Monday, January 31, 2011

Your Paper Trousseau…

We remind our brides that getting the guest list ready and the invitation order placed is a big  job, but it is not the only part ofFrench Decadence Wedding Invitations Sample in Black and White on Pearl Shimmer Luxury Cardstock your wedding paper trousseau. In addition to personalized
thank you cards, reply cards and envelopes, napkins and programs – there are other paper items to choose.
For a sit-down dinner, select table and place cards. You can use paper and ribbons to match your invitations. Calligraphy can French Decadence Wedding Invitations Sample in Black and White on Pearl Shimmer Luxury Cardstockalso  add an elegant and personal touch.
For an evening reception you could use bright and rich colored inks since the room is likely to be dimly lit. Menu cards will tell your guests that you took the time to carefully select a well- planned menu for their enjoyment. Using vellum paper stock will make it look stunning.  Smaller cards can be placed at each plate, or if you are planning a buffet, a framed menu card at each end of the table works well.Elegant Script Save the Dates in Black and White on Pearl Cardstock, Deposit Listing
We offer a gentle reminder that once home from the honeymoon, it is time to write thank you notes. Proper etiquette suggests that you respond within three months after the wedding, thanking people for their presence as well as their generosity. So when shopping for this just remember to make sure you dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s…at least when it comes to your paper trousseau!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Wedding Day Emergency Kit…

We had the opportunity to sit down and have a talk with one of our brides this week that had this fabulous idea of giving each bridesmaid and mother in the wedding a “Wedding Day Emergency Kit”.  We thought this was a great idea and wanted to share her idea with you, here is what it included:

  • Needles/Thread
  • Safety Pins
  • Small Scissors
  • Toothbrush/Paste
  • Dental Floss
  • Small travel Deodorant
  • Nail File
  • Extra Stockings
  • Small Brush/Comb
  • Bobbi Pins/Hair Elastics
  • Earring backs
  • Antacid Tablets
  • Mints
  • Travel size bandages

She packaged these items in one of those decorative take out Chinese food containers.  Remember these items are not full size they are the travel sizes.  We thought this was such a fabulous idea that we embellished on it and thought it would also be a great idea to have in the bathroom at the reception for guests.  For this kit, of which could be put into a nice wicker basket lined with satin or lace, we felt it should include:

  • Needle/Thread
  • Safety Pins
  • Small Scissors
  • Can of Hairspray
  • Hand lotion
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Feminine products
  • Perfume
  • Bandages
  • Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen
  • Box of Tissues
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Antacid tablets
  • Nail Files
  • Mints

Each kit can be personalized to your wedding, the time of year etc., just keep in mind that you need at least the basic essentials.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Grooms Cake…

Ok I think we all remember the “bleeding Armadillo cake” from Steele Magnolias!  Not all grooms cakes will be quite as “interesting” as that, and not all couples will choose to partake in one.  Does anyone know what the purpose of a grooms cake is?  Well grooms cake traditions date back to Victorian England.  The idea quickly spread to the States, especially in the South, it disappeared for a while but is making its way back into the general population.

Some say that the grooms cake started as the top layer of the bride's cake of which was not served to guests. It was instead  placed in a container and drenched in brandy to preserve it for celebration of the couple's first anniversary.  Which is similar to what we do with the top layer of the wedding cake today, except we’re pretty sure that it isn’t generally drenched in brandy, but who knows. 

Others say that it came into being during the nineteenth century and created out of sweet bread as the wedding cake first was, but this was made into much smaller versions.  These were then given to the single female guests  so she could place a slice and place it beneath her pillow at bedtime, then they would dream of their future husbands.  Think it worked?

The groom's cake has always traditionally been purchased for the groom as a gift from his bride, and usually reflects the grooms interests, flavors and such.

This may not be a tradition that is as widely done as it once was but who knows…it could be making a fast and furious appearance back!

(Armadillo Cake image courtesy of Blush and Bashful Bride blog)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Church Rules…

As brides plan the wedding of  their dreams, we need to caution them to include policies and guidelines that are likely to be in place at the chosen ceremony venue.  You should learn the preferred “rules: of what can and cannot be done at many of the area’s churches this can help during the planning process.  One of the most important rules is to consult the church personnel early in the process to be sure the limitations and preferences are clearly understood.  Planning to cooperate fully and pleasantly with church guidelines is the order of the day.

Typically a church will not allow permanently attached furniture to be removed.  No thumbtacks or nails can be driven into woodwork nor can anything be used that may deface it.  Saucers or mats must be placed under all plants for floral arrangements that may rest on the floor.  Floral arrangements or candles that require taping to the pews may not be allowed.

All arrangements for music, the ceremony and planned decorations should be submitted well in advance and are subject to approval of the priest, minister or rabbi.  Many churches have a wedding coordinator with whom the bride will need to work.  This coordinator will be a good source of what’s possible and what isn’t .

Many churches are requiring that decorations be kept to a minimum so as not to detract from the dignity of the sanctuary.  many churches as that photographs not be taken during the ceremony.  If the church is large and a favorite venue for many brides, weddings may be scheduled close together on popular weekend dates.  To facilitate traffic movement, many churches will request that photographs be tightly scheduled and that receiving lines be held at the reception location rather than the church.

Remember that each church or synagogue will have its own set of requirements and your wedding will be expected to follow them.  Getting to know the church’s coordinator or officiating celebrant well in advance of the ceremony is to everyone's advantage!  So take the time to check it out fully and be prepared!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Wedding Cakes…

I think we all know what a wedding cake is but have we ever stopped to really think about that…what is a wedding cake? Why do we have them?  What was their initial purpose?  We decided to see if we could find the answers to those questions and this is what we discovered:

A wedding cake is the traditional cake served to the guests at a wedding reception (or in parts of England, at a wedding breakfast) after a wedding, this we already knew.  However…did you know that the wedding cake is a tradition that began back in the Roman Empire.  At that time, it was actually a loaf of bread that the groom broke over the bride's head as a symbol of his dominance in the marriage (ask any woman these days if that would hold true now) and over her.  The color of the cake is typically white to symbolize purity and the joint task of the bride and groom cutting the cake is meant to symbolize their first joint task in married life. Then the gesture of feeding cake to each other is a symbol of the commitment the couple is making, maybe not so much the actual shoving of cake up someone’s nostrils, but the idea of it.

One of the earliest forms of the wedding cake is the French Croquembouche. The legend of this cake says that a pastry chef, visiting medieval England, witnessed their tradition of piling sweet rolls between the bride and groom which they would attempt to kiss over without knocking them all down. Now that would be something to see!  After he returned home he decided to create a tower of sweet breads thus creating the first Croquembouche, of which turned into the delicious cake we now serve at weddings around the world. 

So there you have it, that answers the what’s and why’s of the wedding cake, and here we thought it was just for dessert!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thoughts about Wedding Etiquette…

We know that nothing stays the same, hot even wedding etiquette.  With friends and families scattered across continents, a number of beautiful and time-honored marriage “rules” have had to adapt to a new society.

Today a busy guest is more likely to fill in a pre printed response card than to send a hand written response to a wedding invitation.  Members of the wedding party are apt to find details of the rehearsal dinner posted on the wedding website or sent directly to their email.

does this mean that traditional etiquette is as outmoded as the eight-track tape?  Definitely NOT!  This is especially true if

the wedding is a formal affair.  A church ceremony, black tie reception and 200 guests still demands that attention be paid to protocol. 

What has not changed is that whatever rules the bride chooses to follow, will be largely a matter of her good sense, courtesy and practicality.  Just keep this all in mind and it will all come together perfectly!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Inspiration Board of Plum with Green Accents…

Check out this great color combination…we think this is a great duo for the 2011 year.  Is this the colors you are thinking about?  If not what colors do you think make a great duo?  We would love to hear your thoughts on it.

plum and green inspiration board

Monday, January 3, 2011

Invitations…

What sort of Invitations are you going to choose?  We have found some amazing different styles as we searched through the internet looking.  Take a look at the styles we have chosen below:

 

Grandfather Oak Tree Wedding Invitations, Buy this Deposit to Get Started Peacock Wedding Invitation and RSVP Set
Texas Inspired Invitation, completely customizable Vaudeville Themed Invitation Suite sample package
Gracelyn Wedding Invitation Sample Set Modern and Minimalistic WEDDING INVITATION

From Modern to Vaudeville…there are many styles to choose from..which is your style?

 

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