Photo courtesy of Wedding 53
Photo courtesy of Wedding 53
There are a lot of helpful websites available to all couples planning their wedding and Project Wedding is one of them. Planning a wedding is stressful. Finding good vendors is hard. And sometimes, reality often doesn't match up with vendors' advertisements and websites. Project Wedding helps ensure people are entrusting their event to great vendors. Project Wedding connects brides across the nation and helps them share ideas, advice, and most importantly vendor recommendations!
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Print the table numbers you need onto heavy card stock.
You have a choice of two border styles -- one with a regular looping scallop, and one with more freeform loops. For each design, they have also included one template with no number, in case you need to add your own number or other text.
If you want the table numbers to be visible from two directions, print two per table. Use a long-bladed scissors to cut smoothly just inside the outer oval line. To display, slip table numbers into a place-card holder or easel.
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice except champagne. Strain into a champagne flute (or collins glass). Top with champagne. Garnish with cherry.
DIY modern pendant lamps from Ready Made. This incredibly easy project will add a tremendous amount of pizazz to your next event and won't cost a fortune. Mix and match colors to keep it in your event's color scheme. Design tip: use punching balloons to achieve the perfect round shape versus oblong.
- Don't be late! If a wedding invitation says that the ceremony will begin at 5, be sure to arrive there by 4:45 so as to give yourself time to find a seat and get settled. You wouldn't want to interrupt the processional. Avoid taking photographs during the ceremony. Leave that to the professionals and respect the sanctity of the ritual in front of you.
- You don't need to bring a gift with you to the wedding. In fact, you have up until a year after the wedding to give a gift. Bringing a gift with you means that someone in the wedding party will have to worry about how to get it home.
- If you are unable to attend the wedding, it is customary to still send a wedding gift.
- Many ceremonies have parts where the congregation alternately stands and sits. The program or officiant may tell you when to do so; if not, follow the lead of others around you. If you are physically unable to stand, remain quietly seated.
- RSVP promptly. The couple will be making many decisions based on the number of people who will be there. Additionally, if you must cancel after you have accepted, do so as soon as possible.
- While a wedding is a time to enjoy yourself, no one appreciates a drunk guest embarrassing themselves. Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Above all, enjoy yourself, and tell the happy couple that you are so pleased for them.
Drunk guy image courtesy of this blog
The Scandinavian coast is dotted with light houses which provide a light no matter the weather. Designer Christian Bjørn took note, and created these elegant Lighthouse Oil Lamps. "This oil lamp doesn't burn with just a little flame, it burns like a fantastic bonfire!"he proclaims. A patented oil burner burns fiercely no matter the wind speeds. They range in price from $74-$200.
These lamps are sleek, modern and would be a unique way to enhance an intimate, outdoor dinner party.
Any quirky couples out there? Maybe you want to send out a custom telegram as your Save The Date. It's inspired by a 1920s British telegram, printed on heavy weight baby blue paper, comes with official looking metal clasp envelopes and can be personalized. Different and fun all at the same time! A set of 6 costs $12.
Flying lanterns were a traditional Chinese communication tool used thousands of years ago, invented for military signalling purposes in 245 A.D. In recent years, they became a popular feature in local festivities, especially during the First Full-Moon festival in Taiwan. People would write down their wishes on the paper surface of the lanterns, which would then be lit and ascend like miniature hot air balloons. Reaching the sky, the lanterns bring messages to heaven, where wished are said to become true. The higher they fly, the more likely Heaven is to hear their prayers.
This unique product is brought to you by Wishes In The Sky, the flying lantern company. These authentic Chinese lanterns are a great addition to, or alternative to, expensive fireworks. The magical effect of launching many simultaneously make them ideal for parties, weddings or any other gathering. The lanterns boast constructions from NEW materials that ensure flame retardancy as well as accelerated biodegradability.
For a wedding or event with 100 people, the cost for everyone to release a lantern would be around $800. If there are budget restrictions, how about just having the VIP's or bride and groom and the wedding party release the lanterns! Visit Wishes In The Sky for more information.
Keep in mind, besides customizing and purchasing the gobo, there are other expenses that must be covered. Such as renting the lighting equipment needed to project the gobo, equipment to hang the lighting instrument and labor to set it up and break it down. DJ's may provide gobos, if not, any lighting company can provide these services.
On a budget? Try searching for floor decals. Visit OrientalTrading.com. They sell “Just Married” Wedding Ballroom Floor Cling which is a vinyl floor decal that sticks safely to most smooth surfaces. The cling can even be customized with the bride and groom’s names and it costs less than $20 bucks.
Remember, there is always a trick to make your event special and unique!
Every man should have The Little Pink Card. I repeat, EVERY MAN SHOULD HAVE THE LITTLE PINK CARD! This card could save your life. Okay, it may not save your life but it will make the special person in your life feel loved, respected and cherished. Isn't there a saying, a happy wife is a happy life? If there isn't, there should be.
So what is it? The Little Pink Card is a nifty wallet-sized card that assists your husband, boyfriend or significant other in always buying you the perfect gift! No more excuses! The best part, it's only $8.95. Less than ten bucks. Yeah, IT'S WORTH IT! Check out some of the categories:
WedFod is a directory of wedding photographers dedicated to great wedding photography, honest answers to your questions, and sound business principles. Definitely check this website out for great wedding photography idea, a listing of photographers, very resourceful Q&A Forum and tons of articles. Below is an article by Steve Holcroft on Why your photographer could be the most important part of your wedding day!
Why Yor Wedding Photographer is Important
Nobody is better placed to help your wedding day along than your chosen wedding photographer. A bold statement, but stay with me.
You’ve paid out a small fortune for other people to look after everything, and you’ll be a little bit pre-occupied of course, what with getting married etc.
The groom will go along with whatever you want, darling. As will dads. Men, huh?
Mums will help a little, enough, or a lot…I’m not going there.
And your friends have come for the party.
Your cake and flowers will be delivered.
The DJ will set up later.
The venue will feed and water you. And the 90 other people you’ve invited.
But not at the church, or on the boat, or even the dancefloor.
Only your wedding photographer will be focused on you through all of it. To record the day’s events, we have to always be there…around…watching. Not in your face, in the background. Experience tells us when to expect things to happen, when to nudge them along and when to stay out of the way. We might take photos of your flowers, your table plans, your decorations, but we will always know where you are and when. Right up until it’s time to leave.
We’ve joked with grooms and best men to calm their nerves.
We’ve told the bride she looks wonderful seconds before she faces the world.
We’ve asked the flower girls to jump on the page boys, just to see what happens.
We’ve filled-up when your dad’s voice cracked during his speech.
We’ve worked out which is your mum and which is your stepmum.
We’ve made friends with your labrador!
We’ve taken you both aside for a few minutes to give you a breather and remind you you’re there for each other.
Oh, and we’ve taken a few photographs too!
The Culinary Media Network, very cool website, has a fabulous recipe for a Lemongrass Champagne Mojito. This is a great option for a signature drink at any event. Inspired by the classic mojito, subtle and elegant touches such as organic lemongrass and vanilla add a twist to this classic, and Champagne delivers a class of luxury, akin to 'tasting the stars'. Savor this cocktail over a mountain of crushed ice made from spring water. The recipe is VERY detailed. Don't let this frighten you. The drink is worth it!
Photo & Cocktail courtesy of Culinary Media Network
Decido writes that the Bamboo Gallery comes alive at night, and hositng an event there is like having it on your own pricate island.
This weekend will be the first time I've been to this venue but it looks amazing and I can't wait to check it out! The pictures below illustrate the lush, tropical scenery the site provides at this all outdoor, island setting. Bride N & Groom C's wedding is going to be gorgeous!!!
- They would like to be married by the water at sunset
- The theme is a tropical Caribbean celebration
- Their color scheme is fuschia and orange
- Estimated 80 attendees
First things first: location, location, location! Can't move forward until we have a location. Securing the location is my main priority. The ceremony will be held by the water, location T.B.D. There are a few venues I am going to research for the reception. The main criteria is being able to offer food and beverages for eighty people for around $5,000. NO PROBLEM!
To have kids at your event or not to have kids at your event? This can be a tough question to answer. Especially if your family has children in it, or if you have lots of friends that have kids. Either way, there are a lot of reasons why you may or may not want children present for your event.
To start, ask yourself:
-Will having children present add to, or take away from the over all event?
-Will guests you want at the event not be able to attend if they can’t bring their children?
-How will the possible distraction of having children present make you feel?
-Is there a place you can designate at the event site for parents to take loud or unruly children or crying babies?
-Can you afford the added expense of the special measures that will need to be taken to help if so many children attend the event?
If it is going to be a kid friendly affair, you may want to consider creating a kids area. I was reading Zephyr Tents blog and came across a wise solution, creating a designer kids area.
-Designate a kid friendly area and create a cozy atmosphere by using big comfy pillows, low tables, and colorful paper lanterns.
-Have a special table for them covered with butcher paper and put out crayons, games and other fun activities to keep them busy.
-Hire a few nannies from a reputable agency who come prepared with arts & crafts, games, stickers, balloons and more.
-If your event is in a hotel or another place with additional available rooms, consider renting a room just for kids.
-Be sure to have the caterer design a kid-friendly menu and set-up their own special buffet.
If your event will be kid friendly, take care of the children. The parents will get to enjoy the evening talking with adults instead of entertaining their kids and your event will be even more of a success!
Photo courtesy of Trista Lerit
They have an entire section devoted to weddings featuring downloadable templates, creative ideas and planning tools. The wedding organizer keeps the Bride-To-Be on track from the moment she becomes engaged, to the day of her wedding. This organizing set helps plan and organize all the details that make up a wedding. It comes in one of their signature binders with: 12 section tabs and pockets; a planning notebook; an organized adhesive note set; sheet protectors; 2 business card pages; 10 8-1/2 x 11" pages; and 5 multi format pages that hold 11 x 17" or 8-1/2 x 11". Price is $75.
First introduced to the world at the legendary Studio 54, the Universe won First Prize in the the 1978 U.S. Bartenders Guild Annual Competition. And no wonder. Its beguiling mix of tropical juices and slightly nutty finish are certain to wake up your palate. Fair warning: the Universe is so delicious, make sure you have enough ingredients when your guests ask for one or two more. (But don’t worry . . . the alcohol content is relatively low!)
One sip of this cocktail will rock your universe!
1/2 ounces Midori melon liqueur
1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce Dumante pistachio liqueur
1/2 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Shake for 30 seconds in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
Photo courtesey of Science of Drink
Cocktail courtesey of Cocktail Buzz
Born and raised in New York City, her first fête was assisting in the Broadway premiere party for the Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast. Over the years, her repertoire for event coordination has matured. Ms. Daversa’s portfolio includes everything from large-scale art festivals, platinum wedding celebrations, intimate cocktail parties, triathlons, to black tie weddings, and social and corporate events throughout the United States, in the Caribbean and Europe.
Ms. Daversa has been quoted in The Knot magazine as an expert on industry tips and trends; her work has been featured in magazines including The Knot, Brides, Weddings Illustrated, Jupiter Magazine and blogs including Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Junebug Weddings, Weddings Unveiled, Merci New York, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and Every Last Detail. She has won WeddingWire’
A graduate from Columbia University, she supports her college's alumni club along with their charitable endeavors. And most importantly, she is the proud mother to her incredible daughter!