Archive for August, 2012

Carnations, The Other Beautiful Flower

As we all know, flowers and weddings go hand in hand.  There are so many choices to choose from; we have roses, calla lilies, daisies, tulips, orchids, and hydrangeas, to name a few. With this wide array of flowers to choose from, no wonder brides feel like kids in a candy store when it’s time to visit the florist.  

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As soon as we walk in the door, our senses are bombarded by all the beautiful scents and colors.  Before we even begin talking about price, we’ve made up our minds…we want it, and we want it all!  However, there is that hidden beauty, that stepchild like Harry Potter locked in the closet with so much potential, waiting to present itself to the world; That “Other Flower” is the carnation. 

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This Inexpensively Fabulous Wedding Tip is about the carnation, which is one of the most beautiful & overlooked flowers; and let’s face it, many of us are flower snobs and we turn our noses down the Carnation.  I’ll be fair and admit, that the “snobbishness” is not totally our fault. We’ve been conditioned to associate the Carnation with cheapness, low quality or funerals.  It’s usually used as filler or an accent to a more popular flower such as the rose.  However, the popularity of the bloom is growing and one person to thank for that is Martha Stewart.   Her love of carnations is slowly becoming contagious.  Alone, a carnation can look like a small, twiggy flower with no true beauty, but with the right amount of creativity, carnations can be striking not to mention budget friendly.

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Just imagine a group of carnations bundled together in pink, yellow, red, and orange. It’s this type of arrangement that can give an ordinary table setting more flavor & pizzazz.  It can also add a more fun and whimsical feeling to your day.

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But what if your color palette is more monochromatic, will Carnations still work for you? Of course they will, we have to keep in mind that carnations can be as equally striking in one color.  A group of deep red carnations can summon the same idea of spicy romance as red roses can.  You can have a bed of carnations as a place for the seating cards.  Another cool and Inexpensively Fabulous idea is to have a ring “pillow” made out of carnations or you can even create a centerpiece using carnations.

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The greatest thing about carnations is the price, and for brides planning weddings on a budget, price is key!  Carnations are reasonably priced and can suit any budget.  25 stems of carnations can cost about $20 dollars less than 25 stems of 60 cm roses.   So remember, using carnations as substitute flowers can really make a big difference with your floral budget & still make your event Inexpensively Fabulous!

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Carnations, The Other Beautiful Flower

As we all know, flowers and weddings go hand in hand.  There are so many choices to choose from; we have roses, calla lilies, daisies, tulips, orchids, and hydrangeas, to name a few. With this wide array of flowers to choose from, no wonder brides feel like kids in a candy store when it’s time to visit the florist.  

1141929203_tcarnation

As soon as we walk in the door, our senses are bombarded by all the beautiful scents and colors.  Before we even begin talking about price, we’ve made up our minds…we want it, and we want it all!  However, there is that hidden beauty, that stepchild like Harry Potter locked in the closet with so much potential, waiting to present itself to the world; That “Other Flower” is the carnation. 

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This Inexpensively Fabulous Wedding Tip is about the carnation, which is one of the most beautiful & overlooked flowers; and let’s face it, many of us are flower snobs and we turn our noses down the Carnation.  I’ll be fair and admit, that the “snobbishness” is not totally our fault. We’ve been conditioned to associate the Carnation with cheapness, low quality or funerals.  It’s usually used as filler or an accent to a more popular flower such as the rose.  However, the popularity of the bloom is growing and one person to thank for that is Martha Stewart.   Her love of carnations is slowly becoming contagious.  Alone, a carnation can look like a small, twiggy flower with no true beauty, but with the right amount of creativity, carnations can be striking not to mention budget friendly.

Wedding-carnations-centerpieces

Just imagine a group of carnations bundled together in pink, yellow, red, and orange. It’s this type of arrangement that can give an ordinary table setting more flavor & pizzazz.  It can also add a more fun and whimsical feeling to your day.

English_garden_setting1

But what if your color palette is more monochromatic, will Carnations still work for you? Of course they will, we have to keep in mind that carnations can be as equally striking in one color.  A group of deep red carnations can summon the same idea of spicy romance as red roses can.  You can have a bed of carnations as a place for the seating cards.  Another cool and Inexpensively Fabulous idea is to have a ring “pillow” made out of carnations or you can even create a centerpiece using carnations.

Carnation_seatingcards

The greatest thing about carnations is the price, and for brides planning weddings on a budget, price is key!  Carnations are reasonably priced and can suit any budget.  25 stems of carnations can cost about $20 dollars less than 25 stems of 60 cm roses.   So remember, using carnations as substitute flowers can really make a big difference with your floral budget & still make your event Inexpensively Fabulous!

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Overnight Wedding Reception Ideas

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Some brides these days are turning wedding receptions on their head and creating super long receptions that run through the night and into the morning. If this is you, planning some activities for those long nighttime hours is essential.

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Generally, if an all-night reception is planned, it goes something like this: the wedding is held in the early evening and reception follows. By about midnight, many of the guests will have left and the group that is remaining (generally the younger guests, but not always) will continue to dance and party and revel into the early morning hours. At some point, breakfast will be provided and everyone will go home to crash. 

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Why do you need activities for such a reception? The answer is simple. You want to keep people entertained through the nighttime hours, you want to keep them at the reception and not let them give in to driving home to crash and sleep and you want to provide them with a real party. Let’s face it: if they are willing to hang in with you for the duration, they deserve something for their effort.

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First, you need to be fairly organized about the activities you plan. Consult with your DJ about these activities and leave it to him or her to keep things on a schedule. Do not plan to cut cake in the middle of the night. That activity should take place during the more traditional evening hours, so those not intending to stay all night can leave. However, if you’re determined to keep your guests all night, you could hold one activity back with the hope it will keep guests in the house longer.

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Depending on your guest list, you might hold off on the father-daughter dance until after midnight, or you could save a few toasts for the late night hours. In any event, having some other fun events is a great idea.

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As guests begin to fade, bring in a piñata, which you can find shaped like a wedding ring, a bridal dress or a champagne flute. Fill it with a variety of goodies. Candy is always popular, but you could also fill it with silly toys found in the carnival section of the party store. Have the DJ play a spirited song and let everyone have a chance at the piñata. Do this on the dance floor and really let people have a swing at it. There should be plenty of room. Once the piñata breaks, everyone can enjoy a taste of sweet candy or can enjoy some silly little carnival game or toy.

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People who stay for the duration of the wedding are going to need a rest. Plan a photo presentation or video viewing for this purpose. You could have someone who’s familiar with PowerPoint create a photo presentation or have someone  put together a video of photos. Do this around 2 or 3 am and have it last a good half hour to 45 minutes. This gives everyone a chance to sit down and relax and also gives the DJ a chance to sit, have a rest and rejuvenate for the next round.

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In that same vein of allowing the guests a little relaxation, one activity that some brides employ is a non-activity. If the weddig is outside, you can provide inflatable mattresses and have some torches lit. If guests ant to sit down and relax, they can do so on the mattresses and still be part of the activity while resting. If it’s been a long day and someone needs to rest, those reception room chairs don’t seem the most comfortable. If the reception is indoors, think about providing large pillows for guests to sit on or create a corner with inflatable mattresses and lots of fabric. This can be a chatting area where people can go to rest but still be part of the fun. They can chat and catch up with other guests and then head back for more partying when they’re rejuvenated.

Over_night_wedding_reception-at-night

 

Overnight Wedding Reception Ideas

Some brides these days are turning wedding receptions on their head and creating super long receptions that run through the night and into the morning. If this is you, planning some activities for those long nighttime hours is essential.

Over_night_wedding_reception

Generally, if an all-night reception is planned, it goes something like this: the wedding is held in the early evening and reception follows. By about midnight, many of the guests will have left and the group that is remaining (generally the younger guests, but not always) will continue to dance and party and revel into the early morning hours. At some point, breakfast will be provided and everyone will go home to crash. 

Overnight_wedding_reception1

Why do you need activities for such a reception? The answer is simple. You want to keep people entertained through the nighttime hours, you want to keep them at the reception and not let them give in to driving home to crash and sleep and you want to provide them with a real party. Let’s face it: if they are willing to hang in with you for the duration, they deserve something for their effort.

Overnight_wedding_reception_fireworks1

First, you need to be fairly organized about the activities you plan. Consult with your DJ about these activities and leave it to him or her to keep things on a schedule. Do not plan to cut cake in the middle of the night. That activity should take place during the more traditional evening hours, so those not intending to stay all night can leave. However, if you’re determined to keep your guests all night, you could hold one activity back with the hope it will keep guests in the house longer.

Late-night-wedding-snacks_1

Depending on your guest list, you might hold off on the father-daughter dance until after midnight, or you could save a few toasts for the late night hours. In any event, having some other fun events is a great idea.

Over_night_wedding-reception-pinata1

As guests begin to fade, bring in a piñata, which you can find shaped like a wedding ring, a bridal dress or a champagne flute. Fill it with a variety of goodies. Candy is always popular, but you could also fill it with silly toys found in the carnival section of the party store. Have the DJ play a spirited song and let everyone have a chance at the piñata. Do this on the dance floor and really let people have a swing at it. There should be plenty of room. Once the piñata breaks, everyone can enjoy a taste of sweet candy or can enjoy some silly little carnival game or toy.

Movie-reel-featuring-couple460x300

People who stay for the duration of the wedding are going to need a rest. Plan a photo presentation or video viewing for this purpose. You could have someone who’s familiar with PowerPoint create a photo presentation or have someone  put together a video of photos. Do this around 2 or 3 am and have it last a good half hour to 45 minutes. This gives everyone a chance to sit down and relax and also gives the DJ a chance to sit, have a rest and rejuvenate for the next round.

Overnight_wedding_receptionfurniture_1

In that same vein of allowing the guests a little relaxation, one activity that some brides employ is a non-activity. If the weddig is outside, you can provide inflatable mattresses and have some torches lit. If guests ant to sit down and relax, they can do so on the mattresses and still be part of the activity while resting. If it’s been a long day and someone needs to rest, those reception room chairs don’t seem the most comfortable. If the reception is indoors, think about providing large pillows for guests to sit on or create a corner with inflatable mattresses and lots of fabric. This can be a chatting area where people can go to rest but still be part of the fun. They can chat and catch up with other guests and then head back for more partying when they’re rejuvenated.

Over_night_wedding_reception-at-night

 

7 Uniquely Creative Things To Do With Your Wedding Photos

1. Photos on Canvas

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your favourite wedding photo transformed into stunning photo art? By printing the image onto a hand-stretched canvas you can give an artistic, finished look to your most classic wedding photo.

 

2. Personalized Stamp

Turn your favourite wedding photo in a custom postage stamp. All you need to do is upload a photo and then customize it just the way you want. Each stamp is actual valid postage and can be used to decorate your thank you and holiday card envelopes or as creative wedding favours. Add a personal touch to everything you send by mail and create a timeless keepsake as well.

 

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3. Custom Thank You Card

By featuring one of your wedding photos on the front of a custom note card you can create classy customized thank you cards for your guests and others who helped with your wedding planning. Each of your guests will now have a photo keepsake from your special day.

 

 

4. Create a Multimedia DVD Slide-Show

You can create a DVD slide-show presentation of your wedding photos that can be played on your TV. You can even select your first dance or other favourite song as your background music. A neat and interactive way to create a memory of your wedding day.

 

 

5. Online Scrap Book

Tell the story of your wedding by publishing an online scrapbook. Include photos from the events leading up to your big day including showers, stags, rehearsal parties as well as the ceremony and reception. Your scrapbook will be easy to share with all of your guests because it will be available via the internet.

 

 

6. Digital Photobook

Trendy coffee table style albums are becoming more and more popular with so many people looking for new ways to display their digital prints. These unique albums include hard cover options such as suede and canvas. The easy to use software helps you design your photobook just the way you want it with many choices for image sizes and layouts.

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7. Wedding Caricature

A wedding caricature is cartoon version of you and your spouse on your wedding day. Each image is hand drawn by an artist and makes for the perfect first anniversary gift.

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About Nicole Chireau  of  Memoires D’ Amour LLC

 

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I have 10 years of event planning experience. I received my planning background in music and television industry and with the professional background friends and family were always requesting assistance with planning their event especially weddings. After many years of being the “unofficial” wedding planner I found my calling to start my own company. I absolutely love planning weddings.  My unique focus is serving busy career couples; and that includes students. I’m the perfect match for couples that are finding it difficult to get free time for all the specifics that go into planning  a fabulous wedding, yet don’t want to miss out on throwing the event of their life.

 

Because of my tremendous strengths in the area of organization and time management, I liberate in-demand brides and grooms from the worry and stress that can take away the fun of planning a wedding. I allow them to spend more time developing their tastes and preferences, while I handle the details that will make it all come together.

 

Go to  www.memoiresdamour.com and get your FREE report,

 8 Secrets for Letting your “Inner Designer” Plan your Wedding, While Still Keeping the Details In Check

Wedding Decorations, Fun and Fancy

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Many aspects of planning a wedding are not a lot of fun. Luckily, others more than make up for the unpleasant parts. Wedding decorations is a prime example. Choosing them is one of the most delightful aspects of wedding planning. Favors, flowers, centerpieces and even the tablecloths can be a joy to review and select.

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Imagine you’ve planned your wedding and reception around a beach theme. You can select starfish-shaped placecard holders, flip flop keychain favors and tons more great things to flesh out your theme.

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You can carry that theme forward in many other ways. Rather than just select nice flowers that happen to be in season, go for a species that specifically evokes the beach. That can be anything from a delicate hibiscus or the Japanese Sweetbriar that blooms along the beaches of Hokkaido. Red with a sweet scent, they make a perfect choice.

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Or, you may have planned a Las Vegas wedding. You’ll find chocolate dice favors are perfect for the bowls on the guests’ tables. There are no shortage of desert plants and flowers from the area, either. Everything from the pink Beavertail cactus flower to the yellow Desert Sunflower can liven up the room.

 

Decorations can follow the theme if you’ve chosen a season to revolve around, as well.

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Suppose your wedding has a Fall theme. Place some sheafs of wheat near the entrance. Place potpourri on the tables. Put some delightfully scented candles in the center and let them bring on the aromas of October.

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A Spring theme opens up thousands of possible floral choices. Irises make for a flexible and beautiful choice. Long stemmed, they can be placed in tall vases near the entrance or at the bottom of the stage where the entertainers perform. Or, they can be clipped and add color to the tables.

 

Centerpieces open still another vista of choices for decorations.

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Flowers are a popular option. A bouquet of daisies is great for a summer theme. A vase filled with roses can complement your color scheme, since they’re available in white, red, pink or yellow.

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But a floral display is not the only possibility. Ice sculpture make for the perfect centerpiece for a winter theme wedding. It can get expensive, so you can limit this to the wedding couple’s table. Or, you can have a small sand castle in the middle to go with your beach-oriented wedding favors.

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There are hundreds more areas where wedding decorations can add an even greater uplifting spirit to an already joyous occasion. 

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Consider scattering some tiny crystal spheres around the tables. They may not remind anyone of any natural object in particular. But their beauty still dazzles. Select the right color, material and size for the bows that will be tied to the entrance of the wedding march. Design a multi-candle display for the wedding altar.

 

Let your creativity flow to the maximum for the big day. You deserve the reward after all the hard work in other areas of wedding planning.

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“Note To Self” — Creating A Wedding Time Capsule

 

How many children you’ll have,

what kind of household robots you’ll have,

how many career changes you’ve gone through,

what major nation we’re closest to, and which one we’re mad at,

what animal is the trendiest pet,

 

… and so on.

 

Another is to ask your wedding party and close friends to compose short letters to you. Give them each envelopes, and instruct them to tell you on the outside when it’s time to open the envelope. Some will simply say “fifth anniversary,” “10th anniversary,” or “when your first child is born.” Others will get more creative — and you’ll probably find it’s terrific fun to stretch out the time capsule concept in this inventive, unpredictable way.

 

About Nicole Chireau:

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I have 10 years of event planning experience. I received my planning background in music and television industry and with the professional background friends and family were always requesting assistance with planning their event especially weddings. After many years of being the “unofficial” wedding planner I found my calling to start my own company. I absolutely love planning weddings.  My unique focus is serving busy career couples; and that includes students. I’m the perfect match for couples that are finding it difficult to get free time for all the specifics that go into planning  a fabulous wedding, yet don’t want to miss out on throwing the event of their life.

Because of my tremendous strengths in the area of organization and time management, I liberate in-demand brides and grooms from the worry and stress that can take away the fun of planning a wedding. I allow them to spend more time developing their tastes and preferences, while I handle the details that will make it all come together.

Stop by www.memoiresdamour.com and get your free report, 8 Secrets for Letting your “Inner Designer” Plan your Wedding, While Still Keeping the Details In Check

 August 10, 2012  Madame Chireau   Leave a comment
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