Wednesday, June 30, 2010

An Ode to the Rose Petal

When couples think of incorporating rose petals into their wedding day, the first thoughts are in the flower girl's basket or around the cake table. There are so many more uses of rose petals and I decided to focus on a few in my..."Ode to the Rose Petal".

Fresh rose petals submerged in water for simple, yet elegant, design.
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Great use of petals for smaller tables during cocktails or on window ledges.
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Have your guests toss rose petals from these cute monogrammed glassine envelopes after you are pronounced husband and wife!
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So pretty...the thoughtful use of rose petals to create a wall of hanging petals. What a backdrop this would make for your sweetheart table or cake table!
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A unique twist on an aisle runner...a rose petal aisle design. Make sure to rope it off so that your guests won't walk on it before you (the Bride) does.
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Until next time...WEDologize!

Monday, June 28, 2010

When Home is the Venue

I have a couple that changed there ceremony & reception venue in the middle of the planning process from a banquet location to a family home. Since the dynamics have changed, we need to consider a few more things "When Home is the Venue"...budget being the first.

It's thought that having a wedding at home will be less expensive, but you need to make sure your guests are comfortable, which in a lot of cases can be more costly than expected. First, you need to think about the layout of your home and yard for such a grand event. What are the space limitations for a ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing? Can everyone fit comfortably inside the home or will you need to rent a tent? Plus a venue will give you tables, chairs, china, stem and flatware, dance floor and lighting, all of which you will have to rent for your event. Make sure your hired vendors, especially the caterer and DJ are willing to visit the location so they can learn the logistics and what additional items they may need for the space.

I'm not trying to discourage home events. The intimacy and warmth can make your guests feel so welcomed! Plus you don't have to compete with other events and food and beverage minimums, in most cases, become obsolete. But make sure you hire the proper help, especially a coordinator, to assist you in planning a fabulous, well-thoughout event.

Until next time...WEDologize!
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Where's the Gift?

I have couples a lot of the time that only want to receive monetary gifts from guests for their wedding...the "Wishing Well Syndrome" is what I've named it. Couples are merging two households or have been living with one another for a while before the wedding date, so why register for gifts "when we have everything". But if you add registering to your wedding to-do list and register thoughtfully, you will thank yourself in the months and years to come. Plus take into consideration the guests who just want to give a gift or have credit cards to use instead of cash.

I have listed a few registry tips to help you with this process:
  • Register early in the planning process so you won't find it to be a tedious task later down the line
  • At minimum, choose two stores to ensure your guests have various price ranges
  • Choose stores that will have your registry posted online and the website is user-friendly
  • Remember, registry information should not be included inside your wedding invitations. Word-of-mouth and wedding websites are the best options for spreading the word to those who want to purchase a gift or gift card.
  • And have fun with it! Your registry is a wish list of items you want to enhance your home as Mr. & Mrs.
Below are some popular registries you might want to consider:

Until next time WEDologize!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

You Can Eat That Flower!

In wrapping up my blog segment on wedding cakes and dessert (yes, I was suppose to end last month), I stumbled across a company that uses edible flowers to decorate wedding cakes and cupcakes.

Now the concept is pretty simple, instead of using sugar flowers or flowers created by some type of frosting, this company is using flowers from nature and making a statement in the confectionery world. "The Crystallized Flower Company is home-grown out of Willoughby, Ohio. All of there edible blooms are grown naturally, free of harmful chemicals, pesticides, or growth hormones." What an eco-friendly way to decorate your wedding desserts!!

In the photo above, pansies and mint leaves are used to decorate those decedent cupcakes. You can see more of their edible flower offerings at

Until next time...WEDologize!


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