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Vintage wedding look, try these favors

  • Posted on November 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

There are many brides having the vintage style weddings from  bridesmaids dresses created to give that sophisticated, bohemian vintage feel and all having a different style and color dress for each girl,   using an old broche on brides bouquet, or having a ring bearers pillow made of  antique napkins, table linens of age variety from lace to embroidery can also be added for over lays.

An idea I saw long ago, for a fun sweet favor, that works well with this style look:  Turn brioche single serving cups, made from a stiffer paper, turning them into candy dishes.  Fill with old fashioned hard candles.  They come in a variety of pretty colors, stripes and solid with fillings like chocolate or hazelnut.  You can package them by tying them up using cellophane with a ribbon and a small tag.  They look nice, and fit well with an old fashioned wedding theme.    created by Genevieve Panuska & Bergren Rameson, Martha Stewart Magazine, 2004.

Tying in the flip flops for a Beach Wedding

  • Posted on November 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

If you are wanting to give your guests something fun at your beach wedding, try buying flip flops in different sizes and tying them together with some raffia and a tag showing sizes.  Place them in a big baskets with a note to take a pair.  You can also put out  a few straw  mats or white towels for guests to change their shows on.  See a sample picture below.

Flip Flops – click on Me

Sand Pearl Resort, Weddings on North Beach

  • Posted on November 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

Simple Beachy/Outdoor Centerpiece

  • Posted on November 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

Just something I found and thought is was an easy and inexpensive way to do a nice outdoor centerpiece.

Simple Center Piece

Shell Place Card Holders

  • Posted on November 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

This is a wonderful idea for a beach/ocean side wedding.

Try scalloped shells to hold your seating cards.  They can be  bought in pairs and then secured in a base made out of polymer clay. Which is clay that hardens when it is baked.   See “A beachy idea” picture below.

You need:

Polymer clay found in local craft stores – white is best. 

Buy scalloped shells that come attached in pairs.

Oval or round cookie cutter    

Your card stock for making place cards

1. Roll out polymer clay with rolling pin about 1/4 ” thick 

2. Cut out shape oval or round with cutter for base

3. Place the card stock you will use in between the shells & then push the shells down in the clay & remove the card.   Continue with making the rest and place on a cookie sheet for baking. 

4. Follow instructions on polymer clay box.  Also you may want to make a few extras just in case you have some last minute gusets saying they are coming after all.   

The table number will be hidden in the shell.


A beachy idea  click

Holiday Inn Harbourside, hotel that saved the day!

  • Posted on November 10, 2011 at 9:02 am

This past weekend my bride called me 2 days before her wedding to let me know she was in town and her venue was being moved.   She hadn’t read her contract thoroughly from the restaurant she was having her dinner at and her count had dropped to about half.    There was a food and beverage minimum to be met and she was now short a couple thousand dollars from making it.   She was told she could add on some additional hors d’oeurves and drinks, something to make up the minimum due.  This again, is very common with most places if not all of them.  For this bride, she was just not aware and  did not have the additional funds on her since she was calculating  to pay  for her new guest count.    She had offered to pay after the fact and send money that following Monday but I can reassure you there are not many places that will allow this honor system including her selected place.

This is quite normal for a contract but for her it was not a good experience.  She wishes that the company would have let her know about the minimum before hand, but it is still in the contract and she also realizes it was her mistake as well.  When she was discussing her plans to book maybe they should have explained better.

Conclusion, she moved venues to Holiday Inn Harbourside, Indian Rocks Beach, day before her wedding & lost her deposit at first place .   Let this be a free helpful lesson to all brides getting ready to start booking.  Please ask questions and read your contracts!


  • Posted on November 8, 2011 at 7:06 am

You see ideas all the time for guests to leave messages on special thoughts or wishes for the bride and groom to keep and read later.   Why not try ( if having a beach wedding) buying a large clam shell or nice size round bowl (fish bowl round)  and then cutting out circles or shell/starfish  shapes on colored  card stock,  (in your color scheme)  then  have a smaller glass bowl  or shell  to hold your  pencils in.  Also have a  wooden box maybe with your initials painted on the top or visit a shell shop for one of those made boxes covered with shell decor to use for placing the written cards in.

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Using Pressed Flowers

  • Posted on November 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

If you are thinking about having a morning or afternoon lunch wedding reception and need an inexpensive idea for decorating, try incorporating dried pressed flowers to bring in some color.  (They can usually be  found at craft supply stores like Michaels if you have in your area).  

Ways to incorporate:  Your invitations,  glue on to each table place card or seating cards, or use under clear plates on top of charger plate (preferably white).  Have tables set so when guests come to the table the flowers show through the clear plate.  If you are having any cold hors d’oeuvres like shrimp you can also buy the bowls that have the inner bowl and outer bowl which are made for placing water and decor (dried flowers) between and freezing.  This will bring the dried flowers from cocktail reception into your main meal.    

Last think to consider to incorporate would be  with “thank you notes”  tying it all together from beginning to end.

Morning after wedding favor

  • Posted on November 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

For guests that are staying until the day after your wedding,  send them home with a made up small basket of fresh strawberries and scones to enjoy.  You can purchase ( Panera Breads, Starbucks, hotel baker) or make your own if you are so inclined.  Wrap scones in celophane, and line a wooden berry basket with parchment paper.  Tie on a note stamped with a strawberry sign  and message to say,  “A basket of breakfast sweets, thank you for coming”.   Note: If Strawberries are not in season for your time of year wedding, choose fruit that is,  maybe mini tangerines or apples, or even apricots.   

You can have the hotel set you a table for when your gets check out to have them on, hand  to the  front desk to give at check out, or even have delivered to guests rooms with the morning paper.

Pulling hair back for outdoor / beach weddings

  • Posted on November 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm

We just finished doing a wedding this Saturday out on Clearwater beach,  the breeze coming off the water turned into a strong full force wind by the time the ceremony was to take place.  This can happen often with out door weddings.

If you are thinking to wear your hair down,  maybe it  would be a good thing to be prepared for a back up plan that you can have ready if day of becomes a bit breezy.

Some ideas: Work with  flowers (real or faux). The key is to keep it simple and elegant.  You could use one large flower or a few small ones positioned just above the ear with a low tight pony tail or tucked into your  bun depending on what you like  and what works for you.

My bride this weekend was prepared and she looked fabulous.  She had a long veil with her hair pulled back  and a few flowers pinned in her bun.  The wind made her long veil flow through the air (but not her hair) which created some unique and quite breathtaking pictures.