Archive for January, 2011

DIY Centerpieces

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

When it comes to decorating for your event there are a lot of things that have to be planned. Flowers, table clothes, and tabletop decorations are just a few of the different elements. But your centerpieces will most likely be the most important aspect of your decorations. After all they are the focal point of each table and you want them to be stunning while fitting in with the rest of your decorations. Regardless of your color or decorating scheme, these gorgeous DIY sparkled center pieces will wow your guests and make your event shine. And the best part is they are so easy to assemble each one should only take you a minute or so. So call your friends, grab a couple of bottles of wine and have a DIY centerpiece party.

diy centerpieces

Materials Needed

Clean Out Vases

Before you start assembling your center pieces, make sure that the inside of your vases are clean. Running them under hot water and letting them air dry will get rid of any small particles of dirt or dust that may have gotten inside of them during packaging and shipping. Because you’re going to be putting lights inside the vases that will show off everything, you want to make 100% sure they are clean.

Place the Lights

Once the vases are clean, you can put in the lights. The great thing about Decorative Accent Lighting, like is that since they are individual lights they are perfect to use in centerpieces. All you have to do is place the light in the bottom of the vase. Because they are self-power all you have to do is turn them on before you put them in the vase. Floralytes Decorative Accent Lights are one time use only and the light will last between 36 and 48 hours. They come in a variety of colors so you can get them to match your wedding colors.

Fill Vases with Diamond Confetti

Once you’ve turned on and place a Decorative Accent Light in the bottom of each vase, fill the vases with the diamond confetti. The colored light will reflect off of the diamond confetti creating a sparkly center piece. Trumpet vases that are narrow at the bottom and gradually get larger work best because there is a larger surface at the top of the vase for the light to reflect off of.

Add-Ons

If you want an even fancier and more colorful center piece then there are other elements that you can add. A single white ostrich feather stuck in the vase will add a dramatic flair to your centerpieces. Or you can use a feathered boa to wind around the base of the vases, adding a fun splash of color. You can also opt to use white Floralytes Decorative Accent Lights to give your center pieces a starker look.

Clean the Outside

  • Once you have your centerpieces assemble, take a microfiber cleaning cloth and some window cleaner and clean off any finger prints or dust that may have gotten on the outside of the vases. Make sure that when they are placed on the tables that you don’t re-smudge them with fingerprints.

These beautiful, shiny centerpieces are easy to put together and will look amazing, especially once it gets dark outside. While the lights are one time use only, the diamond confetti and vases can then be used to decorate your home or as gifts for your family and friends who helped with your event.

Have you made your own centerpieces before? What materials did you use that were a hit?

Unique Budget Wedding Tips

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Every couple wants to have the perfect wedding. But having the perfect wedding doesn’t mean that you have to start off your married life buried under a pile of wedding related debt. There are a lot of tips out there for saving money on your big day. But while most people know they should email their save the date cards and opt to use in season flowers, there are some more unique and lesser known ways that you can save money on your big day.

Invites

Most people decide to send simple invites that require a phone call or email in order to RSVP. But what about the money spent on stamps? To save a bit of cash, hand deliver as many of the invitations that you can.

The Dress

Wedding dresses, even off the rack wedding dresses can cost thousands of dollars. But bridesmaid and prom dresses can be purchased for as little as 200 hundred dollars. And they come in white and off white. There’s no rule that says you HAVE to wear a wedding dress. And some prom dresses are pretty fancy.

Rehearsal Dinner

A fancy rehearsal dinner at a restaurant can cost you and your fiancé a bundle. Keep it simple and have munchies at your house. Or maybe throw a pizza party. Not only will you save some cash, but the more relaxed atmosphere means that your guests will be able to mingle more.

DIY Decorations

It’s no big secret that it’s often more cost efficient to do your own wedding decorations. But to save even more money, pick up your supplies after Valentine’s Day, when red, white and pink decorations can be on sale for as much as 80% off. February the 15th is also the time to pick up any chocolate or candy you may want to serve at your reception. Search online for the best deals, coupons, and after holiday sales. You’re sure to find centerpieces, round tablecloths, candelabras, and other wedding décor to fit your budget.

No Open Bar

Forgo the open bar. Instead, include cute drink tickets as part of your guest tokens. Two drinks per guest will save you a ton of money but still keep your guests happy.

Non-Traditional Food

Instead of the traditional catered meal, why not opt for something more fun like a potluck? Ask guests to bring their favorite dish instead of a gift. Or, you could ask your local church or women’s group if they do catering. The food will be just as good but at a fraction of the cost.

Smaller Cake

For your wedding cake, why not have a small, two tier cake and a larger sheet cake already cut up and ready to serve in the kitchen? That way you can get your cake cutting pictures without spending a small fortune on the cake.

Larger Tables

Instead of tables that only seat four, use larger tables at your reception. That way you won’t need as many center pieces.

Reuse Your Flowers

If you have flower arrangements at the church, you can reuse them during your reception. Place them in front of your head table for added color.

Simple Bands

When choosing your wedding bands, opt for rings that are simple and not too over the top. You can always buy fancier bands for your 5th or 10th wedding anniversary when you don’t have the added expense of a wedding.

Accept Help

If friends or family offer to help you with any aspect of your wedding, take them up on it. Whether it’s offering to pay for your cake or help with the decoration, every little bit helps in the end.

From cutting out a couple of main dishes to DJing the dance yourself, there are endless ways that you can cut back the cost of your wedding. With a little creative thinking you can save thousands on your big day.

Planning a Winter Wedding

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

While most brides prefer to get married in the spring or summer, winter weddings are quickly gaining in popularity. There are many advantages to having a winter wedding, including the cost of the wedding (winter is considered “off season” so you can get a deal on everything from the venue to flowers) and having the season itself help out with the theme of the event. If you are a bride-to-be and you and your fiancé have your hearts set on a winter wonderland wedding, there are some things you are going to want to keep in mind to help you plan your perfect day.

winter wedding centerpieces

Photos by @whoALSE,@Monika Thorpe, and @favouritethings on Flickr

Venue

One of the great things about a winter wedding is that you have more venues available to you. A winery or museum that may be busy during the warmer, tourist months will have more weekends available during the off season. And as already mentioned, you may be able to get your venue at a discount since it isn’t during the prime season.

When picking your venue you want to be aware of any potential problems with parking or reaching the venue on your wedding day. Double check before booking to make sure that the parking lot will be plowed in plenty of time in case it snows before your big day. If your venue is out of the way, located on a back road in the country, make sure that the road will be plowed so that you won’t have any issues getting to your wedding.

ostrich feather centerpiecesTheme and Decor

There is nothing that says you have to have a theme for your wedding, but the very fact that it’s being held in the winter lends itself perfectly to a winter wonderland theme. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to have red and green colors and snowmen everywhere. A nice, simple color scheme of white and silver or white and gold will be perfect for the season. Mark the church pews with tulle bows tied together will silver or gold ribbons. Decorate your reception hall with white twinkle lights wrapped in tulle. For your wedding centerpieces do something easy and fun like white ostrich feathers in tall champagne glasses. With the snow outside all white and frosted your reception will seem like an extension of the outdoors.

Attire

You’ve always envisioned yourself in a gauzy, strapless wedding dress with killer heels. A winter wedding doesn’t mean that you can’t have the look you want, it just means that there’s a bit of extra planning that needs to go into it. Consider adding a faux-fur wrap to keep yourself warm from the limo to the venue. And lace-up white ankle booties may be a better option for your feet than peek-a-boo heels. Wear the boots during the ceremony and then slip on your heels for the reception and dance. Same thing goes for your girls. They can still look fabulous without freezing to death.

Out of Towners

If you have friends and family travelling from out of town, a winter wedding can be a bit stressful. Advise guests who are booking flights to make sure that the tickets can be changed in the case of stormy weather.  And keep a close eye on the weather the week leading up to the wedding. If it looks like the day before is going to be stormy, you can advise your friends and family to fly in a day earlier. It’s a little harder with guests who are travelling by car, but the same rule goes: check the weather frequently and if need be, advise them to travel on a different date. And if some guests can’t make it because of the weather, don’t worry. Just take lots of pictures!

While there may be some unique challenges to a winter wedding, don’t let them stop you from having your dream ceremony. Plan ahead, keep calm and you’ll have a beautiful day.