- My Prediction for the Most Popular Color Palettes of Spring 2015: #1) Light Blue (Sky, Mist, Capri, Cornflower, Celestial…there are many names for it) w/ accents of Watermelon, Coral, and/or Light Lemon.   #2) Pistachio Green   #3) Sangria w/ Silver & Lavender #4) Navy w/ Cream and Blush #5) Moss (w/ Sandalwood & Succulents) ——————————————————————————- Well, there you have it! Just a few more months and we will see if I’m right or way off base! Happy Holidays! ——————————————————————————- Thank you to the following sites for photos and information gathered in this blog (In no particular order): Anniescott123113.wordpress.com, weddingpaperdivas.com, lisaricephotography.com, keentobeeen.com, theperfectpalette.com, tulleandchantilly.com, pinterest.com, elegantweddinginites.com, theeverylastdetail.com, aweetspirit.blogpot.com, exclusivelyweddings.com, boldandposh.com,...

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The Truth About Wedding Traditions

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This one is for all those Mothers out there that don’t understand why their Daughter/ Son doesn’t want to keep their Special Day ‘Traditional’ and ‘Proper’ just like they did. Here’s a couple of reasons that might (hopefully) help you understand our thoughts on Tradition: -Today, couples want a Day of their own– They want to make decisions based on their own feelings, belief, and desires….We like things to be unique and memorable- Not just a ‘typical wedding’ like everyone else has had. -I’ll be honest here-We aren’t very good at being told what we have to do (When there isn’t just cause for the demand). We prefer to do the research and make our decisions based on facts we find. Please don’t take me the wrong way, as a generation in whole, we aren’t trying to be disloyal or rebellious (Well, maybe a little rebellious)….but the point is we  aren’t trying to hurt anyone by not following the ‘rules’…we simply want to make the best decision we can and when it comes to a Wedding- though opinions are welcomed, just keep in mind it should be ‘OUR’ Day to make all of the decisions!! —————————————————————————————————————– In order to better pacify many of you…I actually did some research to find out exactly where some of these Traditions come from- and wow! Talk about surprising- No wonder many of them are seldom followed today! ——————————————————————————————————————- 1st: Staying Separate vs. First Look Photo Sessions. It appears that staying separate before the ceremony has nothing to do with ‘Bad Luck’. It actually was something done back when there were arranged marriages- The purpose was to prevent the Bride or Groom from changing their mind about following through with the ceremony based on 1st glance! Well, I’m sorry but we don’t see a whole lot of Arranged Marriages these days- so I see no harm in seeing each other dressed before the wedding takes place- Plus: There are actually a few major perks to seeing each other early. Here are a couple: -If Bride/ Groom gets really nervous in front of crowds, it helps calm down their nerves and not be quite as anxious (ie: About to pass out!) When the bride comes down the aisle. -Allows for you to take many of your photos before the ceremony (possible even at multiple sites) and you don’t have to miss out on an hour or more of the partying with your guests! 2nd: The Veil So I get it- It was Grandma’s/ Auntie Sue’s veil and every other woman in the past 20 years has worn it in your family for their wedding. Okay- Well maybe that’s a good reason to follow this tradition and please the Family Matriarch. But- If you are interested in the true 1st origin of the meaning behind the veil- Here it is: -According to those in the history of Rome; the veil was worn in order for the Bride to disguise herself from the evil spirits that were ‘out to get her’ due to their jealousy of her happiness. Well, that sounds real pleasant huh?! Of course…more religions...

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Something Blue

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Something Blue

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue This custom stems from an old English ritual in which Family members and the bride’s attendants gave old, new, borrowed, and blue items and a sixpence to the bride as tokens of love and good luck on her wedding day. Though many aspects of Wedding “Traditions” have been slowly ‘fading away’ over the recent decade….This is one that still holds a prominent place in most weddings today. Here are some ideas- Old & New to help you out with selecting the perfect symbols to fulfill this tradition for your special day: ——————————————————————————————————————– Something Old: Said to represent the link with family Photo Charm of Deceased Loved Ones Re-purpose Antique Jewelry Mothers/ Grandmothers Veil Piece of Ancestor Dress sewn into yours Handkerchief ‘Antique’ Clutch Classic Car for Transportation Carry a Childhood treasure Family Cake Toppers ——————————————————————————————————————– Something New: To represent the union you will make with your partner & is for good luck Wedding Dress Wedding Band Custom Perfume Lingerie Write a song Own Vows Dress Buy a new house?: Add a copy of the key to your bouquet accessories Lucky Penny minted in year of wedding ——————————————————————————————————————– Something Borrowed: By lending you something, he/she is said to be giving you some of his/her own marital happiness. Jewelry Cake Knife/Server First Dance Song: Use Parents/ Grandparents’ Prayer Book for Ceremony reading Flowers from Family/Friend Garden ——————————————————————————————————————– Something Blue: (My Favorite) Blue is the symbol of faithfulness, purity and loyalty.   Temporary Tattoo Hair Pin Shoes/ Message in/on Shoes  “I do” Blue Hair! (Colored Hair is very popular right now) Blue Garter Blue Crinoline under dress/ underskirt/ petticoat Blue Rose, or Broach in Bouquet Blueberries in décor Blue nailpolish/ eyeshadow/ contacts/ Body Glitter Sapphire, tanzanite, opals, or aqua marine jewelry Unity Ceremony: Blue Sand, Candles, or Rope to ‘Tie the Knot’ ——————————————————————————————————————— …and don’t forget the sixpence in your shoe! It is said to bring the couple  FORTUNE!       ———————————————————————————————————————   Blog Sources: Getwed.com, Realsimple.com, voices.yahoo.com/wedding-traditions, the knot, About.com/weddings, pinterest.com, bellasugar.com, blog.partyliss.com, orderofsplendor.blogspot.com, and Southern Living. –Thank you.    ...

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2014 wedding Trends: Wedding Cake Alternative

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2014 wedding Trends: Wedding Cake Alternative

In my time as a Wedding Coordinator, I have seen numerous beautiful Wedding Cakes. Some have been simple and sweet, others enormous and highly detailed. But in the recent months I have been seeing more and more ideas that are completely ‘out of the box.’ Don’t get me wrong- I’m loving this new ‘fad’ of the Non-traditional Wedding Cake and I am jumping on board to show you some ideas that you may not have originally considered. Of course, every couple wants to customize their cake to suit their likes, colors, and theme-and you absolutely can (and should); But here are some image examples that I have found and wanted to share with you to help inspire your creativity to get you started:           (All images were sourced from Google Image Search for Wedding Cake Alternatives)     I’m interested to see how many of you step away from Tradition with this new Wedding Cake Alternative...

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2014 Top Wedding Trends: The Great Gatsby/ Roaring ‘20s Theme

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2014 Top Wedding Trends: The Great Gatsby/ Roaring ‘20s Theme

Currently, icons of pop culture (and all of us “normal folk”) are becoming completely obsessed with the ‘20s. And why wouldn’t we be? – It seems like the past decade has been full of violence, heated debates, and an economic recession…Sometimes it’s nice to dream about prosperity and economic growth; a time of fun and happiness- That’s just what the 1920s was all about…The American Dream! I cannot think of a better way to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments than with a theme centered on a hit novel that magnificently epitomizes life in the 1920s: The Great Gatsby: written by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Movie screenplay by: Baz Luhrmann)   Between the years of 1920 to 1929, the Nation’s wealth more than Doubled; sweeping Americans into a “Consumer Society.” People had extra Money to spend which enhanced the quality of life. This particular era of fortune has been named The Roaring Twenties; a term well suited to characterize the decade’s distinct cultural edge in major cities during a period of sustained fiscal wealth. I realize that there are lots of websites out there with great ideas on how to incorporate this theme into your wedding….But I want to take it one step further- Not just some décor here and there, but what if you could create an atmosphere in which everyone truly felt as though they had been taken back in time?!! Some of the basics include: All things that glitter, Gold Dipped Glasses, Rimmed Plates, Feathers & Pearls, and Stationary with a mix of Bold and Romantic Typefaces(Don’t forget those Escort Cards!) Then comes some of the creativity in planning: The Attire… The Bride’s Gown: Should be very feminine. A slim-fitting silhouette, with exquisite detail. Bridesmaids: An obvious choice might include a flapper-style dress (Can be Short & Sassy or Long and elegant) *All complete with adorned accessories; whether it be a jeweled headband, cloche hat or veil, pearl bracelets, or even a mix of it all. Of course, we can’t forget the hair either. Popular styles in the ‘20s included the Short Bob, Fringe Waves (Short or Long), and the Chignon. 1920 era-appropriate dresses are mirrored in recent collections of Reem Acra, Jenny Packham, and Maggie Soterro. Many would assume the girls appearance can complete the “look” for the theme- But let’s not forget about the guys…. After all, the boys need killer threads too! Excellent examples can be found at blacklapel.com where they have broken down 4 distinct styles directly from The Great Gatsby movie itself. Here, you can customize the suits to fit your personal style and select just how “swanky” your guys should be (ie: If you prefer the formal tuxedo/bow tie or a more laid-back approach). But why even stop here? Another major trend in 2014 is Guest Attire. Don’t leave it up to your guests to guess what clothing is appropriate. If you truly want to pull this theme off, then they should take part in the role too! (Plus, who doesn’t like a chance to play dress-up?) If you don’t feel right about requiring a particular dress code because you are...

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