Tutorial: How to Handtie & Dress a Bouquet

If you’re interested in DIY bouquets, please check out this fabulous video from Pash Weddings! Also, if you don’t believe DIY bouquets can be fabulous, look at some made by Ms. Penguin over at Weddingbee on her very first attempt.

November 8, 2007. bridal party, budget, decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

Don’t Call It A Comeback…


Let’s take a minute to think about one flower that may perhaps be one of the most forsaken, underappreciated, overlooked and denigrated bud on earth–the carnation.
The carnation has always been that flower, at least in my experience, that everyone knew was really cheap and noone ever bragged about receiving.
In high school, it was the flower that you could anonymously send for $1 to the homeroom of your crush…
Or it was the trite flower handed out en masse at high school football or basketball appreciation games…
Or it was the flower that you used for your school science experiment where you tried to see if the stem would soak up food coloring and then turn that color…
Or it was the flower a guy gave you when he was too cheap to buy roses…
To put it simply, the carnation has never been looked at as particularly special, rare or esteemed.
Until now!
Wise flower-lovers and the florally inclined have increasingly been recognizing this neglected flower’s natural beauty.
They key to making carnations beautiful in arrangements is to use a whole lot of them all in the same monochromatic color. I mean a LOT. Bunched in cubes of 40 or more, carnations can be quite striking. And the best thing is that they’re really, really cheap! I guess I said all of that to say that I think carnations, if you use like a thousand can be really hot. They’re not on the wedding agenda right now, but who knows, they may just make a guest appearance!
See below:



Or imagine the below centerpiece using all orange carnations:

But don’t call it a comeback.
Really. They’ve been around for years.

September 13, 2007. budget, centerpiece, decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

Don’t Call It A Comeback…


Let’s take a minute to think about one flower that may perhaps be one of the most forsaken, underappreciated, overlooked and denigrated bud on earth–the carnation.
The carnation has always been that flower, at least in my experience, that everyone knew was really cheap and noone ever bragged about receiving.
In high school, it was the flower that you could anonymously send for $1 to the homeroom of your crush…
Or it was the trite flower handed out en masse at high school football or basketball appreciation games…
Or it was the flower that you used for your school science experiment where you tried to see if the stem would soak up food coloring and then turn that color…
Or it was the flower a guy gave you when he was too cheap to buy roses…
To put it simply, the carnation has never been looked at as particularly special, rare or esteemed.
Until now!
Wise flower-lovers and the florally inclined have increasingly been recognizing this neglected flower’s natural beauty.
They key to making carnations beautiful in arrangements is to use a whole lot of them all in the same monochromatic color. I mean a LOT. Bunched in cubes of 40 or more, carnations can be quite striking. And the best thing is that they’re really, really cheap! I guess I said all of that to say that I think carnations, if you use like a thousand can be really hot. They’re not on the wedding agenda right now, but who knows, they may just make a guest appearance!
See below:



Or imagine the below centerpiece using all orange carnations:

But don’t call it a comeback.
Really. They’ve been around for years.

September 13, 2007. budget, centerpiece, decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

Don’t Call It A Comeback…


Let’s take a minute to think about one flower that may perhaps be one of the most forsaken, underappreciated, overlooked and denigrated bud on earth–the carnation.
The carnation has always been that flower, at least in my experience, that everyone knew was really cheap and noone ever bragged about receiving.
In high school, it was the flower that you could anonymously send for $1 to the homeroom of your crush…
Or it was the trite flower handed out en masse at high school football or basketball appreciation games…
Or it was the flower that you used for your school science experiment where you tried to see if the stem would soak up food coloring and then turn that color…
Or it was the flower a guy gave you when he was too cheap to buy roses…
To put it simply, the carnation has never been looked at as particularly special, rare or esteemed.
Until now!
Wise flower-lovers and the florally inclined have increasingly been recognizing this neglected flower’s natural beauty.
They key to making carnations beautiful in arrangements is to use a whole lot of them all in the same monochromatic color. I mean a LOT. Bunched in cubes of 40 or more, carnations can be quite striking. And the best thing is that they’re really, really cheap! I guess I said all of that to say that I think carnations, if you use like a thousand can be really hot. They’re not on the wedding agenda right now, but who knows, they may just make a guest appearance!
See below:



Or imagine the below centerpiece using all orange carnations:

But don’t call it a comeback.
Really. They’ve been around for years.

September 13, 2007. budget, centerpiece, decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

Engagement Soiree!!

Is happening this weekend…
I mean, it’s kind of an engagement-slash-housewarming party as fiancee just got done doing a bunch of home improvements and finally wants to have one.
I hadn’t thought of this ‘party’ as being a big deal. For example,we didn’t invite friends and family from out of town (just because I guess it didn’t occur to us that people would travel for a little party.
But now that I have mentioned it to some of my out of town BMs and friends, I guess maybe I should’ve just invited everyone as a courtesy (some of them seemed to really wanted to come).
Anyways, this week I did start putting some thought into the party and trying to figure out a ‘theme’ or something that wouldn’t be too cheesy.
First I thought we could do the ever-popular summer Luau theme–get tiki torches for the patio & make frozen drinks.
Then I went shopping and figured out that at least in retailers’ minds, summer is done and all that’s available in party stores is Halloween and..yes…Christmas stuff.
Then I went to the Dollar Tree and as usual, came across some fabulous finds.
First, were these Hallmark Collection plates and napkins which I thought were just perfect for an engagement party:


Then I found these $1 a pack rose petals. They are fake. But I’m not splurging on real rose petals for this party.
And these cute square vases/candle holders at $1 each (I’m thinking of going back and buying all the rest from the store)

So after finding these items, it occured to me that maybe I should go with a “Romantic” theme: candles,rose petals, wine, love…after all, it is a celebration of love!
Do you have any ideas of something we can do or incorporate into the engagement party?

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FYI (totally unrelated) the orchids are holding up really well. I don’t think there would be any issue withDIY with them. Here are pics I took of them Tuesday evening (remember they were bought Friday).

September 11, 2007. budget, candles, decorations, planning. Leave a comment.

Papyrus!

pa·py·rus-noun: a material on which to write, prepared from thin strips of the pith of this plant laid together, soaked, pressed, and dried, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.

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Today, invitations have been on my mind–or at least they are now on my mind as I had a conversation with my very dear friend, one with whom I will someday take over the world–Brian Henderson.
Brian is an enterprising young man… a real shooting star in the worlds of graphic design/photojournalism. He has worked for People Magazine, The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun to name just a few. And now he can also add to his accolades, ahem, President of the recently founded Brimmage Communications.

Now, enough bragging about Brian and on to the invitations.
Basically we have a budget for printed materials including:
1. invitations
2. envelopes
3. rsvp cards
4. programs
5. menus

There are dozens of companies out there who do wedding invitations, many with a huge presence on the web like TheAmericanWedding.com and MyGatsby.com.
For the most part, the invites that these companies offer are average with, in my opinion, sub-par printing and design. And the ones that do look really good are way too expensive.

To me, our wedding invites and other materials should do the same thing as every other element of the wedding: be thoughtful; communicate something to our guests; and provide an experience.
That’s why after speaking with Brian this afternoon, I know that I’m going to let him–a visual communications professional– execute a creative vision for these materials!
We discussed a few options for invitations, some which were clearly way out of our budget, but I’m excited and I know we’re going to come up with something beautiful.
I mean, this guy was creating impressive graphic materials years ago in Athens!
I’ll keep you posted.

If you or your business has a need for graphic design/logo creation/branding/pr services you should definitely talk to Brian at Brimmage!

September 11, 2007. budget, invitations, vendors. Leave a comment.

Hjelm VS. Casablanca

You get what you pay for.
Nine times out of ten…this is so true…especially when it comes to wedding gowns as fabric, craftmanship and attention to detail is essential.
But–I came across this Casablanca gown ($$) and really feel like the style and cut of it resembles a couture Jim Hjelm gown ($$$-$$$$).
So the photo on top is the authentic Jim Hjelm (yes I’ve written about this gown before…)and the one below is the Casablanca at about a third of the cost (the top could likely be altered to a “deep V”…)
Honestly, which one do you like better, and why?

*****

September 4, 2007. budget, gowns. 3 comments.

Our Wedding: the basics


OK–so there are two MAJOR obstacles to my planning and executing the wedding of my dreams: location and budget.

1) I am planning a Cleveland wedding from Washington DC.
2) I am planning a wedding, of which I have great expectations, for about 130 guests on a fairly tight budget, according to today’s standards.

So, yea…those are the obstacles. But I am focused and motivated to make it happen!

Not Your Mama’s Wedding

More things you must know about my wedding vision:

1) I am doing my evening ceremony and reception at the same venue,in the evening, downtown Cleveland. For my reception I’m having a formal sit down dinner and a 5-hour open bar. I am also having a cocktail hour with passed hors dourves. (I’m too lazy to spell check that right now…)

2) I am having an ultra-modern and non-traditional wedding. That means:
No drapes of tulle, ribbons, bows or pastels here.
Not many flowers and lots of DIY.
Seven bridesmaids in sophisticated/sexy black gowns.
Dozens and dozens of candles.
Momma walking me down the aisle.
Ceremony recessional=”Celebration” by Kool and the Gang. You get the idea…(Ummm…well, kinda unsure about that one, but hey, my beau is all for it!)

3)Basically, I want our day to create a moment, an experience for everyone there. I don’t want it to be a contrived, run of the mill wedding. This is why one of things most important to me (spending-wise) is decorating and ligting.

This fabulous event will be held at the BP Tower. A photo of it is to your right, but please note, my tables will look nothing like that:)

August 20, 2007. budget, planning. Leave a comment.