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

Wedding Decorations, Fun and Fancy

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.

143503-beach-wedding-favors-to-make

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.

Bouquet3

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.

Fall-wedding-reception-decorations-7

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.

Sweet-match

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.

Wedding-reception

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.

Candle_display_new_wave

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.

Hot-pink-black-and-white-wedding-decor

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

Holiday-decorations-with-christmas-table-decorations

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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How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget.

A significant task in planning a wedding, among so many, has to be developing and maintaining a wedding budget. Even those skilled in the use of spreadsheets or other tools can’t get around the fact that there are simply a lot of details to track. If they’re not tracked accurately, it can cost thousands of dollars extra.

 

Fortunately, taken one step at a time, it is possible to create and keep a budget under control. Just devote a little time every day, or at least once a week, to doing what’s necessary.

 

And what is that?

 

First, it’s necessary to list a year or more in advance everything you can imagine that will have to be paid out. Don’t worry that there are many items you’ll forget or not be aware of. You’ll revise the budget many times over the course of that year. But you have to start somewhere.

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Keep that list in a spreadsheet or a wedding budget tool of your choosing, whatever makes it easy to you to account for everything in one spot. With the average cost of a wedding at around $27,000 today, things can quickly spiral out of control. Using tools is one way to help prevent that.

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It can help to make more than one budget. Different items are traditionally paid for by the bride and her family, and others by the groom and his family. At the same time, it’s helpful to be able to combine or merge them to see the overall costs.

 

The bride’s portion usually includes such things as a wedding band and gift for the groom, the wedding venue and reception, the gown, photographs and less costly items. The groom’s part typically includes the bride’s engagement ring and wedding band, and a gift, along with a tuxedo, gifts for the best man and groomsmen, bride’s bouquet, the marriage license fee and blood tests, and the honeymoon.

 

Each side can easily spend thousands. To keep the figure down to within budget all of those items (and many more) need to be recorded and updated. Even the smaller items that are not expensive individually can add up to a substantial amount.

 

For the bride, 40% of her side’s budget can often be taken up by the caterer. Include food and drinks and the figure can run anywhere from $200 to $20,000 depending on the size of the wedding and the type of catering. About 15% for clothing is not unusual between a gown and a reception dress.

 

The photographer alone can consume 5% or more. $1,000-$3,000 is normal, which includes his or her time all day plus post-wedding development, mailing and more. Another 2-3% for wedding invitations has been traditional. Costs are dropping, though, thanks to the Internet. It is helping to reduce printing costs, eliminate some mailing where emailing is sometimes substituted.

 

Entertainment can be anywhere from virtually free – a few music CDs played on a portable or built-in stereo system – to 10% or several thousand for live entertainment. A good 5-piece jazz band, for example, can easily cost $2,000 for the evening and that’s a bargain. Of course, it never hurts to have musician friends who will play for free. Provided they get free food and drink, at least!

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Costs can be kept lower, obviously, by having a smaller wedding. Fewer guests means less food and drink, a smaller venue and other savings. A cash bar, rather than free unlimited drinks, is one way to cut down. At least one free glass of champagne for everyone should be included, however, to toast the bride and groom.

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Setting a date for off-season can result in big savings. Most wedding and reception venues are booked in the summer months, especially the traditional June. Getting married in January can lower costs quite a bit. Even a non-Saturday date can help a lot.

 

And, oh, by the way. Don’t forget to pay the preacher. You don’t want him to forget to sign the license!

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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.

 

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

 

 

 August 3, 2012  Madame Chireau   Leave a comment
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Wedding Planning – Wedding Cake Designs

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There are many tasks in wedding planning that provide a chance to exercise creativity. Decorations, music, favors and more let the wedding planner show her stuff. But the wedding cake, literally and metaphorically, tops them all.

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Much of that creativity comes, of course, from the wedding cake caterer. But the wedding planner can have a lot of input to the process. Just as a builder may exhibit many innovations, it is still the architect who creates the overall design.

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When planning your wedding, and the wedding cake in particular, it is possible to delegate that responsibility entirely. But then you get what you get. Sometimes that’s good. Not everyone’s expertise is in that area. But providing input into what you like will help increase the odds of getting what you want.

 

 

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Many designs start from the traditional recessed stacked circular layers. Even within that constraint there are lots of options. A cherry frosting shaped like ribbons and decorated with multi-colored edible confetti can display just the right touch of festiveness. Or, a delicate white, with faux-roses sprouting from the rim at each level, can project the perfect air of love.

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Others break the mold right from the start.

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A large single-layer cake can easily provide a piece to a dozen or more guests. Restricting the design to this level doesn’t unduly restrict the design choices, though.

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A strawberry frosted heart-shape can be just the thing to symbolize the love that is formalized on this day. A large cube, covered with candy flowers and wrapped with a frosting bow to resemble a gift is another perfect creation.

 

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Any of these designs can be topped with the traditional bride and groom figures. The placement doesn’t have to be at the very pinnacle, though, as in traditional designs.

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On the ‘gift’ design, the couple can easily be nestled in the bow, as if enjoying their honeymoon. They can be leaning back on a ‘rock’ and kissing on the heart-shaped option. Even on the standard circular layers an alternative placement can make for a great, well, alternative. They might be jointly climbing to the top like mountain climbers, secured to one another with the safety ropes of mutual commitment.

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A design can be fun or serious, romantic or playful. After all, the marriage will hopefully incorporate all these aspects and more. Why shouldn’t the cake? One thing that any good wedding cake will have for sure, though, is this: it will be unique. Just like the couple getting married.

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 August 2, 2012  Madame Chireau   Leave a comment
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Travel Registries: The Latest Trend for Wedding Gifts

These days, chances are that betrothed couples already have all of the blenders, towels, dishes, silverware, and other household items they need. With the swing toward men and women getting married later in life, most couples either have individual homes that they’ll combine once they’re married, or they have been building their own trousseau while living together. Because they’re often footing the bill for all or part of their wedding, the one thing couples don’t have is money for the honeymoon of their dreams. That’s why the latest trend in bridal registries is the honeymoon travel registry.

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Perhaps a couple wants to go on a cruise, vacation in Europe, or enjoy a Disney vacation. They may dream of four-star hotel accommodations or flying first class on their favorite airline. Whatever their fantasy honeymoon, more and more couples are opting to register with an online travel agency.

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With a bridal travel registry, the couple can have their dream honeymoon while wedding guests can be assured that their gifts will combine to form memories that will last a lifetime. And, the process of both registering and giving is easy and straightforward.

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Essentially, a honeymoon bridal registry allows the couple to set up a personal registry web page. If the couple already knows their honeymoon destination, they can reveal that on their web page and select items to include in their gift registry. For example, if the couple is traveling to Hawaii for their honeymoon, they may decide they’d like to go to a Hawaiian luau and list two luaus (one for the bride and one for the groom) in their registry. They may also select a romantic candlelight dinner, breakfast in bed, and a hotel room upgrade. They can include entertainment and activities, such as scuba diving lessons, a helicopter ride, horseback riding, and snorkeling. The couple can even add travel items like inter-island flights, limousine service, and a rental car. 

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Similarly, if the bride and groom have decided that London is their destination of choice, they can include an English afternoon tea in their travel registry, dinner for two at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, a medieval banquet, and a Harrods’ shopping spree. Perhaps they would like tickets to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, London theatre tickets, or a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. If so, they can add those items to their travel registry as well. 

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For wedding guests, a honeymoon travel registry makes it easy to find a personal, yet remarkable gift. Giving a sunset cruise, for example, is much more memorable than a set of mixing bowls. Gift givers can even opt to send the couple a customized gift card, or print one out and bring it to the wedding. 

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A honeymoon signifies the beginning of a couple’s life together, and is a welcome relief from the stresses of planning their wedding. Having a honeymoon travel registry can help make the couple’s dreams come true and give them memories to last a lifetime.

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Call me: 347.543.1073

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 July 18, 2012  Madame Chireau   Leave a comment
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Be Prepared For Wedding Emergencies

Having a little bag that you can carry (or have someone in the bridal party carry) with you throughout the wedding day can keep you from worrying about things that may happen, and dealing with them when they do.

 

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Medicine

 

Although everyone is feeling wonderful on the wedding day, it’s amazing what a few nerves can do to the body. Headaches, upset stomachs, and dizziness can all rear their ugly heads right when you are feeling the most pressure.

 

And that’s not just the couple.

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You may want to keep on hand a few things to keep everyone feeling good, or at least keep them upright throughout the ceremony. A chewable or liquid antacid is a great way to calm any nervous stomachs. Crackers and ginger ale are good though too. For headaches, you can keep some acetaminophen on hand. This is usually gentler on the stomach than ibuprofen, and can be taken without food.

 

If the bride or bridesmaids should feel dizzy, then have them immediately sit down. Dizziness can be caused by a lot of things low blood sugar, nerves, and more serious conditions. If the bride or groom should faint, smelling salts can help to revive them.

 

Bandaids are good too for sore feet in too tight of shoes.

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Beauty fixes

 

For the women, you may want to have a few beauty tools to keep everyone looking their best. Spare lip gloss and balm are good to keep the lips looking good. A translucent face powder will keep the nose and forehead from shining. Always keep a small bottle of clear nail polish as well. This is good for fixing rhinestones that have fallen off dresses to sealing tears in stockings.

 

A small brush and mirror can also help, while hair spray and extra deodorant are also nice to have on hand. Bobby pins can help most hair crises, but a curling iron can be an asset too.

 

Miscellaneous

 

It’s amazing what you may need and never think of. For example, did you think to bring extra straight pins for the corsages or in case the bouquets fell apart? A small sewing kit is good to in order to fix up any small emergencies.

 

Stain remover and chalk are also good to have on hand. If there should be any stains that need removing, the stain remover is there. If there’s something on the bride’s dress, then you can lightly cover it with the chalk it works great and won’t hurt the dress.

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 July 4, 2012  Madame Chireau   Leave a comment
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